The NORTHERN FULMAR is a regular non-breeding visitor to pelagic waters of California occurring within the California Current, and sometimes very close to shore, as well as over deep waters along the eastern edge of the Pacific gyre. In most years the first birds arrive in late fall and peak during winter, declining as spring progresses. In some years, however, numbers of non-breeders remain locally offshore throughout the summer. There are years of major incursions and years of minor occurrence. In some years white morph birds are plentiful but in most years they are greatly outnumbered by dark morph individuals.
All of my California records are well within the known pattern of occurrence. I see them annually on Monterey Bay. My "state bird" is listed below.
10/3/71 Monterey Bay MTYSee the family page for county abbreviations. All photos & text © 2001 Don Roberson; all rights reserved.
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