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First Texas Record of Wilson’s Storm-Petrel

Yesterday morning (Thursday June 11th) while most of our leaders were involved in an email roundtable discussion about what to do about tomorrow’s June 13th Texas Pelagic and fretting over the grim forecast for Saturday, one of our leaders Petra Hockey was fishing 25 miles offshore Port O’Connor and amazingly found a WILSON’S STORM-PETREL! And got a few diagnostic photos.  Well it’s not an “Official” Texas state first yet until accepted by the TBRC. (Texas Bird Records Committee). I am really disappointed that we are weathered out for tomorrow’s Texas Pelagic. This is the best time of year for Stormies in Texas and actually I was hoping we’d find a Wilson’s, really I was. You can be sure that next year (2016) I’ll schedule two Texas Pelagics for early June in case one day has bad weather. Here is her story in her words: “Guys and Gals, I just downloaded my photos and closely cropped each one that showed the bird. A few are likely useless but a couple of others show some helpful detail like wrap-around white rump, hint of protrusion beyond the tail tip (maybe, if enlarged even more and looked at with magnifying glasses) but definitely one shot with legs/feet dangling into the water. Am sharing these with you now. Please feel free to work on them with better photo software. Also, I have a few seconds of video that I can share later and maybe somebody can grab a useful frame. Sorry about the quality – or lack thereof – of the photos. As it is, I nearly got flung overboard and drenched trying to get even these. Real details will have to wait until tomorrow since sitting up in a chair is very painful still. I got flung several feet into the air on the front of the boat and landed with a very hard thud. Strained...