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Freeport Pelagic Trip 08122014- C (mid-Hudson Canyon area)

Owner Doug Gochfeld

  • 60
  • 5.5 mi
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See Life Paulagics overnight (August 11-12) pelagic trip out of Freeport, NY.
10:05 AM: 39.463333, -72.306833
10:25 AM (6 minutes after initial WFSP sighting, ad still very close to that spot): 39.490333, -72.3125


  1. Number observed: 2
    Age & Sex:
    Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
    Sex Unknown 2
  2. Number observed: 105
  3. Number observed: 1

    Details: **Very Rare. Probably the main really rare target species of this trip. North American mega rarity outside of a small window in the late summer in deep water off of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Long-legged, fairly pale Storm-Petrel, with white underwings, gray back, and white underparts and face with a black face patch and cap. Bird was behaving bizarrely (even for this species), continuously wheeling around and crashing into the same bit of water over and over again, before then breaking into its more typical water-walking/pogo stick-type flight style as it angled away from the boat. This individual didn't strike me as as pale and contrasty as they can appear, probably because the rump seemed a bit darker than they can be. Water temperature was 76.4° F Photos by many people. Sean Sime photos: DG photos:

  4. Number observed: 6

    Details: *Uncommon but expected in warm, deep water off the Northeast at this time of year. Large storm-petrel, with noticeably forked tail, and warm brown overall tone. Long, slender wings, and erratic, nighthawk-like, flight.

    Sean Sime's photo of one at ~10:14 AM (There may be photos of other individuals as well):

  5. Number observed: 2

    Details: *Rare, but probably to be expected this far off shore at this time of year. Both were long-winged, large, storm-petrels, but whose wings were not as angular as on Leach's, and appeared a bit broader than on Leach's. Clean white rump patch, squared off tails, and no leg projection beyond the tail. Bounding, snappy flight, with intermittent glides interspersed. Appeared obviously colder toned than Leach's.
    Distant photos (DG) of one of them, at 10:02 AM.

    Photos of the other one (~10:37 AM) by Sean Sime:

  6. Oceanodroma sp.

    Number observed: 1

    Details: Brief/Distant.

  7. Number observed: 1
  8. shearwater sp.

    Number observed: 1
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