Living on the Seas of the World: Offshore Birdwatching at Westport Professional Review and Guide
"Take an offshore boat trip from Westport to see pelagic and coastal seabirds, including alcids, brown pelicans, shorebirds, and marine mammals. Westport Seabirds Offshore Trips offers pelagic trips to Grays Canyon, 42 land-miles out to the edge of the continental shelf, every weekend in August, with fewer trips in September and October.
Pelagic birds are very different from the many species of land birds we are more accustomed to seeing.They live their entire lives over, around, and on the seas of the world, flying great distances to find food and to nest. It might seem to us to be a hostile environment, with strong seas, high winds, ferocious storms, and few rest stops over thousands of miles of ocean water, but these birds are well built to survive. It is also a very rich environment, with a huge assortment of food—including scraps and garbage from fishing boats and other ships. Some pluck most of their food off the surface; some dive in the water and swim using outstretched wings. Most stop only briefly on land to nest and raise their young, and then off they go again."