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I believe I just spotted a pair of Bermuda Petrels. I was taking pictures of some Buzzards flying around my back yard and I saw them flying over. They were really high. So the pics are horrible. 
I couldnt get the “insert image from url” to work.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Dwxe_WGcs27w3bk7_-PB3GODCbtzgJGf/view?usp=drivesdk
 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1peWIMrU3lIlka1g6V1KnME3mWOXkaKvF/view?usp=drivesdk
 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_1_qOlEEYOwLwT23DRuNwF4yCJyhKn_s/view?usp=drivesdk
 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hvF_ZnKjl_URXwnxF3ySLasya8YwCdem/view?usp=drivesdk

 

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10 minutes ago, Kevin said:

How are you ruling out several much more likely possibilities like Ring-billed Gulls? 

Im not ruling out anything. I dont know for sure. It didnt look like any gulls Ive seen. Surfing around here for 40 years Ive seen about every gull there is here. Not to mention, every parking lot in town is full of them. Skinny, long wings and the white section underneath the wings, was the main parts that I was going by. It was bigger than a gull. Other Petrels Ive seen have just dark edges on their underwing or all one color. . This one, just the center section from the body to about halfway was white. Im not sure was the main reason I came here.

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Welcome to Whatbird! I am also unsure of these shots. Gull does feel a bit off, but I can't get a good feel for what it could be. The petrels would be exceedingly rare. Since it's a holiday, it's probably going to be slow on here today, but hopefully some of our really experienced ID people can come on and give you their thoughts soon.

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Structure is way off for any Pterodroma sp. Cahow's have never ever, to my knowledge, been spotted from shore and are highly endangered (134 nesting pairs as of 2020 per BOW), making that even less likely. The tail is too short and blunt for a Gannet. It's a gull, and probably a Herring.

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3 hours ago, DLecy said:

Structure is way off for any Pterodroma sp. Cahow's have never ever, to my knowledge, been spotted from shore and are highly endangered (134 nesting pairs as of 2020 per BOW), making that even less likely. The tail is too short and blunt for a Gannet. It's a gull, and probably a Herring.

Agreed. 

 

On 12/25/2021 at 12:49 PM, 91GT347 said:

Thanks !  My first thought was actually a Kite. It was much more kite like than gull like. 

Trying to force an ID is a problem that all birders encounter, including myself, that we should all try to avoid. I’m not talking to you specifically, just as an example. 

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