There was a few other fishing vessels on the cod grounds that morning, but what was missing were the usual inquisitive Gulls. There are just about always a few Gulls hanging back from the fishing boats waiting for the opportunity of a tossed back short fish or old bait. But that morning the sea was eerily empty of Gulls except for the occasional fly by or fly over Herring or Greater Black-backed Gulls (all the Gulls in the area were probably still following the trawlers off Narragansett). But even with the absence of Gulls, Black-legged Kittiwake patrolled the area, but disappearing as quickly as they appeared.
As we approached the East Grounds, the area was dotted with Alcids, both on the water and flying by such as this single Dovekie…..
This one likes the big suet pieces!
Notice the Kittiwake's classic red/orange gape?
( http://www.oceanwanderers.com/BlacklegKittiwake.html )
Here is my favorite shot of the day......
I looked through all the mass of churning Gulls, and sure enough, high up on the port side, I spotted the silhouette of a backlit Iceland Gull; its shape was unmistakable. The bird flew down closer to the Lady and then passed by only to fly away heading towards the
The red arrows on the chart indicate the area where I spotted the highest concentration of Dovekie, and the blue Arrow is the location where I saw the blue morph Fulmar.
The locations of the two Iceland Gulls.