I went on another deep sea fishing trip out of Kennebunk to Jeffreys Ledge; this time, while everyone else was catching (mainly) Pollock and Haddock, I was catching glimpses of seabirds, including a rare and total surprise South Polar Skua (Lifer!) who flew past our boat while we were at the ledge.
I experienced many small whirlpools (called piglets) and upwellings of the Old Sow whirlpool (said to be the largest in the Western Hemisphere) off Eastport in Passamaquoddy Bay. The action of the tides attracts a variety of birds including thousands of Bonaparte's Gulls.
During a deep sea fishing trip out of Kennebunk to Jeffreys Ledge, I caught Cod, Cusk, and Pollock. Additionally, I observed 2 Ocean Sunfish, several Sharks (not sure which kinds), ~1000 Wilson's Storm-Petrels, and several other pelagic bird species including my FOY Great Shearwater, Leach's Storm-Petrel*, and Pomarine Jaeger.
Other FOY birds included Hudsonian Godwit*, Cory's Shearwater, and a rare Black-necked Stilt* (Lifer!).
*first located by another birder and subsequently seen by me
Wild Edible of the Week
I ate some of the Pollock (so good!) from my fishing trip (see above) and put several pounds in my freezer.
Nature Challenge of the Week (for you, the reader)
Locate and identify 3 types of ferns using a field guide or an online tool like Go Botany's fern key.
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