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   Black-footed Albatross
Black-footed Albatross
Phoebastria nigripes


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  1. Epic seabird flight at Point Pinos--6 May LINK
    DATE: May 7, 2017 @ 9:03am, 17 day(s) ago
    Birders
    
    A strong cold front swept through the Monterey Bay region on Friday bringing with it gusty northwest winds and optimal viewing conditions for Point Pinos. The show started Friday afternoon with a few Sabine's Gulls and a scattering of Fork-tailed Storm-Petrels. By dawn on Saturday, the winds were really cranking and the flight was in full swing all day. We did hourly checklists in eBird for the day (and those will be fleshed out with photos soon), but the highlight totals were:
    
    Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel: 195 (many right off the rocks; most photographed)
    Ashy Storm-Petrel: 2
    Leach's Storm-Petrel: 4 (photos of two)
    Black-footed Albatross: 100+
    Laysan Albatross: 2 (photos)
    Red Phalarope: 1927 (photos)
    Red-necked Phalarope: 169,000 (simply astronomical numbers, hard to estimate)
    Sabine's Gull: 2335 (many photos, big flocks)
    Tufted Puffin: 2
    
    Overall it was the best spring seawatching I've ever had from the point. Alas, we were unable to find any Pterodroma petrels from shore.
    
    In addition to the event at the point, Monterey Harbor was awash in Fork-tailed Storm-Petrels, with more than 70 estimated in the inner harbor just feet off the docks. Also both phalaropes there.
    
    Thanks and good birding!
    
    Brian
    
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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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  3. Re: [CALBIRDS] A MTY Co. Big Day 4/28: LITTLE STINT, LITTLE GULL, LBBG LINK
    DATE: Apr 29, 2017, 26 day(s) ago
    Hi Calbirders
    
    Here are two eBird checklists with Little Stint and Little Gull photos. Sorry for the quality!
    
    https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36387955
    
    and
    
    https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S36387535
    
    Thanks
    
    Brian
    
    On Sat, Apr 29, 2017 at 8:30 PM, B Matheson gypaetusbarbatus@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
      Greetings Birders
    
    Yesterday Brian Sullivan, Paul Fenwick, Cooper Scollan and I, attempted a Monterey County Big Day. We hoped to surpass the impressive county Big Day record set by Scott Terrill, Steve Rovell and John Sterling in 1999, of 208 species. We succeeded in this, tallying 217 species. All ABA count protocols were followed. Outside help the day of was neither offered nor accepted. No playback was used. 
    
    Unexpected rarities included: an alternate plumaged LITTLE STINT at Jetty Road, Moss Landing; a 1cy LITTLE GULL at the mouth of the Pajaro River; a 1cy LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at the Pajaro River Mouth and a nice alternate adult FRANKLIN'S GULL, also at Jetty Road, Moss Landing. 
    
    Besides these rarities, we had good luck with lots of rare migrants and breeders. Beginning at 1200AM, nocturnal highlights were duetting LONG-EARED OWLS, BURROWING OWL and territorial LESSER NIGHTHAWK. We even managed some night glimpses of stakeout geese: ROSS'S, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED and ALEUTIAN. After sunrise/daylight, we did well with scarcities in the upper Salinas Valley like BLUE GROSBEAK, NASHVILLE WARBLER, BELL'S SPARROW and GREATER ROADRUNNER. Arroyo Seco and the Carmel Valley had a nice male COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD and a couple of BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRDS, along with multiple territorial MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLERS. The outer Monterey Peninsula produced our only really surprising miss: Black Turnstone.  At the Point Pinos Seawatch, good northwest winds yielded lots of BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES from shore, but less diversity than we hoped for. Late, lingering, grebe and gull species were all still present in single digits from Monterey to Marina. Up in the Elkhorn Slough area, in addition to the above "red letter" rarities, we did well with YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, RED KNOT, late ducks (including at least seven REDHEAD), and a lone WHITE-FACED IBIS. 
    
    It was all great fun. 
    
    Good birding, 
    
    Blake Matheson
    Monterey Peninsula
    
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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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  5. A MTY Co. Big Day 4/28: LITTLE STINT, LITTLE GULL, LBBG LINK
    DATE: Apr 29, 2017, 26 day(s) ago
    Greetings Birders
    
    Yesterday Brian Sullivan, Paul Fenwick, Cooper Scollan and I, attempted a Monterey County Big Day. We hoped to surpass the impressive county Big Day record set by Scott Terrill, Steve Rovell and John Sterling in 1999, of 208 species. We succeeded in this, tallying 217 species. All ABA count protocols were followed. Outside help the day of was neither offered nor accepted. No playback was used.
    
    Unexpected rarities included: an alternate plumaged LITTLE STINT at Jetty Road, Moss Landing; a 1cy LITTLE GULL at the mouth of the Pajaro River; a 1cy LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at the Pajaro River Mouth and a nice alternate adult FRANKLIN'S GULL, also at Jetty Road, Moss Landing.
    
    Besides these rarities, we had good luck with lots of rare migrants and breeders. Beginning at 1200AM, nocturnal highlights were duetting LONG-EARED OWLS,BURROWING OWL and territorial LESSER NIGHTHAWK. We even managed some night glimpses of stakeout geese: ROSS'S, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED and ALEUTIAN. After sunrise/daylight, we did well with scarcities in the upper Salinas Valley like BLUE GROSBEAK, NASHVILLE WARBLER, BELL'S SPARROW and GREATER ROADRUNNER. Arroyo Seco and the Carmel Valley had a nice male COSTA'SHUMMINGBIRD and a couple of BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRDS, along with multiple territorial MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLERS. The outer Monterey Peninsula produced our only really surprising miss: Black Turnstone. At the PointPinos Seawatch,good northwest winds yielded lots of BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES from shore, but less diversity than we hoped for. Late, lingering, grebe and gull species were all still present in single digits from Monterey to Marina. Up in the Elkhorn Slough area, in addition to the above "red letter" rarities, we did well with YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, RED KNOT, late ducks (including at least seven REDHEAD), and a lone WHITE-FACED IBIS.
    
    It was all great fun.
    
    Good birding,
    
    Blake Matheson
    Monterey Peninsula
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  7. Upcoming Trips with Monterey Seabirds LINK
    DATE: Feb 25, 2017, 3 month(s) ago
    Hello Fellow Birders-   Upcoming Trip! March 11th 2017 Join us for our next 8 hour trip out in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary looking for Seabirds and other wildlife! We expect to see plenty of Black-footed Albatross, Red-necked Phalaropes, Sooty Shearwaters, Pink-footed Shearwaters, Cassin's Auklets, Rhinoceros Auklets, Sabine's Gulls & much more! We are also VERY likely to spend time observing marine mammals such as Humpback Whales, Gray Whales, Blue Whales, Fin Whales, dolphins, pinnipeds and sea otters! Some of our favorite species from 2016 were Laysan Albatross, Short-tailed Shearwater, Nazca Booby and Tufted Puffin!   Tickets are $125 per person for 8 hours. Check in is at 7am for a 7:30am departure. Please be prepared for all types of weather and bring your own lunch. Our primary vessel for the trips is the Pt. Sur Clipper which we send out with 30 passengers or less to allow for comfort and space for photographers. Call 831-375-4658 for more information and to sign up, or you can go online to montereyseabirds.com .   We have more 8 & 12 hour trips throughout the year – here is the list: Saturday 4/1/17 (8 hr)
    Saturday 6/10/17 (8 hr)
    Sunday 8/20/17 (8 hr)
    Tuesday 9/5/17 (8 hr)
    Sunday 9/10/17 (8 hr)
    Monday 9/11/17 (12 hr)
    Sunday 9/17/17 (8 hr)
    Monday 9/18/17 (12 hr)
    Thursday 9/21/17 (8 hr)
    Monday 9/25/17 (12 hr)
    Tuesday 9/26/17 (8 hr)
    Sunday 10/1/17 (8 hr)
    Monday 10/2/17 (12 hr)
    Sunday 10/15/17 (8 hr)
    Monday 10/16/17 (12 hr)
    
    Follow along with us online! Find us on Ebird:   http://ebird.org/ebird/profile/ODAzOTE2/US-CA-053 Like us on Facebook!   https://www.facebook.com/montereyseabirdtours Join our mailing list by emailing mbwwassistant@... .
    
    --
    Katlyn Taylor
    Marine Biologist
    Monterey Bay Whale Watch
    971-322-8425
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  9. 2017 Trips with Monterey Seabirds LINK
    DATE: Jan 6, 2017 @ 5:05pm, 5 month(s) ago
    Hello Fellow Birders-
    We are pleased to announce our 2017 calendar! We are also looking for trip leaders and spotters this year. If you are interested, please send an email to mbwwassistant@... .
    
    Saturday 3/11/17 (8 hr)
    Saturday 4/1/17 (8 hr)
    Saturday 6/10/17 (8 hr)
    Sunday 8/20/17 (8 hr)
    Tuesday 9/5/17 (8 hr)
    Sunday 9/10/17 (8 hr)
    Monday 9/11/17 (12 hr)
    Sunday 9/17/17 (8 hr)
    Monday 9/18/17 (12 hr)
    Thursday 9/21/17 (8 hr)
    Monday 9/25/17 (12 hr)
    Tuesday 9/26/17 (8 hr)
    Sunday 10/1/17 (8 hr)
    Monday 10/2/17 (12 hr)
    Sunday 10/15/17 (8 hr)
    Monday 10/16/17 (12 hr)
    
    Join us for 8 & 12 hour trips out in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary looking for Seabirds and other wildlife! We expect to see plenty of Black-footed Albatross, Red-necked Phalaropes, Sooty Shearwaters, Pink-footed Shearwaters, Cassin's Auklets, Rhinoceros Auklets, Sabine's Gulls & much more! We are also VERY likely to spend time observing marine mammals such as Humpback Whales, Gray Whales, Blue Whales, Fin Whales, dolphins, pinnipeds and sea otters! Some of our favorite species from 2016 were Laysan Albatross, Short-tailed Shearwater, Nazca Booby and Tufted Puffin!
    
    Tickets are $125 per person for 8 hours and $160 per person for 12 hours. Check in is at 7am for a 7:30am departure. Please be prepared for all types of weather and bring your own lunch. Our primary vessel for the trips is the Pt. Sur Clipper which we send out with 30 passengers or less to allow for comfort and space for photographers.
    Call 831-375-4658 for more information and to sign up, or you can go online to montereyseabirds.com - trips should be available for selection starting Tuesday January 10th.
    
    Follow along with us online!
    Find us on Ebird: http://ebird.org/ebird/profile/ODAzOTE2/US-CA-053
    Like us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/Monterey-Seabirds-1420685978212542/
    
    Join our mailing list by emailing mbwwassistant@... .
    --
    Katlyn Taylor
    Marine Biologist
    Monterey Bay Whale Watch
    971-322-8425
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  11. Leach's Storm-Petrels in Monterey Bay--16 December LINK
    DATE: Dec 16, 2016 @ 9:32pm, 5 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)
    
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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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  13. Oct 8 pelagic trip out of Ventura - space available LINK
    DATE: Oct 3, 2016 @ 8:13am, 8 month(s) ago
    There is still space available for a pelagic trip out of the Ventura Harbor on Oct 8 with Island Packers. The advance forecast looks great for Saturday so we hope you can join us offshore. The waters around the northern
    Channel Islands can be very productive during the fall when hundreds
    (sometimes thousands) of shearwaters crowd into the inter-island gaps. We will be looking through flocks of Black-vented,
    Pink-footed, and Sooty Shearwaters for Buller's, Flesh-footed (uncommon),
    and Manx (rare) Shearwaters. This is peak season for seabird diversity
    so in addition to the species already mentioned, Black-footed Albatross,
    Black and Ashy Storm-Petrels, Cassin's and Rhinoceros Auklets, and
    Pomarine and Long-tailed Jaegers are all possible. It is a good time of
    year for South Polar Skua, Sabine's Gull, and Arctic Tern. Recent trips
    near the islands have found Blue-footed Booby (2013-2014, 2016) and Brown
    Booby (2013-2016)! There is also a potential for sought-after species
    like Red-billed Tropicbird, Least Storm-Petrel, Guadalupe Murrelet, and
    Craveri's Murrelet. The last 3 years have been exceptional for Craveri's
    Murrelet off southern California and with warm water continuing, our chances to find this elusive species may be good. We
    will decide what our offshore destinations will be after reviewing
    oceanographic conditions at the time of the trip, which will help
    determine where birds and other marine life may be present.
    
    Fall Migration Adventure
    October 8th (Sat)
    10 hrs 8 am-6 pm
    $170 per adult
    Previous
    year highlights include: Blue-footed and Brown Booby; Black, Ashy, and Least Storm-Petrels; American
    Oystercatcher; Craveri’s Murrelet; South Polar Skua; Pomarine, Parasitic, and Long-tailed
    Jaegers; Cassin’s and Rhinoceros Auklets; Red and Red-necked Phalarope;
    Northern Fulmar; Pink-footed, Sooty, and Black-vented Shearwaters, Sabine's Gulls, Common/Arctic Terns and Common
    Murre. Other possibilities include Buller’s and Flesh-footed
    Shearwaters, Wilson’s Storm Petrel, and Red-billed Tropicbird.
    
    The trip will be on an ultra-fast catamaran that featured a spacious and comfortable cabin, galley, and excellent viewing from
    both the upper and lower decks. A full contingent of outstanding seabird
    leaders will be present to make sure we see all that is out there. The
    Captains and crews know how to run birding trips and are enthusiastic
    and helpful.In addition, we work hard to creep up on birds and get
    them in the right light...photographers will not be disappointed!
    
    Trips can be booked over the phone by calling (805) 642-1393 or online at www.IslandPackers.comby clicking the Reserve Trip tab, Select the Special Trips tab, and select your desired departure.
    
    Hope to see you at sea!
    
    Dave Pereksta
    Ventura, CA
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  15. Albacore fishing and migratory seabirds LINK
    DATE: Sep 29, 2016, 8 month(s) ago
    Debi,
    
    I am picking up on something that you said that is perhaps confusing As you note there are a bunch of seabird species that associate with the habitat of albacore, that warmer nutrient poor, very blue and clear water. However, several of the species that you mention are migrants that move through here irrelevant of where the albacore are, such as the jaegers, Sabine’s Gull, terns. I think the issue about detection through our area, is how far out they are and how concentrated the pulses of migration are. If they are moving through closer to shore, pelagic trips see more of them, if they are offshore we see fewer. But they are going through irrelevant of where the albacore and the fishing for albacore is going on. Obviously they capitalize on the resource of bait fish (often Pacific Saury) brought to the surface by foraging albacore, and may linger in areas where feeding is good, but the migration goes on. For some of these the migratory peak has passed already through our latitude in central California, such as for Long-tailed Jaeger, Common and Arctic terns. Tail end of fall migration is difficult to get a good grip on, as there are fewer trips in October, and even fewer in November. But for those that peak in September I think the data are pretty clear, the larger pulse is likely south of us.
    
    Buller’s Shearwaters are kind of a mystery, a fickle species with definite good years and bad years. They are associated with that offshore blue water, but their numbers and seemingly their distribution shifts radically from year to year. This also applies to the migratory pulse in Chile during February – March, where it appears that some years they are much easier to find than in others, although with fewer eyes out there that is difficult to determine with much confidence thus far. But so far, 2016 is a year where pelagic trips in California and farther north are not finding Buller’s in numbers anywhere it seems. Even in Washington State if you look at eBird data for 2016 vs pre 2016, birds per hour or any other metric, they are down this year, similarly so for Oregon. Now caveat is that October could bring in a big pulse and we are back to normal, and that is what I am certainly hoping for. But September numbers appear to be low compared to pre 2016 September numbers too. Birds per party hour in 2016 maxes out at 1/pph in early September, pre 2016 max is near 14, and in early September it is 4. It is a tad coarse to look at numbers like this, but I think a solid argument can be made that within the range of pelagic birding boats, this is a bad year for them thus far anywhere along the US coast. Perhaps they are just farther offshore this year Who knows
    
    Here are the links of eBird data to compare.
    
    Buller’s Shearwaters per hour Washington State – Pre 2016
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/GuideMespeciesCodes=bulshe < http://ebird.org/ebird/GuideMespeciesCodes=bulshe&reportType=species&bMonth=01&bYear=1900&eMonth=12&eYear=2016&parentState=US-WA&countries=US&states=US-WA&getLocations=states&continue.x=53&continue.y=3 > &reportType=species&bMonth=01&bYear=1900&eMonth=12&eYear=2016&parentState=US-WA&countries=US&states=US-WA&getLocations=states&continue.x=53&continue.y=3
    
    Buller’s Shearwaters per hour Washington State 2016
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/GuideMesrc=changeDate < http://ebird.org/ebird/GuideMesrc=changeDate&speciesCodes=bulshe&getLocations=states&states=US-WA&parentState=US-WA&reportType=species&monthRadio=on&bMonth=01&eMonth=12&bYear=2016&eYear=2016&continue.x=74&continue.y=10 > &speciesCodes=bulshe&getLocations=states&states=US-WA&parentState=US-WA&reportType=species&monthRadio=on&bMonth=01&eMonth=12&bYear=2016&eYear=2016&continue.x=74&continue.y=10
    
    Good birding,
    
    Alvaro
    
    Alvaro Jaramillo
    
    alvaro@...
    
    www.alvarosadventures.com
    
    From: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com [mailto: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of DEBRA SHEARWATER debi@... [CALBIRDS]
    
    Sent: Thursday, September 29, 2016 7:23 PM
    
    To: Calbirds < CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com >
    
    Subject: [CALBIRDS] Pelagic Trips: Sep 23, 24, 25 & Upcoming Trips
    
    Howdy, CALBirders,
    
    Shearwater Journeys held three successful pelagic trips in conjunction with the Monterey Bay Birding Festival on September 23, 24, and 25. Each day was a little bit different. At least one new species was added each day.
    
    On Sunday, we found a huge feeding aggregation of Brandt’s Cormorants, gulls, and Black-vented Shearwaters. They appeared to be feeding on small anchovies. It was quite a frenzy as the cormorants drove the fish in front of the flock with gulls noisily calling and swirling overhead, providing visual and auditory cues for seabirds in the surrounding areas. Like magic, hundreds of Black-vented Shearwaters began streaming toward the frantically feeding flock. However, another cue was provided by the pungent smell of fish— an olfactory cue! Using all three cues, birds flew in from all directions. Once the feeding was over a large fish oil slick was all that was left on the sea. This is something that I have witnessed several times over the past four decades.
    
    Now that the albacore fishing is winding down off Washington, the seabirds associated with that industry are showing up in numbers along our coast. All three jaeger species, South Polar Skuas, and Sabine’s Gulls, along with a trickle of Arctic Terns were the first ones to show up. Buller’s Shearwater numbers have increased in the past ten days. Flesh-footed Shearwaters are sure to follow. Scripps’s and Craveri’s Murrelets which also associate closely with albacore could show up, if there is any clear, blue water in our area. Albacore changed their migration pattern about a decade ago and now head to Oregon and Washington, mostly bypassing central California. The seabirds associated with them tend to follow, if conditions are right.
    
    Our upcoming trips departing from Monterey with spaces available are:
    
    OCTOBER 1 with Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Jim Holmes, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater.
    
    OCTOBER 8 with Alex Rinkert, Tim Miller, Clay Kempf, Debi Shearwater
    
    OCTOBER 16 with Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Debi Shearwater
    
    And, from Half Moon Bay:
    
    OCTOBER 2 with Steve Tucker, Steve Hampton, Jim Holmes, Debi Shearwater
    
    Reservations: debi@...
    
    The birders who did all three trips (September 23, 24, 25) recorded the following species:
    
    PACIFIC LOON
    
    COMMON LOON
    
    BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS
    
    PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER
    
    BULLER’S SHEARWATER
    
    SOOTY SHEARWATER
    
    BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER
    
    ASHY STORM-PETREL
    
    BROWN PELICAN
    
    BRANDT’S CORMORANT
    
    PELAGIC CORMORANT
    
    DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
    
    BLACK OYSTERCATCHER
    
    WHIMBREL
    
    BLACK TURNSTONE
    
    SURFBIRD
    
    RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
    
    SOUTH POLAR SKUA
    
    POMARINE JAEGER
    
    PARASITIC JAEGER
    
    LONG-TAILED JAEGER
    
    HEERMANN’S GULL
    
    CALIFORNIA GULL
    
    WESTERN GULL
    
    SABINE’S GULL
    
    ELEGANT TERN
    
    FORSTER’S TERN
    
    COMMON MURRE
    
    PIGEON GUILLEMOT
    
    CASSIN’S AUKLET
    
    RHINOCEROS AUKLET
    
    TUFTED PUFFIN
    
    BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON
    
    PEREGRINE FALCON
    
    GREAT EGRET
    
    SNOWY EGRET
    
    HUMMINGBIRD SP.
    
    Marine mammals recorded on all three trips included:
    
    SEA OTTER
    
    CALIFORNIA SEA LION
    
    NORTHERN ELEPHANT SEAL
    
    NORTHERN FUR SEAL
    
    HARBOR SEAL
    
    HUMPBACK WHALE
    
    SHORT-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHIN
    
    RISSO’S DOLPHIN
    
    PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN
    
    BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN
    
    Also:
    
    OCEAN SUNFISH
    
    BLUE SHARK
    
    Many thanks to all of the birders who joined us. The leaders on these trips were: Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Dena Spatz, Tim Miller, Abe Borker, Christian Schwarz, Clay Kempf, and Debi Shearwater. All trips were entered into eBird following pelagic protocol.
    
    A recap of Shearwater Journeys’ September pelagic trips can be found here:
    
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2016/09/september-2016-pelagic-bonanza_11.html
    
    Living the Salt Life,
    
    Debi Shearwater
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    
    PO Box 190
    
    Hollister, CA 95024
    
    831.637.8527
    
    debi@...
    
    < http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com > www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    
    < http://www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com > www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 41 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
    
    Siberia’s Forgotten Coast Voyage: 27 June -10 July with Debi & nesting Spoon-billed Sandpipers
    
    Russia’s Ring of Fire: 30 May - 11 June
    
    Sea of Okhotsk: 12 - 23 June
    
    
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  17. Pelagic Trips: Sep 23, 24, 25 & Upcoming Trips LINK
    DATE: Sep 29, 2016, 8 month(s) ago
    Howdy, CALBirders,
    
    Shearwater Journeys held three successful pelagic trips in conjunction with the Monterey Bay Birding Festival on September 23, 24, and 25. Each day was a little bit different. At least one new species was added each day.
    
    On Sunday, we found a huge feeding aggregation of Brandt’s Cormorants, gulls, and Black-vented Shearwaters. They appeared to be feeding on small anchovies. It was quite a frenzy as the cormorants drove the fish in front of the flock with gulls noisily calling and swirling overhead, providing visual and auditory cues for seabirds in the surrounding areas. Like magic, hundreds of Black-vented Shearwaters began streaming toward the frantically feeding flock. However, another cue was provided by the pungent smell of fish— an olfactory cue! Using all three cues, birds flew in from all directions. Once the feeding was over a large fish oil slick was all that was left on the sea. This is something that I have witnessed several times over the past four decades.
    
    Now that the albacore fishing is winding down off Washington, the seabirds associated with that industry are showing up in numbers along our coast. All three jaeger species, South Polar Skuas, and Sabine’s Gulls, along with a trickle of Arctic Terns were the first ones to show up. Buller’s Shearwater numbers have increased in the past ten days. Flesh-footed Shearwaters are sure to follow. Scripps’s and Craveri’s Murrelets which also associate closely with albacore could show up, if there is any clear, blue water in our area. Albacore changed their migration pattern about a decade ago and now head to Oregon and Washington, mostly bypassing central California. The seabirds associated with them tend to follow, if conditions are right.
    
    Our upcoming trips departing from Monterey with spaces available are:
    OCTOBER 1 with Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Jim Holmes, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater.
    OCTOBER 8 with Alex Rinkert, Tim Miller, Clay Kempf, Debi Shearwater
    OCTOBER 16 with Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Debi Shearwater
    And, from Half Moon Bay:
    OCTOBER 2 with Steve Tucker, Steve Hampton, Jim Holmes, Debi Shearwater
    Reservations: debi@...
    
    The birders who did all three trips (September 23, 24, 25) recorded the following species:
    
    PACIFIC LOON
    COMMON LOON
    BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS
    PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER
    BULLER’S SHEARWATER
    SOOTY SHEARWATER
    BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER
    ASHY STORM-PETREL
    BROWN PELICAN
    BRANDT’S CORMORANT
    PELAGIC CORMORANT
    DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
    BLACK OYSTERCATCHER
    WHIMBREL
    BLACK TURNSTONE
    SURFBIRD
    RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
    SOUTH POLAR SKUA
    POMARINE JAEGER
    PARASITIC JAEGER
    LONG-TAILED JAEGER
    HEERMANN’S GULL
    CALIFORNIA GULL
    WESTERN GULL
    SABINE’S GULL
    ELEGANT TERN
    FORSTER’S TERN
    COMMON MURRE
    PIGEON GUILLEMOT
    CASSIN’S AUKLET
    RHINOCEROS AUKLET
    TUFTED PUFFIN
    BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON
    PEREGRINE FALCON
    GREAT EGRET
    SNOWY EGRET
    HUMMINGBIRD SP.
    
    Marine mammals recorded on all three trips included:
    SEA OTTER
    CALIFORNIA SEA LION
    NORTHERN ELEPHANT SEAL
    NORTHERN FUR SEAL
    HARBOR SEAL
    HUMPBACK WHALE
    SHORT-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHIN
    RISSO’S DOLPHIN
    PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN
    BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN
    
    Also:
    OCEAN SUNFISH
    BLUE SHARK
    
    Many thanks to all of the birders who joined us. The leaders on these trips were: Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Dena Spatz, Tim Miller, Abe Borker, Christian Schwarz, Clay Kempf, and Debi Shearwater. All trips were entered into eBird following pelagic protocol.
    
    A recap of Shearwater Journeys’ September pelagic trips can be found here:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2016/09/september-2016-pelagic-bonanza_11.html
    
    Living the Salt Life,
    Debi Shearwater
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 41 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
    Siberia ’s Forgotten Coast Voyage: 27 June -10 July with Debi & nesting Spoon-billed Sandpipers
    Russia ’s Ring of Fire: 30 May - 11 June
    Sea of Okhotsk: 12 - 23 June
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  19. Upcoming Pelagic Trips with Monterey Seabirds LINK
    DATE: Sep 28, 2016, 8 month(s) ago
    Hello- I am writing to you on behalf of Monterey Seabirds, an organization that offers pelagic birding trips in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. We are announcing our calendar for the rest of the year (2016). We have 8 hour excursions planned for the following dates: October 1 (Blake Matheson as trip leader) October 15 (Blake Matheson as trip leader) October 23
    Trips depart at 7:30am and check in is at 7am. Tickets are $130 per person. Please bring your own lunch and be prepared for any type of weather while onboard. We are also very likely to see marine mammals and possibly a variety of fishes including sharks in addition to birds. More information can be found, and reservations can be made at montereyseabirds.com or by calling 831-375-4658.
    We have been sighting up to 5 different species of shearwaters, all three species of jaegars, cassin's and rhino auklets, tufted puffin, black-footed albatross and a variety of other species. This also the time of year when more winter birds are coming to the area.
    We are also looking for potential trip leaders and spotters, if you are interested please email Katlyn Taylor at  mbwwassistant@... .  Thank you, Katlyn Taylor Monterey Bay Whale Watch & Monterey Seabirds
    
    --
    Katlyn Taylor
    Marine Biologist
    Monterey Bay Whale Watch
    971-322-8425
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  21. Pelagic News LINK
    DATE: Sep 22, 2016 @ 6:21am, 8 month(s) ago
    Howdy, CALBirders,
    
    Shearwater Journeys had a wildlife filled pelagic trip September 18th from Half Moon Bay covering both San Mateo and San Francisco Counties. Highlights were many: BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS; NORTHERN/PACIFIC FULMAR; PINK-FOOTED, BULLER’S and SOOTY SHEARWATERS; one good view of a WILSON’S STORM-PETREL and 53 ASHY STORM-PETRELS; the NORTHERN GANNET was on sail rock; 165 SABINE’S GULLS; ARCTIC and COMMON TERNS; COMMON MURRE, CASSIN’S and RHINOCEROS AUKLETS; one TUFTED PUFFIN. A Hawaiian Petrel was called out on the trip, but due to short, distant views by only a couple (excellent) birders on the trip, we have decided not to include this species on the list. The Black-vented Shearwaters either continued north along the coast (but no reports from shore), or did a U-turn and went south. Monterey Bay still had a few when we were last out.
    
    The cetacean show was outstanding: 5 BLUE WHALES; 45 HUMPBACK WHALES; 5 COMMON DOLPHINS and 10 DALL’S PORPOISES. The feeding whales were quite amazing! Still lots of food around.
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    
    Our next trip departing from Half Moon Bay is OCTOBER 2 with Steve Tucker, Jim Holmes, Steve Hampton and Debi Shearwater co-leading. This weekend, we have trips departing from Monterey on SEPTEMBER 23, 24, 25. Spaces are available on all trips. I can be reached by email: debi@...
    
    Living the Salt Life,
    Debi Shearwater
    
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
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  23. Monterey Pelagic Trip Report 9/15/16 LINK
    DATE: Sep 17, 2016 @ 6:55pm, 8 month(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. Townsend's??? Storm-Petrel and pelagic report out of Half Moon Bay LINK
    DATE: Sep 15, 2016 @ 10:17pm, 8 month(s) ago
    Hi folks     We had a really, really interesting pelagic out of Half Moon Bay today sampling San Mateo and San Francisco waters. When we were offshore near the Pioneer Canyon, in a little density of Ashy Storm-Petrels a weird white-rumped storm petrel went by. Fortunately, it was extremely confiding and allowed multiple views, and prolonged study. The real problem with regards to the identification is that the bird had been through some trauma. It was missing many uppertail coverts on the left side, and was missing some of the secondaries, as well as some of the left side of the tail. Suffice to say that with a full bird, this would have been much easier. There are various photos on my flickr site, as well as a video. Tom Johnson has some stunning photos which may show other features. The one feature we cannot convey in these photos is how small this bird looked, for a long time we contemplated that it was a Wedge-rumped with most of the white of the “rump” missing. It flew in a similar manner to Wedge-rump, with fluttery and not nearly as deep and snappy a wing beat as classic Leach’s. It was distinctly small, and we were very close to the bird, allowing for a good approximation of size. It looked smaller than Ashy we had been seeing minutes earlier, petite enough to suggest a Wedgie. As well, I think the wing looked more rounded than a Leach’s, and even accounting for the single long tail feather present and trying to reconstruct the tail shape, it seems like it may have a moderately forked tail It would be good to gain some insight from those experienced with Townsend’s Storm-Petrel, although we realize that this bird that has been through the compactor may be tough. From my experience, this bird seemed too small, and fluttery in its wing style to fit classic Leach’s, and we are contemplating if it could be a Townsend’s Storm-Petrel I know Tom Johnson also thought this bird was very small and odd, as did Chris Benesh. It is a great deal of fun to see a bird well and not be able to fully pin it down to a name, it makes you think and ponder the possibilities, as well as the pitfalls of having a bird that is not fully there. Hopefully the photos and video can garner some useful comments. This individual was in SF waters. https://www.flickr.com/photos/alvarojaramillo/with/29675572386/     Otherwise it was a stunning pelagic, with some surprises including a flock of perhaps 30 Wilson’s Storm-Petrels in SM, over a mysterious natural oil slick which we could not understand. We saw all three jaegers, and were overjoyed to see South Polar Skuas (3), a species that has been missing for some time around here. Four species of shearwater including Buller’s which has been decidedly rare here this year, dark and pale Northern Fulmar, lots of Sabine’s Gulls, many Black-footed Albatross and the expected alcids. The Northern Gannet was on Pillar Point. Awesome show of Pacific White-sided Dolphins, with Northern Right-Whale Dolphins, and a small group of Dall’s Porpoise, Humpback and a nice view of Blue Whale. Some really active sections of this trip kept us greatly entertained, this was one the most exhilarating trips of the season. Spaces open on Sunday!   Good birding to you all. Alvaro   Alvaro Jaramillo alvaro @... www.alvarosadventures.com  
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  27. Seabirding: Monterey & Half Moon Bay LINK
    DATE: Sep 14, 2016 @ 8:25pm, 8 month(s) ago
    Howdy, CAL Birders,
    
    Shearwater Journeys has just completed six Monterey Bay pelagic trips — September 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 14. Monterey seabirds and marine mammals have put on quite a show — and it continued today with some very, very fine marine conditions. We reached 60 degree SST today with clear, dark, deep blue waters.
    
    On today’s Monterey trip we observed: BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS; SOOTY, BULLER’S PINK-FOOTED and BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS; RED and RED-NECKED PHALAROPES; SOUTH POLAR SKUA; POMARINE, PARASITIC, and LONG-TAILED JAEGERS; SABINE’S GULLS; ELEGANT, COMMON, ARCTIC, and FORSTER’S TERNS; COMMON MURRE; PIGEON GUILLEMOT; CASSIN’S and RHINOCEROS AUKLETS.
    
    Along the Coast Guard Breakwater, we found: BLACK TURNSTONE and SURFBIRD. WHIMBREL and MARBLED GODWITS were flybys. The PEREGRINE FALCON was on the radio tower. Eight TRICOLORED BLACKBIRDS circled above the harbor.
    
    Marine mammals today included: MINKE, FIN, HUMPBACK, and KILLER WHALES; RISSO’S and PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHINS; SEA OTTER; and NORTHERN FUR SEALS. Two BLUE SHARKS were seen in the clear, 60 F SST water offshore, as were likely bluefin tuna.
    
    Other species included on earlier trips included: ASHY STORM-PETREL, including one being chased by a Parasitic Jaeger; and two very obliging SCRIPPS’S MURRELETS. Other marine mammals sighted have included: BLUE, SEI, and BAIRD’S BEAKED WHALES; and SHORT-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHINS.
    
    There is a lot of food around the greater Monterey Bay area. It seems to be a non-stop smorgasbord for the past four weeks.
    
    The marine weather looks great! Our full program of remaining trips is below. Spaces are available. I can only be reached by email: debi@...
    
    MONTEREY BAY:
    
    SEP 15 with Hannah Nevins, Jim Holmes, Dave Pereksta, Debi Shearwater
    SEP 23 with Nick Levendosky, Christian Schwarz, Clay Kempf, Debi Shearwater
    SEP 24 with Alex Rinkert, Scott & Linda Terrill, Dena Spatz, Tim Miller, Abe Borker, Debi Shearwater
    SEP 25 with Nick Levendosky, Abe Borker, Tim Miller, Debi Shearwater
    OCT 1 with Nick Levendosky, Christian Schwarz, Jim Holmes, Alex Rinkert, Debi Shearwater
    OCT 8 with Alex Rinkert, Tim Miller, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater
    OCT 16 with Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Debi Shearwater
    
    SEP 23, 24, 25 trips are in conjunction with the Monterey Bay Birding Festival. However, one does not need to be attending the festival to join any of those trips.
    
    HALF MOON BAY:
    SEP 16 with Jim Holmes, Steve Hampton, Abe Borker, Debi Shearwater
    SEP 18 with Jim Holmes, Alex Rinkert, Steve Tucker, Scott & Linda Terrill, Debi Shearwater
    OCT 2 with Steve Tucker, Jim Holmes, Steve Hampton, Debi Shearwater
    OCT 9 with Nick Levendosky, Abe Borker, Tim Miller, Steve Hampton, Debi Shearwater
    
    RESERVATIONS: Email Debi Shearwater: debi@...
    
    Living the Salt Life,
    Debi Shearwater
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 41 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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  29. Trip Report Monterey Seabirds 9/11/16 LINK
    DATE: Sep 13, 2016 @ 5:05pm, 8 month(s) ago
    Hello Everyone- Here is the most recent pelagic report from Monterey Seabirds
    Trip Report 9/11/16 by Don Glasco: Nearshore Species (Monterey Harbor to Pt Pinos) Northern Pintail, Brandt’s Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Brown Pelican, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Black Turnstone, Heermann’s Gull, Western Gull, California Gull, Common Tern, Elegant Tern, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Belted Kingfisher, Peregrine Falcon, Barn Swallow, Pigeon Guillemot   Pelagic Species (beyond Pt Pinos – Monterey County) Black-footed Albatross, Northern Fulmar, Sooty Shearwater, Pink-footed Shearwater, Black-vented Shearwater, Red-necked Phalarope, Red Phalarope, Pomarine Jaeger, Parasitic Jaeger, Long-tailed Jaeger, Common Murre, Cassin’s Auklet, Rhinoceros Auklet, Sabine’s Gull   Here are the eBird lists: http://ebird.org/ebird/sharedsubID=UzMxNTI1NzU0&s=t http://ebird.org/ebird/sharedsubID=UzMxNTI2OTgw&s=t http://ebird.org/ebird/sharedsubID=UzMxNTI2OTY2&s=t http://ebird.org/ebird/sharedsubID=UzMxNTI3OTAz&s=t http://ebird.org/ebird/sharedsubID=UzMxNTI4ODM3&s=t http://ebird.org/ebird/sharedsubID=UzMxNTMwNzYy&s=t http://ebird.org/ebird/sharedsubID=UzMxNTM1NTcw&s=t http://ebird.org/ebird/sharedsubID=UzMxNTM1NTc5&s=t http://ebird.org/ebird/sharedsubID=UzMxNTM1NDEz&s=t http://ebird.org/ebird/sharedsubID=UzMxNTM4MzEy&s=t   Trips Available for the remainder of 2016: September 15 th  7:30am-3:30pm (with Wisebirding) $110 per person October 1 st  7:30am-3:30pm  $110 per person October 9 th  7:30am-3:30pm  $110 per person October 15 th  7:30am-3:30pm  $110 per person October 23 rd  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 Thanks,
    Katlyn Taylor
    Monterey Seabirds
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    Katlyn Taylor
    Marine Biologist
    Monterey Bay Whale Watch
    971-322-8425
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