PORT O’CONNOR PELAGIC August 23, 1997

Aboard   the Chip XI
Subject: Aug, 23 POC Pelagic Results

Date:   Sat, 23 Aug 1997 22:02:52

From:   Greg Lasley

Hi   Folks:

Just   back in from the Port O’Connor pelagic today. This post is from Brush   Freeman, Petra Hockey and Mark Elwonger, the leaders on the trip. Though not   spectacular with real rarities like the July 26 trip, we had a good number of   birds and some interesting observations. Things of interest included several   waterspouts…sort of mini-tornadoes that were amazing to see. Also a full   ad. Pomarine Jaeger was harassing a small flock of Audubon’s Shearwaters. The   jaeger actually rode on the back of a swimming shearwater… submerging the   shearwater until it regurgitated a meal for the jaeger …talk about rude   behavior at the dinner table! Also of interest was a Cory’s Shearwater   catching Flying Fish.

Totals seen for the day   include:

Masked   Booby – 4

Band-rumped   Storm-Petrel – 23

Leach’s   Storm-Petrel – 1

Unidentified   storm-petrels – 2

Magnificent   Frigatebird – 8

Audubon’s   Shearwater – 18

Cory’s   Shearwater – 6

Bridled   Tern – 11

Sooty   Tern – 74

Unidentified   terns (Sooty or Bridled ) – 26

Pomarine   Jaeger – 2

Sincerely,

Greg   Lasley

Secretary,   Texas Bird Records Committee

Editor,   Texas Region, Audubon Field Notes

Austin,   TX

OCEANOGRAPHIC CONDITIONS for August 23, 1997

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