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  1. Upcoming pelagic trip out of Ventura on July 15 LINK
    DATE: Jul 3, 2018 @ 10:55am, 15 day(s) ago
     Hi All
    
    This is a reminder that Island Packers is offering a 12-hour
    deepwater pelagic trip from the Ventura Harbor at 7 am on Sunday July 15. This trip will allow us to get to offshore
    waters beyond the reach of most day trips where we will have a chance to see a
    number of outstanding pelagic birds and marine mammals. Our intention is to go southwest from Ventura
    towards San Nicolas Island and the banks, knolls, canyons and other productive
    features in the area. This will give us
    a chance to look for sought after species like Cooks Petrel, Red-billed
    Tropicbird, Least Storm-Petrel, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Townsend's Storm-Petrel,
    Guadalupe Murrelet and Craveri's Murrelet.
    Our trip to this area last year was outstanding and yielded Cooks
    Petrels, Black-footed Albatross, 45 Craveris Murrelets (!!), Brown Booby, and
    a variety of other pelagic species. Recent pelagic trips out of San Diego have
    found Craveris Murrelets, Nazca Booby, Masked Booby, and Townsends
    Storm-Petrel so there are some great birds in the Southern California Bight at
    the moment. We will decide what our offshore destination will be after
    reviewing oceanographic conditions at the time of the trip, which will help
    determine where the birds and other marine life may be present or concentrated.
    
    Summer trips in July and August coincide with the earlier
    parts of the southbound fall migration of arctic nesting species, the northward
    dispersal of southern nesting species, and the nesting and fledging periods of
    breeding species on the Channel Islands.
    Past trips have found Cooks Petrel (rare), Manx Shearwater (rare),
    Black-footed Albatross, Laysan Albatross (rare), Buller's Shearwater, Leach's
    Storm-Petrel, Blue-footed Booby, Brown Booby, Long-tailed Jaeger, South Polar
    Skua, Scripps's Murrelet, Craveri's Murrelet, Arctic Tern, and a variety of
    other shearwaters, storm-petrels, pelagic gulls and terns, phalaropes, and
    alcids. Patrolling the shoreline of
    Anacapa Island has yielded American Oystercatchers over the last few
    years. Summer is also an excellent time
    for Ashy and Black Storm-Petrels, and Cassin's Auklets. There is often a flock of 1000's of Black
    Storm-Petrels south of the islands that we will attempt to find. A few Rhinoceros Auklets and Common Murres
    should still be around, along with Pigeon Guillemots near the islands. Red-billed Tropicbird is always possible on
    summer trips, although not found every year.
    
    The 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.com by clicking the Reserve Trip tab, select the
    Special Trips tab, and select your desired departure. The cost of the trip is
    $195 per adult.
    
    Hope to see you at sea!
    
    Dave Pereksta
    Ventura, CA
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  3. Repositon cruise sightings May 1-3 LINK
    DATE: May 5, 2018 @ 7:32pm, 2 month(s) ago
    Leonie Batkin and I were on aHolland America Line ( New Amsterdam )reposition cruise from San Diego to Vancouver.
    
    Sightings below are from San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Mateo, San Francisco, Sonoma
    and Del Norte Counties May1-3.
    
    May 2
    
    Santa Barbara County
    Murphy's Petrel ( 3 )
    
    San Luis Obispo County
    Murphy's Petrel ( 1 )
    
    San Mateo County
    Murphy's Petrel ( 1 )
    Laysan Albatross ( 3 )
    
    San Francisco County
    Murphy's Petrel ( 1 )
    
    Sonoma County
    Murphy's Petrel ( 1 )
    
    May 3
    
    Del Norte County
    Murphy's Petrel ( 1 )
    Hawaiian Petrel ( 1 )
    
    ( 2 ) Murphy's Petrels were inCurry County not long after crossing into Oregon.
    
    Other birds noted in Californiawere ( 53 )Black-footed Albatross, (41 )Northern Fulmars,( 300 )Sooty Shearwaters,
    ( 30 ) Pink-footed Shearwaters, ( 520 ) Leach's Storm-Petrels ( Del Note Co.), ( 34 )Black Storm-Petrels ( San Diego Co. )
    ( 28 )Red-necked Phalaropes,( 1 ) Red Phalarope, ( 12 )Pomarine Jaegers, ( 2 ) Parasitic Jaegers, ( 1 ) Long-tailed
    Jaeger ( San Mateo Co. ),( 183 ) Sabine's Gulls,( 1 ) Arctic Tern (Santa Barbara Co. ), ( 2 ) Marbled Murrelets,
    ( 2 ) Scripp's Murrelets ( San Diego Co. ), ( 6 ) Cassin's Auklets, ( 1 ) Rhinoceros Auklet, (7 ) Eurasian Collared
    Doves together on board with a Brown-headed Cowbird.
    
    We had heard oftwo other birders on board, but were not able to track them down. So there may be some additional
    sightings.
    
    Ron Thorn
    Redwood City, California
    
    
    
    
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  5. Monterey Seabirds-Trip Report 9/5 LINK
    DATE: Sep 8, 2017 @ 4:37pm, 10 month(s) ago
    All,   Monterey Seabirds went out on Tuesday for an 8 hour pelagic.  We were lucky enough to catch the seabird spectacle previously reported by others on eBird and these lists.
      SOOTY SHEARWATERS were racing into the bay by the tens of thousands as we started our trip.  Sorting through them was a blast and we found numerous PINK-FOOTED and BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS mixed throughout.  A real thrill was a MANX SHEARWATER that we spotted sitting on the water off of Point Pinos.  It sat long enough for folks to get some photos.  Several of us on the boat had encountered Manx shearwater before, but were delighted in getting our first decent photos!
      This trip stayed in Monterey County waters, where RHINOCEROS AUKLETS seemed to have really increased lately. CASSIN'S AUKLETS were a bit more scarce on this trip, but we found a few.
      In the northern region of the county, and fairly far offshore, we encountered another real treat-BLUE WHALES and there were gobs of them.  Some offered great looks close to the boat while others fed farther away.  It's difficult to count these whales, as they can stay down in a dive for a while, but our whale experts on board guessed about 20 Blues were in the immediate vicinity. One FIN WHALE also made a brief pass through the group. 
      When we encountered this group Blue Whales, we also found our first ASHY STORM-PETRELS.  Leading to even more excitement on board, a single BLACK STORM-PETREL flew through the area. 
      RISSO'S DOLPHINS, bow-riding PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN and breaching HUMPBACK WHALES also fed in these impressively productive waters.
      Also enjoyed by all were BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS, RED and RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, and both PARASITIC and POMARINE JAEGERS to name a few.
        MONTEREY SEABIRDS' next trip is SUNDAY Sept. 10 though it only has a couple spots left.  Our Monday Sept. 11 trip is a 12 hour trip where we hope to spend more time in deeper water.  There is space available on that trip.  
      See our complete list of trips at montereyseabirds.com or call (831) 375-4658 to make a reservation.  
      The season has had a fantastic start.  We hope to see you out on the bay soon.
    
    Good Birding,
    
    Mark Kudrav
    Monterey Seabirds
    Pacific Grove 
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  7. Monterey Bay: Half a Million Seabirds LINK
    DATE: Sep 7, 2017 @ 8:57pm, 10 month(s) ago
    Howdy, Birders,
    
    Shearwater Journeys’ Monterey Bay pelagic trip today was nothing short of breathtaking. Highlights included 11 species of tubenoses, six species of shearwaters— SOOTY, PINK-FOOTED, FLESH-FOOTED (Santa Cruz County, spotted in a flock by Alex Rinkert), BULLER’S, MANX, and BLACK-VENTED. We estimated at least 500,000 Sooty Shearwaters off Point Pinos. At least 25 HUMPBACK WHALES were feeding amongst the shearwaters.
    
    Jim Holmes spotted a flock of 190 ASHY STORM-PETRELS, the first such flock I’ve seen in many years; 3 BLACK STORM-PETRELS and 2 WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS (One in Santa Cruz County and one in Monterey County. The Monterey County Wilson’s was with a flock of shearwaters. No other storm-petrels were around. Could be possible to see this off Point PInos.)
    
    Three SCRIPPS’S MURRELETS were spotted sitting on the sea by cameraman, Chris Hartzell. Later in the day, Alex Rinkert spotted another solitary SCRIPPS’S MURRELET.
    
    POMARINE (4), PARASITIC (8), and LONG-TAILED (17) JAEGERS put on a good show, with many Long-tails flying around the boat, as did SABINE’S GULLS and COMMON TERNS.
    
    We managed to find 3 PIGEON GUILLEMOTS, although most have departed. CASSIN’S AUKLETS (8) were sparse owing to the low amounts of krill. However, COMMON MURRES (1676) were abundant with dads and chicks still calling to each other. We often saw murres with food in their beaks. Small bait fish are plentiful right off Point Pinos, turning the fish finder screen almost solidly red. RHINOCEROS AUKLETS (122) could also be seen with fish in their beaks.
    
    The whale show continues. We recorded some 65 HUMPBACK WHALES, 6 BLUE WHALES, 4 FIN WHALES, and 3 BAIRD’S BEAKED WHALES. A couple of DALL’S PORPOISES slow-rolled off the bow. Pinnipeds included California sea lion, Northern elephant seal, and Northern fur seal. We saw one MAKO and one BLUE SHARK.
    
    The ocean is literally teaming with marine life. Seas were glassy-smooth and we expect the same tomorrow. The sea surface temperature reached 65 F today. This report doesn’t really do it justice. Folks on board were thrilled. Many thanks to everyone from near and far who joined us today. Leaders on this trip were Alex Rinkert, Mary Gustafson, Jim Holmes, Rick Fournier, and Debi Shearwater.
    
    We’ll be heading out of Monterey for the next three days in a row. Spaces are available on tomorrow’s trip and Sunday’s trip. (The albacore trip on Saturday is sold out.) I can only be reached by email at this time: debi@... .
    
    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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  9. Offshore: SEP 3 HALF MOON BAY LINK
    DATE: Sep 5, 2017 @ 6:50pm, 11 month(s) ago
    Howdy, Birders,
    
    Shearwater Journeys just had three pelagic trips this past weekend: September 1 from Monterey and September 2 and 3 from Half Moon Bay. There has been a strong southerly flow happening offshore. We first detected this flow on our September 2 Half Moon Bay trip when BLACK STORM-PETRELS showed up. The current was coming up from the south. A somewhat lazy southerly wind blew up. On September 3, the breeze was still going in the morning, but died down while we were out by noon. Even though we were offshore, it was still a warm day. Sea surface temperatures exceeded 64 F!
    
    Oh, what a difference a day makes! The inshore rafts of SOOTY SHEARWATERS had moved up to Pacifica. So, we headed offshore straight away. The inshore waters have been army-green colored with lots of plankton. Offshore, the water color turned to deep aqua-blue— albacore water! Indeed, the fishermen who were already out some 35 miles, caught a fair amount of albacore. One fisherman even caught an opah, a beautiful fish also known as the “moonfish.” (There’s a sunfish and a moonfish!)
    
    One of the highlights of our day was a very splendid GUADALUPE MURRELET spotted by leader, Peter Pyle. Many photographs were made of this little gem. Of all the murrelets, this one is the most difficult to see in central and northern California. Later, we spotted two SCRIPPS’S MURRELETS. Again, all on board had excellent views. Many photographs were made. One person shot 2,700 images! All of the murrelets were in San Mateo County.
    
    Near the weather buoy we saw and smelled a fish oil slick. Slicks such as this are naturally made by sea lions when they kill fish. So, coming upon such a slick is all part of the natural offshore world and not at all mysterious. BLACK, ASHY (both San Mateo and San Francisco Counties) and WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS were feeding over this slick. Other offshore slicks I have observed involved killer whales killing a sea lion. That made a big, stinky oil slick!
    
    We recorded most of the seabirds typical of this season including: BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS; NORTHERN FULMAR; PINK-FOOTED, BULLER’S, SOOTY SHEARWATERS; POMARINE, PARASITIC and LONG-TAILED JAEGERS; RED and RED-NECKED PHALAROPES; SABINE’S GULL; ARCTIC and COMMON TERNS; CASSIN’S and RHINOCEROS AUKLETS. We recorded birds in both San Mateo and San Francisco Counties.
    
    It seemed that many of the whales had moved northward with the flow as well. Nevertheless, we managed to see BLUE, FIN, and many HUMPBACK WHALES and PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHINS very nicely.
    
    I forgot to report a very exciting observation of a drone at sea which we saw on September 2. This was Saildrone #1006 which was deployed from the San Francisco area on September 1. It is on a NOAA mission, heading to the Equator to monitor for El Nino!
    
    We have a lot of upcoming trips with spaces available! I hope you can join us! For a reservation, email me: debi@... .
    
    HALF MOON BAY TRIPS:
    SEP 15 with Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater
    SEP 16 with Steve Hampton, Tim Miller, Abe Borker, Debi Shearwater
    
    MONTEREY TRIPS:
    SEP 7 with Alex Rinkert, Jim Holmes, Mary Gustafson, Rick Fournier, Debi Shearwater
    SEP 8 with Jim Holmes, Mary Gustafson, Brad Keitt, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater
    SEP 9 with Alex Rinkert, Scott & Linda Terrill, Mary Gustafson, Todd McGrath, Nick Levendosky, Debi Shearwater (SEP 9 is sold out. Waiting list only)
    SEP 10 with Scott & Linda Terrill, Todd McGrath, Mary Gustafson, Ryan Terrill, Debi Shearwater
    SEP 14 with David & Patty Wimpfheimer, Debi Shearwater
    SEP 22 with Christian Schwarz, Hannah Nevins, Clay Kempf, Debi Shearwater
    SEP 24 with Jim Holmes, Nick Levendosky, Scott & Linda Terrill, Debi Shearwater
    SEP 30 with Alex Rinkert, Nick Levendosky, Scott & Linda Terrill, Clay Kempf
    OCT 8 with Alex Rinkert, Nick Levendosky, Scott & Linda Terrill, Clay Kempf
    
    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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  11. SEP 2: Half Moon Bay Pelagic Trip LINK
    DATE: Sep 3, 2017 @ 5:57am, 11 month(s) ago
    Howdy, Birders, Shearwater Journeys’ pelagic trip out of Half Moon Bay today was nothing short of spectacular with a great show of seabirds and marine mammals. It was so overwhelming that I hardly know where to begin.
    
    We did not see any ‘rare’ seabirds, only one out-of-season ANCIENT MURRELET in San Francisco County. We also found a few BLACK STORM-PETRELS with a handful of ASHY STORM-PETRELS (also San Francisco County). As far as I know, these are the first reported Black Storm-Petrels for central California. The overall quality of the day was simply amazing.
    
    Just outside of the harbor, we encountered the mixed flocks of SOOTY SHEARWATERS and COMMON MURRES (many dads with chicks). The shearwaters have been feeding on schooling anchovies, but also on squid recently. Feeding on squid is probably what caused them to move a bit more offshore. But the thing that amazed me about these flocks was that the shearwaters were vocalizing! Like hundreds, if not a couple thousand Sooty Shearwaters sitting on the sea were vocalizing. Although I routinely hear PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS vocalizing, I cannot ever recall hearing sooty shears make the sounds I heard today. Our captain killed the engines and many folks on board made recordings and video.
    
    We headed out to the weather buoy but made many stops along the way. No boobies were on the buoy. Upon nearing the edge of the shelf we encountered sensational numbers of both HUMPBACK (63) and BLUE WHALES (26) and one FIN WHALE.
    
    Obviously, with there was an amazing amount of food available to feed 6500 tons of whales! Hundreds of CASSIN’S and RHINOCEROS AUKLETS were present. Flocks of ARCTIC TERNS and SABINE’S GULLS were sitting on the sea. RED and RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were feeding along the edges of the Lines of Convergence. We followed one skinny line that had a one degree SST difference from one side to the other. We left most of the Sooty Shearwaters back at the nearshore, and encountered BULLER’S and PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS along the shelf break. BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES were mostly spotted sitting on the sea due to a lack of wind, as were many of the NORTHERN FULMARS. Overall, jaeger numbers seemed very low, especially given the numbers of Sabine’s Gulls and terns present. However, we did encounter both PARASITIC and LONG-TAILED JAEGERS. It was non-stop birding along the shelf break.
    
    We also saw over 80 OCEAN SUNFISH, many of them dinner plate sized, but also a few very large individuals. One BLUE SHARK was spotted. Three NORTHERN FUR SEALS, one NORTHERN ELEPHANT SEAL, STELLER’Sand CALIFORNIA SEA LIONS rounded out the pinnipeds for the day. Four HARBOR PORPOISE were spotted inshore.
    
    It was often difficult to know which direction to move the boat because we were surrounded by whales on all sides, their stinky breath wafting across the stern. We spotted chunks of bright orange-red whale poo, too! Many invertebrates were noted in the water column, including salps, pteropods, moon jellies, sea nettles and ctenophores.
    
    Somehow this just doesn’t really capture a day with nearly non-stop marine life action. It was like being on a maritime carousel and wanting to reach out for the gold ring.
    
    Sea conditions were excellent. Visibility was excellent. Tomorrow is expected to be the same. Other upcoming departures from Half Moon Bay include: September 15 and 16; October 7. Departures from Monterey Bay include: September 7, 8, 10, 22, 24, 30; October 8. For reservations, email: debi@... .
    
    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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  13. Ventura pelagic trip report - 16 July 2017, Cook's Petrels, Craveri's Murrelets, and more! LINK
    DATE: Jul 20, 2017 @ 5:21pm, 12 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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  15. Pelagic trip out of Ventura with Island Packers on July 16 LINK
    DATE: Jun 30, 2017, 1 year(s) ago
    Hi All
    
    This is a reminder that Island Packers is offering a 12-hour deepwater pelagic trip from the Ventura Harbor at 7 am on Sunday July 16. This trip will allow us to get to offshore waters beyond the reach of most day trips where we will
    have a chance to see a number of outstanding pelagic birds and marine
    mammals. Our intention is to go south from Ventura towards San Nicolas
    Island and the banks, knolls, canyons and other productive features in
    the area. This will give us a chance to look for sought after species
    like Red-billed Tropicbird, Least Storm-Petrel, Leach's Storm-Petrel,
    Townsend's Storm-Petrel, Guadalupe Murrelet and Craveri's Murrelet. Research trips that have traversed the area south of the Channel Islands
    this spring have recorded a few rare species including a Nazca Booby
    and Cook's Petrels. We
    will decide what our offshore destination will be after reviewing
    oceanographic conditions at the time of the trip, which will help
    determine where the birds and other marine life may be present or
    concentrated.
    
    Summer
    trips in July and August
    coincide with the earlier parts of the southbound fall migration of
    arctic nesting species, the northward dispersal of southern nesting
    species, and the nesting and fledging periods of breeding species on the
    Channel Islands. Past trips have found Manx Shearwater (rare),
    Black-footed Albatross, Laysan Albatross (rare), Buller's Shearwater,
    Leach's Storm-Petrel,
    Blue-footed Booby, Brown Booby, Long-tailed
    Jaeger, South Polar Skua, Scripps's Murrelet, Craveri's Murrelet (several were seen out of San Diego last week so they are around), Arctic Tern, and a variety of other shearwaters,
    storm-petrels, pelagic gulls and terns, phalaropes, and alcids.
    Patrolling the shoreline of Anacapa Island has yielded American
    Oystercatchers over the last few years. Summer is also an excellent
    time for Ashy and Black Storm-Petrels, and Cassin's Auklets. There is
    often a flock of 1000's of Black Storm-Petrels south of the islands
    that we will attempt to find. A few Rhinoceros Auklets and Common Murres should still be
    around, along with Pigeon Guillemots near the islands. Red-billed
    Tropicbird is always possible on summer trips, although not found every
    year.
    
    The 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. The cost of the trip is $195 per adult.
    
    Hope to see you at sea!
    
    Dave Pereksta
    Ventura, CA
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  17. SBVAS Orange County pelagic trip - June 10 LINK
    DATE: Apr 25, 2017 @ 2:53pm, 1 year(s) ago
    San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society is sponsoring a a 9-hour pelagic trip aboard the Ocean Institute’s (Dana Point) R/V Sea Explorer in search of pelagic birds, marine mammals, and other oceanic wildlife on Saturday, June 10. We expect to see Pink-footed and Sooty Shearwaters, Black Storm-Petrel, Cassin’s Auklet, and Scripps’s Murrelet. We have a reasonable chance of seeing Pomarine Jaeger, Sabine’s Gull, and Red Phalarope, as well as marine mammals such as Common Dolphin, and Blue, Humpback, and Fin Whales. The cost for the trip is $70. We will meet at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point at 6:30 AM. The trip departs promptly at 7:00 AM and will not be held for late arrivals; it returns at 4:00 PM. To reserve a space on the trip, email Tom Benson
    
    with your name and phone number, the number of spaces you want to reserve, and the names of those in your party.For complete details please see the trip description on the SBVAS website .
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
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  19. Recent San Diego Pelagic Trip LINK
    DATE: Aug 28, 2016, 2 year(s) ago
    The San Diego pelagic on Aug. 21, 2016 started off with the unusual target of an albino cormorant that had been reported on the bait docks the previous week. We found and photographed the bird on the barrier around the submarine base, and what an unusual sight it was – a pure white Brandt’s Cormorant. We were also successful with our more traditional targets, getting good looks at CRAVERI'S MURRELETS, which was a life bird for several birders on board.We counted 10 on the day, which was quite good for the windy conditions. Other species of note included LEACH'S STORM-PETRELS, with perhaps twenty five for the trip. The majority were dark-rumped or intermediate white-rumped chapmani subspecies, but a couple of bright white-rumped birds had us looking at photos for possible Townsend's or Wilson's Storm-Petrels. These were likely the nominate Leach's Storm-Petrels. Although we had no Brown Boobies on the channel buoys, we did manage to get several farther offshore, which was another target bird for several of our participants. A bit of good news on the seabird reproduction front, Black-vented Shearwaters appear to have done well this year as we saw good numbers on bright fresh plumaged birds I take to be birds of the year.All clearly thriving on this year’s mass of Northern Anchovy locally.Sea surface temps were 69-73 mostly 70 degrees.
    Partial species list offshore:
    Pink-footed Shearwater67 Sooty Shearwater
    
    7 Black-vented Shearwater
    
    750 Leach's Storm-Petrel (chapmani) 25 Leach's Storm-Petrel (leucorhoa)
    
    2 Ashy Storm-Petrel
    
    3 Black Storm-Petrel
    
    110 Brown Booby
    
    4 Red-necked Phalarope
    
     40 CRAVERI'S MURRELET
    
     10 Cassin's Auklet
    
    1 Common Tern
    
    12 Elegant Tern
    
    108
    
    Dave Povey Dulzura
    
    The next BVAS / Grande trip is Sept 25th and only has 9 spots left; call 619 223-1627 to reserve your spot.
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  21. upcoming fall San Diego pelagic trips LINK
    DATE: Jul 13, 2016 @ 6:57am, 2 year(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. Upcoming pelagic trips from Ventura with Island Packers LINK
    DATE: Apr 16, 2016 @ 9:30am, 2 year(s) ago
    Hello birders
    
    Island
    Packers has scheduled three pelagic birdingtrips for this summer and
    fall based out of Ventura and Oxnard, CA. The dates areJuly 10, August 21, and
    October 8. Summer and fall are great seasons to get offshore southern
    California and past trips have had success finding a variety of local,
    uncommon, and rare species.
    
    Summer
    trips in July and August
    coincide with the earlier parts of the southbound fall migration of
    arctic nesting species, the northward dispersal of southern nesting
    species, and the nesting and fledging periods of breeding species on the
    Channel Islands.Summer trips have found Manx Shearwater (rare),
    Black-footed Albatross, Laysan Albatross (rare), Buller's Shearwater,
    Leach's Storm-Petrel,
    Blue-footed Booby, Brown Booby, Long-tailed
    Jaeger, South Polar Skua, Scripps's Murrelet, Craveri's Murrelet (warm
    water years), Arctic Tern, and a variety of other shearwaters,
    storm-petrels, pelagic gulls and terns, phalaropes, and alcids.
    Patrolling the shoreline of Anacapa Island has yielded American
    Oystercatchers over the last few years. Summer is also an excellent
    time for Ashy and Black Storm-Petrels, and Cassin's Auklets. There is
    often a flock of 1000's of Black Storm-Petrels south of the islands
    that we will attempt to find. A few Rhinoceros Auklets should still be
    around, along with Pigeon Guillemots near the islands. Red-billed
    Tropicbird is always possible on summer trips, although not found every
    year.With the lingering El Nino this year, it will be a great time to
    look for warm water species including Guadalupe Murrelet, Craveri's
    Murrelet,and Least Storm-Petrel. In addition, the August trip will
    include a landing on Santa Cruz Island so we can search for the endemic
    Island Scrub-Jay!
    
    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.
    In October, 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 two years were exceptional years 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 and/or
    concentrated.
    
    The schedule and pricing is as follows:
    Channel Islands and Beyond: Santa Barbara Channel, Interisland gaps, and deep waters south of the islands
    July 10th (Sunday)
    12 hrs 7 am-7 pm
    $195 per adult
    Previous
    year highlights include: Blue-footed Booby, Scripps’s and Craveri’s
    Murrelet, South Polar Skua, Common Tern, Leach’s, Ashy, and Black
    Storm-Petrels, Sooty, Pink-footed, and Black-vented Shearwaters,
    Cassin’s Auklet, and Red-necked Phalaropes. Manx Shearwater has also
    been sighted the past few years in mid-July.
    
    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
    Storm-Petrel.
    
    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; Pomarine, Parasitic, and Long-tailed
    Jaegers; Cassin’s and Rhinoceros Auklets; Red and Red-necked Phalarope;
    Pink-footed 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 July and October trips will be on ultra-fast catamarans that feature
    spacious and comfortable cabins, galleys, 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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  25. pterodromas, 2 Manx, Sabine's LINK
    DATE: Apr 11, 2016 @ 8:55am, 2 year(s) ago
    This morning, Monday, I did a two-hour seawatch at La Jolla, and despite
    
    overall numbers and diversity being mediocre, I did see 2 MANX
    
    SHEARWATERS fly by together, quite close to shore--the only shearwaters
    
    I saw all morning. Also 13 Black Storm-Petrels--which are just slightly
    
    early in the season for La Jolla, but seemingly regular locally offshore
    
    the past few years starting already at the end of March. And lastly
    
    there was a single SABINE'S GULL feeding just offshore with a bunch of
    
    Bonies, which just a few years ago I would have said was early for being
    
    in CA waters--but no longer! Especially after last year's late March
    
    cruise-ship run a bunch of us did from Los Angeles to Vancouver, during
    
    which we had some 300+ Sabine's, including plenty as far north as off
    
    Washington state. Another cruise-ship run from Los Angeles to Vancouver
    
    took place just ten days ago with several birders aboard (not me)--from
    
    31 March to 3 April--and it recorded several flocks of Sabine's, as well
    
    as ca. 6 MURPHY'S PETRELS (5 in CA waters), 2 COOK'S PETRELS (both in CA
    
    waters), Laysan Albatross, as well as several PARAKEET AUKLETS in Oregon
    
    waters.
    
    --Paul Lehman, San Diego
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  27. Upcoming San Diego Pelagic trip LINK
    DATE: Apr 7, 2016 @ 6:01pm, 2 year(s) ago
    The first of San Diego Pelagics’ and Buena Vista Audubon’s 2016 pelagic trips is rapidly approaching; Saturday, April 30th .
    This is a 10-hour tripout of Seaforth Sportfishing Landing, Mission Bay , aboard the 80 foot Privateer, operated by Pacific Nature
    
    Tours .Species we'll be looking for include Scripps's Murrelets, Black-footed Albatross (uncommon), Northern Fulmar, Black-vented Shearwater,Ashy Storm-Petrel, Rhinoceros Auklet, and Sabine's Gull, along with the regularly-occurring, expectedspecies such as Pink-footed andSooty Shearwater, Black Storm-Petrel, Brown Booby, Red and Red-necked Phalaropes, Pomarine and Parasitic Jaegers, andCassin's Auklets. Red-billed Tropicbird would be slightly early but possible.Lastly, Paul Lehman says one can always pray to the pelagic gods for a Laysan Albatross. He missed the San Diego County Laysan last year!
    The Privateeris a large tour boat, with ample seating on the main and topside decks. The boat has two heads (bathrooms)and a snack bar. She is a bit faster than the usual fishing boat, which allows us to cover more area.We will search the banks and deep water off San Diego Co. in U.S. waters, and may briefly enter L.A. Co. to the west.
    Trip leaders are Paul Lehman, Guy McCaskie, Dave Povey, Bruce Rideout, and Matt Sadowski.The regular sign up price is $90 , but you can save $10with the " Early Bird" sign up.The "Early Bird" special ends this comingMonday,April 10 th , 2016. Late signups after April 24th are $100.Call Hailee at Pacific Nature Tours, 619 534-9249Monday thru Fridaybetween 9-4, or sign up on www.pacificnaturetours.com/
    
    "Book Now".
    Trip details are on the www.sandiegopelagics.comupcoming trips page. I hope to see you out there.
    
    Dave Povey Dulzura
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  29. San Diego pelagic trip Sunday results, incl. 2800 Least Storm-Petrels LINK
    DATE: Oct 13, 2015 @ 7:25pm, 3 year(s) ago
    Posting for Paul Lehman:
    
    The San Diego pelagic trip on 11 October, sponsored by Buena Vista
    Audubon Society aboard "Grande" went out to the 9-Mile and 30-Mile
    Banks, including north to a few miles inside L.A. Co. waters to find the
    large storm-petrel rafts (23 nm ESE of se. tip of San Clemente Is.). The
    weather was quite warm and the seas quite light! Here are the selected
    totals from offshore only. As expected, shearwater totals were low in
    the 72-77 F degree water! But there was the mother lode of Least
    Storm-Petrels.
    
    Common Loon: 3
    Eared Grebe: 2
    Western Grebe: 3
    Northern Fulmar: 10
    Pink-footed Shearwater: 7
    Sooty Shearwater: 3
    Black-vented Shearwater: 75
    Black Storm-Petrel: 700 (mostly in the rafts in L.A. Co. waters)
    Ashy Storm-Petrel: 1 (in L.A. Co. rafts)
    Least Storm-Petrel: 2800 (all in the rafts in L.A. Co. waters)
    Brown Booby: 32 (mostly on or near buoys off Point Loma, a few
    scattered elsewhere)
    Black-bellied Plover: 8
    Greater Yellowlegs: 1
    dowitcher sp.: 10
    Red-necked Phalarope: 600
    Red Phalarope: 25
    Pomarine Jaeger: 5
    Parasitic Jaeger: 1
    Long-tailed Jaeger: 1 (L.A. Co. waters)
    Cassin's Auklet: 150
    Sabine's Gull: 10
    Heermann's Gull: included 1 farther offshore than normal at 30-Mile Bank
    Common Tern: 35
    Elegant Tern: 12
    passerine sp.: 3
    
    --Paul Lehman, San Diego
    
    
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