FW: Leach's Storm-Petrel - STOCKTON, CA
From: Jeff Gilligan [mailto:jeffgill@...]
Sent: Monday, January 07, 2008 9:08 PM
To: Lethaby, Nick
Cc: Jon King
Subject: Leach's Storm-Petrel - STOCKTON, CA
Today (January 7) I saw a Leach's Storm-Petrel flying around a flooded
adjacent to the I-99 Freeway in Stockton. It was first a bit below eye
level and in front and to the right of me as I was driving about 58 mph.
For a split second I had to eliminate swallows and swifts. It then
apparent it was a northern type Leach's Storm-Petrel. The double white
on the upper tail covert area was seen - eliminating rarer species.
last saw it in the rear view mirror it was flying across the freeway.
I later saw considerable evidence of the recent storm in the area -
trees and twisted signs, etc.
I don't know where to report the sighting.
Also - unlike recent trips through the central areas of California,
seems to be a reasonable number of Yellow-billed Magpies.