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    See Life Paulagic off Lewes, DE, USA, 16th November 2013

    Hi,

    A business and family trip took us back to the US mid-Atlantic coast. So, on the 16th November we participated in Paul Guris's See Life Paulagic (http://www.paulagics.com/site/) off Lewes, DE, USA. I used to be a leader on Paul's trips from 2003 to 2007 and now I can add 2013 to this list. The night before the pelagic we travelled down from Philadelphia, PA, to Lewes, DE, to stay with the other leaders at our friend Ed's place. As usual, we had a few beers and enjoyed the evening and then tried to get some sleep before the 12-hour pelagic (6 am - 6 pm). We started in the rain but soon left the rain behind us to have a great trip. Highlights were a Scopoli's Shearwater, 2 Cory's Shearwaters, a Loggerhead Turtle, the 4 o'clock leaders' beer and a large shark, which may have been either a Great White or Basking Shark (unfortunately, I did not see the shark, so I can't comment further on it).

    Species:
    Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata x
    White-winged Scoter Melanitta [fusca] deglandi 3
    Black Scoter Melanitta [nigra] americana x
    Common Merganser Mergus [merganser] americanus 1
    Red-throated Loon Gavia stellata x
    Common Loon Gavia immer x
    Northern Fulmar Fulmarus glacialis 4
    Scopoli's Shearwater Calonectris [diomedea] diomedea 1
    Cory's Shearwater Calonectris [diomedea] borealis 2
    Great Shearwater Puffinus gravis 10+
    Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus 20+
    Northern Gannet Morus bassanus x
    Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus x
    Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis 1
    Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias 6
    Red Phalarope Phalaropus fulicaria 80
    Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla 10
    Bonaparte's Gull Chroicocephalus philadelphia 30
    Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla x
    Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis 1
    American Herring Gull Larus smithsonianus x
    Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus 4
    Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus x
    Pomarine Jaeger Stercorarius pomarinus 2
    Parasitic Jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus 1
    Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor 1

    Ocean Sunfish Mola mola 2
    Loggerhead Turtle Caretta caretta 1
    Short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus delphis 2
    We missed the large shark.

    Raja's pictures will be uploaded soon.

    Here is a link to Alex Lamoreaux's blog:
    http://www.nemesisbird.com/birding/r...ewes-paulagic/

    Cheers,

    Nikolas
    Last edited by nhaass; 07-12-2013 at 08:29 PM.

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