Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel

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Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel is a west coast specialty and resident year round in Northern California. Probably the best reasons to celebrate this little gray bird is that it is among the most easily identified of our ocean “Swallows”. Darting between the waves and only rarely alighting on the the surface, it is cloud gray and shows a sharp division between light and dark. It has something akin to Buller’s Shearwater-type plumage… truly unique among Storm Petrels.

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