Report from Richard Stern....
Just got back from a weekend on Brier. As we arrived at about 9pm, a Coyote stood in the Lighthouse Rd. near the farm, and ran ahead of us before ducking into the Big Meadow. On Saturday night we could hear them howling from our camp.
Saturday was foggy, wet, and SW winds - so hardly any birds, but we did get a single Laughing Gull between our camp and Whipple Point. Today was much better, as the wind had turned NE by this morning. For most of the day anywhere you looked, the sky was full of Sharp-shinned and Broad-winged hawks, with a smattering of Red-tails (all juv., interestingly), N.Harriers, Kestrels, Merlins, Peregrines and just 2 T.Vultures. Flocks of Blue Jays roamed all over the island, and with the large number of Sharpies around, their terminal cries were not infrequent. Flickers were very much in evidence. Just before we left a Peregrine posed on a seaweed covered rock near the ferry.
A sea watch from N.Point this morning was excellent, with a feeding frenzy about 0.5km offshore, with hundreds of Gannets, Kittiwakes, Gr. Shearwaters, 2+ Parasitic Jaegers, all milling around, and at one point a whale breached in the middle of it. Gannets were flying by close offshore right around the island all day.
There were very few passerines.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
On September 14th Brier Island Whale & Seabird Cruises sighted an Orca Whale with a pod of dolphins.He also sighted lots of pilots whales. For pictures and more information visit Brier Island Whales Blog...