Checklist S56596364

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Location
Florida, US (26.535, -80.009)

Owner Marcus Kelly

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Traveling
  • 3
  • 31.59 mi
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Observations

  1. Number observed: 5

    Comments: 12.4nm, 13.5nm

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  2. Number observed: 4

    Comments: 13.5nm

  3. Sooty/Bridled Tern

    Number observed: 1

    Comments: 3.72

  4. Number observed: 1

    Comments: 13.2; Checklist updated on 6/5/2019 to reflect change from storm-petrel sp. to Leach's.

    Bird was observed at close range, less than 50 meters. It flew in front of the boat from left to right. The behavior that stood out the most was its "bat" like flight or "night hawk" like flight. The bird was erratic darting back and forth close to the water surface. As I was one driving I was only able to make observations with my binoculars. The bird appeared to be a brownish storm-petrel. Kenny was the only one with his camera available and managed a few out of focus photos which have been attached. Both Kyle and Kenny state they observed the bird to have a forked tail. We attempted to chase the bird, but failed to track the bird due to its unpredictable flight and lost it.

    Due to the photo being useful only for the purpose of showing it is a storm-petrel species, attempts to ask for confirmation by experts was not possible. Therefor, the purpose for this late change is based primarily on observations of the other two storm-petrel species I observed yesterday (Wilson's, Band-rumped). Both these species exhibited more controlled flight style both in foraging and high speed flight. Eight birds in total did not exhibit the flight style observed by this bird. Reference to multiple field guides suggest that this erratic flight is diagnostic of Leach's.

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  5. Number observed: 1

    Comments: 8.03nm photo

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  6. Number observed: 1
Additional species seen by Kenny Miller:
  1. storm-petrel sp.

    Number observed: 1
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