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Mon Sep 16, 1996 11:59 PM
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- Published Ontario Bird Records Data
- OBRC database formatted and uploaded October 6, 2012 by Mike Burrell
1 species total
1, no published plumage details, present 16 September 1996; found by: Alan Wormington; documentation provided by: Alan Wormington. Published comments: The Black-capped Petrels recorded in Ontario in 1996 were displaced from the Atlantic Ocean by Hurricane Fran, which passed through the lower Great Lakes area on 7-8 September (Curry 1996). The passage of this hurricane resulted in what can be considrered as one of the most remarkable ornithological events ever recorded in Ontario. For personal accounts of the original sightings of the petrels, see Curry and Olmsted (1996) and Lamey (1996). Curry (1996) summarized in detail all of the known sightings and dead birds found on the Great Lakes, including Black-capped Petrels and other species which were likely the result of Hurricane Fran (see Wormington [1997a) for corrections to this article). Not all of the occurences listed there have been dealt with by the OBRC to date, and readers are encouraged details of any additional sightings. ; ; All sightings of petrels from different locations on separate days, and each specimen found in 1996 are considered to pertain to separate records, although, in reality some sightings may have involved the same individuals, as well as some of the birds found dead. However, any duplication would be offset by the certainty that not all of the birds which reached Lakes Erie and Ontario (and the certainty that these birds eventually perished) would have been subsequently found. It is impossible to know for certain how many petrels were actually in Ontario following Fran, but the 21 records listed above could be considered to be a minimum. For a more complete picture of the effects of the 1996 hurricane season on birds along the entire eastern seaboard, see Brinkley et al. (1997). 15th (OBRC accepted) Ontario record for this species. 15th OBRC accepted record for southern Ontario for this species. Record accepted by OBRC (record number 1192?). Record published in 1997 OBRC annual report. Published location: Point Pelee National Park, Essex County*******************uploaded October 6, 2012 by Mike Burrell
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