[Tweeters] Long-tailed Jaeger?

jackie boss jackieaboss at yahoo.com
Sat Aug 31 18:55:38 PDT 2013

Paddling Sat. (8/31) 9 to 10 a.m. with my Dragon Boat team in the Oak Harbor of the town of Oak Harbor, Whidbey Island, perched on the top of a 20' piling out in the Harbor was a slick, small seabird.  My paddlers questioned me to it's identity.  All I could answer was it's a small, unusual seabird, which brought on gales of laughter.  As the bird took flight, I said, "See! It flies differently," meaning it's flight was more elegant with crooked, slight wings when compared to the usual Glaucous-winged Gull.
I had noticed the Long-tailed Jaeger report on Lake Sammamish the day before in Tweeters.  Looking in Sibley's guide book, it does seem possible that's what I saw this morning.  It's the pure white breast and throat with the distinct black hood starting at the beak, past the eyes to a cap on top that turns me toward this id.  Also, the flight showing the striped rear tail feathers seem telling.  I'd welcome it if someone more experienced then I can spot this seabird again on Oak Harbor and either verify my id or determine another one.  I should add that it's been several weeks since I've seen Caspian Terns on Oak Harbor.  This morning I saw several.  A beautiful morning paddle on Oak Harbor!
--Jackie Boss

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