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Hi folks, 

Some of you may know that I went on my first pelagic trip today. We saw multiple storm-petrels. We positively identified least and black. I saw both these species, but am making sure I got photos of both. I’m going to post all the photos I kept of them, and if you guys are up for a challenge, please try to identify as many as you can. 
 

Note:some photos may be of the same birds. Thanks!

 

Today, Orange County, Ca. Offshore, maybe about 10 miles out. The checklists haven’t been shared yet.

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1 minute ago, Aidan B said:

I think it's just angled itself weird. 

 

Just now, Bird-Boys said:

Nice catch. 3 is indeed a Least.

Thanks guys! Since it’s a least, and the “notched tail” is due to the angle, what makes you say least?

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2 minutes ago, IKLland said:

 

Thanks guys! Since it’s a least, and the “notched tail” is due to the angle, what makes you say least?

That bill, it looks small, and I think the tail/rump is longer than it would be on Black. 

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7 minutes ago, IKLland said:

Thanks guys! Since it’s a least, and the “notched tail” is due to the angle, what makes you say least?

Same things as @Aidan B mentioned above, plus limited buffy bases to outer primaries are typical of fresh HY LESPs before 1st preformative molt.

Also, I probably wouldn't call the 1st bird from that pic.

 

 

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