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WHITE-CHINNED PETREL off Half Moon Bay.

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  • Alvaro Jaramillo
    Folks 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
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 18, 2009
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      Folks

      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
      as well.
      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
      photos:

      http://www.birdsofchile.com/WCPE.htm

      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!!!!

      Alvaro

      Alvaro Jaramillo
      chucao@...
      Half Moon Bay, California

      Field Guides - Birding Tours Worldwide
      www.fieldguides.com <http://www.fieldguides.com/>



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    • John Sterling
      I put up a few photos of the petrel on my website at http://sterlingbirds.smugmug.com (click on Sterling s Rare California Birds gallery). Thanks to Alvaro
      Message 2 of 2 , Oct 18, 2009
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        I put up a few photos of the petrel on my website at
        http://sterlingbirds.smugmug.com (click on Sterling's Rare California Birds
        gallery). Thanks to Alvaro who got us on the right track with the species
        identification.



        WOW, what a day.



        John Sterling

        VVVVVVVVVV



        26 Palm Ave

        Woodland, CA 95695

        cell 530 908-3836

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        Folks

        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
        as well.
        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
        photos:

        http://www.birdsofchile.com/WCPE.htm

        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!!!!

        Alvaro

        Alvaro Jaramillo
        chucao@... <mailto:chucao%40coastside.net>
        Half Moon Bay, California

        Field Guides - Birding Tours Worldwide
        www.fieldguides.com <http://www.fieldguides.com/>


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