Fort Erie Report

Alan Wormington wormington at juno.com
Tue Sep 23 17:43:49 EDT 2003


This morning numerous observers gathered at Waverly Beach, which is
marginally west of the Niagara River.  Although it was first rather calm,
very strong SW and W winds kicked in rather quickly.

A few members of the group observed a definite gadfly petrel (Pterodroma
sp.) at a considerable distance, where any field marks were impossible. 
(Obviously Black-capped Petrel would be the most likely species.)  Also
seen was a single Parasitic Jaeger.  I don't know what was seen after
11:30 a.m., when I left.

So hurricane birds are still out there . . . based on many reports from
around the Great Lakes, it appears that onshore winds (and a lot of
patience) are your best bet.

Alan Wormington,
Leamington

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