Charleston Pelagic Birding Trip - Saturday May 30, 2009

A pelagic birding trip on May 30, 2009 to South Carolina and Georgia waters was quite productive.

Red-billed and White-tailed Tropicbirds were observed, as was a BERMUDA PETREL.

We ended up over 80 miles from the outer Charleston Jetties, and 125 miles off the Georgia coast.

A map of our trip route and some photos are below - more will be added over the next couple of weeks.

(click map for larger version)

Images: (click a thumbnail to see the full-sized image)

Red-billed Tropicbird (Phaethon aethereus) - 2nd GA record?, 3rd SC Record.
Photos by Chris Snook.

Black-capped Petrels (Pterodroma hasitata)
Photos by Chris Snook.

Bird totals for the day (10 pelagic species):

Black-capped Petrel - 54
Wilson's Storm-Petrel - 38
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel - 2
Cory's Shearwater - 3
Audubon's Shearwater - 3
Greater Shearwater - 3
White-tailed Tropicbird - 1
Jaeger species (Pom/Par) - 1 (another possible Jaeger was not counted)

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