[Tweeters] Edmonds Fork-Tailed Storm-Petrel

Josh Adams xjoshx at gmail.com
Mon Nov 5 19:09:54 PST 2018

Hello Tweets,
Due to family obligations I had to sit on my hands all weekend watching
weather reports that showed sustained winds out of the west and down the
Strait of Jan de Fuca, which have sometimes brought interesting birds in
from the open ocean. I hit the Edmonds Pier first thing this morning in
hopes of finding something interesting. I did find something interesting,
almost immediately - half a dozen Orcas feeding about a mile out. As I
followed this group south I sighted a storm-petrel, which I was able to
track for about ten minutes before it disappeared out of sight to the
northwest. Leach's Storm-Petrel is the species found more often in Puget
Sound, but the flight style, and body shape indicated it was a Fork-Tailed.
Alas, morning light on an overcast day in November was pretty minimal so I
couldn't completely suss out plumage details, but I couldn't pick out any
obvious white on the rump.

Lots of birds moving through this morning, but nothing especially rare.
Good numbers of White-Winged Scoters, several unidentifiable murrelets
(Ancient or Marbled), and lots of flyby Murres and Rhinos.

Josh Adams
Cathcart, WA
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