The Red billed Tropic bird is back at Seal Island, as of May 7 2019,
I have trips planned to go to Seal island and look for this bird for July 13, 17, 21 and August 3 that are not full
Red-billed Tropicbird sightings at Vinalhaven Seal Island, Knox County Maine, 2018
June 7, Having recently shed a tail feather, the bird was first seen, by observers on the island, about May 10. This bird tends to be less predictable until the terns lay eggs and establish a constant presence on the island, that date has been in recent years during late May, though they show up mid May.
July 1st, Seal Island.
July 1, the team ashore with passing TBird.
TBird and terns over Seal Island. July 1, 2018
July 1, you can see that the second tail feather has not grown much since June 7,
July 7, Seal Island beyond
July 7, 2018
Red-billed Tropicbird Vinalhaven Seal Island Knox County Maine, July 10 2018
sweeping over the wee brakish pond on the island to stir up the terns who like to bath there.
The TBird passing over man talking on cell phone.
the TBird passing cabin.
July 11, preening
RBTB, July 11, 2018 seal Island
yellow legs, black toes.
July 20, passing black-back who was shot for eating terns, and left hanging as a message to other hungry black-backs
July 29, that second tail feather has grown in some now.
July 30, 2018
August 8, straffing, by common tern