Birding Aboard “SeaBC” has sailors reporting unusual birds

Into the ladies and Cruising web log series “just take Your Passion Cruising” I composed about my passion: wild birds.

Whenever you’re cruising, you’re immersed in nature, and several of us enjoy viewing the wild birds while underway or at anchor. But being a boater you’re also in a unique place to play a role in citizen technology simply by using pictures of birds the thing is on passage plus in remote anchorages.

Tropicbirds are generally reported to your Birding Aboard project, maybe since they’re therefore elegant while having a practice of circling the mast.
Photo ©Ellen Massey Leonard.

Since there is so small coverage of the areas, the odds are high for “birder aboard” to add notable sightings that assistance boffins and conservations map bird circulation and abundance.

Here are some samples of just how cruisers is “the eyes regarding water” for birds:

* Sailing vessel s/v Aventura, aided by the Blue Planet Odyssey through the Northwest Passage, photographed a rare white morph Gyrfalcon cliff-nesting for an island into the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Their sighting contributes to a lone 1999 historical report of a Gyrfalcon on exact same location.

A uncommon white Gyrfalcon spotted on the list of cliffs and icebergs
of the Northwest Passage. Picture ©Doina Cornell.

* A 24-year-old whom crossed the Atlantic together with his daddy within the Atlantic Odyssey fleet, captured stunning photographs of the Trindade Petrel about 1,000 kilometers east of Martinique. A Trindade Petrel also was reported individually by Dorothy Wadlow on s/v Joyant about 900 miles east of Antigua. Trindade Petrel is really a recently split types, considered susceptible with uncertain international population and range.

A striking capture of a fast-flying ocean bird, a Trindade Petrel at home a lot of kilometers from shore. Photo ©Michael Sammer.

* Two homeschooled young ones, ages 10 and 11, logged all birds they saw throughout their two-week transatlantic, scoring a Red-billed Tropicbird and Masked Booby nearer to Cape Verdes than their expected stronghold into the Caribbean.

* In that same fleet, s/v Gemm and s/v Fleur de Sel documented flocks of Cattle Egrets in the exact middle of the Atlantic Ocean, over a thousand kilometers from Africa or South America. The Cattle Egret has received perhaps one of the most wide-reaching and quick expansions from the native range in Africa, spreading northward through Southern and united states since very first sighted in Guiana in 1877. They are presumed to own flown across the Atlantic Ocean, given that immature Cattle Egrets will disperse around 3,100 miles from their breeding area. So Lanzarote to Martinique (the Atlantic Odyssey’s passage) is really a jump over the pond!

* Circumnavigator Ellen Massey Leonard built-up photos from her and her husband’s round-the-world passage on 38-foot s/v Heretic, contributing noon roles for notable sightings such as Cape Petrel further north than expected within the Indian Ocean, a Brown Noddy hitchhiker off the South African coast, plus Pomarine Jaeger near St. Paul Rocks in central equatorial Atlantic Ocean.

A Brown Noddy claims a radome as its perch halfway between Ascension Island and Barbados. Photo ©Ellen Massey Leonard

* Birding Aboard Advisor and U.K. marine conservationist Colin Speedie on s/v Pelerin sailed through balmy Lesser Antilles, and then spot several notable wild birds typical to him from their northern home port! These included Great Skua, Pomarine and Parasitic Jaeger, and Cory’s Shearwater.

There have been also many respected reports of hitchhiking land birds, such as for example Bobolink, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Barn Swallow, Mangrove Swallow, Caribbean Martin, Northern Flicker, and Blackpoll Warbler. These sightings reinforce present monitoring proof that tiny songbirds are able to migrate long distances within the ocean as they are not totally all “storm waifs.”

A small Blackpoll Warbler, a migrant between Canada and South America, rests within the cockpit of s/v Cinderella about 20 kilometers from the Florida coastline.
Photo ©Jaye Lunsford.

Going forward, the task is anticipating exciting reports from Blue Planet Odyssey vessels sailing to Tokelau and Vanuatu, another period of efforts through Arctic’s Northwest Passage, a sailboat cruising the Scandinavian Arctic, and OceansWatch Donna Lange’s solamente circumnavigation. And now we hope for much more sightings from seaside and offshore cruisers as you!


 The “SeaBC” Water Bird Count is:

  • A Clean Wake Venture of this Seven Seas Cruising Association
  • An Ecological Programme for the Ocean Cruising Club
  • A Venture of this Blue Planet Odyssey

For more information on how exactly to participate, see www.birdingaboard.org and/or Birding Aboard Twitter group.


About Diana Doyle

Diana Doyle and her spouse Mark compose the Intracoastal Waterway cruising guide series, on liquid ChartGuides. It works- and live-aboard their PDQ catamaran Semi-Local.

Diana holds a 50-ton USCG Master’s License, but she especially really loves introducing her onboard kayak since it gets the woman closest to your wildlife.

She also writes for birding publications and it is currently the Tools regarding the Trade Editor for United states Birding Association’s Birding mag.


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