Sunday, July 24, 2011

Day 76: Nighttime visitor

We had this unusual visitor show up in our net last night as we were netting for storm-petrels. Yes it's a storm-petrel but it's a species we've caught only a few times in 40 years, the last time was in 1992. As you bird folks may have guessed, it's a Fork-tailed Storm-petrel! We were super excited to get this guy. These birds typically breed much further north, from Washington to Alaska, but this bird did have bare brood patch. That is something breeding birds develop when they are incubating so perhaps this bird is breeding nearby? Non-breeders can have brood patches too so it's not definitive but it is intriguing.

7/29/11 Check out our latest Storm-petrel visitor here

1 comment:

  1. Oh wow. Quite a rare occasion! Haven't seen any of those in a very long time. Take good care of it!!

    Simply Fone