FREEPORT PELAGIC June 20 to 22, 1999

Aboard   the M/V Fling
Subject: Texas Pelagic   Birding Trips

Date: Tue, 17 Aug 1999 21:49:17 -0500

From:   Dwight Peake TEXBIRDS:

I am  late getting this note out regarding the June 20-22 Texas pelagic from   Freeport, but you are not too late to sign-up for the last trip this year on   September 12-14!

Several spots are available. If you have been hesitating about going on a TEXAS   pelagic trip, please try to go on this one. The trips are being run on the premise that if a trip is canceled due to lack of participants, the preceding one will have been the last public TX pelagic trip for the foreseeable future.

Considering the enormous amount of sargassum present in the western Gulf, I would have   expected more birds, especially Bridled Terns. Perhaps the birds had so much   habitat that they were spread out more than usual. The total of 4 definite   pelagic bird species is below average, but good numbers of Band-rumped   Storm-Petrels were present. We had a chance to test the M/V Fling in rough   waters and she did quite well-it is so nice to stay dry!

Dwight   Peake

Results of June 20-22   Texas pelagic trip:

Band-rumped   Storm-Petrel: 14 sightings of 34 birds; the water depth where the birds were   sighted ranged from 75-1282 meters with an average of 843 meters. The 75   meter depth is the most shallow water sighting in 6 seasons of these trips.

Leach’s   Storm-Petrel: 1 sighting of 1 bird

Probable   Leach’s Storm-Petrel: 1 sighting of 1 bird

Possible   Leach’s Storm-Petrel: 1 sighting of 1 bird

unidentified   Storm-Petrel: 2 sightings of 2 individuals

Possible  Tropicbird: one sighting. “You should have seen the one that got away”

Masked   Booby: 3 sightings of 3 individuals seen in 450 to 992 meter water depth.   Very cooperative

Bridled   Tern: 4 sightings of 6 birds at sites with bottom depth 378 to 856 meters   average 811meters.

Very   good looks close-up of basic and alternate plumaged birds.

Royal   Tern 1

Clymene   dolphin 12

offshore   Bottlenosed dolphin 70

unidentified   Stenella dolphin 50

unidentified   dolphin 2



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