There are only 1 or 2 spots left aboard the See Life Paulagics overnighter
out of Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn!!! This spring has been very interesting,
with two Albatross sightings in the Mid-Atlantic and European Storm Petrel
Local fishing boats are reporting large numbers of Bluefish and Striped
Bass inshore and water in the Hudson Canyon is currently in the mid 60's!
There's a lot of life out there!!!
The original post to the State List from Doug Gochfeld is copied below.
Hope to see you aboard!!!
It's that time of year again New York birders! Time for some great
overnight ocean birding. The first overnight pelagic of the year will be
leaving from Brooklyn on June 4. We'll steam out into the deep, and hope to
see a slew of pelagic birds that can essentially only be seen in the region
if you are offshore.
This is the best time of year to see South Polar Skua, and we had 6 (!!) on
our last spring overnight, in 2015. We also had Long-tailed Jaeger,
Pomarine Jaeger, multiple Arctic Terns, Audubon's Shearwaters, and Manx
Shearwaters, over 20 Leach's Storm-Petrels, and hundreds each of Sooty and
Cory's Shearwater. It was also a great non-bird trip, with breaching
Basking Shark, Risso's, Common, and Offshore Bottlenose Dolphin, Several
great looks at Mola Mola, Blue Shark, and 25+ Portuguese Man O' War.
In addition to these, it is a fairly good time of year to see Phalaropes,
and there are always good home run possibilities, since this is the time
window when the pelagic trips off Cape Hatteras get the majority of their
rarities (such as Bermuda Petrel, European Storm-Petrel etc.), and the only
New York State record of Yellow-nosed Albatross was from a late May pelagic
Here are a couple of photo galleries from the 2015 overnight to whet your
We leave the dock at 8 PM on Sunday June 4, and will return around 6 PM the
We do this in order to maximize our time in the deep waters where the more
unusual and pelagic animals are likely to be.
It is now fairly easy to sign up for these trips on the website, at this
More info on the pelagic here:
Hope to see some of you aboard!
-Doug Gochfeld. Brooklyn, NY.
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