Hello Tweets, Due to family obligations I had to sit on my hands all weekend watching weather reports that showed sustained winds out of the west and down the Strait of Jan de Fuca, which have sometimes brought interesting birds in from the open ocean. I hit the Edmonds Pier first thing this morning in hopes of finding something interesting. I did find something interesting, almost immediately - half a dozen Orcas feeding about a mile out. As I followed this group south I sighted a storm-petrel, which I was able to track for about ten minutes before it disappeared out of sight to the northwest. Leach's Storm-Petrel is the species found more often in Puget Sound, but the flight style, and body shape indicated it was a Fork-Tailed. Alas, morning light on an overcast day in November was pretty minimal so I couldn't completely suss out plumage details, but I couldn't pick out any obvious white on the rump.
Lots of birds moving through this morning, but nothing especially rare. Good numbers of White-Winged Scoters, several unidentifiable murrelets (Ancient or Marbled), and lots of flyby Murres and Rhinos.