8172WHITE-CHINNED PETREL off Half Moon Bay.
- Oct 18, 2009Folks
Sequoia Audubon Society ran their first ever pelagic out of Half Moon
Bay, San Mateo, today and it was fantastic! This tops the one last week for
the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory where three species of albatross were
seen (BF, Laysan, and Short-tailed). Today we struck gold with a
White-chinned Petrel, if accepted a new record for California! The bird
first was in the wake of the boat and wheeled off, fortunately we were able
to make it come in to some chum and it gave some close passes before sitting
behind the boat. Everyone on the boat had looks and we were able to study
the features of the species. The bulky structure, short tail, large body,
big belly of the bird were noticeably different from a Flesh-footed
Shearwater (which we saw soon after this sighting). As well the bill was
dull yellow to the tip, with each bill plate nicely outlined in black.
Zooming up on photos we could see the small white chin patch, but this was
not visible in the field. The bird was fresh looking and even in wear state.
I should also mention we did see one or perhaps two Laysan Albatross today
I set up a quicky website to post a few of my photos of the petrel.
Others on the boat were able to get much higher quality shots, and I look
forward to seeing those (please send me the good ones all!). Here are the
Thanks Jennifer Rycenga and Gary Dehgi for helping in the setup of this
trip! Also for having the perserverance after being shut out by poor weather
earlier in the fall.
It was soooo Awesome!!!!
Half Moon Bay, California
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