The weather cooperated yesterday to enable the UNH Gulf Challenger to set sail for Jeffries Ledge on the second dedicated winter pelagic of the 2009/2010 season.  The brief one day lull between weather systems provided ideal conditions for picking up alcids, especially toward noon when the seas were reduced to 1-2 feet.  Thanks to all the participants for helping to spot the birds, which did not disappoint.  We focused on both New Scantum and Old Scantum, with the majority of the birds being found over the latter.  All the birds were between 42 52 3 and 42 59 (NH waters per NH Rare Bird records committee). 

Jeffries Ledge Pelagic, February 13th, 2010

Northern Fulmar - 0
Northern Gannet - 10
Kittiwake - 7 (2 1st year)
Dovekie - 8
Common Murre - 12 (3 breeding plumage)
Thick-billed Murre - 0 (same as on three previous trips this winter)
Razorbill - 22
Black Guillemot - 4
Atlantic Puffin - 3 (1 1st year)
Large Alcid sp. - 2

Harbor Seal - 3
Harbor Porpoise - 2

Atlantic Puffin photo:

Len Medlock Photos

Please contact me offlist for information on future NH pelagics, including a 15 hour tri-state trip to Cashes Ledge October 16th for leachs petrel, and possible skua, sabine's gull, and long-tailed jaeger.