PORT O’CONNOR PELAGIC Trip Report III – September 21, 1996

Aboard   the Chip XI
Report Transcribed from   1997 Texas Deepwater Pelagic Trips Newsletter

Copyrighted   By: Dwight Peake and Mark Elwonger

The   September trip was noteworthy for finding a “common” type tern that could   have possibly been an Arctic. But the bird everyone will remember, as we   neared shore, was an immature Red-billed Tropicbird that flew directly over   the boat from a nearby rig. Dwight’s video, if accepted by the Texas Bird   Records Committee, will be only the third Texas record.

Species Seen:

Magnificent  Frigatebird – 3

Red-billed  Tropicbird – 1

Common  Tern – 1

OCEANOGRAPHIC CONDITIONS:

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