Checklist S9316450

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Owner Ryan Schain

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Ryan Schain and I came here to scan for shearwaters and were successful, with several Manx in quite close and distant aggregations of gannets and kittiwakes also holding a few of each shearwater as well. The sea duck show inside the inlet was superb, with possible three eider taxa. Finally, a flyby Pacific Loon put a capper on a phenomenal scanning sessions here. WEATHER: High overcast and chilly, with 5-10 mph wind from W biting right to the bone.


  1. Number observed: 1
  2. Number observed: 5
  3. Number observed: 1

    Details: *rare; continuing female; well-photographed by Ryan on an earlier date and photographed distantly on this date; first spotted by Ryan, with distinctive head shape and bill shape notes; overall color did not stand out from surrounding S. m. dresseri

  4. Number observed: 3400

    Details: the majortity were checked for other subspecies, and the vast number sof very rich cinnamon or brown females stood out in stark contrast to the possible female S. m. borealis that we found and photographed

  5. Number observed: 1

    Details: **rare; very gray female identified as S. m. borealis; grayish head, pale grayish-buff breast and upperparts; the paler back and scapulars made; fresh even-age wing coverts indicate an after hatch-year (fide Jessie Barry). Other than the starkly grayish coloration, there was little else to distinguish from the surrounding S. m. dresseri, but on close examination the bill was: 1) slightly shorter (maybe 75-85% the length of bills of nearby dresseri); 2) bill processes were similarly shorter; 3) had possibly very slightly more pointed bill process; 4) had an odd grayish blob just proximal to the tip, though this was possibly not significant; 5) may have had a slightly different nostril position relative to the dresseri (nostril a bit more proximal relative to the central lobe of feathering). The nail was prominent and hooked (but this seemed variable). If photo review confirms these characters we will change this record to S. m. borealis.

  6. Number observed: 5

    Details: females in eider flock

  7. Number observed: 40

    Details: flying by offshore and 5-10 in eider flock

  8. Number observed: 3

    Details: females in eider flock

  9. Number observed: 15
  10. Number observed: 50
  11. Number observed: 8
  12. Number observed: 33
  13. Number observed: 125

    Details: many birds flying past in both directions and 10-15 inside the inlet and very close to the beach

  14. Number observed: 60

    Details: including several feeding right inside inlet

  15. Number observed: 4
  16. Number observed: 15
  17. Number observed: 75
  18. Number observed: 75
  19. Number observed: 43

    Details: steady progression of birds flying south

  20. Number observed: 1

    Details: ***rare; flyby heading south; seen just off the beach (thus 1/2 mi distant or more) from about the midpoint of the channel until it disappeared behind dunes to south

  21. Number observed: 2
  22. Number observed: 3

    Details: *late; two birds identifiable as large shearwater sp. only, but shape consistent with this species. One seen close enough to see the uppeparts color and white tail band, as well as te mottled underwing.

  23. Number observed: 6

    Details: **late; these and the other two sightings we had to the north apparently establish the eBird late date for MA, with Rick Heil's 9 Dec bird at Andrew's Point being the previous latest. Distant birds (four) identified by shape and quick flap alone, but close birds, including one that regularly fed inside the inlet, were identifiable by the full suite of features: white underparts including belly and undertail coverts, faint pale area wrapping around ear coverts, bill dark, upperparts blackish, underwing coverts whitish, flew with very quick flaps like a small shearwater and thrust wings out in a glide straight out from body (like flying cross) and not thrust forward and slightly kinked like Great Shearwater

  24. Number observed: 50
  25. Number observed: 1
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