Early Ashy Storm-petrel - Mendocino Headlands 10 Aug, 2006
- Early this afternoon, Jim was trying again for the Horned Puffin
(unsuccessfully) from Mendocino Headlands St Park. While
scoping off to the west, I spotted an early Ashy Storm-petrel.
There was a stiff breeze with overcast conditions. The fog was
further out. The Ashy Storm-petrel was flying with somewhat
erratic, batlike flight, while moving forward toward the north
at a good clip. (Flighty and direct at the same time). I eliminated
every other dark-rumped storm-petrel easily.
At Virgin Creek mouth, there was an injured Red Phalarope
in the shallows by the sand. I believe it was an adult in
molt, with a few vague, orange spots along the lower flanks
and sides of the breast. It was missing quite a few feathers
under the left wing, which also seemed to be missing some
The Long-tailed Duck fed on the east side of the Ten Mile
River bridge. The wing coverts are now becoming black.
North of Fort Bragg
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