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Checklist S38890203

 
Location
Race Point, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:45 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
4 hour(s), 40 minute(s)
Distance:
4.0 mile(s)
Observers:
Blair Nikula
Comments:
Cloudy; E@5mph; Visibility good; Seas calm; Tide near high falling to near low. I drove out Pole Line Road to the point and spent most of the time there, with a quick look at the cove to the east (dead) and about 20 minutes at Hatches Harbor. The shearwater feeding bonanza continues (it's now been at least 12 days!), the largest surf-feeding concentration this morning was off Hatches Harbor at sunrise. Huge concentration of large gulls (including the first adult LBBG of the season) also present today. Once again stunningly few terns and not a single jaeger.
Species
30 species total
13
25
40
1
2
1
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 1
30
1
1

^ extremely confiding juvenile on the beach south of the lighthouse; many photos

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 1

© Blair Nikula

Buff-breasted Sandpiper (juvenile): Race Point, Provincetown, MA - 29 August 2017

© Blair Nikula

Buff-breasted Sandpiper (juvenile): Race Point, Provincetown, MA - 29 August 2017

1
3
Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 1 2
250
50
1500

^ most at the tip; many feeding on hundreds of dead mackerel trapped by the tide

13

^ 5 ad. (FOS), 1-3s, 2+ 2s, 5+ 1s

1500

^ most at the tip; many feeding on hundreds of dead mackerel trapped by the tide

6

incredibly few

200

most at Hatches Harbor; the paucity of terns here the past couple of weeks is hard to understand

10

remarkably few

15000

^ At one point early they were passing westbound at a rate as high as 800/minute! Given the nearly calm conditions, many were sitting on the water, as far as I could see to the south toward Wood End and as far to the east.. While I was kneeling near the waterline photographing the surf-feeding birds off Hatches Harbor, a GRSH hit me in the back and got tangled up in my feet!

© Blair Nikula

Great Shearwater feeding frenzy, Hatches Harbor, Provincetown, MA - 29 August 2017

© Blair Nikula

Great Shearwater feeding frenzy, Hatches Harbor, Provincetown, MA - 29 August 2017

150

did not see the white bird today

10

very few today

20
200
2

at Hatches Harbor

4

at Hatches Harbor

6

on the beach at the south end of Hatches Harbor apparently feeding on the masses of Menhaden fry

1

at Hatches, being harassed by terns (first one I've seen since spring)

5
2

along Pole Line Road

 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes