Owner Derek Rogers

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  • 17 mi

John Shemilt, Angus Wilson & Derek Rogers. Heading south into Block Canyon along the west wall and finding 59° F water, roughly a 5° break. Aside from some Cory's Shearwaters and Wilson's Storm-Petrels there appeared to be limited life up in the canyon with very few birds visiting our menhaden slick. We did have a Northern Fulmar at the top of the canyon and a distant Skua sp. which seemed to be a more active area.

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  1. skua sp.

    Number observed: 1

    Comments: Spotted when it broke the skyline and already at some distance evidently flying away from us. May have been associated with the flocks of shearwaters that were disturbed by our approach. Altitude and choppy, shallow wing beats immediately suggested a skua or large jaeger. Bird dipped a couple of times as if to land but kept going eventually banking to the left. This gave a very brief view in profile showing the solid gull-like body, relatively short wings and broad white flashes in the hand of each wing. By this point the skua was too distant to see much more than the fact that the plumage was warm brown except for the wing flash. Although South Polar Skua might be the assumption based on the date, Great Skua is still possible and can't be excluded from these poor views.

  2. Number observed: 13
  3. Number observed: 1

    Comments: Seen well but at a bit of a distance as it crossed the stern. Light morph bird in heavy wing molt. Large, rounded white head, thick neck and a short, stout tubenose. Mostly gray above but a ragged looking bird missing most of its inner primaries. Quick, choppy wing beats. Mediocre record shots attached.

  4. Number observed: 24

    Comments: Exact count of 24 Cory's Shearwaters.

  5. Number observed: 27
  6. Number observed: 13
  7. Number observed: 2
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