Friday, July 10, 2009

Long Island Sound - Wilson's Storm-Petrels

Long Island Sound, half of which is Connecticut's portion of the Atlantic Ocean, is terribly deprived of pelagic birds. One of the few species that can be expected annually in small numbers is Wilson's Storm-Petrel. This morning Glenn Williams and I took the round trip ferry from New London, CT to Orient Point, NY in search of pelagic birds in CT waters. We had a few storm-petrels on the way out, but on the way back Glenn spotted a loose flock of 7 birds zig-zagging and pattering along the surface. I was able to 'digibin' one of the birds, albeit poorly:


Flying to the right, angled away

-NB

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