Date: 10/10/17 10:29 am From: Marty Wall (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: Could this be anything but a Parasitic Jaeger?
While birding the Rachel Carson Reserve in Beaufort yesterday we (John Fussell, Chandra Biggerstaff, and I) saw a dark bird flying east over Taylor's Creek. Our first thought was Peregrine Falcon, but the flight was like a jaeger. We watched it turn and head south towards Shackleford Banks and presumably out to sea. We just assumed it was a Parasitic Jaeger based on probabilities. However, the question was raised about other possibilities, such as immature Long-tailed Jaeger. Although the bird was distant, it seemed smallish and a little pale for a Parasitic (could be a trick of the light). The photos are small (see eBird checklist below), but is there anything to suggest anything other than Parasitic Jaeger? Winds had been out of the south, which probably pushed this bird into the south facing inlet.