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   Black Oystercatcher
Black Oystercatcher
Haematopus bachmani


   Black Oystercatcher (Haematopus bachmani) - BLOY (recent eBird sightings, view CBRC records, range map
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  1. Sensational Seabirding: Sep 15 LINK
    DATE: Sep 15, 2017 @ 8:57pm, 2 month(s) ago
    Howdy, Birders,
    
    Shearwater Journeys’ pelagic trip departing from Half Moon Bay today turned out to be very surprising and quite sensational with multiple mixed species feeding frenzies. We began the day with some tough seas and weather although it was entirely doable. By spending a lot of time along the jetties in the harbor area, we tallied the following rocky shorebird species: BLACK OYSTERCATCHER, RUDDY and BLACK TURNSTONES, SURFBIRD, WANDERING TATTLER, SANDERLING, and WHIMBREL. We observed 10 banded BROWN PELICANS.
    
    Just outside of the harbor, we found a feeding flock of about 90,000 SOOTY SHEARWATERS, as if this might be the “best” flock of the day— not! A flock of 450 COMMON MURRE dads with chicks were actively calling back and forth.One MARBLED MURRELET and 3 HARBOR PORPOISE were along the beach zone.
    
    We made our way slowly offshore toward the edge of the Continental Shelf break, crossing a barren zone of “dirty” green water. One of the first sightings was of three storm-petrels sitting on the sea: 2 ASHY STORM-PETRELS and 1 WILSON’S STORM-PETREL. Shortly afterward, a FORK-TAILED STORM-PETREL flew into the wake. We encountered many small flocks of RHINOCEROS AUKLETS, but only one CASSIN’S AUKLET for the entire day! Four BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES and 5 NORTHERN FULMARS were around, too.
    
    In the distance, we could see complete pandemonium — thousands of PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS, many HUMPBACK WHALES, a herd of 175 PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHINS with 2 NORTHERN RIGHT WHALE DOLPHINS in the mix. More humpbacks, and smaller flocks of BULLER’S SHEARWATERS were sitting on the sea. We estimated that at least 5000 Pink-footed Shearwaters were in view, some actively feeding and some sitting on the sea.
    
    Peter Pyle spotted a possible GREAT SHEARWATER in one such flock. I saw the Great Shearwater for a few seconds before it took flight with the flock. We would have preferred a much better view, but I’m certain (and not surprised) it was a Great Shearwater. To be honest, we simply had too many shearwaters to sift through. It was mind-boggling to be sure. I spotted another couple ASHY STORM-PETRELS and another FORK-TAILED STORM-PETREL was found. Two SOUTH POLAR SKUAS and POMARINE, PARASITIC and LONG-TAILED JAEGERS added to the mix. The only terns were COMMON/ARCTIC TERNS offshore.
    
    Heading for home, everyone relaxed and enjoyed the seas as it was laying down nicely. We thought we’d had a great day, but boy, were we in for a surprise! The best was yet to come— imagine the blows, tail flukes, backs and open mouths of some 46 more HUMPBACK WHALES, 500+ CALIFORNIA SEA LIONS, and 3275 more PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS gorging on anchovies! As many as 16 humpback blows were in the air at the same time. It was unnerving and sensational at all levels. The sea lions were driving the anchovies which we could see on the fish finder. The whales and shearwaters followed on the butts of the sea lions. For the first time in my life, I saw anchovy-green whale poo! We were surrounded by a biomass of marine life the likes of which few have ever witnessed.
    
    Finally, we carried on our way to the harbor, working on numbers for the checklists, and checking photos. So, we almost missed the TUFTED PUFFIN spotted by our first mate.
    
    Today, we recorded 7275 PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS which is the highest count I’ve had this season and in many years. About 250-300 BULLER’S SHEARWATERS were tallied, highest count for the season to date. We estimated some 76 HUMPBACK WHALES and over 1000 CALIFORNIA SEA LIONS were observed.
    
    To say it was a “great day” would be an understatement. Many, many thanks to the birders, both local and from far away, who joined us. Thanks to leaders Christian Schwarz and Peter Pyle and friends who helped out in many ways, Tom and Beth Hamel and Jim Chiropolos.
    
    We are heading out from Half Moon Bay again, tomorrow. A couple of spaces are available. We meet at 7 a.m. The marine forecast is for excellent seas and weather. We are hoping to spot more storm-petrels and murrelets tomorrow. It should be a good day for those species. And, we intend to catch an albacore!
    
    Living the Salt Life and SeaBirding for Science,
    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 42 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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  3. Re: [CALBIRDS] Parakeet auklet present 8am 8/3 LINK
    DATE: Aug 3, 2017 @ 1:44pm, 4 month(s) ago
    Hi, this is the rock that the bird has been frequenting on and off for the last couple of weeks. It is East of the USS San Francisco memorial parking lot at Land's End. GPS location is 37.785730, -122.509624. Watch from the coastal trail...
    
    On Aug 3, 2017, at 1:20 PM, Juan-Carlos Solis < carlo.banuel@... > wrote:
    
    Where is "Hermit Rock" and what map are you looking at. Thanks
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    On Aug 3, 2017, at 9:11 AM, Adam Dudley adam.dudley@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
     Hi folks, just a short note that the parakeet auklet is again at Hermit Rock today. It flew in at 8am, landed on the top of the rock and was immediately chased by black oystercatchers. Since then it has been been seen flying around the rock, mostly landing on the back side of the rock. Twice the bird also landed on the flat rock to the left of Hermit Rock.
    
    Still present at 9am
    
    Good birding,
    
    Adam
    
    Sent from my iPhone
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  5. Parakeet auklet present 8am 8/3 LINK
    DATE: Aug 3, 2017 @ 9:11am, 4 month(s) ago
    Hi folks, just a short note that the parakeet auklet is again at Hermit Rock today. It flew in at 8am, landed on the top of the rock and was immediately chased by black oystercatchers. Since then it has been been seen flying around the rock, mostly landing on the back side of the rock. Twice the bird also landed on the flat rock to the left of Hermit Rock.
    
    Still present at 9am
    
    Good birding,
    
    Adam
    
    Sent from my iPhone
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  7. Ventura pelagic trip report - 16 July 2017, Cook's Petrels, Craveri's Murrelets, and more! LINK
    DATE: Jul 20, 2017 @ 5:21pm, 4 month(s) ago
    Hi all
    
    On Sunday July 16, Island Packers hosted a 12-hour pelagic trip from the Ventura Harbor. With a favorable forecast, our goal was to go southwest to waters west and south of San Nicolas Island. Upon leaving the Ventura Harbor, our first destination was Anacapa Island where we would look for boobies, shearwaters, and some of the local nesting species we were not likely to see farther offshore. En route we encountered several flocks of shearwaters feeding around dolphin schools that included numbers of Black-vented (which were earlier in the season than expected), Sooty, and a few Pink-footed Shearwaters. We also saw two Common Murres in this area, which was nearly all we saw of that species for the day. As we worked the flocks of shearwaters looking for something uncommon or rare, shouts of BOOBY! rang out. The feeding activity in the area attracted two Brown Boobies. One took off quickly, but the other stayed for extended looks and great photo ops as it flew right past the boat several times. After the booby left, we worked the shore of Anacapa Island where we saw numbers of Pigeon Guillemots and other breeders including a few Black Oystercatchers.
    
    From Anacapa Island we headed west to several underwater features and the Anacapa Passage where there were large flocks of the common shearwaters and a variety of other species including Northern Fulmar, Cassin's Auklet, and Rhinoceros Auklet; all of which allowed close views. After thoroughly checking this area, we headed south and west to the waters west of San Nicolas Island. We had a steady trickle of birds (shearwaters, Cassin's Auklets, Red-necked Phalaropes, etc.) along our route highlighted by several South Polar Skuas, Ashy and Black Storm-Petrels, Scripps's Murrelets, and the first of our 45 +/-Craveri's Murrelets seen on the day. Yes...45 Craveri's Murrelets!! Not a typo. The thrill of the day followed soon after as we were looking at a blue whale; a gray bird with an "M" pattern across its back and clean white undersides zipped through our view, which led to simultaneous cries of COOK'S PETREL!! This was the first we have seen off southern California since 2010. Traversing that area led to us finding several more Cook's and a variety of other life, including a fin whale.
    
    Crossing the deep waters south of San Nicolas yielded more Cook's Petrels, several dozen Craveri's Murrelets, a Black-footed Albatross, and three loggerhead turtles. The turtles were a rare treat as we almost never see them on our pelagic trips. I shared our sightings with NOAA today and they informed me that loggerheads have increased in the Southern California Bight over the last few years (perhaps due to warmer water), so maybe we will start to see more of them. From San Nicolas we plotted our course north back to Ventura where wecontinued to see a variety of birds throughout the rest of the day including another Brown Booby, Red Phalarope, Black and Ashy Storm-Petrels, and the usual pelagic species. In addition to the great diversity of birds, we saw three species of whales, mako shark, blue shark, mola mola, two swordfish, a very cooperative northern fur seal, and a variety of dolphins and pinnipeds. We encountered so much wildlife on this trip that it felt like someone had left the zoo door open. Remarkable day at sea!
    
    I would like to thank the people that made this trip such a success including the captain and crew from Island Packers. Captain Jimmy McWaters did an incredible job getting us views of all the wildlife, which occasionally included speeding after skuas and petrels. He was as enthusiastic as we were and really worked with us to get to the areas we wanted to explore. Joel Barrett balanced his duties on the boat with spotting birds all day. His enthusiasm for doing these trips should ensure that we will continue to have pelagic trips running to the areas around and beyond the northern Channel Islands. He and I are talking about a number of options for exploring some areas that birders are drooling to get to on a day trip...stay tuned! I also want to thank the leaders we had on board including Bernardo Alps, Wes Fritz, Peter Gaede, Dan Maxwell, Todd McGrath, Hugh Ranson, and Adam Searcy. These guys work tirelessly all day spotting birds and helping participants get on the species they are looking for...all while having fun and sharing their great depth of knowledge on seabirds and other creatures of the deep.
    
    We have a 10-hour trip scheduled for Oct 7 so check out Island Packers website if you are interested in joining us. 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. The cost of the Oct trip is $170 per person.
    
    Also check out our "Southern California Pelagic Bird Trips" Facebook page.Later this evening, I will post this trip report with a number of photos from Sunday.
    
    Cheers
    
    Dave Pereksta
    Ventura, CA
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  9. RED-footed Booby again, and miscellanea LINK
    DATE: Apr 30, 2017, 7 month(s) ago
    What is presumably the same light-morph adult RED-FOOTED BOOBY seen two
    
    days in a row at La Jolla almost two weeks ago was seen again yesterday,
    
    the 29th, by Jim Pea during a half-day fishing trip just inside U.S.
    
    waters off Imperial Beach. The bird was last seen heading somewhat
    
    toward Point Loma. In other booby news, Dean T. saw a good total of 17
    
    BROWN BOOBIES today, the 30th, at La Jolla (including a single flock of
    
    13 birds), as well as the 3 continuing BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS. Also today,
    
    a one-year-old, sporadic REDDISH EGRET was present again at the J
    
    Street/Marina Way mudflats in Chula Vista. Twenty-five Am. White
    
    Pelicans at Sweetwater Reservoir, where also lots of young chick Western
    
    Grebes riding around on the parents' backs.
    
    --Paul Lehman, San Diego
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  11. Leach's Storm-Petrels in Monterey Bay--16 December LINK
    DATE: Dec 16, 2016 @ 9:32pm, 11 month(s) ago
    Hi All,
    
    Today was a great day at the Pt. Pinos Seawatch. The official count ended yesterday, but the weather conspired to draw Skye Haas and company in for an extra day. A moderate NW wind and some rain overnight dumped a bunch of Leach's Storm-Petrels in the bay today. We had birds in view most of the day, trickling west past the point. I was able to photography probably 20 individuals, and got pretty good video of a few. Will post that when I get time to download the images and process them this weekend. Also of note today was an adult female Brown Booby, different from the sub-adult seen yesterday here in the bay. A good early AM push of loons and a good late season scoter flight made the day a pleasure. Seawatch totals below from today:
    
    35 Brant (Black)
    20 Mallard
    2390 Surf Scoter
    1 White-winged Scoter
    3 Black Scoter
    17 Red-breasted Merganser
    54 Red-throated Loon
    9269 Pacific Loon
    17 Common Loon
    1 Horned Grebe
    1 Red-necked Grebe
    1 Eared Grebe
    1 Black-footed Albatross
    359 Northern Fulmar
    3 Pink-footed Shearwater
    12 Sooty Shearwater
    15 Short-tailed Shearwater
    32 Sooty/Short-tailed Shearwater
    1 Manx Shearwater
    1578 Black-vented Shearwater
    46 Leach's Storm-Petrel (Leach's)
    1 Brown Booby
    640 Brandt's Cormorant
    103 Pelagic Cormorant
    18 Double-crested Cormorant
    1110 Brown Pelican
    3 Great Egret
    12 Black Oystercatcher
    5 Whimbrel (Hudsonian)
    13 Black Turnstone
    8 Sanderling
    5 Red Phalarope
    8 Pomarine Jaeger
    1 Pomarine/Parasitic Jaeger
    1488 Common Murre
    2 Marbled Murrelet
    2 Ancient Murrelet
    151 Rhinoceros Auklet
    1 alcid sp.
    7 Black-legged Kittiwake
    20 Bonaparte's Gull
    1800 Heermann's Gull
    36 Mew Gull (American)
    2100 Western Gull
    2750 California Gull
    6 Herring Gull
    10 Thayer's Gull
    57 Glaucous-winged Gull
    8 Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid)
    
    --
    ===========
    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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  13. RE: [CALBIRDS] Phenomenon? LINK
    DATE: Dec 2, 2016 @ 4:25pm, 12 month(s) ago
    I see the Black Oystercatchers in Trinidad, California, doing this behavior frequently.  They seem to forage on the beach more when the surf is high.
    
    Gail Kenny Trinidad, CA
     From: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com [mailto:CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of tlcoddington@... [CALBIRDS]
    Sent: Friday, December 02, 2016 11:33 AM
    To: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com
    Subject: [CALBIRDS] Phenomenon
    
    
    
    New to group, but noted an interesting () sighting along US101 just south of Crescent City on 11/29/16. In wondering the nature of all the black shorebirds along the sandy beach aside the highway, I counted 33 black oystercatchers. They were chasing the surf as would sanderlings (=sandercatchers). Is this unusual, a tidal phenomenon, or something else Though someone would like to know. TC
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  15. Phenomenon? LINK
    DATE: Dec 2, 2016 @ 11:32am, 12 month(s) ago
    New to group, but noted an interesting () sighting along US101 just south of Crescent City on 11/29/16. In wondering the nature of all the black shorebirds along the sandy beach aside the highway, I counted 33 black oystercatchers. They were chasing the surf as would sanderlings (=sandercatchers). Is this unusual, a tidal phenomenon, or something else Though someone would like to know. TC
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  17. Point Pinos Seawatch update LINK
    DATE: Nov 22, 2016, 1 year(s) ago
    Hi All,
    
    The Point Pinos Seawatch continues to record large numbers of Red Phalaropes, and Pacific Loons are really starting to push through. Compared with last year, tubenose diversity is higher, but Pacific Loon numbers are lagging (maybe just late). The big story is the Red Phalarope invasion, with massive numbers being seen daily off the Point. Yesterday there were more than 20,000 counted. These are really tough to count, with rafts of birds on the water, as well as streams of birds moving past. Complicated. Loons are easier and starting to become a spectacle. If you can get out the point, please join us! 
    
    Thanks to Monterey Audubon and BLM for sponsoring the count again this year. Hourly totals can be seen in eBird at this URL:
    
    https://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L109309
    
    Here are yesterday's totals, courtesy of our counter Skye Haas:
    
    84 Brant (Black)
    3 Lesser Scaup
    974 Surf Scoter
    2 White-winged Scoter
    12 Red-breasted Merganser
    206 Red-throated Loon
    18545 Pacific Loon
    21 Common Loon
    6 Northern Fulmar
    1 Pink-footed Shearwater
    24 Sooty Shearwater
    28 Short-tailed Shearwater
    10 Sooty/Short-tailed Shearwater
    4362 Black-vented Shearwater
    2 black-and-white shearwater sp.
    1 Ashy Storm-Petrel
    812 Brandt's Cormorant
    50 Pelagic Cormorant
    17 Double-crested Cormorant
    1226 Brown Pelican
    3 Snowy Egret
    8 Turkey Vulture
    1 Northern Harrier
    8 Black Oystercatcher
    1 Black-bellied Plover
    4 Whimbrel
    1 Marbled Godwit
    17 Black Turnstone
    8 Surfbird
    82 Sanderling
    20005 Red Phalarope
    1 Pomarine Jaeger
    1 Parasitic Jaeger
    2279 Common Murre
    4 Marbled Murrelet
    3 Ancient Murrelet
    130 Cassin's Auklet
    561 Rhinoceros Auklet
    2 Black-legged Kittiwake
    61 Bonaparte's Gull
    1185 Heermann's Gull
    19 Mew Gull (American)
    1435 Western Gull
    945 California Gull 
    7 Thayer's Gull
    11 Glaucous-winged Gull
    3 Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid)
    2 Herring x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid)
    13 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
    1 Anna's Hummingbird
    1 Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)
    1 Merlin
    2 Peregrine Falcon
    8 Black Phoebe
    1 Say's Phoebe
    2 California Scrub-Jay
    14 American Crow
    11 European Starling
    1 American Pipit
    2 Yellow-rumped Warbler
    14 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)
    12 White-crowned Sparrow
    4 Golden-crowned Sparrow
    3 Song Sparrow 
    28 Red-winged Blackbird (California Bicolored) 
    48 Brewer's Blackbird
    15 House Finch
    
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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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  19. Albacore fishing and migratory seabirds LINK
    DATE: Sep 29, 2016, 1 year(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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  21. Pelagic Trips: Sep 23, 24, 25 & Upcoming Trips LINK
    DATE: Sep 29, 2016, 1 year(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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  23. Monterey Pelagic Trip Report 9/15/16 LINK
    DATE: Sep 17, 2016 @ 6:55pm, 1 year(s) ago
    Hello Everyone-
    
    Here is the latest trip report from Monterey Seabirds.
    
    Trip Report for 9/15/16 by Brian Sullivan
    
    Near Shore Species (Monterey Harbor to Pt Pinos):
    
    Common Loon, Brown-headed Cowbird, Brewer's Blackbird, European Starling, Barn Swallow, American Crow, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), California Gull, Western Gull, Heermann's Gull, Surfbird, Black Turnstone, Black Oystercatcher, Snowy Egret, Great Egret, Great Blue Heron (Blue form), Brown Pelican, Brandt's Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Common Tern, Elegant Tern
    
    Pelagic Species:
    
    Black-footed Albatross, Northern Fulmar, Pink-footed Shearwater, Buller's Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, Black-vented Shearwater, Ashy Storm-Petrel, Red-necked Phalarope, Pomarine Jaeger, Parasitic Jaeger, Long-tailed Jaeger, Common Murre, Rhinoceros Auklet
    
    Marine Mammal Sightings:
    
    Humpback Whale, Baird’s Beaked Whale, Pacific White-sided Dolphin, Northern Fur Seal, Stellar Sea Lion, California Sea Lion, Harbor Seal, Southern Sea Otter
    
    The eBird lists can be found here:
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31613553
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31613555
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31613556
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31613557
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31613558
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31613559
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31613563
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31613564
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31613565
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31613567
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31613568
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31613569
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31613570
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31613571
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31613574
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31613576
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31613577
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31613578
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31613548
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31613546
    
    Trips Available for the remainder of 2016:
    
    October 1st 7:30am-3:30pm $110 per person
    
    October 9th 7:30am-3:30pm $110 per person
    
    October 15th 7:30am-3:30pm $110 per person
    
    October 23rd 7:30am-3:30pm $110 per person
    
    We are still looking for trip leaders and spotters for the remainder of the year and for 2017. Please contact Katlyn Taylor at mbwwassistant@... if you are interested in helping out on the trips.
    
    Sign up for trips by calling 831-375-4658 or online at www.montereyseabirds.com
    
    -Katlyn Taylor
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  25. 2nd Annual Island Scrub-Jay Pelagic LINK
    DATE: Dec 6, 2015 @ 8:48pm, 2 year(s) ago
    Hello Birders and offshore enthusiasts,
    This is a trip notice to inform those of you who are interested in seeing some of our southern California pelagic winter visitors and early returning specialty nesters. Late winter moving into spring can also bring in some potential migrants and vagrants! This trip was well received last year.
    
    The basics of the trip:
    Who: Island Packers - www.IslandPackers.com - (805)-642-1393
    What: 9hr +/- wildlife trip near Anacapa and to Santa Cruz Island. Highlights include a chance to look for the endemic Island Scub-Jay and do some pelagic birding! Birds are our focus but Seals, Sea Lions, Whales, and Dolphin are very likely too.
    When: February 27th 2016, a Saturday. Departs 8 am returns 5 pm.
    Where: Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, Ca
    Why: To see birds and marine mammals with some beautiful islands as our background.
    Price: $80 (low price + low number of passengers allowed = book ASAP if you can)
    
    Vessel: Vanguard 64’ monohull USCG inspected and licensed vessel with USCG licensed crew, a galley with snacks and drinks, beer and wine, and microwave ready foods. Or bring your own food and drink, we don’t mind! (Alcoholic beverages must be served by the crew though). We have two restrooms on board. This boat is a favorite for wildlife viewing by all the Crew at Island Packers because it has ample room for everyone along the railing and a superb upper deck viewing area for those who like the extra length of horizon that loftier elevations offer. We go slower (10-15 knots) but we see MORE. This trip is not trying to get to the continental shelf so we can afford to go slow and soak up the sights, sounds, smells, and birds.
    
    All of Island Packers boats have a galley and restrooms on board with friendly and knowledgeable crew. Island Packers has a terrific safety record and has been running boats in the Santa Barbara Channel since 1968!
    
    Book your trip at www.Island Packers.com. Click the Reserve Trip tab, then the special trips tab. If you prefer talking to someone call us with questions or make a reservation at this number (805)-642-1393
    
    If you are ready to book, read no further. If you need more info here is perhaps more than you wanted to know!
    
    Our lovely voyage departs Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard at 8 am (check in between 7-7:30 am) to ply the waters of the Santa Barbara Channel and the deep waters of the Hueneme canyon. Later we will be taking in up close views of the spectacular Anacapa Arch while we search this ripe area for Brown Boobies that have been congregating here lately. Anacapa also has been a great place to seek out American Oystercatchers albeit from a distance. Some of the birds that will just be starting their nesting season will be: Brown Pelicans, Western Gulls, Brandt’s, Pelagic, and Double-crested Cormorants, Pigeon Guillemots, Scripps’s Murrelets, Cassin’s Auklets, Ashy Storm Petrels (nocturnal at nesting sites), and possibly the local pairs of Peregrine Falcons and Bald Eagles.
    
    After Anacapa we motor through the Anacapa Passage separating the aforementioned island from Santa Cruz Island, home of the endemic Island Scrub-Jay. Breezing past some beautiful scenery we will arrive at Prisoner’s Harbor where we will disembark for a time to look for, and hopefully at, an Island Scrub-Jay or two. (BTW this is the only place in the world to see them) Note: Island Scrub-Jays are plentiful at this location but it can sometimes take an hour or two to find a confiding bird (for epic photos). Sightings are not guaranteed but are highly likely. We will budget and hour or two to allow everyone an opportunity to find this bird who would like to try. There is also good land birding at this location, 220+ species over the years and six localized endemic subspecies might be seen (Bewick’s Wren, Orange-crowned Warbler, Allen’s Hummingbird, Horned Lark, Loggerhead Shrike, and Rufous-crowned Sparrow. If you prize more than just birds there are nearly 150 endemic species in the Channel Islands National Park and sometimes the cute little endemic Island Fox will show up here and various endemic plants grow nearby.
    
    With the time left in the afternoon we will put the wind at our back for a generally smooth ride to the mainland. However, we will scour our path through the Santa Barbara Channel for some of the spectacular wildlife seen most days such as whales, dolphin, seals, sea lions, and of course BIRDS!
    
    On last years trip we saw the following highlights:
    Black-vented Shearwater
    Pink-footed Shearwater
    Pomarine Jaeger
    Parasitic Jaeger
    Common, Pacific, and Red-throated Loons
    Grebes of various types
    Surf Scoters
    White-winged Scoter
    Black Oystercatchers (local breeder)
    American Oystercatcher
    Brandt's, Pelagic, and Double-crested Cormorants (local breeders)
    Brown Pelicans (local breeder)
    A variety of gulls and terns
    Scripps's Murrelet (local breeder)
    Pigeon Guillemot (local breeder)
    Rhinoceros Auklet (uncommon local breeder)
    Cassin’s Auklet (local breeder)
    Common Murre (local breeder)
    Osprey
    Bald Eagle
    Peregrine Falcon
    
    I hope to see you aboard,
    Joel Barrett
    Island Packers, Ventura, Ca
    
    
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  27. October 4 Half Moon Bay Pelagic Trip LINK
    DATE: Oct 6, 2015 @ 11:24am, 2 year(s) ago
    Howdy, CALBirders,
    Shearwater Journeys' October 4, 2015 pelagic trip departing from Half Moon Bay turned out to be a fabulous day. Folks who joined us on both this trip and the Monterey Bay trip, October 3rd, added a number of new species for their total list. These included: WILSON'S STORM-PETREL (3, excellent views), FORK-TAILED STORM-PETREL (1, excellent views), SOUTH POLAR SKUA (1), and MARBLED MURRELETS (7).
    
    Additional highlights included a scattering of both ASHY and BLACK STORM-PETRELS; NORTHERN/PACIFIC FULMAR; BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS; an offshore PEREGRINE FALCON; a late, or wintering PIGEON GUILLEMOT; CASSIN'S and RHINOCEROS AUKLETS.
    
    Marine mammal highlights included: 1200 LONG-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHINS traveling in one gigantic herd (herds of up to 10,000 are not unknown in Southern California); 3 HUMPBACK WHALES and 2 STELLER'S SEA LIONS.
    
    A great many of the birders made both trips this past weekend with Shearwater Journeys. Those who did wracked up a long list of seabirds and marine mammals. Many thanks to the birders who joined us! The leaders on this pelagic trip were: Steve Hampton, Will Brooks, Alex Rinkert, Annie Schmidt, Christian Schwarz, and Debi Shearwater.
    
    UPCOMING TRIPS:
    2 SPACES are available on out OCTOBER 11 HALF MOON BAY trip. Spaces are available on our OCTOBER 10 MONTEREY BAY trip.
    Please email me for a reservation.
    
    The complete species list for October 4, 2015 Half Moon Bay follows:
    
    RED-THROATED LOON- 3
    PACIFIC LOON- 1
    EARED GREBE- 20
    WESTERN GREBE- 30
    BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS- 3
    NORTHERN/PACIFIC FULMAR- 35
    PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER- 300
    SOOTY SHEARWATER- 100
    SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER- 2
    WILSON'S STORM-PETREL- 3
    FORK-TAILED STORM-PETREL- 1
    ASHY STORM-PETREL- 25
    BLACK STORM-PETREL- 35
    BROWN PELICAN- 2000
    BRANDT'S CORMORANT- 1000
    DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT- 500
    SURF SCOTER- 30
    BLUE-WINGED TEAL- 7
    BLACK OYSTERCATCHER- 7
    WHIMBREL- 1
    MARBLED GODWIT- 3
    BLACK TURNSTONE- 15
    SURFBIRD- 12
    WILLET- 10
    RED-NECKED PHALAROPE- 10
    RED PHALAROPE- 15
    SOUTH POLAR SKUA- 1
    POMARINE JAEGER- 2
    PARASITIC JAEGER- 4
    CALIFORNIA GULL- 50
    HERRING GULL- 2
    WESTERN GULL- 250
    GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL- 1
    ELEGANT TERN- 80
    COMMON MURRE- 650
    PIGEON GUILLEMOT- 1
    MARBLED MURRELET- 7
    CASSIN'S AUKLET- 20
    RHINOCEROS AUKLET- 3
    PEREGRINE FALCON- 1
    WARBLER SP. - 1
    AMERICAN PIPIT- 1
    WESTERN MEADOWLARK- 1
    SEA OTTER- 1
    CALIFORNIA SEA LION- 50
    STELLER'S SEA LION- 2
    HUMPBACK WHALE- 3
    LONG-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHIN- 1200
    OCEAN SUNFISH- 10
    SHARK SP.- 2
    
    A gale had blown through the area the night prior to this trip. Seas were subsiding throughout the day — so much so that we looked, again, for the marbled murrelets in the afternoon with great success! Again, the high swell made it all but impossible to search for flocks of storm-petrels, but we enjoyed close views of the storm-petrels we did find!
    
    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 40 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
    
    
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  29. OCT 3 MONTEREY BAY PELAGIC TRIP LINK
    DATE: Oct 6, 2015 @ 8:22am, 2 year(s) ago
    Howdy, CAL Birders,
    Shearwater Journeys' guests and leaders enjoyed an unforgettable Monterey Bay pelagic trip on October 3. Highlights included: excellent views of one LEACH'S, BLACK and ASHY STORM-PETRELS approximately 4 miles off Point Pinos; one BROWN BOOBY flew by; 5 species of SHEARWATERS: PINK-FOOTED, BULLER'S, SOOTY, SHORT-TAILED, and BLACK-VENTED; POMARINE and PARASITIC JAEGERS; SABINE'S GULL; BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS; PACIFIC FULMAR; and excellent views of CASSIN'S and RHINOCEROS AUKLETS. Owing to the large swells, no storm-petrel flocks were found. Rather, they were scattered thinly. This is the first time in many years that I've seen a LEACH'S STORM-PETREL at Monterey Bay, and certainly the closest to shore record. Perhaps, it was blown in by a strong gale that was forecast to hit later this day. By the time we were headed to the harbor, it had started to blow. So we made it just in time!
    
    The marine mammal highlight of the day was following 17 to 21 KILLER WHALES for 15 km, while they were spy-hopping, breaching, and tail-slapping. One adult killer whale was very "randy" presenting a large, pink penis on numerous occasions. While it appeared that they might be mating, I do not think this was the case because this whale was most likely with his mother or auntie and possibly, a sibling. (This was the first group of three killer whales that we encountered). They seemed to be engaged in a lot of social activity.
    
    Many thanks to all of the birders, from near and far, who joined Shearwater Journeys on this day! The leaders on this trip included: Tim Miller, Abe Borker, Alex Rinkert, Christian Schwarz, Dena Spatz, Jennifer Green, and Debi Shearwater.
    
    The complete species list follows (all sightings are for Monterey County):
    
    PACIFIC LOON- 4
    COMMON LOON- 2
    BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS- 34
    NORTHERN/PACIFIC FULMAR- 50
    PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER- 450
    BULLER'S SHEARWATER- 3
    SOOTY SHEARWATER- 135
    SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER- 2
    BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER- 250
    *LEACH'S STORM-PETREL- 1
    ASHY STORM-PETREL- 70
    BLACK STORM-PETREL- 18
    *BROWN BOOBY- 1
    BROWN PELICAN- 70
    BRANDT'S CORMORANT- 700
    DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT- 3
    PELAGIC CORMORANT- 3
    BLACK OYSTERCATCHER- 2
    BLACK TURNSTONE- 5
    SURFBIRD- 2
    RED-NECKED PHALAROPE- 25
    RED PHALAROPE- 2
    POMARINE JAEGER- 9
    PARASITIC JAEGER- 12
    HEERMANN'S GULL- 25
    CALIFORNIA GULL- 100
    WESTERN GULL- 150
    SABINE'S GULL- 3
    ELEGANT TERN- 375
    COMMON MURRE- 100
    CASSIN'S AUKLET- 140 (our highest count yet for this season)
    RHINOCEROS AUKLET- 30
    PEREGRINE FALCON- 1, on the red and white radio tower along Cannery Row
    SEA OTTER- 4
    CALIFORNIA SEA LION- 60
    NORTHERN ELEPHANT SEAL- 1
    HUMPBACK WHALE- 3
    LONG-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHIN- 50
    KILLER WHALE- 17 to 21, difficult to get an accurate count due to their behavior; at least 4 adult males.
    OCEAN SUNFISH- 3
    SHARK SP.- 1
    
    Shearwater Journeys' OCTOBER 11 MONTEREY BAY pelagic trip has a few spaces still available. Please email me at: debi@... for a reservation.
    
    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 40 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
    
    
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