Maryland Herald Petrel – 8/25/12

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, photo study, Photography, Ranges and Distributions, Rarities, Trip Reports6 Comments

This past weekend, 5 of my friends and I were fortunate enough to be on the See Life Paulagics overnight pelagic out of Lewes, DE. This pelagic turned out to probably be Maryland’s best-ever summer pelagic due to the shear number of awesome species and the great looks we were able to get throughout the day, despite rough seas. For … Read More

Dovekie – It’s What’s for Dinner

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, General News and Info, Photography, Trip Reports2 Comments

Around 9:45am on the day of the February 4th Cape May pelagic, I was standing on the very front of the boat, scanning for birds. I looked over to our left and a few hundred yards out I saw some commotion on water. I could see a Great Black-backed Gull diving at the water and occasionally landing on the water and messing … Read More

Cape May Pelagic – Atlantic Puffins

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Birding, Trip ReportsLeave a Comment

On July 1st, 2004 I joined a group of other teenage birders on a boat trip from Hog Island, Maine out to Eastern Egg Rock. This trip was part of a week long ‘Coastal Maine Bird Studies to Teens‘ program organized by Maine Audubon. The goal of out ride out to Eastern Egg Rock was to see the Atlantic Puffins that … Read More

Cape May Pelagic – Black-legged Kittiwakes

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Birding, birds in flight, General News and Info, Photography, Trip Reports1 Comment

Famous for their massive nesting colonies throughout the arctic, the Black-legged Kittiwake is a common winter visitor off the east coast of North America. Occasionally, Black-legged Kittiwakes can be spotted from land but the best way to find them is to take a boat offshore and throw out some chum. Luckily that is exactly what we did on the February … Read More

Cape May Pelagic – Northern Fulmars

Alex LamoreauxBird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, General News and Info, Photography, Trip Reports1 Comment

One of the species I was most excited to see on the February 4th Cape May pelagic was the Northern Fulmar. I had only previously seen one before – a molting dark type on a whale watching trip out of Santa Barbara, California. Luckily on the Cape May pelagic, we encountered 16 Northern Fulmars! All of the birds we saw … Read More

Cape May Pelagic – Northern Gannets!

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, Photography, Trip Reports2 Comments

As soon as it was light enough to see this past Saturday morning, when we left on the Atlantic Star on an all-day pelagic trip being led by Paul Guris of See Life Pelagics, we began to see Northern Gannets. Every so often, one or two gannets would pass by the boat fairly close. But then, later in the day … Read More

Cape May Pelagic – Razorbills, Common Murres, and a whole lotta Dovekies

Alex LamoreauxBird Finding Tips, Bird Sightings, Birding, birds in flight, General News and Info, Photography, Rarities, Trip Reports2 Comments

This past Saturday I joined 40 other birders on a 12 hour pelagic birding trip off the coast of Cape May County, NJ. This trip was organized by See Life Paulagics and was conducted on the 110 foot Atlantic Star. Weather throughout the day was great, with winds around 10 to 15 knots and swells around 2 to 3 feet for … Read More

Cape Gannets along the Wild Coast

Alex LamoreauxBirding, IdentificationLeave a Comment

In South Africa, the Eastern Cape’s coastline is known as the ‘Wild Coast’ due to its habit of smashing ships against its rocky shoreline during the winter months, when storms toss and turn the ocean. This beautiful coastline with its vast expanses of farmland, dune jungle, wetlands, and dark forests that I was able to call home for 10 weeks in 2011 … Read More

Birthday Pelagic

Drew WeberGeneral News and Info2 Comments

Three hours after waking up and driving 140 miles east to the coast, we set off at 5 AM from the marina at Belmar, NJ. Since it was still quite dark, the only birds I could see were Laughing Gulls streaming overhead and Great Black-backed Gulls loafing on the docks. Things really got exciting once we were 20 miles out … Read More