Sunday, April 19, 2020

Band-rumped Storm-petrel (Oceanodroma castro) - 25May2018

Pelagic birding has the tendency to make a decent birder feel like a newb all over again.  Storm-petrels are especially tricky to ID when mixed in with large flocks and the sea tossing the boat around.  The Band-rumped is a larger longer winged Storm-petrel than the common Wilson's and has a different flight style than the Leach's.  That being said, I still have trouble picking them out and find that locating them using the naked eye is easier than getting nocs on them.

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