Pelagics are run by See Life Paulagics out of several NE ports every year, including 2 from New York. The aim is to get into the deeper water offshore to look for some of the gulf stream specials. The trip set off on Monday evening and sailed all night in order to be in the right area at dawn to increase the chances of Storm-Petrels.
Birding started before 5:00am with torches and chum, and continued until we docked at 6:00pm. The commonest seabird by far was Wilson's Storm-Petrel (300-400) which came in quickly to the chumming. Scattered in amongst them were Leach's Storm-Petrel (30+) and Band-rumped Storm-Petrel (20+). The star turn among the stormies though was a single White-faced Storm Petrel. Quite apart from all the others it wasn't found until later in the morning. Sadly I got no photographs, but it was a fantastic little bird, with a marvelous swinging/ twirling feeding behaviour.
Larger tubenoses were very scarce early on, however the first that arrived made of for the lack of quantity by its quality, a gorgeous Fea's Petrel, possibly only the third New York state record of this endangered seabird. Eventually some shearwaters did show themselves, and we had Cory's Shearwater (4), Great Shearwater (3) and Audubon's Shearwater (3).
The long journey home had a few notable birds, particularly a young Bridled Tern. As we got closer to shore the count picked up, and we eventually had Herring Gull, Greater Black-backed Gull, Laughing Gull and Common Tern following the boat in to port.
Non-bird highlights included close encounters with single Bottlenose Dolphin and Common Dolphin riding the bow wave, a Minke Whale, a Loggerhead Turtle and a couple of sightings of sharks.
Other photographers did better than I, check them out here.