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Today, Orange County, Ca. Thanks! 

Please confirm Least storm-petrel from this horrible photo. Lol. It seemed smaller than the nearby storm-petrels.6FE94D9E-6B32-4D14-BE1B-497640B0FFEB.jpeg.d627fe85bf7451b2dfa804f666f955ce.jpeg

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This photo has two birds, the back bird is what I think is a least. Note it’s size compared to the black in the foreground. BE4AC883-808D-41B5-9D28-082D9DF67AB9.thumb.jpeg.3b92863b0cc08eb455bba4c4a78a2fb3.jpeg

 

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8 minutes ago, IKLland said:

They might not all be the same bird. What makes you say the second photo is a least vs black? Thanks! 

Overall thick-based wings, wedge-shaped tail (Often folded, as in this bird), and especially small size compared to nearby Black SP. For future reference, flight style and molt sequence (although the latter is not as important in North American species) is a good way to identify Storm-Petrels. 

Here is an article I've found helpful: http://www.oregonpelagictours.com/2015/11/west-coast-storm-petrel-flight-style.html

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