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Checklist S19345670

 
Location
Lake Havasu, Mohave County, Arizona, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sat Sep 27, 1997 6:00 AM
Protocol:
Incidental
Party Size:
10
Observers:
Dale Clark
Comments:
Went to Havasu to see sea birds hurricane Nora blew in. Rented house boat with about 9 other people to check out Lake Havasu.
Species
4 species total
1

I saw Sabines Gull flying and sitting on water at Havasu. I note gull with correct wing pattern (dark "M" pattern), size, proportion and plumage for SAGU.

1
25

At Lake Havasu (from pontoon boat M.A.S. people rented), I see several Black Storm-petrels (and others photographed them for publications, etc.). I noted about 9 inch long blackish petrel with shallow fork in tail (fork noted several times), some lighter brown color on upper-wings, and slow, languid, deep wing strokes. Saw one sitting next to Least Storm-petrel (both by carp) and got good size comparison (Black far bigger). The Black Storm-petrels tended to cut in back of boat and could not be herded. This is only non-rare large Storm Petrel in Gulf – they were blown up by Hurricane Nora. Several on our boat got photos of Petrels.

45

At Lake Havasu (from pontoon boat M.A.S. people rented), I see many Least Storm-petrels (and others photographed them for publications, etc.). I noted about 6 inch long small blackish petrel with wedged-shaped tail (tail noted several times) and fluttery wing strokes. Saw one sitting next to Black Storm-petrel (both by carp) and got good size comparison (Least far smaller). Often, the Least Storm-petrels would “walk” on the water with their feet while they kited in the wind. Unlike the Black Storm-petrels, we could push the Least Storm-petrels with the boat and get closer. This is only non-rare small Storm Petrel in Gulf – they were blown up to Havasu by Hurricane Nora. Several on our boat got photos of Petrels.

 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

No