Migrating Birds, MDC December Lecture SeriesNov 28th, 2014 | Category: Education, Lecture Series, MDC News
Michael Brothers, Director of the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet, Fla., will lead this lecture about a pelagic birding tour that he took this past May.
40 stalwart explorers and our leaders struck off at 3:00 a.m. for our May 18 pelagic trip. It was a tough trip with the high seas and the waves in the Gulf Stream reaching 6-8 feet, with numerous waves that approached ten feet. This made it impossible for us to get as far offshore as we had hoped.
However, we did make it out nearly 60 miles and did manage to find a good assortment of birds. On the positive side, we had excellent looks at Black-capped Petrel, Wilson’s Storm-Petrel, Pomarine Jaeger, Sooty Shearwater and Arctic Tern. The Sooty Shearwater was an especially good bird. This good view was a real treat! The Pomarine Jaeger put on a real show for us. We found the Arctic Tern actively fishing right along the jetty as we came back in. A real surprise was the Purple Sandpiper that was tucked on a rock near the end of the jetty.
Contact: MARK SPRADLEY
Marine Discovery Center
520 Barracuda Blvd
New Smyrna Beach FL 32169 US
Location Phone: (386) 428-4828