Northern Fulmar at Seaside Beach - Ten Mile Area
- Sun, 1 Nov 2009 -- Jim Havlena found a NORTHERN FULMAR
(dark morph) right at the water's edge on Seaside Beach just north
of the Ten Mile river mouth. It was lively, but a sandy beach is an
unusual location. A short time later, Ron LeValley met with us to
see the bird. We wanted him to confirm that Karen's ID was correct
and have him give us a assessment of the bird's health.
Ron agreed that it was a Northern Fulmar, although the pale bill,
outlined with black had us hoping for another species. The plumage
was uniform, medium gray with silvery inner primaries and wing linings.
The bird was pretty feisty, so Ron suggested how to release it. Jim
and I drove to MacKerricher SP to the south bluff of Laguna Point
(the Orchard Oriole area from Oct). Jim put the bird in the water near
some gulls that were feeding. The N Fulmar began paddling away
from the shore after only a few seconds. It took a while to get out of
the cove and beyond the waves, but it never stopped pushing forward.
We left after it was in calmer water, so we did not see if it attempted
to take off. We hope it will be alright!
Thanks to Ron for his advise.
Karen H. for Jim Havlena
North of Fort Bragg, CA
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