Checklist S47339260

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Owner Peter Flood

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  • 8
  • 25 mi
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Chatham Mini-pelagic with Captain Ken Eldredge onboard the Kittiwake. We left Chatham Harbor under pleasant conditions with a low cloud deck and light easterly winds 5-10 mph. Seas were 2-3 feet. Many terns were feeding offshore to the south of us in the distance upon exiting the inlet. We encountered dozens of Wilson's Storm-Petrels within 1-2 miles offshore where we were greeted by our first shearwaters of the day in the form of a couple of Cory's Shearwaters as well as a darkish northbound Parasitic Jaeger. Steaming further southeast we came onto several large rafts of shearwaters and omnipresent storm-petrels at about 5-6 miles out. A chumming session in this area brought in many tubenoses and large gulls within typical arms length views. A couple of fishing vessels were further off to the southeast with many attendant gulls and shearwaters. We reached our sweet spot approximately 10-12 miles out where the were several tuna boats fishing in and among many shearwaters and storm-petrels. A second chumming session in this area was also highly successful. Marine mammals were a non-feature today which was a bit surprising given the amount of bait fish in the area. We did manage a couple of Humpback Whales roughly 10-11 miles out and a second one seen briefly closer to shore. List below from just outside the N and S inlets (offshore only).

Observations

  1. Number observed: 3
  2. Number observed: 1

    Details: Imm darkish - p-10 growing

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  3. Number observed: 150

    Details: Primarily adults

  4. Number observed: 700

    Details: Many in out chum sessions but most in attendance around fishing vessels

  5. Number observed: 250
  6. Number observed: 1

    Details: Just outside the north inlet on our way in

  7. Number observed: 1

    Details: Just outside the north inlet on our way in

  8. Number observed: 400
  9. Sterna sp.

    Number observed: 600

    Details: No doubt COTEs feeding well to the south of us off South Beach

  10. Number observed: 6

    Details: All in one group - roughly 3 miles out on our return

  11. Number observed: 800

    Details: Careful estimate - A constant feature all day

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  12. Number observed: 1

    Details: About 10-11 miles out - distant photos

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  13. Number observed: 10
  14. Number observed: 12

    Details: Seen well enough

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  15. Number observed: 1100

    Details: Careful estimate

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  16. Number observed: 225

    Details: Roughly 3-5% in late stages of primary molt.

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  17. Number observed: 1
  18. Number observed: 1

    Details: Imm sitting on the water

  19. Number observed: 5
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