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Checklist S16781962

Freeport Pelagic Trip 02012014 - F, Suffolk County, New York, US ( Map )
Date and Effort
Sat Feb 01, 2014 12:00 PM
Party Size:
1 hour(s)
5.0 mile(s)
Alex Bernzweig List , Alyssa Della Fave List , Andrew Baksh List , BOB WASHBURN List , Bill Ypsilantis List , Brian Padden List , Brian Whipple List , Burak Gunes List , Doug Gochfeld List , Ethan Goodman List , Gail Benson List , Guy de Bruyn List , Jared Cole List , Jeremy Barlow List , Joseph DiCostanzo List , Ken Walsh List , Klemens Gasser List , Linda Widdop List , Lisa Carol Wolf List , Lisa Scheppke List , Michael Scheibel List , Nadir Souirgi List , Paulagic Birding , Ray Duffy List , Richard Kaskan List , Sean Sime List , Shai Mitra List , Stephen Kacir List , Taylor Sturm List , Todd McGrath List , deidre asbjorn List
Paulagics pelagic trip out of Freeport, NY.
Leaders: Paul Guris, Todd McGrath, Doug Gochfeld, Sean Sime, Shai Mitra, Steve Kacir.

Coordinates taken at ~12:30 PM from where the 2nd & 3rd Puffins were.
Checklist ended at: N 39.9180667, W 72.61851667.

Extremely distant Skua sp. at 12:42 PM photographed very poorly.
7 species (+1 other taxa) total
skua sp.

12:42 PM, very distant. Motoring low to the water in strong, direct flight, angling away from the boat.
Seen while we were amidst Dovekies everywhere, which were occupying most of the attention from everybody aboard.
Essentially no chance to pursue it, as we were almost stopped, and wouldn't have had remotely the speed needed to chase down this bird that already had a huge head start.

Most likely a Great Skua, but unfortunately it was too far away and didn't seem to even think about changing course towards the boat.

3 terrible photos for documentation purposes:
Skua sp. (New York)

Skua sp. (New York)

Skua sp. (New York)


Difficult to count. All around the boat at all distances, flying and on the water, in singles, and in groups.

© Linda Widdop


© Linda Widdop


*To be expected this far off shore (~60 miles) and farther at this time of year.
The 2nd & 3rd were together at the plotted coordinates for this checklist.
Photos. The couple that I tried to age seemed to be adults.

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Sex Unknown 2 2

© Linda Widdop

© Lisa Scheppke


Light morph bird that came in from very far out, and flew across the bow at fairly close range, but never came back in after that. A distant photo or two.
This was right around 1:00 PM, at the very end of the checklist.
Coordinates were: N 39.9180667, W 72.61851667

© Linda Widdop


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