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   Buller's Shearwater
Buller's Shearwater
Puffinus bulleri

   Buller's Shearwater (Puffinus bulleri) - BULS (recent eBird sightings, view CBRC records, range map

  1. revised (upward) cruise-ship totals: 5 Short-tld Albatrosses, 187 Mottled Petrels, 8 Cook's, 45 Laysans LINK
    DATE: Dec 2, 2017 @ 8:29am, 3 month(s) ago
    The numbers I posted yesterday (01 Dec) for the "Star Princess"
    cruise-ship transect off OR (and earlier CA) were low, for the entire
    group; and careful, constantly-scoping birders added a lot more
    individuals for some species. So the "final" totals for the day for the
    more interesting species were:
    Short-tailed Albatross: 5† (all first-year and one probable
    second-year), including 3 together
    Laysan Albatross:† 44† (all-time high from any birding boat Perhaps
    higher in past on one or two NOAA cruises)
    Mottled Petrel:† 187† (crazy numbers once the first bird was seen off
    Cook's Petrel:† 8† (as far north as off Tillamook)
    Buller's Shearwater:† 3
    Views of a bunch of the albatrosses and many Mottleds were spectacular,
    and undoubtedly many full-frame photos will be posted with the
    appropriate eBird reports in a couple days or so.
    Alas, I am told that the return sailing southbound on the STAR PRINCESS
    two weeks from now from Vancouver to Los Angeles is FULL.
    --Paul Lehman,† San Diego
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  3. an epic cruise-ship day: 5 Short-tld Albatrosses, 91 Mottled Petrels, 4 Cook's, 18 Laysans LINK
    DATE: Dec 1, 2017 @ 5:20pm, 3 month(s) ago
    A slow Nov 30th off California (MTY to SON) aboard a northbound Princess
    cruise-ship from Los Angeles to Vancouver was highlighted by a mere 2
    LAYSAN Albatrosses, 3 Buller's Shearwaters, lots of fulmars, and single
    Fork-tailed, Leach's, and Ashy Storm-petrels. But Dec 1st, spent
    entirely off the Oregon coast from northern Curry Co. to the WA border
    was phenomenal, with 5 SHORT-TAILED ALBATROSSES (off Curry and Coos and
    Lincoln Cos.)--all young birds and 3 together associated with a single
    fishing boat, where many photos taken; a total of 91 MOTTLED PETRELS
    (from off Newport northwards), with many birds at point-blank distance
    from the ship and a bazzilion photos taken (and some people had even
    higher counts), with the last couple birds before dark being seen just
    inside Washington waters; at least 4 COOK'S PETRELS, very rare in OR
    waters and occurring well north up the coast as far as off Tillamook
    Co.; a very high count of 18 LAYSAN ALBATROSSES (including a single
    flock of 7 and flock of 5); and 2 BULLER'S SHEARWATERS (getting late).
    If anyone is interested in trying for some of these birds, the same
    Princess ship ("Star Princess")† is returning southbound from Vancouver
    to L.A. two weeks from now. Maybe some of them will have shifted south
    into CA waters by then.....
    --Paul Lehman
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  5. 10/15 Monterey Seabirds Trip Report + our last pelagic is tomorrow. LINK
    DATE: Oct 15, 2017 @ 4:49pm, 4 month(s) ago
    All, † Monterey Seabirds went out on a fantastic pelagic today.† It was a wonderfully diverse trip. Today we stayed in Monterey County water the entire time.† Here's a list of some highlights:
    COMMON LOON (about 15 miles offshore)
    BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER (they're back! They were in a month ago but not since.)
    MARBLED GODWIT (offshore about 8 mile)
    BONAPARTE'S GULL (first of the season for me)
    FIN WHALE †(2)
    BLUE SHARK (3)
    Any day with a TUFTED PUFFIN is a good day.† Also, six SOUTH POLAR SKUA were a real delight for folks.
    It's not to late to join us tomorrow on our 12-hour trip!† We will be going farther offshore (30+ miles) where there is currently a big temperature break.† We'd love to have you.
    Vist or call (831)375-4658
    Feel free to show up at the dock in the morning if you get this after business hours.† We depart at 7:30 from the Monterey Bay Whale Watch shop on Fisherman's Wharf.
    Good Birding,
    Mark Kudrav
    Monterey Seabirds
    Pacific Grove
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  7. 10/11--Pt. Pinos Seawatch/Monterey Seabirds Pelagics/BOBOLINKS (2)-Carmel Valley LINK
    DATE: Oct 11, 2017 @ 3:06pm, 4 month(s) ago
    All,† † This morning a gentle NW wind brought decent birds to the Point Pinos Seawatch.† Brian Sullivan was also there.
    † Some nice birds included:
    Brian called out one SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER, though I didn't get a diagnostic look myself.
    † A previously reported female LESSER SCAUP and two CACKLING GEESE were on Crespi Pond.
    †Two BOBOLINKS were found yesterday on the South Bank Trail in Carmel Valley, I believe by Carol Rose. Sorry if I got that wrong.† One was reported this morning.† I missed them today after two hours of searching. Also there today were a SWAMP SPARROW, NASHVILLE WARBLERS, and two PALM WABLERS.
    eBird reports have location details but they were in the weedy field adjacent to the main grassy field.† A long fence splits the fields.†
    Lastly, MONTEREY SEABIRDS has our last two pelagic birding trips coming up. Sunday Oct. 15- 8-hr
    Monday Oct. 16- 12-hr
    The long range weather is looking good for those trips.† We hope to get fairly far offshore on the 12-hour trip.† It should be a blast.††
    We'd like to fill both trips, so we're offering a great deal.† If you book both trips, we'll give you 50% off on the 12-hour trip . That makes that trip just $80 dollars!
    Call (831) 375-4658 or visit to make a reservation.
    I failed to do a trip report of our last trip on Oct. 1 but we did find a SOUTH POLAR SKUA, hundreds of BULLER'S SHEARWATERS, a few ASHY STORM-PETRELS, 3 COMMIC TERNS and a pair of black and white MURRELET Spp.
    Looking forward to a strong NW wind the next couple of days (including overnight) .† It should make for some great seawatching at the point.†
    Good Birding,†
    Mark Kudrav
    Pacific Grove
    Monterey Seabirds-
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  9. 9/30 Monterey Seabirds Pelagic-Flesh-footed Shearwaters and more LINK
    DATE: Sep 30, 2017, 5 month(s) ago
    All,† † Monterey Seabirds had a fantastic pelagic out of Monterey today.† The trip took a Sacramento Audubon charter out through both Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties today 9/30.†
    † Spotters Dorian Anderson, Fred Hochstaedter, Peter Metropolis, and Francis Toldi put in an incredible day's work and cannot be thanked enough.
    † Oddly, our only COMMON TERN was spotted by Fred before we even got on the boat in Monterey Harbor.† Upon boarding, we tracked it down for a few extra looks.†
    † PINK-FOOTED, SOOTY and BULLER'S SHEARWATERS occurred today in both Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties.† I haven't yet finished eBirding our totals, but the BULLER'S SHEARWATER total was probably near a couple hundred, many of which were in Santa Cruz or very near the county line.†
    † Upon arrival into Santa Cruz Co., there was a great frenzy of feeding marine animals of all kinds.† Sorting through one group of about a dozen HUMPBACKS and sea lions, Fred called a great bird, "FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER!" †Our captain motored off and we chased it for a while until we caught up with it resting on the water.† At that point, it became a bit unclear whether there were two birds or just one.† At any rate, another FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER was seen miles north of that location in the vicinity of some BLUE WHALES.† Confidently, we can say we had two, though some folks may have had a third.† I believe some reasonable photos of the Flesh-footeds were obtained and will post them soon.
    † Before leave Santa Cruz Co. , Dorian spotted a TUFTED PUFFIN sitting on the water.†
    † Upon returning into Monterey Co., Peter spotted the first ASHY STORM-PETRELS and we turned up about ten more as we motored back towards Monterey.
    † Jaegers also made for a good show.† We had both POMARINE and PARASITIC in both counties. Additionally, one LONG-TAILED JAEGER buzzed by the boat at very close range in Monterey Co.
    † Additionally, NORTHERN FULMAR, BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS, RHINOCEROS AUKLET(good numbers in MTY), CASSIN'S AUKLET(marked increase since our previous trips), and RED-NECKED PHALAROPE were encountered in both Monterey and Santa Cruz Co.† Another bird that showed up in both counties was COMMON LOON, a few of which were fairly far offshore.†
    † Finally, seen during the trip were a BLUE SHARK, RISSO'S DOLPHNS, DAHL'S PORPOISES and a single MOLA MOLA. †
    † Thanks again to all the spotters and to Sacramento Audubon for bringing such a great group.†
    † We've got just a few more trips going out this season including one tomorrow OCT.1 †that still has some space. †
    † Our last trips are running Oct. 15 (8 hour) and Oct. 16 (12 hour).† If you want to join, call (831) 375-4658 or visit
    † I'll post photos on the eBird lists and at our facebook page very soon.
    Can't wait to do it again tomorrow.†
    Good Birding,
    Mark Kudrav
    Monterey Seabirds
    Pacific Grove
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  11. Monterey Seabirds Trip Reports 9-10 and 9-11 LINK
    DATE: Sep 14, 2017 @ 1:38pm, 5 month(s) ago
    All, † On Sunday and Monday, Monterey Seabirds went out on a couple of pelagic trips. †
    Birds we encountered both days include:
    and SABINE'S GULL to name a few.
    Despite heavy fog for much of Sunday, we also turned up an ASHY-STORM PETREL, COMMIC TERN, ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD (4 miles out), and a GREAT BLUE HERON about 11 miles offshore(in the fog)!
    Monday's clearer conditions allowed for better visibility for much of the trip.† That day we added:
    One of our final birds on Monday was a BROWN BOOBY that flew just 20 feet above the boat.† We were about 3 miles WNW of Point Pinos at that time.†
    Photos of it and a few others can be found on the eBird list here:
    Lastly, on both trips there was a noticeable movement of PAINTED LADY butterflies moving offshore.† Painted Ladies have been pretty thick the last two days here in Pacific Grove.
    Upcoming trips include this Sunday 9/17 and Thursday 9/21. †(831) 375-4658 or to make reservations.
    Enjoy migration,
    Mark Kudrav†
    Monterey Seabirds
    Pacific Grove
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  13. Monterey Bay Pelagic Report 8/6 and Monterey Seabirds Pelagic Opportunities LINK
    DATE: Aug 9, 2017 @ 2:40pm, 7 month(s) ago
    All, † One Sunday 8/6, a hardy group of folks went on a 12-hour pelagic for whales and birds with Monterey Bay Whale Watch. We departed from Monterey Harbor at 7:30 and found conditions to be fairly calm the entire day. Water temperatures ranged; peaking right around 62 degrees.† We roamed the seas, spending time in both Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties.†
    † Just across the county line in Santa Cruz waters, a TUFTED PUFFIN buzzed the boat by a mere ten feet on it's initial pass.† For those who missed it the first time, it circled the boat twice before heading south towards Monterey Co.† Smiles were everywhere as folks checked their cameras.† As for the other alcids, CASSIN'S AUKLETS were numerous in both counties. We encountered RHINOCEROS AUKLETS in both counties as well.†
    †RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were numerous all day and a few RED PHALAROPES seen.†
    † Tubenoses included: BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS, SOOTY SHEARWATER and PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER but the highlight for many came farther offshore where BULLER'S SHEARWATERS (12) generated some excitement.† Their numbers were difficult to tell as they were sometimes clustered in groups of 4-5 sitting on the water and other times streaming by the boat individually.† A very conservative estimate would be a dozen.
    † The cetacean show was impressive as well.† HUMPBACK WHALES (26) put on show after show of feeding, breaching, and sometimes getting quite friendly with the boat.† BLUE WHALE (7) and FIN WHALE (12) numbers were mind boggling. Currently, we studying photos of a probable SEI WHALE.† DALL'S PORPOISE (12) rode the bow at times and PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN (150) also showed up.†
    † It was really a full day!† Highlights and photographs can be found at both Monterey Bay Whale Watch facebook page: les/ †
    as well as at Monterey Seabirds facebook: reyseabirdtours/
    Lastly, MONTEREY SEABIRDS is heading out on 13 more trips this season.† To see our complete schedule and to sign up go to:
    Hope to see you out there,
    Mark Kudrav
    Monterey Seabirds
    Monterey, CA
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  15. Monterey Pelagic Trip Report 9/15/16 LINK
    DATE: Sep 17, 2016 @ 6:55pm, 1 year(s) ago
    Hello Everyone-
    Here is the latest trip report from Monterey Seabirds.
    Trip Report for 9/15/16 by Brian Sullivan
    Near Shore Species (Monterey Harbor to Pt Pinos):
    Common Loon, Brown-headed Cowbird, Brewer's Blackbird, European Starling, Barn Swallow, American Crow, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), California Gull, Western Gull, Heermann's Gull, Surfbird, Black Turnstone, Black Oystercatcher, Snowy Egret, Great Egret, Great Blue Heron (Blue form), Brown Pelican, Brandt's Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Common Tern, Elegant Tern
    Pelagic Species:
    Black-footed Albatross, Northern Fulmar, Pink-footed Shearwater, Buller's Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, Black-vented Shearwater, Ashy Storm-Petrel, Red-necked Phalarope, Pomarine Jaeger, Parasitic Jaeger, Long-tailed Jaeger, Common Murre, Rhinoceros Auklet
    Marine Mammal Sightings:
    Humpback Whale, Bairdís 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:
    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
    -Katlyn Taylor
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  17. 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 or (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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  19. San Diego Pelagic 12 June 2016 LINK
    DATE: May 31, 2016, 2 year(s) ago
    The next and last spring 2016 Buena Vista Audubon San Diego pelagic is Sunday June 12th,out of Point Loma Sportfishing Landing, San Diego Bay . This is a 12 hour trip and will visit the 9 and 30 Mile Banks aboard the 85 ft." Grande". Expected species are Pink-footed, Sooty, and Black-vented Shearwaters, Black, Ashy, and Leach's Storm-Petrels, Brown Booby, Red-necked Phalaropes, Scripps's Murrelet, Cassin's Auklet, and Elegant Tern. Also possible are Black-footed Albatross, Red-billed Tropicbird, Red Phalarope, South Polar Skua, Pomarine and Parasitic Jaegers, and Common Tern.
    Surprises are always hoped for. Last year it was Buller's Shearwaters, a Wilson's Storm-Petrel, two Least Storm-Petrels, and 20 Craveri's Murrelets, all extraordinarily early. What might we find this year A Least Storm-Petrel has already been seen this spring, and the water remains slightly warmer than normal. We expect to see marine mammals each trip. We had a close in Blue Whale on the May's trip. Fin, Humpback, and Minke Whales have been seen locally this spring. Bottle-nosed, Risso's and Common Dolphin are possible. I hope you'll join us. The regular trip price is $105 ( a mere $8.75/hr.). Call
    619 223-1627 ask for the June 12 th. Grande
    bird trip.
    Dave Povey .
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  21. pelagic cruise: 9 Cook's Petrels, Parakeet Auklets, Flesh-foot, Skuas, Sperm Whales LINK
    DATE: Oct 27, 2012 @ 7:57pm, 5 year(s) ago
    During the past three days, several birders rode the Holland America cruise ship
    "Zaandam" from Vancouver/Victoria non-stop to San Diego. On 25 October we were
    off from about Eugene OR to Cape Mendocino, and on 26 October we were from off
    Monterey to sw of San Miguel Island. Typically between 30-53 miles offshore.
    Unfortunately we traversed the very productive waters off WA and northern OR and
    between Mendocino and Santa Cruz at NIGHT. Boo hoo!† Here's a list of what was
    seen.† Abbreviations:† DN=Del Norte, HUM=Humboldt, MTY=Monterey, SLO=San Luis
    Obispo, SBA=Santa Barbara.
    Greater Scaup: 5† (2 were 27 miles off s. OR and 3 were 37 miles off DN)
    Pacific Loon:† 1† (40 mi off s. DN)
    Common Loon:† 1† (off OR)
    LAYSAN ALBATROSS: 1† (off Douglas Co., OR)
    Black-footed Albatross:† 33
    Northern Fulmar:† 580† (clearly, it is a good year for fulmars!)
    COOK'S PETREL:† 9 (flock of 8 ca. 48 mi. off Trinidad, HUM @ 41 12.28, 125
    01.49; one ca. 47 mi. WSW of Pt. Piedras Blancas, SLO--unless MTY wants to claim
    these waters! @ 35 33.52, 122 11.33)
    Pink-footed Shearwater:† 88
    FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER:† 1† (MTY; 36 02.32, 122 32.19)
    Buller's Shearwater:† 41† (20 off OR; 18 off DN and HUM; 3 off SBA)
    SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER:† 1† (SBA; 34 35.00, 121 30.32)
    Sooty Shearwater:† 145† (also 2700 off WA in previous days, which is lots for so
    late in season)
    Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel:† 3† (OR; low)
    Leach's Storm-Petrel:† 2† (SLO/SBA; low)
    storm-petrel sp.:† 2
    Brown Pelican:† 3† (up to 41 mi offshore in SBA)†
    Red-necked Phalarope:† 1† (SLO)
    Red Phalarope:† 285
    SABINE'S GULL:† 1 (MTY;† getting late)
    Bonaparte's Gull:† 1† (40 mi off Pt St. George, DN)
    Western Gull:† 2
    Herring Gull:† 3
    California Gull:† 615
    ARCTIC TERN:† 2† (single adults in MTY and SBA; getting late)
    SOUTH POLAR SKUA:† 6† (3 DN, 1 HUM, 2 MTY)
    Pomarine Jaeger:† 61
    LONG-TAILED JAEGER:† 5† (MTY; single flock 45 mi offshore; getting late)
    Common Murre:† 9
    PARAKEET AUKLET:† 7† (flock of 6 off s. OR; 1 seen 27.5 mi W of Cape Mendocino,
    HUM @ 40 25.52, 124 58.52)
    Cassin's Auklet:† 120
    Rhinoceros Auklet:† 39
    Merlin:† 1† (SBA; 34 mi W of San Miguel Island)
    Cedar Waxwing:† 1† (SBA; 45 mi W of Point Conception)
    European Starling:† 15† (SBA;† single flock 39 mi W of San Miguel Island!)
    American Pipit and Western Meadowlark:† 1, 1† (off MTY)
    "Brewer's-type" Blackbird:† 1 (MTY; would have liked to have seen better, as
    Rusty a possibility....)
    All three such spring and fall cruises we've taken on the same route have also
    been excellent for marine mammals, with--on each--good numbers of Humpback
    Whales, smaller numbers of Blue and Fin Whales, several beaked whales on each
    trip, Orcas, lots of various species of porpoises and dolphins, and, on this
    trip, great looks at 15+ SPERM WHALES off HUM @ 41 07.00, 125 02.10.
    --Paul Lehman and Barbara Carlson,† San Diego
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  23. Repositioning Cruise: intriguing dark pterodroma, Sh-tld Albatross, Brown Booby LINK
    DATE: Oct 4, 2012 @ 9:57pm, 5 year(s) ago
    David Sonneborn and Norm Budnitz just completed a short repositioning cruise
    from Vancouver to San Diego aboard a Holland America cruise ship. On 2
    October they were in deep water well off southern Oregon and northern
    California, and on 3 October they were off central/southern California.
    southern Oregon they had an immature SHORT-TAILED ALBATROSS with a
    Laysan and numbers of Black-foots. Will get exact location later.
    Off Mendocino County CA, also on the 2nd, they had:
    PTERODROMA SP.:† this intriguing bird came right close to the boat for
    over a minute, doing up-and-down rollercoaster arcing, with no flaps at
    all for virtually the entire time. They noted a pale 'patch' on the
    upperwing and a double light 'flash' on the underwing. They thought it
    best fit KERMADEC Petrel, though a couple other species (Solander's)
    might also be a possibility. Unfortunately, they did not obtain photos,
    so the bird will presumably remain an "intriguing dark pterodroma."
    Written field notes are available. Location was 39 46.105 N, 124 44.824
    BROWN BOOBY:† an adult landed on the bow of the boat (!) also off Mendocino
    County on 2 Oct @† 39 41.270 N, 124 44.824 W.
    CA waters they had lots of Buller's Shearwaters, one Flesh-foot, 5
    South Polar Skuas off s. CA, very few storm-petrels, and a wayward
    OSPREY that landed on the boat on 3 Oct far offshore between Santa Rosa
    Island and the San Juan Seamount (33 23.415 N, 120 28.641 W). Birdlife
    was "spotty," with some stretches with lots of birds and some stretches
    with very few.
    Next repositioning cruise from Vancouver to San Diego, also on Holland America,
    to be attended by Lehman and Carlson, is from 23-27 October.
    --Paul Lehman, San Diego
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  25. Oct 13-14 SoCal Pelagic nearly sold out; early-bird special about to end LINK
    DATE: Sep 22, 2012 @ 2:32pm, 5 year(s) ago
    The $265 early-bird special for the Oct 48-hour Buena Vista Audubon Society
    pelagic will expire Sunday. Thereafter, registration is $295.
    The final SoCal overnight pelagic of the year departs the morning of Saturday
    Oct 13 and returns 48 hours later (early Monday morning) after birding the San
    Clemente Basin, Cortes Bank, and Butterfly Bank (San Diego and Los Angeles
    There are only a few spaces left.
    Now that Xantus's Murrelet has been split, this is one of the best trips to see
    the "newly minted" species "Guadalupe (Xantus's) Murrelet" in ABA Area waters.
    Xantus's Murrelet (Synthliboramphus hypoleucus) has finally been split by the
    AOU into Scripps's Murrelet (S. scrippsi) and Guadalupe Murrelet (S.
    hypoleucus). July-Oct is the best season for Guadalupe Murrelet in ABA waters.
    30 miles is the minimum distance offshore it can be reasonably expected.
    This weekend double-overnight trip has only one purpose: to spend an entire day,
    from sunrise to sunset about 80 miles offshore, just north of the Mexican
    Border, zig-zagging along the banks and seamounts that cause upwellings and
    pockets of life. Our targets are rarities like Flesh-footed Shearwater, expected
    species such as Red-billed Tropicbird, Buller's Shearwater, Sabine's Gull, South
    Polar Skua and Long-tailed Jaeger, three subspecies of Leach's Storm-Petrel and
    Craveri's Murrelet.
    Special Early Bird pricing expires Sept 22. Details:
    All trips:
    Peace on earth.
    W. Terry Hunefeld, Encinitas
    Life is short. Seabird often.
    In memory of Michelle "Shellie" Matson and Mike San Miguel
    "Come on out with us to see what's out there."
    Southern California Seabirding Trips
    by: Buena Vista Audubon Society
    Los Coronados Islands & Nine Mile Bank
    all the way to the edge of the Continental Shelf
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  27. DATE: Sep 14, 2012 @ 3:57am, 5 year(s) ago
    The annual autumn (Oct 13-14) 48-hour Buena Vista Audubon Society pelagic trip
    aboard GRANDE to the San Clemente Basin, Cortes Bank, Butterfly Bank (San Diego
    and Los Angeles Counties) is a FOR SURE "go."
    Now that Xantus's Murrelet has been split, this is one of the best trips to see
    the "newly minted" species "Guadalupe (Xantus's) Murrelet" in ABA Area waters.
    Xantus's Murrelet (Synthliboramphus hypoleucus) has finally been split by the
    AOU into Scripps's Murrelet (S. scrippsi) and Guadalupe Murrelet (S.
    hypoleucus). July-Oct is the best season for Guadalupe Murrelet in ABA waters.
    30 miles is the minimum distance offshore it can be reasonably expected.
    This weekend double-overnight trip has only one purpose: to spend an entire day,
    from sunrise to sunset about 80 miles offshore, just north of the Mexican
    Border, zig-zagging along the banks and seamounts that cause upwellings and
    pockets of life. Our targets are rarities like Flesh-footed Shearwater,
    expected species such as Red-billed Tropicbird, Buller's Shearwater, Sabine's
    Gull, South Polar Skua and Long-tailed Jaeger, three subspecies of Leach's
    Storm-Petrel and Craveri's Murrelet.
    Special Early Bird pricing expires Sept 22.
    Peace on earth.
    W. Terry Hunefeld, Encinitas
    Life is short. Seabird often.
    In memory of Michelle "Shellie" Matson and Mike San Miguel
    "Come on out with us to see what's out there."
    Southern California Seabirding Trips
    by: Buena Vista Audubon Society
    Los Coronados Islands & Nine Mile Bank
    all the way to the edge of the Continental Shelf
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  29. Labor Day Week Pelagic Trip Off Southern California LINK
    DATE: Jun 1, 2012 @ 4:20pm, 6 year(s) ago
    Reservations are now being taken for five days at sea off the coast of southern
    California aboard the world's most luxurious pelagic birding vessel: SEARCHER,
    sailing from San Diego on Labor Day, 2012.
    This California Channel Islands and Deep Water Pelagic finds rarities or
    mega-rarities on nearly every trip (WHITE-CHINNED PETREL in 2011). The diverse
    array of birds seen from SEARCHER is a result of a diverse itinerary - from
    near-shore to inter-Channel-islands to the edge of the Continental Shelf.
    Labor Day Week SEARCHER trips from 2003-2010 have amassed an amazing list of
    species: WHITE-CHINNED PETREL (2011); BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS, Northern Fulmar,
    Buller's Shearwater, Pink-Footed Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, Black-vented
    Shearwater, LEAST STORM-PETREL, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Ashy Storm-Petrel, Black
    Storm-Petrel, RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD, Red-necked Phalarope, Red Phalarope, South
    Polar Skua, Pomarine Jaeger, Parasitic Jaeger, Long-tailed Jaeger, Sabine's
    Gull, Arctic Tern, Pigeon Guillemot, Common Murre, Xantus's Murrelet, Craveri's
    Murrelet, Cassin's Auklet, Rhinoceros Auklet.
    Both the bird life and marine mammal sightings are exceptional on this annual
    pelagic. 5 species of whales and 5 species of dolphin would not be considered
    unusual during this Labor Day week excursion. Add to that flying fish, mola
    mola, an assortment of shark and a little deep sea fishing, and the trip is fun
    for everyone, especially a birding enthusiast and a spouse.
    The SEARCHER pelagic consists of 4 solid days at sea, departing on Labor Day
    (Monday) morning, returning the following Friday morning at dawn. There is
    nothing quite like being on such a luxurious vessel with like-minded people, all
    sharing an interest in the wonders of life over the ocean.
    Many birders come from Europe or the east coast of the U.S. to participate in
    these trips, and many of them do additional birding in SoCal while they're out
    here. This year SEARCHER has teamed up with the Buena Vista Audubon Society to
    sponsor a field trip to the Salton Sea led by Todd McGrath on Saturday September
    2. This trip is limited exclusively to Searcher registrants.
    SEARCHER departs San Diego on Labor Day morning. We spend the day birding our
    way up San Diego's famous Nine Mile Bank and other underwater banks, ridges and
    canyons. The morning of our second day at sea finds us in the northern Channel
    Islands where Todd McGrath found our White-Chinned Petrel in 2011. From there we
    travel north and west to the deeper waters, west past Point Conception to
    Arguello Canyon and perhaps the Rodriguez Dome in search of rarities and marine
    The third day finds us in two-mile deep waters where we explore the known
    pterodroma corridors beyond the San Juan Seamount and other seamounts at and
    beyond the edge of the Continental Shelf.
    Please join us for a week of fun and adventure while being pampered by the crew
    of SEARCHER. Lots more information on the links below.
    Details & reservation for the SEARCHER Labor Day Week Live-aboard Pelagic:
    Details of Todd McGrath's "Pre-Pelagic Trip To The Salton Sea" Trip on Sept 2:
    The SEARCHER trip logs contain more detailed information of past trip sightings:
    The Status & Distribution of SoCal Pelagic Birds can be viewed at:
    Peace on earth.
    W. Terry Hunefeld, Encinitas
    Life is short. Seabird often.
    In memory of Luke Cole and Mike San Miguel
    "Come on out with us to see what's out there."
    Southern California Seabirding Trips
    by: Buena Vista Audubon Society
    Los Coronados Islands & Nine Mile Bank
    all the way to the edge of the Continental Shelf
    Our SoCal Pelagic "e-Newsletters"
    A Few Of Our Seabird & Marine Mammal Adventures:
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