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   Black-footed Albatross (Phoebastria nigripes) - BFAL (recent eBird sightings, view CBRC records, range map
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  1. OCT. 13: MASKED BOOBY SCZ COUNTY LINK
    DATE: Oct 15, 2018 @ 10:29am, 3 day(s) ago
    Howdy, Birders,
    
    The highlight of Shearwater Journeys October 13, 2018 Monterey Bay pelagic trip was a MASKED BOOBY, only the third record for Santa Cruz County.
    
    It was a beautiful, calm day at sea with many highlights, including six species of shearwaters: SOOTY, SHORT-TAILED, PINK-FOOTED, MANX, BLACK-VENTED, and BULLERS. We also had wonderful views of BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS, POMARINE and PARASITIC JAEGERS, SOUTH POLAR SKUA, RED and RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, and RHINOCEROS AUKLETS.
    
    Marine mammals included at least 20 humpback whales, 150 Pacific white-sided dolphins, 10 Northern right whale dolphins, 28 Rissos dolphins, and one Northern fur seal, and the usual California sea lions and sea otters.
    
    The MASKED BOOBY was spotted about 11:40 a.m., attracted to the flock of gulls behind our vessel. It made a quick pass, flying rapidly off our bow. A dramatic chase by our Captain Tinker ensued! The booby landed on the sea with a small flock of gulls. Careful approach by our vessel allowed for a positive ID and a great many images! This was a lot of fun!
    
    Our last pelagic trip of the season is Sunday, OCTOBER 21 with leaders Alex Rinkert, Nick Levendosky, Jim Holmes, Debi Shearwater. Spaces are available. For a reservation, please email me: debi@... .
    
    The complete species list for OCTOBER 13, 2018 Shearwater Journeys trip covering both MONTEREY/SANTA CRUZ COUNTIES follows:
    
    PACIFIC LOON: 1/0
    COMMON LOON: 7/11
    BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS: 3/2
    NORTHERN FULMAR: 3/6
    PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER: 160/205
    BULLERS SHEARWATER: 6/6
    SOOTY SHEARWATER: 120/32
    SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER: 3/0
    MANX SHEARWATER: 1/0
    BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER: 2/0
    **MASKED BOOBY: 0/1
    BROWN PELICAN: 115/2
    BRANDTS CORMORANT: 150/3
    DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT: 1/0
    RED-NECKED PHALAROPE: 60/6
    RED PHALAROPE: 13/0
    SOUTH POLAR SKUA: 1/1
    POMARINE JAEGER: 0/1
    PARASITIC JAEGER: 2/0
    BONAPARTES GULL: 2/0
    HEERMANNS GULL: 28/0
    CALIFORNIA GULL: 115/96
    HERRING GULL: 2/0
    WESTERN GULL: 365/108
    GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL: 1/0
    ELEGANT TERN: 60/0
    COMMON MURRE: 285/185
    PIGEON GUILLEMOT: 1/0
    CASSINS AUKLET: 6/1
    RHINOCEROS AUKLET: 470/155
    OSPREY:1/0
    PEREGRINE FALCON: 1/0
    WOOD DUCK: 1/0
    WARBLER SP.:1/0
    
    The leaders for October 13 included: Scott and Linda Terrill, Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, and Debi Shearwater. Special thanks to Nick for carrying my great pyrenees doggie, on and off the boat. It was her first pelagic trip and I think it will be her last! Shes not a sailor dog!
    
    See you out there! One more trip for 2018!
    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 43 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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  3. OCT. 6 MTY PELAGIC: KITTIWAKE LINK
    DATE: Oct 8, 2018 @ 11:49am, 10 day(s) ago
    Howdy, CalBirders,
    
    This is a report for Shearwater Journeys October 6, 2018 pelagic trip departing from Montereys Fishermans Wharf. Due to the impending marine forecast calling for gusts to 40 knots, our captain canceled the October 7 pelagic trip which was scheduled to depart from Half Moon Bay as previously announced.
    
    The morning dawned bright red at the harbor in Monterey on October 6, making for some beautiful sunrise photographs. Red sky in the morning, sailors warning. A BALD EAGLE flew over the harbor while I was doing the orientation.
    
    We put the pedal to the metal and immediately headed north for offshore Davenport where we would have some protection once the wind picked up. We had views of a PIGEON GUILLEMOT and some BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS, first. We crossed the border into Santa Cruz County at 10:30 a.m., almost a record early time.
    
    En route, and in both Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, we enjoyed close views of BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS, NORTHERN FULMAR; PINK-FOOTED, SOOTY, and BULLERS SHEARWATERS; one ASHY STORM-PETREL; RED and RED-NECKED PHALAROPES; POMARINE and PARASITIC JAEGERS; COMMON MURRES; one CASSINS and lots of RHINOCEROS AUKLETS.
    
    A great time was had with the first of the season for all of California (according to eBird) BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE and 2 SOUTH POLAR SKUAS. The kittiwake crossed the county line and thus was recorded for both counties. One skua was found in each county. They were attracted to the flock of gulls following our vessel. Lots of great images of the kittiwake were made by the many photographers on board.
    
    We turned tail from the wind in the early afternoon and made our way back to the harbor in a following sea.
    
    Marine mammals included half a dozen RISSOS DOLPHINS in the morning, 2 DALLS PORPOISE and a bakers dozen of HUMPBACK WHALES, some breaching and tail-lobbing.
    
    NOAA is forecasting a southerly surge for tomorrow from Hurricane Sergio. This could bring more seabirds from the south to Monterey Bay by the end of the week, possibly boobies, more Black-vented Shearwaters, murrelets, or just about any warm water seabird from tropicbird to Wedge-tailed Shearwater. This Saturdays trip could be very interesting.
    
    Upcoming trips with spaces available, both departures from Fishermans Wharf, Monterey:
    SAT. OCT. 13 with Scott & Linda Terrill, Alex Rinkert, Nick Levendosky, Debi Shearwater
    SUN. OCT. 21 with Alex Rinkert, Nick Levendosky, Jim Holmes, Debi Shearwater
    
    To make a RESERVATION, please email me: debi@... .
    
    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 43 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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  5. PELAGIC REPORT: SEP 22 & 23 LINK
    DATE: Sep 27, 2018, 22 day(s) ago
    Hello, CAL Birders,
    
    Shearwater Journeys had two recent pelagic trips departing from Half Moon Bay.
    
    September 22, we had a great trip with calm seas, a good SST break from 55 F to an amazing 59.8 F nearly 30 miles offshore at the Pioneer Canyon. Inshore, we found MARBLED MURRELETS and TUFTED PUFFINS. Offshore, everything about the scene said tuna except that the clarity of the water was not good. The seabirds screamed tuna though, with both BLACK and ASHY STORM-PETRELS; ARCTIC TERNS, SABINES GULLS, many BULLERS SHEARWATERS, SOUTH POLAR SKUA and all three species of jaegers. Humpback whales, Rissos and Pacific white-sided dolphins rounded out the cetaceans. It was a beautiful day with uniformly high overcast skies and very calm seas. The leaders on this date included: Alex Rinkert, Steve Hampton, Debi Shearwater with assistance from Tom and Beth Hamel. We spent the entire day in San Mateo County.
    
    September 23, the very next day presented a whole different scene. The SSTs hovered at 54-55 F throughout the day. The high seas and northwest winds prevented us from getting out to the canyon, but we made it to the edge of the Continental Shelf which we then explored for hours. Many thanks to Monika who chummed lots of birds behind our boat, including all three species of jaegers, SOUTH POLAR SKUA, and a wonderful FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER. Note that was saw 2 FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATERS, one in each county! It was a county tick for many folks on board. The ASHY and BLACK STORM-PETRELS also put on a good show. Again, we had the odd dolphin combination with excellent views of all three species.
    The leaders on this date included: Peter Pyle, Scott & Linda Terrill, Tim Miller, Abe Borker, and Debi Shearwater.
    
    Our next trip departing from Half Moon Bay is SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7 with leaders Jim Holmes, Steve Hampton, Christian Schwarz, and Debi Shearwater. Spaces are available. For more information/reservation, contact: debi@... .
    
    The complete species list for SEPTEMBER 23, 2018
    SHEARWATER JOURNEYS HALF MOON BAY PELAGIC TRIP
    SAN MATEO/SAN FRANCISCO COUNTIES:
    
    PACIFIC LOON- 7/0
    COMMON LOON- 4/0
    WESTERN GREBE- 2/0
    BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS- 2/13
    NORTHERN FULMAR- 20/30
    PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER- 13/34
    FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER- 1/1
    SOOTY SHEARWATER- 17/31
    SHORT-TAILED/SOOTY SHEARWATER- 1/0
    ASHY STORM-PETREL- 7/29
    BLACK STORM-PETREL- 0/8
    BROWN PELICAN- 3558/0
    BRANDTS CORMORANT- 47/0
    PELAGIC CORMORANT- 6/0
    SURF SCOTER- 3/0
    BLACK TURNSTONE- 3/0
    SURFBIRD- 27/0
    RED-NECKED PHALAROPE- 1/3
    RED PHALAROPE- 4/7
    SOUTH POLAR SKUA- 0/8
    POMARINE JAEGER- 0/7
    POMARINE/PARASITIC- 0/1
    PARASITIC/LONG-TAILED- 3/3
    LONG-TAILED JAEGER- 0/15
    HEERMANNS GULL- 22/0
    CALIFORNIA GULL- 8/1
    WESTERN GULL- 292/99
    ARCTIC TERN- 0/7
    COMMON MURRE- 200/55
    MARBLED MURRELET- 5/0
    RHINOCEROS AUKLET- 10/7
    BLUE WHALE-4
    HUMPBACK WHALE-3
    SHORT-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHIN- 30
    NORTHERN RIGHT WHALE DOLPHIN- 4
    PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN- 60
    OCEAN SUNFISH- 10
    
    Ive received a number of inquiries regarding the trips this coming weekend departing from Monterey on Sep. 28, 29, and 30. A few spaces are available on each trip. Please email me for more information.
    
    Thanks to all who have joined our trip!
    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 43 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
    Siberias Forgotten Coast & Spoon-billed Sandpiper- 25 June - 9 July 2019
    Galapagos Islands: 30 October - 12 November 2019
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  7. Monterey Bay Birding Festival News LINK
    DATE: Sep 26, 2018, 23 day(s) ago
    Howdy, Birders,
    
    Please join me at the Monterey Bay Birding Festival, September 27 to 30, headquartered at the top floor of the Watsonville Civic Plaza, 275 Main Street, Watsonville. http://www.montereybaybirding.org
    
    From California Condors to Black-footed Albatrosses, Wrentits to Ashy Storm-Petrels, bobcats to blue whales, the richness and diversity of wildlife in this area is astounding. A great selection of field trips are on offer covering nearly all of the hottest birding sites in the region. Workshops include bird photography, scientific illustration of birds, and decoy bird carving to name a few. Kayaking and slough safari trips are available at Elkhorn Slough.
    
    Pelagic trips by Shearwater Journeys are scheduled for all three days, with spaces available on all trips. All trips run from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. For reservations, email Debi Shearwater: debi@... . It is possible to get on board, even at the last minute. Each trip is $140/person. We give parking vouchers which save you $10 on exiting the parking lot at the end of the day.
    
    The leader line up for these trips:
    FRI. SEP. 28 with Alex Rinkert, Jim Holmes, Debi Shearwater, Tom & Beth Hamel.
    SAT. SEP. 29 with Steve Tucker, Sahas Barve, Marcel Holyoak, Clay Kempf, Debi Shearwater.
    SUN. SEP. 30 with Alex Rinkert, Sahas Barve, Debi Shearwater, Tom & Beth Hamel.
    
    Special Guest: Liz Gordon of the American Birding Association will be on board the Sat. and Sun. trips.
    
    NEWS: FRIDAY KEYNOTE SPEAKER CHANGED
    A family emergency has called the scheduled keynote speaker for Friday, Sep. 28 away.
    I shall be presenting the keynote speech on Friday night, 40 Years of California Seabirding.
    The keynote will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the festival headquarters in Watsonville.
    The fee to attend the keynote is $15/person if you are not registered for the full festival. If you are registered for the full festival, the keynote is included.
    
    THE ABA LUDLOW GRISCOM AWARD for OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS in REGIONAL ORNITHOLOGY will be presented on Saturday, Sep. 29 at 7 p.m. by Liz Gordon, prior to the keynote speech by Jonathan Franzen.
    I am honored and gratified to be the recipient of this award for advancing the knowledge of seabird status and distribution. Ann Nightingale nominated me for this award. In reality, the award is shared by the many thousands of birders who have ventured offshore with me during the past 43 years, and continue to do so today. Thank you so much. I hope to see you there!
    The fee to attend the keynote and award presentation is $15/person if you are not registered for the full festival. If you are registered for the full festival, the keynote is included.
    
    I hope to see you this weekend, either on a boat, or at the festival!
    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 43 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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  9. OFFSHORE MONTEREY 44 MILES LINK
    DATE: Sep 20, 2018 @ 6:09pm, 28 day(s) ago
    Hello, Birders,
    
    This is a bit late reporting for a 44 mile offshore albacore trip which departed from Monterey on 15 September. We covered three counties. In SAN MATEO COUNTY we found the following seabirds: BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS, NORTHERN FULMAR; PINK-FOOTED, SOOTY, and BULLERS SHEARWATERS; FORK-TAILED and ASHY STORM-PETRELS; RED-NECKED PHALAROPE; POMARINE and LONG-TAILED JAEGERS; ARCTIC and COMMON TERNS; COMMON MURRE, CASSINS and RHINOCEROS AUKLETS.
    
    We have pelagic trips this weekend, both departing from Half Moon Bay, as follows:
    
    SAT, SEP. 22 with leaders Steve Tucker, Alex Rinkert, Steve Hampton, Debi Shearwater.
    SUN, SEP. 23 with leaders Peter Pyle, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Tim Miller, Abe Borker, Debi Shearwater.
    
    We have a few spaces open on each trip. To make a reservation, please email me: debi@... .
    Beat the heat and head offshore!
    
    At least part of every ocean basin on Earth saw record-warm SSTs during August 2018. NOAA Global Climate Report- August 2018. https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/201808
    
    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 43 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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  11. Laysan Albatross - Half Moon Bay pelagic. LINK
    DATE: Sep 14, 2018 @ 10:46am, 34 day(s) ago
    Hello all, Great boat trip yesterday out of Half Moon Bay, it started off slowly but built up to a nice finish. We covered water in San Mateo and San Francisco counties. The highlight was a Laysan Albatross with orange-red band (presumably from Mexican breeding population), it was feeding on a big dead Humboldt Squid! We also found a near adult Brown Booby. Both of these birds were in San Mateo. A South Polar Skua, all three species of jaegers, as well as the regularly occurring shearwaters (Sooty, Pink-footed and Bullers), Black-footed Albatross, and alcids (Rhinoceros Auklet, Common Murre, as well as Marbled Murrelet). Both Arctic and Common terns were found, but only a single Sabines Gull. We did find small flocks of Ashy Storm-Petrel, and a single Fork-tailed but no Black SP yesterday. Blue Whale was great to see. We are looking forward to our trips this weekend, there is room on tomorrow and Sundays boat. http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/ Good birding Alvaro Alvaro Jaramillo alvaro@... www.alvarosadventures.com 
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  13. Searcher Pelagic Results LINK
    DATE: Sep 7, 2018 @ 10:35pm, 41 day(s) ago
    Birders,
    The annual Searcher pelagic trip departed San Diego about noon on Labor Day and was back to the dock Friday morning at 730 AM. Highlights were many. Monday afternoon was spent crossing the 9 mile bank and working our way up the 30 mile. Highlights were excellent looks at a couple of Brown Boobies as well as close passes by a RED-FOOTED BOOBY. Ashy, Black, and Leach's Storm-Petrels, plus a few leaders and participants were able to glimpse and photo one or two LEAST STORM_PETRELS along the way.
    We decided to start day 2 at Santa Barbara Island where we saw the continuing immature NAZCA BOOBY plus about 80 Brown Boobies. From Santa Barbara we worked our way northwest along the Santa Cruz basin, seeing good numbers of Pomarine and Long-tailed Jaegers, Arctic Terns, as well as the expected shearwater species. We were treated to another RED-FOOTED BOOBY not too far from SB Island. In the late afternoon we arrived at a bank south east of San Miguel Island called "The Condor Bank" as it was a fishing spot frequented by the original Condor board from Santa Barbara. Here we encountered large boils of 200lb Bluefin Tuna, and the bird show was spectacular. Several South Polar Skuas, a dozen jaegers, many hundreds of Pink-footed Shearwaters and likely a hundred Arctic Terns. The show was spectacular, and here we found yet another immature NAZCA BOOBY and a couple of Brown Boobies.
    After anchoring near San Miguel for the night, DAY 3 we headed out to The Rodriguez Dome about 30 miles to the west. We departed Miguel about 5 AM, and were on the dome about 730 AM. Just before arriving at Rodriguez we encountered yet another immature NAZCA BOOBY. Exceptional numbers of Buller's Shearwaters, 8 Guadalupe Murrelets (seen well by all onboard) as well as our first Red-billed Tropicbird of the trip were highlights of our day headed south. We had as many as 10 Black-footed Albatross with us at once, and there were several behind the boarWe finished the day at the San Juan Seamount. We encountered dozens of Blue Whales in this deep water as well as some Fin whales, and a couple of cooperative BAIRD"S-BEAKED Whales. Guadalupe Fur Seals were seen regularly. Our first TOWNSEND"S STORM-PETRELS
    DAY 4 was spent traveling traveling from the western edge of the Tanner and Cortez Banks to the San Clemente Island basin. We found a cooperative RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD on the water, as well our first of nearly a dozen COOK'S PETRELS. Leach's Storm-petrels were present in numbers, and we were able to get folks on a handful of TOWNSEND's Storm-Petrels. Inside the Cortez we had the familiar cry of "White Booby behind the boat", and had an immature booby circle the boat. This one seemed to show characters of MASKED BOOBY, but this bird was not as straightforward as the others, so we will be sending photos out to get some expert opinions before putting this one in the books.
    As we approached Sam Clemente we were treated to one of the most spectacular afternoons I have ever spent at sea. Boils of smaller bluefin tuna were everywhere, and there were literally thousands of Pink-footed Shearwaters wheeling about, as well as. hundreds of Arctic and Common Terns, dozens of Sabine's gulls and jaegers were in flight. We also saw about 35 Craveri's Murrelets in this area, some very close to the boat allowing great looks. We poked through flock after flock of birds until dark, eventually getting brief looks at a FLESH_FOOTED SHEARWATER. In the middle of this feeding frenzy we also saw yet another NAZCA BOOBY, this one a full adult.
    The high overcast conditions were also good for migrants, and we had Willow Flycatcher, Macgillvray'a Warbler as well as Orange-crowned, Townsend's, Black-throated Gray as well as multiple cowbirds and several species of shorebird.
    One of the best trips I have done off SoCal and certainly continues the excellent results this year. Thanks to Celia Condit and Captain Art Taylor from Searcher Natural History Tours, my co-leaders Dave Pereksta, Dave Povey, and Rob Hynson. Thanks to all the participants as well.
    Todd McGrath SKUA@... The Woodlands, TX
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  15. PELAGIC REPORT: AUG 31 MTY & SCZ LINK
    DATE: Sep 5, 2018 @ 4:50pm, 43 day(s) ago
    Hello, CalBirders,
    
    Shearwater Journeys had a good pelagic trip on August 31, 2019 departing from Monterey. We just beat the high seas and northwest winds that plagued the weekend. A large concentration of shearwaters and humpback whales were feeding off Point Pinos. The sea surface temperature hovered around the 61 F mark throughout the day. Highlights included: PELAGIC RED CRABS ( Pleuroncodes planipes ) along Cannery Row which murres and gulls were feeding on; 2 BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS and a SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER spotted by leader, Alex Rinkert and nicely photographed by leader, Christian Schwarz. Two BLUE WHALES gave some nice views.
    
    Shearwater Journeys has 12 pelagic trips coming up in the month of September!
    
    Upcoming trips with a few spaces available include: (all Monterey)
    FRI. SEP 7 with leaders: Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Mary Gustafson, Jon Dunn, Hannah Nevins, Debi Shearwater.
    SAT. SEP. 8 with leaders: Todd McGrath, Mary Gustafson, Steve Hampton, David & Patty Wimpfheimer, Debi Shearwater.
    SUN. SEP. 9 ALBACORE trip with leaders: Nick Levendosky Alex Rinkert, Mary Gustafson, Todd McGrath, Scott & Linda Terrill, Debi Shearwater.
    
    FRI. SEP. 14 with leaders: Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Christian Schwarz, Todd McGrath, Dave Pereksta, Debi Shearwater.
    SAT. SEP. 15 ALBACORE (SOLD OUT, wait list) with leaders: Scott & Linda Terrill, Christian Schwarz, Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Todd McGrath, Dave Pereksta, Debi Shearwater.
    SUN. SEP. 16 with leaders: Todd McGrath, Sahas Barve, Hannah Nevins, Debi Shearwater.
    
    See our web site for a complete list of trips through October 21:
    http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.html
    
    The full species list for AUGUST 31, 2019 SHEARWATER JOURNEYS MONTEREY BAY TRIP can be found below.
    Many thanks to the birders and leaders who joined this trip.
    We barely dipped into Santa Cruz County waters, but managed to record the Short-tailed Shearwater in both counties.
    
    MONTEREY/SANTA CRUZ COUNTIES:
    BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS- 8/4
    NORTHERN FULMAR- 34/3
    PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER- 26/4
    BULLERS SHEARWATER- 2/0
    SOOTY SHEARWATER- 6000/30
    SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER-1/1, same individual
    BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER- 2/0
    BROWN PELICAN- 125/0
    BRANDTS CORMORANT- 570/0
    DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT- 1/0
    PELAGIC CORMORANT- 1/0
    BLACK TURNSTONE- 3/0
    RED-NECKED PHALAROPE- 25/0
    RED PHALAROPE- 2/0
    POMARINE JAEGER- 4/0
    PARASITIC JAEGER- 7/0
    LONG-TAILED JAEGER- 1/0
    HEERMANNS GULL- 15/0
    CALIFORNIA GULL- 30/0
    WESTERN GULL- 340/30
    ELEGANT TERN- 60/2
    COMMON TERN- 1/0
    CASPIAN TERN- 1/0
    COMMON MURRE- 175/0
    PIGEON GUILLEMOT- 2/0
    CASSINS AUKLET- 2/0
    RHINOCEROS AUKLET- 84/2
    PEREGRINE FALCON- 1/0, on the radio tower along Cannery Row
    SEA OTTER- +
    CALIFORNIA SEA LION- +
    HARBOR SEAL- +
    BLUE WHALE- 2
    HUMPBACK WHALE- 8-10
    RISSOS DOLPHIN- 30
    OCEAN SUNFISH- 2
    
    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 43 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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  17. MTY PELAGIC REPORT: MASKED BOOBY & EVEN SEAS LINK
    DATE: Aug 28, 2018 @ 10:36am, 51 day(s) ago
    Hello, Calbirders,
    
    This is a report for Shearwater Journeys August 24, 2019 Monterey Bay pelagic trip. We had a fantastic day with calm seas and nearly non-stop seabirds. The most exciting seabird occurred during our return to Point Pinos at the end of the day when leader, Steve Tucker spotted a very distant booby.
    
    An exhilarating chase to keep up with the booby which was often flying through the blows of humpback whales ensued. The booby made multiple passes directly over our bow, thanks to the skill of our captain. We saw it plunge-diving amongst the many feeding seabirds and whales. Many images were made. After reviewing the images, and with input from Peter Pyle and Todd McGrath, the identification is presumed MASKED BOOBY about 10 months of age.
    
    It has been a great year for tropical boobies along the California coast, especially southern California. As we returned to the harbor, everyone was on high alert, hoping for a booby! And, it happened! Im sure this wont be the last booby sighted in Monterey this season.
    
    In addition to the MASKED BOOBY, we found a good assortment of fall seabirds. Highlights included: BULLERS SHEARWATERS, ASHY STORM-PETRELS; POMARINE, PARASITIC, and LONG-TAILED JAEGERS; SABINES GULLS; RHINOCEROS AUKLETS; and a beautiful TUFTED PUFFIN. We saw many HUMPBACK WHALES, 2 traveling BLUE WHALES, RISSOS DOLPHINS, DALLS PORPOISE, and NORTHERN FUR SEALS.
    
    EVEN SEAS: The sea surface temperature remained near 60 F throughout the day. So, although the flat-calm seas and the 60 F SST might tend to make one think that the conditions were good for finding Craveris, Scrippss, or Guadalupe Murrelets, this was not the case.
    Over my four decades of experience, finding these murrelets requires more than just warm water. Two additional conditions are needed: a temperature break and clear water. For instance, on our August 11th Half Moon Bay trip, the SSTs ran from 54 F to 58F over a short distance. And, the 58 F waters were clear. So, we had both a temp break and clear water. And, we found Scrippss Murrelets. Conversely, on this August 24th trip, we had pea soup green water, not clear at all. Of course, there will always be the odd exception, but in general, Ive observed that finding murrelets requires three things: 1. calmer seas, 2. temp break, and 3. clear water.
    
    Our next trip with spaces available is FRIDAY, AUGUST 31 with leaders Christian Schwarz, Alex Rinkert, Jim Holmes, and Debi Shearwater. We will be spending time in Santa Cruz County , a hard county for ticking seabirds! Spaces are available.
    
    The complete species list for AUGUST 24, 2019 SHEARWATER JOURNEYS MONTEREY BAY PELAGIC TRIP:
    All birds were recorded in Monterey County.
    
    COMMON LOON- 1
    BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS- 20
    NORTHERN FULMAR- 15
    PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER- 75
    BULLERS SHEARWATER- 4
    SOOTY SHEARWATER- 8500
    ASHY STORM-PETREL- 26
    ****MASKED BOOBY- 1
    BROWN PELICAN- 80
    BRANDTS CORMORANT- 500
    DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT- 2
    PELAGIC CORMORANT- 2
    WESTERN SANDPIPER- 33
    DOWITCHER SP.- 8
    BLACK TURNSTONE- 2
    SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER- 2
    RED-NECKED PHALAROPE- 125
    RED PHALAROPE- 18
    POMARINE JAEGER- 6
    POMARINE/PARASITIC JAEGER- 4
    PARASITIC JAEGER- 8
    PARASITIC/LONG-TAILED JAEGER- 2
    LONG-TAILED JAEGER- 9
    JAEGER SP.- 10
    HEERMANNS GULL- 40
    CALIFORNIA GULL- 15
    HERRING GULL- 1
    WESTERN GULL- 100
    SABINES GULL- 2
    ELEGANT TERN- 40
    COMMON MURRE- 550
    PIGEON GUILLEMOT- 7
    CASSINS AUKLET- 1
    RHINOCEROS AUKLET- 70
    *TUFTED PUFFIN- 1
    SEA OTTER- +
    CALIFORNIA SEA LION- +
    NORTHERN FUR SEAL- 4
    HARBOR SEAL- +
    BLUE WHALE- 2
    HUMPBACK WHALE- 20
    RISSOS DOLPHIN- 17
    DALLS PORPOISE- 2
    OCEAN SUNFISH- 1
    
    Leaders on the August 24, 2019 trip included: Steve Tucker, Christian Schwarz, Alex Rinkert, Nick Levendosky, Will Brooks, and Debi Shearwater. Many thanks to the keen-eyed leaders and birders from near and far for making this trip possible.
    
    Conditions on this August 24th trip were very different from our first trip on August 3rd where we encountered a strong red tide near shore, and very cold water (51 F, SST).
    
    One thing we can be certain of conditions will change, again. Perhaps, well get some clearing of the high chlorophyll conditions and a temperature break. On the other hand, perhaps, the conditions were just right for the MASKED BOOBY!
    
    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 43 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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  19. San Diego pelagic: LAYSAN, 2 new RED-FOOTED & new MASKED Boobies, 12 Craveri's, S.P. Skua, B-f Albatross LINK
    DATE: Aug 20, 2018 @ 5:42am, 60 day(s) ago
    The 12-hour pelagic trip from San Diego on Sunday, 19 August, out as far
    
    as the 30-Mile Bank aboard GRANDE and sponsored by Buena Vista Audubon
    
    Society was wildly successful for quality birds. Best for San Diego
    
    waters was the LAYSAN ALBATROSS that plopped down near the boat only
    
    10.5 nm WSW of Sunset Cliffs (Point Loma), on our way back in. Before
    
    that, the best birds had been yet another, new RED-FOOTED BOOBY 24.4 nm
    
    WSW of La Jolla, also sitting on the water near the boat, and a close
    
    fly-by sub-adult MASKED BOOBY at the "182" site on the 30-Mile Bank.
    
    (Both of these birds were recognizably DIFFERENT from the ones we saw in
    
    the same general waters just two days earlier!!) At the end of the day,
    
    we heard that yet another RED-FOOTED BOOBY was riding along on another
    
    fishing boat, so we met that boat at the mouth of the bay and enjoyed
    
    following that bird back to the dock! Combined with the 3 BROWN BOOBIES
    
    seen, we had a three-booby day. A BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS made repeated
    
    passes close to the boat out at the 30-Mile, where there was also a
    
    distant SOUTH POLAR SKUA. And a total of 12 (6 pairs) of flighty
    
    CRAVERI'S MURRELETS were tallied, all well offshore. A BLACK TERN was
    
    seen by some, as was a WHITE-WINGED DOVE as we left the dock in the
    
    early morning. Photos of many of these birds will undoubtedly be posted
    
    by others. Offshore totals for the trip included:
    
    LAYSAN ALBATROSS: 1
    
    BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS: 1
    
    Pink-footed Shearwater: 90
    
    Sooty Shearwater: 2
    
    Black-vented Shearwater: 300
    
    Black Storm-Petrel: 350
    
    Ashy Storm-Petrel: 4
    
    Leach's Storm-Petrel: 15 (high)
    
    Least Storm-Petrel: 0 (a couple "maybe's" that were not seen well
    
    enough or photo'd)
    
    MASKED BOOBY: 1
    
    Brown Booby: 3
    
    RED-FOOTED BOOBY: 2
    
    Red-necked Phalarope: 50
    
    Red Phalarope: 200
    
    Pomarine Jaeger: 5
    
    Parasitic Jaeger: 2
    
    Long-tailed Jaeger: 1
    
    CRAVERI'S MURRELET: 12
    
    Cassin's Auklet: 6
    
    Sabine's Gull: 10
    
    BLACK TERN: 1
    
    WHITE-WINGED DOVE: 1
    
    Blue Whale: 1
    
    The next San Diego pelagic trips are scheduled for 23 September and 21
    
    October. See sandiegopelagics.com for more information.
    
    --Paul Lehman and leader contingent, San Diego
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  21. Farallons trip report - Horned Puffin and more. LINK
    DATE: Aug 16, 2018 @ 10:17am, 2 month(s) ago
    Calbirders A late report of our double header to the Farallon Islands this weekend, out of Half Moon Bay. Saturday was sunny, Sunday foggy and a bit choppier. On Saturday we happened to luck out on the arrival day of a female Brown Booby, the first which has been on the Farallons this season, this bird was also there on Sunday. The Northern Gannet was seen on both days as we moved north along the coast, on Egg Rock (Devils Slide). The big highlight on Saturday was youth birder Jonah Benningfield spotting an adult Horned Puffin, which we were able to see flying around and then swimming. We were able to communicate the sighting to the biologists on the island, and they were real happy as it was a lifer for some of the team. The bird was not there on Sunday, and I have heard of no positive reports since then. On Sunday a Scrippss Murrelet was the 8 th alcid species for us this weekend, Marbled Murrelets near shore have been reliable this year. Interestingly, yesterday we spotted a Scrippss Murrelet in Pillar Point Harbor, the first anyone can recall around here from land. Given how reliable this species has been here this season thus far, and this land based observation, I do wonder if they are being pushed in higher numbers out our way this year, and if some food issue may be happening Ashy Storm-Petrels were found in a nice concentration near the island, with a couple of Fork-tailed Storm-Petrels. Good numbers of shearwaters, phalaropes, and Black-footed Albatross on both trips. The Northern Fulmar numbers continue to be higher than usual. All three jaegers were found during the weekend, as well as a nice South Polar Skua on the Sunday. Note that Farallon biologists saw a Hawaiian Petrel on Friday flying by the island. Humpback Whales were off the hook on Saturday, an awesome display of lunge feeding. Photos of puffin and booby here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47791646 So a great couple of island trips, and we are looking forward to our offshore pelagics (Saturday out of Half Moon Bay has spaces) this weekend which will allow us to sample more deep water than in the Farallon trips. http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/ . For southern Californians, on Sept 22 we have a trip heading out of Avila Beach (Morro Bay). Good birding. Alvaro Alvaro Jaramillo alvaro@... www.alvarosadventures.com 
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  23. August 25 pelagic trip to Tanner and Cortez Banks LINK
    DATE: Aug 2, 2018 @ 2:16pm, 3 month(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    I have organized a pelagic trip to the Cortez and Tanner Banks at the end of this month. The basic details are: departure from Dana Point aboard the R/V Sea Explorer, leaving at 1 AM and returning at 9 PM on Saturday, August 25 (20 hours); there are NO bunks or full galley on board, but possibly enough room to sleep on the floor or benches inside (plenty of room outside). The per person cost is $200, and there are only TWO spaces remaining.
    
    This should be an excellent opportunity to see species like Black-footed Albatross, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Red-billed Tropicbird, Craveri's Murrelet, Arctic Tern, South Polar Skua, and Long-tailed Jaeger. It is also a good opportunity to look for rare species such as Cook's and Hawaiian Petrels, Townsend's Storm-Petrel, Least Storm-Petrel, and Guadalupe Murrelet. On July 15 a trip from Ventura to nearby waters recorded nearly 100 Cook's Petrels, Tristram's Storm-Petrel, Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel, two Nazca Boobies, Long-tailed Jaeger, South Polar Skua, Sabine's Gull, and Black, Ashy, and Leach's Storm-Petrels. Additionally, t hree Townsend's Storm-Petrels were photographed on a trip out of San Diego on July 29. <
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    If you are interested in going or have any questions, please email me back (off list) and I will send you additional details and/or payment information.
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
    thomasabenson AT aol.com
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  25. August 25 pelagic trip to Tanner and Cortez Banks LINK
    DATE: Jul 9, 2018 @ 10:45am, 3 month(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    I have organized a pelagic trip to the Cortez and Tanner Banks next month. The basic details are: departure from Dana Point aboard the R/V Sea Explorer, leaving at 1-2 AM and returning at 8-9 PM on Saturday, August 25 (18-20 hours); there are NO bunks or full galley on board, but possibly enough room to sleep on the floor or benches inside (plenty of room outside). The per person cost is $200, and there are currently about 10 spaces remaining.
    
    This should be an excellent opportunity to see species like Black-footed Albatross, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Red-billed Tropicbird, Craveri's Murrelet, Arctic Tern, South Polar Skua, and Long-tailed Jaeger. It is also a good opportunity to look for rare species such as Cook's and Hawaiian Petrels, Townsend's Storm-Petrel, Least Storm-Petrel, and Guadalupe Murrelet.
    
    If you are interested in going or have any questions, please email me back (off list) and I will send you additional details and/or payment information.
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
    thomasabenson AT aol.com
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  27. Upcoming pelagic trip out of Ventura on July 15 LINK
    DATE: Jul 3, 2018 @ 10:55am, 4 month(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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  29. Potential Cortez Bank pelagic trip, August 25 LINK
    DATE: May 29, 2018, 5 month(s) ago
    California birders,
    
    I am trying to organize a pelagic trip to the Cortez Bank this year. The basic details are: departure from Dana Point aboard the R/V Sea Explorer (same boat used on Orange County Audubon pelagics), leaving at 1-2 AM and returning at 8-9 PM on Saturday, August 25 (18-20 hours); there are NO bunks or full galley on board, but possibly enough room to sleep on the floor or benches inside (plenty of room outside). The per person cost will likely be $200 (it will not be more than that).
    
    This should be an excellent opportunity to add species like Black-footed Albatross, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Red-billed Tropicbird, Craveri's Murrelet, Arctic Tern, South Polar Skua, and Long-tailed Jaeger to your LA County (and California) list. It is also a good opportunity to look for rare species such as Cook's and Hawaiian Petrels, Townsend's Storm-Petrel, Least Storm-Petrel, and Guadalupe Murrelet.
    
    If you are interested in going, please email me back (off list) and let me know so I can put your name on the manifest and determine if there is enough interest to fill the boat. I have a list of about 15 people who have expressed interest already, but we need at least 15 more to fill the boat and make this trip happen. If you have any questions regarding the details of the trip, please contact me and I will answer them to the best of my ability.
    
    Tom
    thomasabenson AT aol.com
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