This morning I scoped the ocean from Little River Headlands for a while. It
was very calm. I did see what I was pretty sure was a Cook's Petrel. At
first I thought it was a Manx Shearwater because it was small, flying close
to the water, white-bellied and had a procellarid flight pattern. After
watching it as it flew by, I became convinced that I was looking at a
Pterodroma instead of a shearwater, because of the bouncy flight. I am
familiar with Manx Shearwaters and their close to the water flight, and even
though there was no wind, this bird was still bouncy. At one point I thought
I saw a hint of a 'W' pattern on the back as it banked. It was too far away
to get anything really convincing, but this weekend might be a good time to
scope the ocean..
Not much else was about, I saw one Rhinoceros Auklet, only one juvenal
Common Murre (with its dad) and a few Pigeon Guillemots already started on
their way north.
Oh, and a Blue Whale..thanks for sending it north Richard..
Ron LeValley Photography
P.O. Box 332
Little River CA 95456
Mendocino Coast Photographer Guild and Gallery
301 North Main Street
Fort Bragg California USA 95437
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