Birding Aboard

Species Seen

From sea ducks to skuas, gulls to gannets, petrels to prions, all sorts of birds are reported from cruising boats. Many land birds are also spotted—or hosted with a resting stop during trans-ocean migrations. These hitchhikers-at-sea have ranged from woodpeckers to warblers. Here’s a list of some of the birds reported from boats participating in Birding Aboard, with species listed in taxonomic order.

Geese to Shearwaters...

West Indian Whistling-Duck

Snow Goose

American Black Duck

Common Eider

Harlequin Duck

Surf Scoter

White-winged Scoter

Black Scoter

Long-tailed Duck


Common Goldeneye

Red-breasted Merganser

Ruddy Duck

Red-throated Loon

Pacific Loon

Common Loon

Pied-billed Grebe

Horned Grebe

Red-necked Grebe

Western Grebe

Chinstrap Penguin

Macaroni Penguin

Yellow-nosed Albatross

Gray-headed Albatross

Buller's Albatross

Black-browed Albatross

Black-footed Albatross

Royal Albatross

Wandering Albatross

Waved Albatross

Salvin's Albatross

Southern Giant-Petrel

Northern Giant-Petrel

Southern Fulmar

Northern Fulmar

Trindade Petrel

Bulwer’s Petrel

Cape Petrel

Antarctic Petrel

Snow Petrel

"Cookilaria" Petrel Sp.

Soft-plumaged Petrel

Atlantic Petrel

Blue Petrel

Broad-billed Prion

Antarctic Prion

White-chinned Petrel

Spectacled Petrel

Westland Petrel

Fea’s Petrel

Cory’s Shearwater

Cape Verde Shearwater

Pink-footed Shearwater

Flesh-footed Shearwater

Great Shearwater

Wedge-tailed Shearwater

Sooty Shearwater

Manx Shearwater

Black-vented Shearwater

Gulls to Songbirds ...

Black-legged Kittiwake

Bonaparte's Gull

Laughing Gull

Heermann's Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Silver Gull

Western Gull

California Gull

Herring Gull

Thayer's Gull

Iceland Gull

Kumlien’s Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Glaucous Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

Forster’s Tern

Roseate Tern

Least Tern

Gull-billed Tern

Black Tern

Royal Tern

Great Crested Tern

Black-naped Tern

Sandwich Tern

Common Tern

Inca Tern

Bridled Tern

Sooty Tern

Brown Noddy

Black Noddy

Black Skimmer

Rock Pigeon

Superb Fruit-Dove

Short-eared Owl     

Forest Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

Northern Flicker


Peregrine Falcon

American Crow

Common Raven

Tree Swallow

Cave Swallow

Barn Swallow

Brown Creeper

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglet

American Redstart

Cape May Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Palm Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Prairie Warbler


Storm-Petrels to Alcids...

White-faced Storm-Petrel

Wilson's Storm-Petrel

European Storm-Petrel

Leach's Storm-Petrel

Pincoya Storm-Petrel

Black-bellied Storm-Petrel

Common Diving-Petrel

White-tailed Tropicbird

Red-billed Tropicbird

Red-tailed Tropicbird

Wood Stork

Magnificent Frigatebird

Masked Booby

Nazca Booby

Red-footed Booby

Brown Booby

Northern Gannet

Cape Gannet

Brandt's Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant

Great Cormorant

Pied Cormorant

American White Pelican

Brown Pelican

Cattle Egret

Green Heron

Lava Heron

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

White Ibis

Scarlet Ibis

Roseate Spoonbill

Wood Stork

American Flamingo


Golden Eagle

Bald Eagle

Rough-legged Hawk

American Oystercatcher

Spotted Sandpiper

Ruddy Turnstone     


Purple Sandpiper

Red Phalarope

Red-necked Phalarope

Long-tailed Jaeger

Parasitic Jaeger

Pomarine Jaeger


Common Murre

Thick-billed Murre


Black Guillemot

Cassin's Auklet

Rhinoceros Auklet

Tufted Puffin

Horned Puffin

Atlantic Puffin