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Seabirds of Matinicus Rock

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  • Friday, Jun 10, 2016 8:00am – 4:00pm
  • Location: New Harbor, ME
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  • Members: $80 Non-members: $100

WatchingRAZOs A 32-acre island 18 miles offshore at the mouth of Penobscot Bay, Matinicus
Rock is one of Maine’s most important seabird nesting colonies. Here, Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, Common Murres, Black Guillemots, Arctic and Common Terns, and Laughing Gulls all gather to nest. Motoring out of New Harbor aboard the Hardy III, we’ll cross the mouth of Muscongus Bay, passing close by the seabird colony at Eastern Egg Rock where roseate terns nest. With plenty of open-water habitat along our route, we could see a good array of pelagic species, including Wilson’s Storm-petrels, Northern Gannets, Common Murres, phalaropes, Great and Sooty Shearwaters, Black-legged Kittiwakes, and jaegers.

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Information packet: Seabirds of Matinicus Rock [pdf] Registration questions: Beth Pauls - (207) 781-2330 x273

2016 TRIP REPORT

Last Friday, Maine Audubon’s annual ‘Seabirds of Matinicus Rock’ trip ran out of New Harbor, motoring past Eastern Egg Rock and exploring waters out to Matinicus Rock. Despite the strong winds lately, the seas were fairly calm throughout the trip. A complete list of birds seen is below, but a few highlights included: a first-summer Black-legged Kittiwake on Eastern Egg Rock, not a typical plumage we see this species in. Five Red Knots were seen at Eastern Egg in the morning and again in the afternoon – seems like we find them here more often than not on this trip. Alcid numbers seemed low at Matinicus, especially for Razorbills which were absent from the cliffs (the presence of a Peregrine Falcon may have influenced that). Numbers of terns were average compared to past trips; perhaps more Arctic Terns present at Eastern Egg Rock which made for great comparisons with the Common and Roseate Terns also present there. And finally the number of Wilson’s Storm-Petrels was impressive for this early in the year but perhaps not a surprise since we were already seeing them off Bar Harbor the week before. Thanks to everyone who came on this trip and especially to Captain Al and the crew of the Hardy Boat and Peter Vickery and Jan Pierson for their expert leadership!

eBird users can add the segmented checklists to their accounts by clicking on the “Add to my eBird” links below. ONLY click on the red links if you were on this trip, otherwise you can still view the lists using the blue “view” links.

Eastern Egg Rock (afternoon) - View - Add to my eBird
Maine Audubon-Hardy Boat–Segment VII 2016 - View - Add to my eBird
Maine Audubon-Hardy Boat–Segment VI 2016 - View - Add to my eBird
Maine Audubon-Hardy Boat–Segment V 2016 - View - Add to my eBird
Matinicus Rock - View - Add to my eBird
Maine Audubon-Hardy Boat–Segment IV 2016 - View - Add to my eBird
Maine Audubon-Hardy Boat–Segment III 2016 - View - Add to my eBird
Maine Audubon-Hardy Boat–Segment II 2016 - View - Add to my eBird
Maine Audubon-Hardy Boat–Segment I 2016 - View - Add to my eBird
Eastern Egg Rock (morning) - View - Add to my eBird
Maine Audubon-Hardy Boat–New Harbor 2016 – ViewAdd to my eBird

Contact: Doug Hitchcox - (207) 781-2330 x237

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