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Sterna paradisaea


   Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea) - ARTE (recent eBird sightings, view CBRC records, range map
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  1. cruise-ship off nw CA: 25 Murphy's LINK
    DATE: May 9, 2017 @ 12:12pm, 15 day(s) ago
    The northwest-bound (San Francisco to se. Alaska) "Grand Princess" was
    
    well off Humboldt and Del Norte Counties from 6-10 AM on 09 May, before
    
    continuing on into Oregon waters. Highlights were a total of 25
    
    MURPHY'S PETRELS (18 Humboldt, 7 Del Norte), as well as an Arctic Tern
    
    and a group of 3 Greater Scaup heading north some 107 km west of
    
    Trinidad, HUM.
    
    As we departed San Francisco on 08 May, we had a FORK-TAILED
    
    STORM-PETREL only 1 mile outside the Golden Gate Bridge, and still well
    
    "inside" Land's End/Cliff House/Sutro. No surprise given the widespread
    
    incursion off central CA since April.
    
    --Paul Lehman, San Diego
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  3. cruise pelagic 3 May: 5 Hawaiians, 7 Murphy's, 2 Laysans LINK
    DATE: May 4, 2017 @ 5:08am, 21 day(s) ago
    A cruise-ship pelagic with ca. 20 birders aboard the "Coral Princess"
    
    between Los Angeles and Vancouver was between southern Monterey and
    
    central Mendocino Counties on 3 May. Highlights included:
    
    HAWAIIAN PETREL: total of 5, with excellent views and photos (1 San
    
    Mateo, 2 San Francisco, 2 Mendocino)
    
    MURPHY'S PETREL: total of at least 7, ditto views/photos (1 Monterey, 2
    
    San Francisco, 1 Marin, 3 Mendocino)
    
    LAYSAN ALBATROSS: total of 2 (San Mateo, Mendocino)
    
    But zero Cook's Petrels, following two April cruises with moderate
    
    numbers in virtually every county traversed during daylight.
    
    Also, a flock of 7 Arctic Terns in Monterey and still good numbers for
    
    spring of both Fork-tailed and Leach's Storm-Petrels along most of route.
    
    Lost a few hours of the day to dense fog, mostly in AM.
    
    Paul Lehman, San Diego
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  5. San Diego Pelagic May 21st, 2017 LINK
    DATE: Apr 30, 2017, 25 day(s) ago
    The first spring pelagic for Buena Vista Audubon and Grande
    Sportfishing is on May 21st. This is a 12hr. trip departing from San Diego Bay.
    We plan to visit the waters over the Nine Mile Bank, San Diego Trough, and the
    Thirty Mile Bank. The entire trip will be in U.S. waters, largely San Diego
    County, but we may cross briefly in to Los Angeles County waters.
    Some of the
    expected species are Pink-footed, and Sooty Shearwaters; Black, Ashy, and
    Leach's Storm Petrels; Brown Booby; Red and Red-necked Phalarope; Pomarine and
    Parasitic Jaeger; Scripps's Murrelet; Cassin's Auklet; Sabine's Gull; and Least,
    Common, and Elegant Terns.
    Some of the possible species include Black-footed
    Albatross, Northern Fulmar, Black-vented Shearwater, Red-billed Tropicbird, South
    Polar Skua, Common Murre, Long-tailed Jaeger, and Arctic Tern. This is the peak
    of the spring migration and often gives us a surprise or two, sometimes
    including land and shorebirds. Marine mammals are also expected, and may
    include several species of whales and dolphin. You should get some excellent
    photo opportunities on this trip. More trip details are available on our website www.sandiegopelagics.com .
    The regular price is $105. We have an "EARLY BIRD" Special at $95
    which ends TODAY, Sunday April 30th. Call Point Loma Sportfishing at 619
    223-1627 seven days a week to reserve your spot onboard.
    
    I hope to see you out there,
    
    Dave Povey Dulzura
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  7. Oct 8 pelagic trip out of Ventura - space available LINK
    DATE: Oct 3, 2016 @ 8:13am, 8 month(s) ago
    There is still space available for a pelagic trip out of the Ventura Harbor on Oct 8 with Island Packers. The advance forecast looks great for Saturday so we hope you can join us offshore. The waters around the northern
    Channel Islands can be very productive during the fall when hundreds
    (sometimes thousands) of shearwaters crowd into the inter-island gaps. We will be looking through flocks of Black-vented,
    Pink-footed, and Sooty Shearwaters for Buller's, Flesh-footed (uncommon),
    and Manx (rare) Shearwaters. This is peak season for seabird diversity
    so in addition to the species already mentioned, Black-footed Albatross,
    Black and Ashy Storm-Petrels, Cassin's and Rhinoceros Auklets, and
    Pomarine and Long-tailed Jaegers are all possible. It is a good time of
    year for South Polar Skua, Sabine's Gull, and Arctic Tern. Recent trips
    near the islands have found Blue-footed Booby (2013-2014, 2016) and Brown
    Booby (2013-2016)! There is also a potential for sought-after species
    like Red-billed Tropicbird, Least Storm-Petrel, Guadalupe Murrelet, and
    Craveri's Murrelet. The last 3 years have been exceptional for Craveri's
    Murrelet off southern California and with warm water continuing, our chances to find this elusive species may be good. We
    will decide what our offshore destinations will be after reviewing
    oceanographic conditions at the time of the trip, which will help
    determine where birds and other marine life may be present.
    
    Fall Migration Adventure
    October 8th (Sat)
    10 hrs 8 am-6 pm
    $170 per adult
    Previous
    year highlights include: Blue-footed and Brown Booby; Black, Ashy, and Least Storm-Petrels; American
    Oystercatcher; Craveri’s Murrelet; South Polar Skua; Pomarine, Parasitic, and Long-tailed
    Jaegers; Cassin’s and Rhinoceros Auklets; Red and Red-necked Phalarope;
    Northern Fulmar; Pink-footed, Sooty, and Black-vented Shearwaters, Sabine's Gulls, Common/Arctic Terns and Common
    Murre. Other possibilities include Buller’s and Flesh-footed
    Shearwaters, Wilson’s Storm Petrel, and Red-billed Tropicbird.
    
    The trip will be on an ultra-fast catamaran that featured a spacious and comfortable cabin, galley, and excellent viewing from
    both the upper and lower decks. A full contingent of outstanding seabird
    leaders will be present to make sure we see all that is out there. The
    Captains and crews know how to run birding trips and are enthusiastic
    and helpful.In addition, we work hard to creep up on birds and get
    them in the right light...photographers will not be disappointed!
    
    Trips can be booked over the phone by calling (805) 642-1393 or online at www.IslandPackers.comby clicking the Reserve Trip tab, Select the Special Trips tab, and select your desired departure.
    
    Hope to see you at sea!
    
    Dave Pereksta
    Ventura, CA
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  9. Albacore fishing and migratory seabirds LINK
    DATE: Sep 29, 2016, 8 month(s) ago
    Debi,
    
    I am picking up on something that you said that is perhaps confusing As you note there are a bunch of seabird species that associate with the habitat of albacore, that warmer nutrient poor, very blue and clear water. However, several of the species that you mention are migrants that move through here irrelevant of where the albacore are, such as the jaegers, Sabine’s Gull, terns. I think the issue about detection through our area, is how far out they are and how concentrated the pulses of migration are. If they are moving through closer to shore, pelagic trips see more of them, if they are offshore we see fewer. But they are going through irrelevant of where the albacore and the fishing for albacore is going on. Obviously they capitalize on the resource of bait fish (often Pacific Saury) brought to the surface by foraging albacore, and may linger in areas where feeding is good, but the migration goes on. For some of these the migratory peak has passed already through our latitude in central California, such as for Long-tailed Jaeger, Common and Arctic terns. Tail end of fall migration is difficult to get a good grip on, as there are fewer trips in October, and even fewer in November. But for those that peak in September I think the data are pretty clear, the larger pulse is likely south of us.
    
    Buller’s Shearwaters are kind of a mystery, a fickle species with definite good years and bad years. They are associated with that offshore blue water, but their numbers and seemingly their distribution shifts radically from year to year. This also applies to the migratory pulse in Chile during February – March, where it appears that some years they are much easier to find than in others, although with fewer eyes out there that is difficult to determine with much confidence thus far. But so far, 2016 is a year where pelagic trips in California and farther north are not finding Buller’s in numbers anywhere it seems. Even in Washington State if you look at eBird data for 2016 vs pre 2016, birds per hour or any other metric, they are down this year, similarly so for Oregon. Now caveat is that October could bring in a big pulse and we are back to normal, and that is what I am certainly hoping for. But September numbers appear to be low compared to pre 2016 September numbers too. Birds per party hour in 2016 maxes out at 1/pph in early September, pre 2016 max is near 14, and in early September it is 4. It is a tad coarse to look at numbers like this, but I think a solid argument can be made that within the range of pelagic birding boats, this is a bad year for them thus far anywhere along the US coast. Perhaps they are just farther offshore this year Who knows
    
    Here are the links of eBird data to compare.
    
    Buller’s Shearwaters per hour Washington State – Pre 2016
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/GuideMespeciesCodes=bulshe < http://ebird.org/ebird/GuideMespeciesCodes=bulshe&reportType=species&bMonth=01&bYear=1900&eMonth=12&eYear=2016&parentState=US-WA&countries=US&states=US-WA&getLocations=states&continue.x=53&continue.y=3 > &reportType=species&bMonth=01&bYear=1900&eMonth=12&eYear=2016&parentState=US-WA&countries=US&states=US-WA&getLocations=states&continue.x=53&continue.y=3
    
    Buller’s Shearwaters per hour Washington State 2016
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/GuideMesrc=changeDate < http://ebird.org/ebird/GuideMesrc=changeDate&speciesCodes=bulshe&getLocations=states&states=US-WA&parentState=US-WA&reportType=species&monthRadio=on&bMonth=01&eMonth=12&bYear=2016&eYear=2016&continue.x=74&continue.y=10 > &speciesCodes=bulshe&getLocations=states&states=US-WA&parentState=US-WA&reportType=species&monthRadio=on&bMonth=01&eMonth=12&bYear=2016&eYear=2016&continue.x=74&continue.y=10
    
    Good birding,
    
    Alvaro
    
    Alvaro Jaramillo
    
    alvaro@...
    
    www.alvarosadventures.com
    
    From: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com [mailto: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of DEBRA SHEARWATER debi@... [CALBIRDS]
    
    Sent: Thursday, September 29, 2016 7:23 PM
    
    To: Calbirds < CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com >
    
    Subject: [CALBIRDS] Pelagic Trips: Sep 23, 24, 25 & Upcoming Trips
    
    Howdy, CALBirders,
    
    Shearwater Journeys held three successful pelagic trips in conjunction with the Monterey Bay Birding Festival on September 23, 24, and 25. Each day was a little bit different. At least one new species was added each day.
    
    On Sunday, we found a huge feeding aggregation of Brandt’s Cormorants, gulls, and Black-vented Shearwaters. They appeared to be feeding on small anchovies. It was quite a frenzy as the cormorants drove the fish in front of the flock with gulls noisily calling and swirling overhead, providing visual and auditory cues for seabirds in the surrounding areas. Like magic, hundreds of Black-vented Shearwaters began streaming toward the frantically feeding flock. However, another cue was provided by the pungent smell of fish— an olfactory cue! Using all three cues, birds flew in from all directions. Once the feeding was over a large fish oil slick was all that was left on the sea. This is something that I have witnessed several times over the past four decades.
    
    Now that the albacore fishing is winding down off Washington, the seabirds associated with that industry are showing up in numbers along our coast. All three jaeger species, South Polar Skuas, and Sabine’s Gulls, along with a trickle of Arctic Terns were the first ones to show up. Buller’s Shearwater numbers have increased in the past ten days. Flesh-footed Shearwaters are sure to follow. Scripps’s and Craveri’s Murrelets which also associate closely with albacore could show up, if there is any clear, blue water in our area. Albacore changed their migration pattern about a decade ago and now head to Oregon and Washington, mostly bypassing central California. The seabirds associated with them tend to follow, if conditions are right.
    
    Our upcoming trips departing from Monterey with spaces available are:
    
    OCTOBER 1 with Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Jim Holmes, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater.
    
    OCTOBER 8 with Alex Rinkert, Tim Miller, Clay Kempf, Debi Shearwater
    
    OCTOBER 16 with Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Debi Shearwater
    
    And, from Half Moon Bay:
    
    OCTOBER 2 with Steve Tucker, Steve Hampton, Jim Holmes, Debi Shearwater
    
    Reservations: debi@...
    
    The birders who did all three trips (September 23, 24, 25) recorded the following species:
    
    PACIFIC LOON
    
    COMMON LOON
    
    BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS
    
    PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER
    
    BULLER’S SHEARWATER
    
    SOOTY SHEARWATER
    
    BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER
    
    ASHY STORM-PETREL
    
    BROWN PELICAN
    
    BRANDT’S CORMORANT
    
    PELAGIC CORMORANT
    
    DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
    
    BLACK OYSTERCATCHER
    
    WHIMBREL
    
    BLACK TURNSTONE
    
    SURFBIRD
    
    RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
    
    SOUTH POLAR SKUA
    
    POMARINE JAEGER
    
    PARASITIC JAEGER
    
    LONG-TAILED JAEGER
    
    HEERMANN’S GULL
    
    CALIFORNIA GULL
    
    WESTERN GULL
    
    SABINE’S GULL
    
    ELEGANT TERN
    
    FORSTER’S TERN
    
    COMMON MURRE
    
    PIGEON GUILLEMOT
    
    CASSIN’S AUKLET
    
    RHINOCEROS AUKLET
    
    TUFTED PUFFIN
    
    BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON
    
    PEREGRINE FALCON
    
    GREAT EGRET
    
    SNOWY EGRET
    
    HUMMINGBIRD SP.
    
    Marine mammals recorded on all three trips included:
    
    SEA OTTER
    
    CALIFORNIA SEA LION
    
    NORTHERN ELEPHANT SEAL
    
    NORTHERN FUR SEAL
    
    HARBOR SEAL
    
    HUMPBACK WHALE
    
    SHORT-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHIN
    
    RISSO’S DOLPHIN
    
    PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN
    
    BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN
    
    Also:
    
    OCEAN SUNFISH
    
    BLUE SHARK
    
    Many thanks to all of the birders who joined us. The leaders on these trips were: Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Dena Spatz, Tim Miller, Abe Borker, Christian Schwarz, Clay Kempf, and Debi Shearwater. All trips were entered into eBird following pelagic protocol.
    
    A recap of Shearwater Journeys’ September pelagic trips can be found here:
    
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2016/09/september-2016-pelagic-bonanza_11.html
    
    Living the Salt Life,
    
    Debi Shearwater
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    
    PO Box 190
    
    Hollister, CA 95024
    
    831.637.8527
    
    debi@...
    
    < http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com > www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    
    < http://www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com > www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 41 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
    
    Siberia’s Forgotten Coast Voyage: 27 June -10 July with Debi & nesting Spoon-billed Sandpipers
    
    Russia’s Ring of Fire: 30 May - 11 June
    
    Sea of Okhotsk: 12 - 23 June
    
    
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  11. Pelagic Trips: Sep 23, 24, 25 & Upcoming Trips LINK
    DATE: Sep 29, 2016, 8 month(s) ago
    Howdy, CALBirders,
    
    Shearwater Journeys held three successful pelagic trips in conjunction with the Monterey Bay Birding Festival on September 23, 24, and 25. Each day was a little bit different. At least one new species was added each day.
    
    On Sunday, we found a huge feeding aggregation of Brandt’s Cormorants, gulls, and Black-vented Shearwaters. They appeared to be feeding on small anchovies. It was quite a frenzy as the cormorants drove the fish in front of the flock with gulls noisily calling and swirling overhead, providing visual and auditory cues for seabirds in the surrounding areas. Like magic, hundreds of Black-vented Shearwaters began streaming toward the frantically feeding flock. However, another cue was provided by the pungent smell of fish— an olfactory cue! Using all three cues, birds flew in from all directions. Once the feeding was over a large fish oil slick was all that was left on the sea. This is something that I have witnessed several times over the past four decades.
    
    Now that the albacore fishing is winding down off Washington, the seabirds associated with that industry are showing up in numbers along our coast. All three jaeger species, South Polar Skuas, and Sabine’s Gulls, along with a trickle of Arctic Terns were the first ones to show up. Buller’s Shearwater numbers have increased in the past ten days. Flesh-footed Shearwaters are sure to follow. Scripps’s and Craveri’s Murrelets which also associate closely with albacore could show up, if there is any clear, blue water in our area. Albacore changed their migration pattern about a decade ago and now head to Oregon and Washington, mostly bypassing central California. The seabirds associated with them tend to follow, if conditions are right.
    
    Our upcoming trips departing from Monterey with spaces available are:
    OCTOBER 1 with Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Jim Holmes, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater.
    OCTOBER 8 with Alex Rinkert, Tim Miller, Clay Kempf, Debi Shearwater
    OCTOBER 16 with Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Debi Shearwater
    And, from Half Moon Bay:
    OCTOBER 2 with Steve Tucker, Steve Hampton, Jim Holmes, Debi Shearwater
    Reservations: debi@...
    
    The birders who did all three trips (September 23, 24, 25) recorded the following species:
    
    PACIFIC LOON
    COMMON LOON
    BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS
    PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER
    BULLER’S SHEARWATER
    SOOTY SHEARWATER
    BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER
    ASHY STORM-PETREL
    BROWN PELICAN
    BRANDT’S CORMORANT
    PELAGIC CORMORANT
    DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
    BLACK OYSTERCATCHER
    WHIMBREL
    BLACK TURNSTONE
    SURFBIRD
    RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
    SOUTH POLAR SKUA
    POMARINE JAEGER
    PARASITIC JAEGER
    LONG-TAILED JAEGER
    HEERMANN’S GULL
    CALIFORNIA GULL
    WESTERN GULL
    SABINE’S GULL
    ELEGANT TERN
    FORSTER’S TERN
    COMMON MURRE
    PIGEON GUILLEMOT
    CASSIN’S AUKLET
    RHINOCEROS AUKLET
    TUFTED PUFFIN
    BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON
    PEREGRINE FALCON
    GREAT EGRET
    SNOWY EGRET
    HUMMINGBIRD SP.
    
    Marine mammals recorded on all three trips included:
    SEA OTTER
    CALIFORNIA SEA LION
    NORTHERN ELEPHANT SEAL
    NORTHERN FUR SEAL
    HARBOR SEAL
    HUMPBACK WHALE
    SHORT-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHIN
    RISSO’S DOLPHIN
    PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN
    BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN
    
    Also:
    OCEAN SUNFISH
    BLUE SHARK
    
    Many thanks to all of the birders who joined us. The leaders on these trips were: Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Dena Spatz, Tim Miller, Abe Borker, Christian Schwarz, Clay Kempf, and Debi Shearwater. All trips were entered into eBird following pelagic protocol.
    
    A recap of Shearwater Journeys’ September pelagic trips can be found here:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2016/09/september-2016-pelagic-bonanza_11.html
    
    Living the Salt Life,
    Debi Shearwater
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 41 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
    Siberia ’s Forgotten Coast Voyage: 27 June -10 July with Debi & nesting Spoon-billed Sandpipers
    Russia ’s Ring of Fire: 30 May - 11 June
    Sea of Okhotsk: 12 - 23 June
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  13. Outstanding San Mateo county pelagic trip last Saturday! Trip Report. LINK
    DATE: Aug 23, 2016 @ 9:32pm, 9 month(s) ago
    Hi everyone,       Last Saturday’s San Mateo county pelagic will go down as one of those top memorable trips. The weather was still, no wind, no chop, just smooth rolling water and great visibility. We could not have asked for a better setup. As we headed out we were thinking about Marbled Murrelet, which we did not find ironically, when a murrelet zipped by the boat. Incredibly surprising it was an ANCIENT MURRELET confirmed by Dan Murphy’s photos. How surprising Well, there has not been any eBird record the entire summer for ANY spot south of Washington State!! That is one lost murrelet. Murrelets on our minds, we eventually ran across two different pairs of SCRIPPS’S MURRELET, the more common one of the three southern murrelets, a new bird for some folks, and exciting for all. These sightings were good at testing our identification skills as the goal we all had in mind in these conditions, and knowing what is occurring south of us (warm water with little food in Baja) we were hoping for the similar but much rarer CRAVERI’S MURRELET. It is not only the rarity of this at this latitude, but that is just a cool name. You almost imagine that if you got close to a colony of these birds they would smell of Parmigiano-Reggiano sprinkled with Olive Oil! This little alcid is named for Federico Craveri an Italian scientist who for part of his life worked at the National Museum in Mexico City, in case you ever wondered how this Mexican species obtained such a Mediterranean sounding name. We turned around at the warmest water we have encountered all season, breaking 61 F, and looking blue and clear. Eventually the call went out from Rob Furrow of murrelets and three birds flew forward and away from the boat. Photos confirmed murrelets, Craveri’s Murrelets with their dark underwings. We were on the hunt, knowing that in these conditions we had a fighting chance of finding them again. There they were, three birds. But you know, they turned into CASSIN’S AUKLETS as we approached. But hold on there were three others to the left – these were our guys, bicolored with tails pointed sky high. Grazie don Federico! Rarely do you see Ron Thorn see a county bird in San Mateo. And we even got a “world record” with John Weigel seeing 760 for his record breaking Big Year, he saw 750 last month with us (Buller’s Shearwater) and now this, pretty cool! Celebration, hugs, camaraderie, it was just great and fun birding.     But to fill in the rest of the highlights, there were absolutely thousands of Sooty Shearwaters closer to shore and eventually a great density of HUMPBACK WHALES. We were surrounded by whales, some breaching, some lunge feeding – they were all over the place. Both offshore Phalaropes showed up, REDS are now getting common and all three JAEGERS but not in numbers. Superb views of terns, with many COMMON TERNS including a point blank adult sitting on flotsam and a few ARCTIC TERNS including a nice second cycle bird on flotsam. These non-adult plumages are always a treat to study for the ID fanatics. Lots of SABINE’S GULLS, in all ages, including some second year birds. The deep water was sprinkled with ASHY STORM PETRELS, and a couple of FORK-TAILED showed for the folks on the bow. We lost track of how many BLUE WHALES we saw, and once again FIN WHALE (uncommon at our latitude) showed up as well as many BLUE SHARKS and what appears to be a GUADALUPE FUR SEAL. This southern and threatened mammal showed up in numbers in 2015, and is showing up again this season. Unfortunate I found a dead one already in Half Moon Bay, that the Cal Academy collected for study. The warm water where we turned around gave up a BULLER’S SHEARWATER which have been few and far between so far. PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER increased from previous trips, but they are still lower than expected. RHINOCEROS AUKLET is almost non-existent this year, I don’t know if this has anything to do with numbers being found dead on beaches in British Columbia a couple of weeks ago. Food is abundant, we were in warmer water and encountered bait balls of Northern Anchovy as well as what looked like masses of squid below the boat. At one time we had our fish finder seeing hundreds of feet of dense food below us, amazing! In the warmer water Pacific Saury were jumping up at the surface, Buller’s Shearwater seem to be associated with this bait fish. There were a few offshore passerine birds, highlight was a LARK SPARROW (not common in our county) flying over the boat! A juvenile BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD chased us down and settled in for the trip, taking off for land once we were back at shore.    Icing on the cake for us was the NORTHERN GANNET as we came back to port, nicknamed Morris by Emilie Strauss. It was definitely a good day, smiles all around, those tired perhaps even aching, but happy people coming off a boat that really did have a great day out. We lived a wildlife documentary, but it was even better as we shared it with like-minded folks, and it was for real!  Photos of Ancient Murrelet (Dan Murphy):     http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31175239 Photos of Lark Sparrow (Oscar Moss):      http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31175243 Ad Common Tern (Dan Murphy)    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31175245 Our great views of Scripps’s Murrelets and BF Albatross.     http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31175246 Craveri!     http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31175250   No room left of this weekend’s trips unfortunately. September 10 is the first one with open spots if anyone is interested in trying their luck out with some fantastic sea birding. http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/   Hey, if you are interested in learning more about how our California Ocean works, why cold and warm water matter, and what El Niño is and what it is not. Well, come to my talk, “Birding the Blob” that gets you up to speed on why California pelagic birding is special and what is going on in these weird years we have had recently. I promise, it won’t be boring! Ok, if it is let me know if it is and I will add a few jokes for the next group.   Tues, Sept 13, 2016. Monterey Audubon Society. http://www.montereyaudubon.org/programs.html Friday, September 23, 2016, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm – Monterey Bay Bird Festival http://www.montereybaybirding.org/speakers-friday/ Tues Oct 18, 2016 – details to be announced. San Diego Field Ornithologists http://www.sandiegofieldornithologists.org/   Take care. Alvaro Alvaro Jaramillo alvaro@... www.alvarosadventures.com  
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  15. The Mixing Zone: Pelagic Trip Report for August 13 LINK
    DATE: Aug 16, 2016 @ 7:53pm, 9 month(s) ago
    Howdy, Cal Birders,
    
    Shearwater Journeys’ August 13th pelagic trip departing from Half Moon Bay enjoyed good sea conditions and an excellent array of marine life. Highlights included: NORTHERN GANNET sitting on the cliff at Pillar Point; a BROWN BOOBY sitting on a rusty barrel offshore; a GRAND SLAM of all three species of JAEGERS and SOUTH POLAR SKUA; SABINE’S GULLS sitting on the water; ARCTIC TERNS; three species of storm-petrels; ASHY, WILSON’S and FORK-TAILED; SCRIPPS’S and CRAVERI’S MURRELETS, and the “regular” fall species including BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS, PACIFIC FULMAR, and more.
    
    The marine mammal show was substantial with 11 BLUE WHALES, 4 FIN WHALES, 120 HUMPBACK WHALES, and 1 MINKE WHALE. More than 350 PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHINS were around for hours in subgroups, including small calves and 4 NORTHERN RIGHT WHALE DOLPHINS.
    
    I wrote a complete report with species list breakdown of the two counties, San Mateo and San Francisco, The Mixing Zone:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2016/08/the-mixing-zone-half-moon-bay-pelagic.html
    
    Our next trips departing from Half Moon Bay are Friday, August 19th with leaders: Todd McGrath, Christian Schwarz, Steve Tucker and Debi Shearwater and September 4 with leaders Steve Hampton, Russ Bradley, Mary Gustafson and Debi Shearwater. See our complete schedule at: http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.html
    
    Don’t you need a personal holiday Join us this Friday! The marine forecast is very good. I can be reached by email: debi@...
    
    Living the Salt Life,
    Debi Shearwater
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 41 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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  17. An Ocean of Food LINK
    DATE: Aug 10, 2016 @ 5:23pm, 10 month(s) ago
    Howdy, CalBirders,
    
    Shearwater Journeys recently completed the first three pelagic trips of the fall season. Overall, the trips were highly productive. The sea surface temperatures are much lower than last year — in some instances by as much as ten degrees! Cold water is productive water. Lots of food is available for seabirds, including anchovies and krill. The marine mammal show has been astounding, especially at Monterey Bay and Half Moon Bay. Below, are some of the recent highlights.
    
    July 29 Monterey Bay we were in and out of fog most of the day.
    Highlights included: 21 BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES; 5 PACIFIC FULMARS; 16 PINK-FOOTED and 2500 SOOTY SHEARWATERS; a WANDERING TATTLER was along the CG Breakwater; 6 SABINE’S GULLS; 620 COMMON MURRES; 10 PIGEON GUILLEMOTS; 125 CASSIN’S and 7 RHINOCEROS AUKLETS; and the star seabirds of the day — excellent views of 2 SCRIPPS’S MURRELETS sitting on the sea.
    Marine mammals included at least 20 HUMPBACKS, 4 BLUE, and 10 FIN WHALES; 100 NORTHERN RIGHT WHALE DOLPHINS; 200 PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHINS, 3 HARBOR PORPOISE.
    Leaders: Nick Levendosky, Will Brooks, Christian Schwarz, Alex Rinkert, Debi Shearwater.
    Counties covered: Monterey and Santa Cruz
    
    August 6 Half Moon Bay we had a bit of a swell, but no wind or fog.
    Highlights included: 1 LAYSAN and 30 BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES; 3 PACIFIC FULMARS; 2075 SOOTY and 70 PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS; 3 WILSON’S, 8 FORK-TAILED, and 113 ASHY STORM-PETRELS; 18 SABINE’S GULLS; 7 ARCTIC TERNS; 1 LEAST TERN (along the shoreline near the harbor); 1579 COMMON MURRES; 21 PIGEON GUILLEMOTS; 1 SCRIPPS’S MURRELET on the sea with murres for comparison; 2385 CASSIN’S and 5 RHINOCEROS AUKLETS.
    Marine mammals included: 3 BLUE, 1 FIN, 80 HUMPBACK WHALES; 3 RISSO’S and 15 PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHINS; 15 HARBOR PORPOISE. Humpback whales were in view, breaching for at least five hours of our day, all across the horizons!
    Leaders: Peter Pyle, Mary Gustafson, Will Brooks, Steve Hampton, Debi Shearwater.
    Counties covered: San Mateo and San Francisco
    
    August 7 Farallon Islands from Sausalito we had an excellent day aboard our very stable catamaran despite some tough sea conditions. We did not venture out to the edge of the Continental Shelf due to the conditions, but enjoyed our time at Sugarloaf watching the Tufted Puffins. We pretty much hit the peak of “puffin season!”
    Highlights included: 1 FORK-TAILED STORM-PETREL (San Francisco County); 1 AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN (Marin County, soaring overhead in Sausalito harbor); 1 BLUE-FOOTED and 1 BROWN BOOBY, both sitting on SugarLoaf; 4606 COMMON MURRES; 109 PIGEON GUILLEMOTS; 37 CASSIN’S AUKLETS; 60 TUFTED PUFFINS .
    Marine mammals included: 5 HUMPBACKS; 5 HARBOR PORPOISE; 1000 CALIFORNIA and 7 STELLER’S SEA LIONS; 800 NORTHERN FUR SEALS; 60 HARBOR SEALS.
    Leaders: Gerry McChesney, Mary Gustafson, John Garrett, Debi Shearwater.
    Counties covered: Marin and San Francisco
    
    The Central Coast of California is teaming with seabirds and marine mammals! I expect that this will only get better with each passing day! It’s all about food — and, we got it! We also have a full program of trips coming up.
    
    HALF MOON BAY TRIPS & LEADERS:
    AUGUST 13 with Peter Pyle, Steve Tucker, Jim Holmes, Debi Shearwater
    AUGUST 19 with Steve Tucker, Todd McGrath, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 4 with Mary Gustafson, Steve Hampton, Russ Bradley, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 16 with Steve Tucker, Jim Holmes, Steve Hampton, Abe Borker, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 18 with Scott & Linda Terrill, Jim Holmes, Alex Rinkert, Steve Hampton, Debi Shearwater
    OCTOBER 2 with Steve Tucker, Steve Hampton, Jim Holmes, Debi Shearwater
    OCTOBER 8 with Steve Hampton, Abe Borker, Nick Levendosky, Tim Miller, Debi Shearwater
    
    MONTEREY BAY TRIPS & LEADERS:
    AUGUST 26 with Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Scott Terrill, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 3 with Nick Levendosky, Mary Gustafson, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 7 with Mary Gustafson, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 8 with Scott Terrill, Mary Gustafson, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 9 with Mary Gustafson, Debi Shearwater - going to Santa Cruz County
    SEPTEMBER 10 ALBACORE with Scott & Linda Terrill, Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Mary Gustafson, Debi Shearwater (* only 3 spaces open)
    SEPTEMBER 11 with Mary Gustafson, David Wimpfheimer, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 14 with Scott Terrill, Rob Fowler, Debi Shearwater (* recently added trip)
    SEPTEMBER 15 with Nick Levendosky, Jim Holmes, Hannah Nevins, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 23 with Nick Levendosky, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 24 with Scott & Linda Terrill, Alex Rinkert, Dena Spatz, Abe Borker, Tim Miller, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 25 with Nick Levendosky, Abe Borker, Tim Miller, Debi Shearwater
    OCTOBER 1 with Jim Holmes, Nick Levendosky, Christian Schwarz, Alex Rinkert, Debi Shearwater
    OCTOBER 8 with Alex Rinkert, Tim Miller, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater
    OCTOBER 16 with Scott & Linda Terrill, Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Debi Shearwater
    
    That’s a lot of trips and a lot of leaders — eager to show you a lot of seabirds and marine mammals!
    It’s all about food! And, we got lots of it this season!
    Living the Salt Life,
    Debi Shearwater
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 41 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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  19. RE: [CALBIRDS] Re: Juvenile Sabine's Gull LINK
    DATE: Jul 19, 2016 @ 8:53pm, 10 month(s) ago
    Dan,
    
    Thanks for your thoughts on this. Here on the San Mateo County coast we do not get Bonaparte’s much other than in spring migration. We have no oversummering birds here now. But I am intrigued by a different point you mention, you suggest that Bonaparte’s winter in a pelagic range on the West Coast You note that they “move out into the northeastern Pacific after breeding” is this really the case
    
    Little is known about where our Sabine’s go to winter. I see them almost annually offshore in central Chile, and have noted them southbound in Oct-Nov with Arctic Terns. They are offshore somewhere, but where the concentrations are might be anywhere between central Peru and S Chile. It is unclear. They may be farther south than has generally been considered, similar to many of the Red Phalaropes which may be farther south than generally thought. In any case, I am interested in hearing about offshore wintering by Bonaparte’s, and if this is the case, they would be well north of where Sabine’s winter.
    
    Take care,
    
    Alvaro
    
    Alvaro Jaramillo
    
    alvaro@...
    
    www.alvarosadventures.com
    
    From: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com [mailto: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of dan_cooper_90042@... [CALBIRDS]
    
    Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 7:39 AM
    
    To: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com
    
    Subject: [CALBIRDS] Re: Juvenile Sabine's Gull
    
    Interesting topic - not to get off on a tangent, but I'm also wondering also about Bonaparte's Gulls. Are you seeing a lot this summer I checked ebird and 2016 appears to be a huge year for summering birds this far south. The little group I just saw at Lancaster WTP (Los Angeles Co.) appeared to be in adult basic plumage, but they were far away and I didn't confirm this. Anyway, this species has a pretty different ecology (and a breeding range much farther south) than Sabine's, but both move out into the northeastern Pacific after breeding, and the appearance of BOGU in summer seems to be highly variable from year to year (e.g., lots this year at Malibu Lagoon, then none in 2015, then multiple reports in 2014, then a multi-year gap, etc.). It's a species that seems to be particularly sensitive to weather and changing food conditions, appearing en masse one place one year, or for several months, then gone the next. I realize you're talking about timing in breeding, but I also wonder if maybe the same forces that push BOGU around the eastern Pacific (currents, water temps) also work on Sabine's populations, but we just get so few nearshore that we hardly notice.
    
    Dan Cooper
    
    Ventura Co.
    
    
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  21. upcoming fall San Diego pelagic trips LINK
    DATE: Jul 13, 2016 @ 6:57am, 11 month(s) ago
    The fall schedule of San Diego pelagic trips sponsored by Buena Vista
    
    Audubon Society includes Sunday sailings on August 21, September 25, and
    
    October 9. All three are aboard "Grande" out of Point Loma Sportfishing,
    
    are 12 hours duration, and will visit the 9-Mile and 30-Mile Banks,
    
    mostly in San Diego County waters, with possibly brief time spent in Los
    
    Angeles County waters (if that's where the storm-petrel rafts are). For
    
    further information and how to make reservations, see
    
    sandiegopelagics.com or socalbirding.com (same website).
    
    All three trips will target several of the more sought-after and
    
    somewhat regular late-summer and early autumn specialties off southern
    
    California: Red-billed Tropicbird, Craveri's Murrelet, and Least
    
    Storm-Petrel. We have a chance of finding the newly split Townsend's
    
    Storm-Petrel in the deeper water near the 30-Mile Bank, as well as a
    
    small chance there for Guadalupe Murrelet. Other scarce species recorded
    
    on multiple fall trips in recent years include Black-footed Albatross,
    
    South Polar Skua, Buller's Shearwater, Wilson's, Leach's, & Ashy
    
    Storm-Petrels, and Arctic Tern. Likely species include Pink-footed and
    
    Black-vented Shearwaters, Black Storm-Petrel, Cassin's Auklet,
    
    phalaropes, Pomarine & Parasitic Jaegers, and Sabine's Gull. The late
    
    August trip coincides with near-peak of the (irregular) Long-tailed
    
    Jaeger migration. The October trip provides for a chance for
    
    Flesh-footed Shearwater.
    
    --Paul Lehman, Dave Povey, Bruce Rideout-- San Diego
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  23. July 10 Ventura pelagic cancelled LINK
    DATE: Jul 7, 2016 @ 10:29am, 11 month(s) ago
    The Pelagic trip that was scheduled for Sunday, July 10 with Island Packers out of the Ventura Harbor has been cancelled due to weather. We have been watching the forecast over the last few days and it continues to get worse. The outer waters we were hoping to reach are predicted to have 30-40 knots of wind (gusting to near 50) and 10-13 foot seas. It would be very uncomfortable trying to bird in those conditions. If you were signed up for the trip, Island Packers will contact you directly regarding your refund.
    
    We have two other trips planned in the coming months as described below.
    
    Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands and the Island Scrub-Jay. This trip will be on the Vanguard out of the Channel Islands Harbor.
    August 21st (Sunday)
    9 hrs 8 am- 5 pm
    $80 per adult (This trip will drop off at Santa Cruz Island so we can search for the endemic Island Scrub-Jay)
    Previous year highlights include: Red-billed Tropicbird, Brown Booby, Scripps’s and Craveri’s Murrelets; Black-vented, Sooty, and Pink-footed Shearwaters; Cassin’s Auklet; Red-necked Phalarope; and Black and Ashy Storm-Petrels.
    
    Fall Migration Adventure
    October 8th (Sat)
    10 hrs 8 am-6 pm
    $170 per adult
    Previous year highlights include: Blue-footed and Brown Booby; Black, Ashy, and Least Storm-Petrels; American Oystercatcher; Craveri’s Murrelet; South Polar Skua; Pomarine, Parasitic, and Long-tailed Jaegers; Cassin’s and Rhinoceros Auklets; Red and Red-necked Phalarope; Pink-footed, Sooty,and Black-vented Shearwaters, Sabine's Gull, Common/Arctic Terns and Common Murre. Other possibilities include Buller’s and Flesh-footed Shearwaters, Wilson’s Storm Petrel, and Red-billed Tropicbird.
    
    The October trip will be on an ultra-fast catamaran that features a spacious and comfortable cabin, galley, and excellent viewing from both the upper and lower decks. A full contingent of outstanding seabird leaders will be present to make sure we see all that is out there. The Captain and crew know how to run birding trips and are enthusiastic and helpful.In addition, we work hard to creep up on birds and get them in the right light...photographers will not be disappointed!
    
    Trips can be booked over the phone by calling (805) 642-1393 or online at www.IslandPackers.comby clicking the Reserve Trip tab, Select the Special Trips tab, and select your desired departure.
    
    Hope to see you at sea!
    
    Dave Pereksta
    
    Ventura, CA
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  25. Pelagic Cruise Results -- 4-5 May California and Oregon LINK
    DATE: May 8, 2016 @ 7:37am, 1 year(s) ago
    Hi Birders,
    
    About 28 birders were aboard the Ruby Princess for 2 days of deep water birding 4-5 May. On the 4th we were off southern Monterey County at daybreak, and ended the day off northern Menodcino County. Conditions started off calm, but ended with blustery north winds and sea fog. On the 5th we started in southern Curry County and our last checklist just barely got into Clatsop County. Conditions were rough, with 50 knot headwinds and big seas. I did eBird checklists every half hour for the two days, and all of those are in now and shared. Highlights were a slug of Pterodroma petrels that included 2 Hawaiian, 32 Cook's, and 18 Murphy's, the majority of which were found beginning in San Francisco County and continuing up through Marin, with scattered Murphy's the second day throughout Oregon. I think I've loaded in all my identifiable photos of these, but still have to load photos of common migrants. Parakeet Auklets were seen by one observer in Oregon waters, and those will be added independently by him since the rest of us missed them. 
    
    Here are some of the highlight checklists:
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklistsubID=S29435292
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklistsubID=S29435309
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklistsubID=S29451212
    
    Trip Summary:
    
    eBird Checklist Summary for: May 4, 2016, 4:20 AM to May 5, 2016, 11:30 PM
    
    Number of Checklists: 53
    Number of Taxa: 41
    
    1 Pacific Loon
    1 Common Loon
    2 loon sp.
    4 Laysan Albatross
    451 Black-footed Albatross
    40 Northern Fulmar
    18 Murphy's Petrel
    2 Hawaiian Petrel
    32 Cook's Petrel
    1 Pterodroma sp.
    136 Pink-footed Shearwater
    3895 Sooty Shearwater
    48 Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel
    402 Leach's Storm-Petrel
    55 Ashy Storm-Petrel
    9 storm-petrel sp.
    4 Dunlin
    30 peep sp.
    24 Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher
    452 Red-necked Phalarope
    80 Red Phalarope
    59 phalarope sp.
    1 shorebird sp.
    1 South Polar Skua
    12 Pomarine Jaeger
    7 Parasitic Jaeger
    2 Long-tailed Jaeger
    19 jaeger sp.
    165 Common Murre
    71 Cassin's Auklet
    50 Rhinoceros Auklet
    12 alcid sp.
    234 Sabine's Gull
    18 Western Gull
    2 Herring Gull
    1 Glaucous-winged Gull
    6 gull sp. 
    8 Arctic Tern
    2 Common/Arctic Tern
    1 tern sp.
    1 Eurasian Collared-Dove (road the boat for the whole first day)
    
    Checklist Locations:
    Checklists included in this summary:
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    (50): 45.4737x-125.1217 - May 5, 2016, 5:28 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 5:28 PM
    (51): 45.6154x-125.1356 - May 5, 2016, 5:57 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 5:57 PM
    (52): 45.7684x-125.1430 - May 5, 2016, 6:29 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 6:29 PM
    (53): 45.9707x-125.1587 - May 5, 2016, 7:10 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 7:00 PM
    
    This trip summary was created using the eBird app for iPhone and iPad.
    See eBird for more information.
    
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    ===========
    Brian L. Sullivan
    
    eBird Project Leader
    www.ebird.org
    
    Photo Editor
    Birds of North America Online
    http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/BNA
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  27. cruise highlights: 170 Cook's, 13 Murphy's, 1 Hawaiian, 4 Laysans LINK
    DATE: Apr 28, 2016, 1 year(s) ago
    About 18 birders were aboard a Holland America sailing from San Diego to
    
    Vancouver from April 23-26. Strong head winds and seas off California
    
    and southern Oregon meant we had a slow down and ran late, and ended up
    
    with more time in several CA counties, less in others. Was mostly about
    
    40 miles offshore. April 24 was from west of San Miguel Is. in Santa
    
    Barbara Co. to very southern San Mateo Co. (brief, before dusk). April
    
    25 was from central Mendocino Co. to Curry Co. OR. Highlights were a
    
    good showing of 170 Cook's Petrels, seen in numbers in every CA county
    
    traversed in daylight up to extreme southern Humboldt. The total of a
    
    dozen Murphy's was lower than the past couple years, with by far the
    
    best views off Humboldt, Del Norte, and Curry. The single Hawaiian
    
    (Dark-rumped) Petrel was distant. Four Long-tailed Jaegers. On April 26
    
    we were off Washington and had 10 Parakeet Auklets, plus a Laysan and a
    
    dozen Long-tailed Jaegers. Overall, numbers and diversity well offshore
    
    were rather sub-par.
    
    APRIL 24
    
    SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 2
    
    Hawaiian (Dark-rumped) Petrel: 1
    
    Cook's Petrel: 31
    
    SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY
    
    Laysan Albatross: 2
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 1
    
    Cook's Petrel: 31
    
    Arctic Tern: 1
    
    MONTEREY COUNTY
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 1
    
    Cook's Petrel: 75
    
    SAN MATEO COUNTY
    
    Cook's Petrel: 12
    
    APRIL 25
    
    MENDOCINO COUNTY
    
    Cook's Petrel: 20
    
    Ashy Storm-Petrel: 1
    
    HUMBOLDT COUNTY
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 4
    
    Cook's Petrel: 1 (northernmost bird of trip was SW of Punta Gorda)
    
    Arctic Tern: 3
    
    DEL NORTE COUNTY
    
    Laysan Albatross: 1
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 3
    
    Long-tailed Jaeger: 3
    
    CURRY COUNTY, OR
    
    Laysan Albatross: 1
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 2
    
    -- Paul Lehman, San Diego
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  29. cruise highlights: 170 Cook's, 13 Murphy's, 1 Hawaiian, 4 Laysans LINK
    DATE: Apr 28, 2016, 1 year(s) ago
    About 18 birders were aboard a Holland America sailing from San
    Diego to Vancouver from April 23-26. Strong head winds and seas off California
    and southern Oregon meant we had a slow down and ran late, and ended up
    with more time in several CA counties, less in others. Was mostly about
    40 miles offshore. April 24 was from west of San Miguel Is. in Santa
    Barbara Co. to very southern San Mateo Co. (brief, before dusk). April
    25 was from central Mendocino Co. to Curry Co. OR. Highlights were a
    good showing of 170 Cook's Petrels, seen in numbers in every CA county
    traversed in daylight up to extreme southern Humboldt. The total of a
    dozen Murphy's was lower than the past couple years, with by far the
    best views off Humboldt, Del Norte, and Curry. The single Hawaiian
    (Dark-rumped) Petrel was distant. Four Long-tailed Jaegers. On April 26
    we were off Washington and had 10 Parakeet Auklets, plus a Laysan and a
    dozen Long-tailed Jaegers. Overall, numbers and diversity well offshore
    were rather sub-par.
    
    APRIL 24
    
    SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 2
    
    Hawaiian (Dark-rumped) Petrel: 1
    
    Cook's Petrel: 31
    
    SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY
    
    Laysan Albatross: 2
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 1
    
    Cook's Petrel: 31
    
    Arctic Tern: 1
    
    MONTEREY COUNTY
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 1
    
    Cook's Petrel: 75
    
    SAN MATEO COUNTY
    
    Cook's Petrel: 12
    
    APRIL 25
    
    MENDOCINO COUNTY
    
    Cook's Petrel: 20
    
    Ashy Storm-Petrel: 1
    
    HUMBOLDT COUNTY
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 4
    
    Cook's Petrel: 1 (northernmost bird of trip was SW of Punta Gorda)
    
    Arctic Tern: 3
    
    DEL NORTE COUNTY
    
    Laysan Albatross: 1
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 3
    
    Long-tailed Jaeger: 3
    
    CURRY COUNTY, OR
    
    Laysan Albatross: 1
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 2
    
    -- Paul Lehman, San Diego
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