I spent a lot of time fishing off Cape Broyle this summer and there were a lot of these birds out that way. Itís the same as the rest of the people said that it isnít very common to the see the birds in that area either.
Posted: 8/23/2012 3:01:27 AM
Bell island :
was out on last day of food fishery off bell island see all kinds of them off there more then i seen in years since i left my small home town
Posted: 8/22/2012 2:14:51 PM
We seen two gannets while outside of Hopedale hunting!
Posted: 8/22/2012 2:04:48 PM
Southern Shore Gal :
We saw three Gannets a few weeks ago while on a boat tour. I've lived here my whole life and it's the first time I've seen them. They were out flying around with the gulls, turrs (murrs) and puffins. It was nice to see them because I've only heard about them or seen them in a book. Sad to hear that they are having move away from here and their chicks in search of food.
Posted: 8/22/2012 12:00:38 PM
Just another tidbit of evidence of the effects of climate change.
Posted: 8/22/2012 10:14:46 AM
South Coast :
hey, While we were home this weekend there was a Gannet in Hermitage in someones back yard. From all of my years growing up ive never seen that.. :)
Posted: 8/22/2012 8:51:00 AM
To Shore Dweller :
The comments and information gathered by fisherman and people like yourself is of the utmost importance to the scientists and other people researching it! Please don't think that your information isn't important because you aren't a scientist!!!!
Posted: 8/22/2012 8:28:58 AM
Wisdome of the ages. :
Shore dweller makes sense. Sometimes the average person watching the water knows alot more than some scientist in a building. We survived on this rock for 500 years, we do home some wisdom.
Posted: 8/22/2012 8:10:04 AM
Shore Dweller :
It is no surprise that these birds are leaving.Their main early summer food - caplin- never arrived. The ganets could be seen ranging the whole of Placentia Bay looking for food in June and July. There are no mackeral around. People involved in the recreational fishery saw no sign of mackeral - other years you would have great difficulty getting down a hook without catching them. When you combine this with the population explosion which has happened at Cape St. Mary's over the past 30 years- birds have taken over the cliff from the Lighthouse to The False Cape- then one can easily conclude that a sharp decrease in food would cause a mass exit - but I am no scientist so what would I know?