Friday, October 23, 2009

Possible 2nd Oregon Greater Shearwater

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While conducting a seawatch from Boiler Bay, Lincoln County, Oregon, on 18 October 2009 Wayne Hoffman spotted a very likely Greater Shearwater.

Wayne reported that the bird...
...had white underparts, dark back. As it flared to land, it showed a white band across the tail base. Seemed a bit smaller than Pink-foot, larger than Sooty.

There is one previous record of Greater Shearwater in Oregon, 9 August 2008 (trip report with photos) about 18 miles offshore Newport, Oregon.

Boiler Bay is a great place to watch seabirds at this time of year. Wayne also saw about 100 Sooty Shearwaters, 400 Sooty/Short-tailed Shearwaters, 30 Buller's Shearwaters, 18 Pink-footed Shearwaters, and 25 dark phase Northern Fulmars from 8:15-10:45 am.

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