Sept 13, 2002; S Padre Island; TRIP REPORT
Aboard the Osprey II
Subject: Brown Booby and Manx Shearwater at SPI jetties
Date: Fri, 13 Sep 2002 22:45:50From: Brad Mckinney
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:
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
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FINAL TRIP LIST :
TOTAL PELAGIC SPECIES – 5
TOTAL PELAGIC SEABIRDS – 17
Cory’s Shearwaters – 7
Audubon’s Shearwater – 1
Band-rumped Storm-Petrels – 3
Masked Booby – 3
Bridled Tern – 3
pod of pelagic Bottlenose Dolphin
LANDBIRD MIGRANTS Sp:
Yellow-breasted Chat (2).
One 25-foot Whale Shark feeding in black fin tuna school
Here is a map of the trip track as recorded by my GPS.
TRIP PHOTO ALBUM
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OCEANOGRAPHIC AND WEATHER CONDITIONS:
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