Wilson's Storm Petrel
Wilson's storm petrel (Oceanites oceanicus)
Individual birds or small flocks are likely to be seen off Kaikoura between March and May when the birds are migrating north and from October to December when the storm petrels are returning from the Arctic. Generally seen well offshore, more than 25 miles, although can be seen within 2 to 3 miles of the Kaikoura Coast. Occasional bird has flown ashore at Kaikoura after storms.