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  • Mitch H
    tcheezeek!Just some preliminary results from the Condor Express trip 9/28. Most significant bird sighting was the FLOCK of WILSON S Storm-Petrels. There were
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      tcheezeek!

      Just some preliminary results from the Condor
      Express trip 9/28. Most significant bird sighting
      was the FLOCK of WILSON'S Storm-Petrels. There
      were 5 at once in front of us, with 5 more Storm-
      Petrels to the left and 5 more to the right that
      all looked the same. Small, black, straight and
      stubby-winged, U-shaped rump patch extending well onto lateral undertail coverts, feet extending past
      tail, at point blank, under the freakin' bow. It
      was unbelieveable to this crusty socal seabirder.
      There could have been 20! An entire area of sea
      was Wilson's Storm-Petrels and very near was an
      entire horizon of Blue Whale blows, dozens,
      lunge feeding on Krill, showing baleen. Toss in
      Albacore jumping over calling Craveri's Murrelets,
      Red-billed Tropicbird in a boat fast enough to
      keep it overhead long as we wanted, and getting
      to use the WASABI, and it was a heck of a day.
      Logging Sperm Whales were seen as usual on these
      trips (6 of last 7 I've recorded them). The Wilson's
      were just a few miles west of San Miguel Island,
      in murky nearshore waters. More later....

      pelagic birding rocks
      Mitch - Torrance
      Mitch Heindel
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