South Padre Island Texas PELAGIC September 13, 2002

Aboard   the Osprey II

Subject: Brown Booby and Manx Shearwater at SPI jetties

Date:   Fri, 13 Sep 2002 22:45:50From:   Brad McKkinney

The World Birding Center Friday 13th pelagic lived up to its billing, with the  big excitement coming at the end of the trip. With calm conditions throughout  the day, the boat journeyed 65 miles offshore to the Colt 45 reef. In pelagic waters, we had good lucks at:

7   Cory’s Shearwaters

1   Audubon’s Shearwater

3   Band-rumped Storm-Petrels

3   Masked Booby

3   Bridled Tern

migrants: Chuck-Wills-Widow, Prothonotary and Wilson’s Warbler, and Yellow-breasted  Chat (2).

MARINE MAMMALS:

pod of pelagic bottlenose dolphin

FISH:

One 25-foot Whale Shark feeding in black fin tuna school

Heading  back through the jetties at the end of the day, we were surprised to find an immature Brown Booby sitting on the rocks amongst Brown Pelicans (about 3/4   of the way out on the jetties). If that wasn’t surprise enough, we had a   shearwater buzz by right after the booby and pelicans were flushed. Being preoccupied with the Brown Booby, the shearwater slipped away. As we were   passing by the Coast Guard station on the way in, the shearwater reappeared.   Field marks suggested Manx, but the bird made only one pass and was not relocated. It was last seen heading back in the direction of the SPI jetties   (near Dolphin Cove).

Anyone birding on SPI over the weekend may want to try searching for this bird. Hopefully, it will hang around another day or two. Brad McKinney

WBC Birding Programs

Mission, TX

Link to Photo Gallery: All photography copyrighted ©Garett Hodne 2002

GOOGLE MAP OF PELAGIC TRIP GPS COURSE COORDINATES:

View 2002 + 2003 Texas Pelagic Trip Tracks from S Padre Is and Port Aransas in a larger map

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Click on each Pelagic Course and the data label will appear with the date of the trip.

OCEANOGRAPHIC CONDITIONS for Sept. 13, 2002

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