We found Northern Gannets at several locations as we drove up the East Coast in late March. This one flew off of Ocean City, Maryland. Gannets are restricted to only six colonies in North America—three in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and three off the Newfoundland coast. Gannets also breed in northern Europe. Our birds winter from Maine to south Texas.
Gannet reproductive success is high, fortunately, since they raise only one chick each year. Most colonies are increasing at a rate of 3 to 5% per year (Mowbray 2002).