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Red-billed Tropicbird on San Clemente Island

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  • HeraldPetrel@aol.com
    Birders A Red-billed Tropicbird was found today, 4 August, sitting on the water just west of China Point, San Clemente Island. The bird was estimated to be
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      Birders

      A Red-billed Tropicbird was found today, 4 August, sitting on the water just
      west of China Point, San Clemente Island. The bird was estimated to be
      roughly 500 meters offshore. Hopefully this will be the start of regular
      sightings in the area. In addition to the tropicbird were a single Caspian
      Tern (adult), a rarity on the Channel Islands, and the fall's first adult
      Pomarine Jaeger (light-morph adult). 5 Pink-footed Shearwaters and 4 Sooty
      Shearwaters were also seen.

      Numbers of tubenoses are down compared to last summer at this location,
      perhaps indicating a change in sea-surface conditions. Still looking for
      that first island record of Craveri's Murrelet!

      thanks

      Brian Sullivan
      Institute for Wildlife Studies
      SCE/NRO/NALF/SCI
      PO Box 357054
      San Diego, CA
      92135

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