On June 1, a Seven Seas whale-watching boat out of Gloucester, Massachusetts, found an ABA Code 4 Yellow-nosed Albatross 17 miles east of Gloucester. The bird was spotted by Captain Jay Frontierro and seen well by all on board for the brief period it was present.
The exact location was lat/long = 42 35.96/70 16.84 at 16:05. This puts the birds on the northeast side of Tillies Bank where there were many schools of Mackerel visible at the surface (and no doubt why there were 2 Humpback, 3 Fin, and a few Minke whales in the area).
Any albatross in the Atlantic is a pretty exciting event, but Yellow-nosed is the “expected” species, relatively speaking. There are about 35 records for the ABA Area from Newfoundland south to Florida and into the Gulf of Mexico to Texas. All observations save one – the extraordinary record of an emaciated, but long-staying, individual in Ontario in 2010 – are offshore or nearshore (Howell et al, 2014).
There are two subspecies of Yellow-nosed Albatross. All North American records pertain to the nominate subspecies – called “Western Yellow-nosed Albatross” – which nests primarily on Tristan da Cunha and Gough Islands in the South Atlantic.
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