Thursday, June 29, 2006

Manx Shearwater

After 46 years of watching birds and trying to add to the list of species I've seen, the Manx Shearwater made it onto my list this week, number 565 for North America. While fairly common in the Atlantic Ocean, they have only recently started showing up in the Pacific, and nobody knows for certain where they're coming from. There is a rumor of a nest burrow found on an island along the British Columbia coast. On Monday I was perched near the end of the jetty at Tillamook Bay when one came into view for about 10 seconds, and then was gone. This illustration is from Peterson's Field Guide.


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