What are petrels?
Petrel : Name given to various ocean birds belonging, like the
albatross and shearwater , to the order of tube nosed swimmers.
Many petrels fly over the waves skinning closely that they give the
appearance of walking on the water. Being tireless fliers by day,
at night they rest on the water; many return to land only to
Two species which frequent the the Atlantic coast of North
America are Wilson's petrel (this also called mother carey's
chickens ), a surface skimmer and habitual boat follower , and
Leach's, which has bounding, erratic flight and breeds on islands
off the New England coast