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  1. Fw: [NBB] Arctic Loon, Abbott's Lagoon, 1/30 LINK
    DATE: Jan 31, 2018, 5 month(s) ago
    ----- Forwarded Message -----
    From: "Mark Dettling mdettlin@... [northbaybirds]"
    To: North Bay Birds
    Sent: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 1:45 AM
    Subject: [NBB] Arctic Loon, Abbott's Lagoon, 1/30
    
    
    Hello Birders,
    
    Ryan DiGaudio and I were out at Abbott's Lagoon (in the Point Reyes National Seashore) this morning and saw what we believe is an Arctic Loon. I've submitted an eBird list, but don't have photos in there yet. For those interested in trying to find the bird, we first saw it near the north end of the lagoon and then got some closer views from the east shore of the lagoon. It spent time near the east shore and then out in the middle of the lagoon. There was also a Common Loon and a Red-necked Grebe, both of which the Arctic was close to a few times for size comparisons.
    
    Ryan and I were actually returning to Abbott's to look for this specific bird since we saw it first on Friday (1/26) while birding with Palomarin staff and interns. Upon our first look, I played it off as a Common Loon because of the largish bill and squarish head, while Ryan thought it might be a Pacific Loon due to the bill not being as large as a nearby Common and the clean distinction between the gray head-hindneck and the white throat-foreneck. Ryan was curious enough to take several photos. Upon reviewing these photos yesterday, we became more confused about it's identity and started to consider Arctic since it was showing white flanks. We sent the photos to Keith Hansen, Peter Pyle, and Steve Howell who all agreed that it looked good for an Arctic.
    
    We decided that we needed to go back and see the bird again before making the final call, and luckily the bird was still at Abbott's this morning. We were able to watch the bird for a couple of hours with the bird being as close as 80 meters from us. The bird looks to be a young bird with the back feathers having pale gray to white edging making the back look scaly. The bird was actively diving (and successfully catching fish) most of the time, but there were periods when it was more relaxed and even preened a couple times. Even while actively diving the bird showed a strip of white on its flanks along the waterline more often than not. As far as I understand Pacific Loons would not show this amount of white especially while active. The throat and neck were clean white without a "necklace". I've read some descriptions that say some young Pacific's will lack the "necklace", so not a definitive mark, but still consistent with Arctic. The head shape was somewhat blocky with a steep forehead and a noticeable angle at the rear of the head, reminiscent of Common Loon head shape. The bill looked biggish to me, but Ryan thought it was not as large as a Common's. When the bird was near the Common we could see that the Arctic was obviously smaller, the bill was smaller, and the head was not as blocky. Again, from what we've read Arctic's are in between Common and Pacific in regards to size and shape.
    
    We've uploaded a number of photos and a couple short video clips here:
    
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/Sp5Ko5bdUeM2ce5l1
    
    Photos from the original sighting on Friday can be seen here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42258948
    
    We hope others can get out and see this bird. And I'm sure we'll hear if our ID is disputed!
    
    --
    Mark Dettling
    
    Bolinas, CA
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  3. 10/16 Monterey Seabirds trip report-Scripps's, Guadalupe Murrelets, Flesh-foot, and other goodies LINK
    DATE: Oct 17, 2017 @ 2:01pm, 8 month(s) ago
    All,    Monterey Seabirds ended our pelagic season with an incredible tour of Monterey County yesterday.  This hearty and patient bunch of birders was a great group to be with for the day.  Everyone aboard was eager to run far offshore to get to a strong temperature break and it paid off.
      First, we had to get there.  Inside the Monterey Bay, we encountered BULLER'S, PINK-FOOTED, SOOTY and BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS.  One probable Short-tailed shearwater got away before a positive identification.  NORTHERN FULMAR (13) and BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS were encountered farther out.  We enjoyed great studies of POMARINE (7) and PARASITIC JAEGER.
      Conditions far from shore were calm and glassy.  We enjoyed the near t-shirt weather.
      A Skua slam was rounded out with a LONG-TAILED JAEGER when we got into deeper water.  SOUTH POLAR SKUA (7) were out in the deeper water as well.
      It took some patience to get to the warmer water as we hit a spell of very few birds for a while. One of two YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS landed on the boat and helped us pass the time. 
      Water temperatures quickly jumped from mid/upper 50s to mid 60s as we hit the temperature break. This is where we found the first pair of GUADALUPE MURRELETS (4 total). Two more were found well south of the first two.  While tracking the second pair, a pair of SCRIPPS'S MURRELETS (2) were also found.  Eight SABINE'S GULLS flew south during our time in the warm zone.
      Four more MURRELET SPP. got away when we got closer to shore.
      Icing for our cake Yes please!  A single FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER gave us distant but satisfying looks with gorgeous views of the Big Sur coast as background. 
      Also seen during the trip were several offshore COMMON LOON as well as RED-THROATED LOON.
      We enjoyed a stunning sunset with HUMPBACK WHALES, PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED and NORTHERN RIGHT WHALE DOLPHINS in the foreground.  BLUE SHARK (4) and Mola mola were found at various times during the epic journey.
      I owe a huge thanks to all of our participants this season.  I also have a deep gratitude for all of our spotters this year.  An extra thanks goes out to Dorian Anderson for spotting on so many of our trips and for finding most of our Tufted Puffins this season!
      Looking forward to next season!
      Photos will be posted soon to our facebook page as well as the eBird lists. Here's one:
    ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39979385  
    https://www.facebook.com/montereyseabirdtours/  
    
    Good birding to all,
    
    Mark Kudrav
    Pacific Grove
    Monterey Seabirds
    
      
      
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  5. 10/15 Monterey Seabirds Trip Report + our last pelagic is tomorrow. LINK
    DATE: Oct 15, 2017 @ 4:49pm, 8 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)
    PACIFIC LOON
    RED THROATED LOON
    ASHY STORM-PETREL
    BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS
    BULLER'S SHEARWATER
    BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER (they're back! They were in a month ago but not since.)
    SOOTY SHEARWATER
    PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER
    NORTHERN FULMAR
    MARBLED GODWIT (offshore about 8 mile)
    RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
    BONAPARTE'S GULL (first of the season for me)
    POMARINE JAEGER
    PARASITIC JAEGER
    SOUTH POLAR SKUA (6)!!!
    RHINOCEROS AUKLET
    CASSIN'S AUKLET
    TUFTED PUFFIN
    HUMPBACK WHALE (20)
    FIN WHALE  (2)
    PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN
    MOLA MOLA
    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 montereyseabirds.com or call (831)375-4658
    or
    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, 8 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:
    BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS (2)
    BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS, PINK-FOOTED, BULLER'S, SOOTY SHEARWATERS
    Brian called out one SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER, though I didn't get a diagnostic look myself.
    PARASITIC and POMARINE JAEGER
    CASSIN'S AUKLETS
    COMMON LOON (5)
      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 montereyseabirds.com 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- montereyseabirds.com
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  9. 9/30 Monterey Seabirds Pelagic-Flesh-footed Shearwaters and more LINK
    DATE: Sep 30, 2017, 9 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 montereyseabirds.com
      I'll post photos on the eBird lists and at our facebook page very soon.
    https://www.facebook.com/montereyseabirdtours/
    
    Can't wait to do it again tomorrow. 
    
    Good Birding,
    
    Mark Kudrav
    Monterey Seabirds
    Pacific Grove
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  11. Clear Lake Loon ID LINK
    DATE: Jan 25, 2017, 1 year(s) ago
    Bryan,
    
    This is a fairly straightforward Common Loon acquiring breeding plumage. 
    
    In the interest of getting other opinions on an interesting loon from Clear Lake, Lake Co. in  November 2016, photos from another photographer have been posted that can be commented on as to the ID of the lower,  darker loon that is also isolated in a cropped second picture.  See the photos section for the "Clear Lake Loon".  All serious responses invited, explanations for the ID especially.  Thank you.  Bryan McIntosh from Kelseyville in Lake County, CA. 
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  13. Leach's Storm-Petrels in Monterey Bay--16 December LINK
    DATE: Dec 16, 2016 @ 9:32pm, 2 year(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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  15. Point Pinos Seawatch update LINK
    DATE: Nov 22, 2016, 2 year(s) ago
    Hi All,
    
    The Point Pinos Seawatch continues to record large numbers of Red Phalaropes, and Pacific Loons are really starting to push through. Compared with last year, tubenose diversity is higher, but Pacific Loon numbers are lagging (maybe just late). The big story is the Red Phalarope invasion, with massive numbers being seen daily off the Point. Yesterday there were more than 20,000 counted. These are really tough to count, with rafts of birds on the water, as well as streams of birds moving past. Complicated. Loons are easier and starting to become a spectacle. If you can get out the point, please join us! 
    
    Thanks to Monterey Audubon and BLM for sponsoring the count again this year. Hourly totals can be seen in eBird at this URL:
    
    https://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L109309
    
    Here are yesterday's totals, courtesy of our counter Skye Haas:
    
    84 Brant (Black)
    3 Lesser Scaup
    974 Surf Scoter
    2 White-winged Scoter
    12 Red-breasted Merganser
    206 Red-throated Loon
    18545 Pacific Loon
    21 Common Loon
    6 Northern Fulmar
    1 Pink-footed Shearwater
    24 Sooty Shearwater
    28 Short-tailed Shearwater
    10 Sooty/Short-tailed Shearwater
    4362 Black-vented Shearwater
    2 black-and-white shearwater sp.
    1 Ashy Storm-Petrel
    812 Brandt's Cormorant
    50 Pelagic Cormorant
    17 Double-crested Cormorant
    1226 Brown Pelican
    3 Snowy Egret
    8 Turkey Vulture
    1 Northern Harrier
    8 Black Oystercatcher
    1 Black-bellied Plover
    4 Whimbrel
    1 Marbled Godwit
    17 Black Turnstone
    8 Surfbird
    82 Sanderling
    20005 Red Phalarope
    1 Pomarine Jaeger
    1 Parasitic Jaeger
    2279 Common Murre
    4 Marbled Murrelet
    3 Ancient Murrelet
    130 Cassin's Auklet
    561 Rhinoceros Auklet
    2 Black-legged Kittiwake
    61 Bonaparte's Gull
    1185 Heermann's Gull
    19 Mew Gull (American)
    1435 Western Gull
    945 California Gull 
    7 Thayer's Gull
    11 Glaucous-winged Gull
    3 Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid)
    2 Herring x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid)
    13 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
    1 Anna's Hummingbird
    1 Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)
    1 Merlin
    2 Peregrine Falcon
    8 Black Phoebe
    1 Say's Phoebe
    2 California Scrub-Jay
    14 American Crow
    11 European Starling
    1 American Pipit
    2 Yellow-rumped Warbler
    14 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)
    12 White-crowned Sparrow
    4 Golden-crowned Sparrow
    3 Song Sparrow 
    28 Red-winged Blackbird (California Bicolored) 
    48 Brewer's Blackbird
    15 House Finch
    
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    Brian L. Sullivan
    
    eBird Project Leader
    www.ebird.org
    
    Photo Editor
    Birds of North America Online
    http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/BNA
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  17. SISKIYOU Co. LINK
    DATE: Nov 3, 2016 @ 7:10pm, 2 year(s) ago
    Today Linda & I found some notable birds in SIS Co.
    
    At Lake Siskiyou we refound 3 SURF SCOTERS. On 11/2 the Parkers reported 3 on ebird. Today we found them by scoping out from the causeway/dam.
    
    Next stop was at Lake Shastina. Scoping off the boat ramp we found both a PACIFIC & COMMON LOON, a number of HORNED GREBES, & several BONAPARTE GULLS. Most of these were close to the dam.
    
    Good Birding,
    
    Frances
    
    Lodi, CA
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  19. Albacore fishing and migratory seabirds LINK
    DATE: Sep 29, 2016, 2 year(s) ago
    Debi,
    
    I am picking up on something that you said that is perhaps confusing As you note there are a bunch of seabird species that associate with the habitat of albacore, that warmer nutrient poor, very blue and clear water. However, several of the species that you mention are migrants that move through here irrelevant of where the albacore are, such as the jaegers, Sabine’s Gull, terns. I think the issue about detection through our area, is how far out they are and how concentrated the pulses of migration are. If they are moving through closer to shore, pelagic trips see more of them, if they are offshore we see fewer. But they are going through irrelevant of where the albacore and the fishing for albacore is going on. Obviously they capitalize on the resource of bait fish (often Pacific Saury) brought to the surface by foraging albacore, and may linger in areas where feeding is good, but the migration goes on. For some of these the migratory peak has passed already through our latitude in central California, such as for Long-tailed Jaeger, Common and Arctic terns. Tail end of fall migration is difficult to get a good grip on, as there are fewer trips in October, and even fewer in November. But for those that peak in September I think the data are pretty clear, the larger pulse is likely south of us.
    
    Buller’s Shearwaters are kind of a mystery, a fickle species with definite good years and bad years. They are associated with that offshore blue water, but their numbers and seemingly their distribution shifts radically from year to year. This also applies to the migratory pulse in Chile during February – March, where it appears that some years they are much easier to find than in others, although with fewer eyes out there that is difficult to determine with much confidence thus far. But so far, 2016 is a year where pelagic trips in California and farther north are not finding Buller’s in numbers anywhere it seems. Even in Washington State if you look at eBird data for 2016 vs pre 2016, birds per hour or any other metric, they are down this year, similarly so for Oregon. Now caveat is that October could bring in a big pulse and we are back to normal, and that is what I am certainly hoping for. But September numbers appear to be low compared to pre 2016 September numbers too. Birds per party hour in 2016 maxes out at 1/pph in early September, pre 2016 max is near 14, and in early September it is 4. It is a tad coarse to look at numbers like this, but I think a solid argument can be made that within the range of pelagic birding boats, this is a bad year for them thus far anywhere along the US coast. Perhaps they are just farther offshore this year Who knows
    
    Here are the links of eBird data to compare.
    
    Buller’s Shearwaters per hour Washington State – Pre 2016
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/GuideMespeciesCodes=bulshe < http://ebird.org/ebird/GuideMespeciesCodes=bulshe&reportType=species&bMonth=01&bYear=1900&eMonth=12&eYear=2016&parentState=US-WA&countries=US&states=US-WA&getLocations=states&continue.x=53&continue.y=3 > &reportType=species&bMonth=01&bYear=1900&eMonth=12&eYear=2016&parentState=US-WA&countries=US&states=US-WA&getLocations=states&continue.x=53&continue.y=3
    
    Buller’s Shearwaters per hour Washington State 2016
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/GuideMesrc=changeDate < http://ebird.org/ebird/GuideMesrc=changeDate&speciesCodes=bulshe&getLocations=states&states=US-WA&parentState=US-WA&reportType=species&monthRadio=on&bMonth=01&eMonth=12&bYear=2016&eYear=2016&continue.x=74&continue.y=10 > &speciesCodes=bulshe&getLocations=states&states=US-WA&parentState=US-WA&reportType=species&monthRadio=on&bMonth=01&eMonth=12&bYear=2016&eYear=2016&continue.x=74&continue.y=10
    
    Good birding,
    
    Alvaro
    
    Alvaro Jaramillo
    
    alvaro@...
    
    www.alvarosadventures.com
    
    From: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com [mailto: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of DEBRA SHEARWATER debi@... [CALBIRDS]
    
    Sent: Thursday, September 29, 2016 7:23 PM
    
    To: Calbirds < CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com >
    
    Subject: [CALBIRDS] Pelagic Trips: Sep 23, 24, 25 & Upcoming Trips
    
    Howdy, CALBirders,
    
    Shearwater Journeys held three successful pelagic trips in conjunction with the Monterey Bay Birding Festival on September 23, 24, and 25. Each day was a little bit different. At least one new species was added each day.
    
    On Sunday, we found a huge feeding aggregation of Brandt’s Cormorants, gulls, and Black-vented Shearwaters. They appeared to be feeding on small anchovies. It was quite a frenzy as the cormorants drove the fish in front of the flock with gulls noisily calling and swirling overhead, providing visual and auditory cues for seabirds in the surrounding areas. Like magic, hundreds of Black-vented Shearwaters began streaming toward the frantically feeding flock. However, another cue was provided by the pungent smell of fish— an olfactory cue! Using all three cues, birds flew in from all directions. Once the feeding was over a large fish oil slick was all that was left on the sea. This is something that I have witnessed several times over the past four decades.
    
    Now that the albacore fishing is winding down off Washington, the seabirds associated with that industry are showing up in numbers along our coast. All three jaeger species, South Polar Skuas, and Sabine’s Gulls, along with a trickle of Arctic Terns were the first ones to show up. Buller’s Shearwater numbers have increased in the past ten days. Flesh-footed Shearwaters are sure to follow. Scripps’s and Craveri’s Murrelets which also associate closely with albacore could show up, if there is any clear, blue water in our area. Albacore changed their migration pattern about a decade ago and now head to Oregon and Washington, mostly bypassing central California. The seabirds associated with them tend to follow, if conditions are right.
    
    Our upcoming trips departing from Monterey with spaces available are:
    
    OCTOBER 1 with Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Jim Holmes, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater.
    
    OCTOBER 8 with Alex Rinkert, Tim Miller, Clay Kempf, Debi Shearwater
    
    OCTOBER 16 with Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Debi Shearwater
    
    And, from Half Moon Bay:
    
    OCTOBER 2 with Steve Tucker, Steve Hampton, Jim Holmes, Debi Shearwater
    
    Reservations: debi@...
    
    The birders who did all three trips (September 23, 24, 25) recorded the following species:
    
    PACIFIC LOON
    
    COMMON LOON
    
    BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS
    
    PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER
    
    BULLER’S SHEARWATER
    
    SOOTY SHEARWATER
    
    BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER
    
    ASHY STORM-PETREL
    
    BROWN PELICAN
    
    BRANDT’S CORMORANT
    
    PELAGIC CORMORANT
    
    DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
    
    BLACK OYSTERCATCHER
    
    WHIMBREL
    
    BLACK TURNSTONE
    
    SURFBIRD
    
    RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
    
    SOUTH POLAR SKUA
    
    POMARINE JAEGER
    
    PARASITIC JAEGER
    
    LONG-TAILED JAEGER
    
    HEERMANN’S GULL
    
    CALIFORNIA GULL
    
    WESTERN GULL
    
    SABINE’S GULL
    
    ELEGANT TERN
    
    FORSTER’S TERN
    
    COMMON MURRE
    
    PIGEON GUILLEMOT
    
    CASSIN’S AUKLET
    
    RHINOCEROS AUKLET
    
    TUFTED PUFFIN
    
    BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON
    
    PEREGRINE FALCON
    
    GREAT EGRET
    
    SNOWY EGRET
    
    HUMMINGBIRD SP.
    
    Marine mammals recorded on all three trips included:
    
    SEA OTTER
    
    CALIFORNIA SEA LION
    
    NORTHERN ELEPHANT SEAL
    
    NORTHERN FUR SEAL
    
    HARBOR SEAL
    
    HUMPBACK WHALE
    
    SHORT-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHIN
    
    RISSO’S DOLPHIN
    
    PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN
    
    BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN
    
    Also:
    
    OCEAN SUNFISH
    
    BLUE SHARK
    
    Many thanks to all of the birders who joined us. The leaders on these trips were: Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Dena Spatz, Tim Miller, Abe Borker, Christian Schwarz, Clay Kempf, and Debi Shearwater. All trips were entered into eBird following pelagic protocol.
    
    A recap of Shearwater Journeys’ September pelagic trips can be found here:
    
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2016/09/september-2016-pelagic-bonanza_11.html
    
    Living the Salt Life,
    
    Debi Shearwater
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    
    PO Box 190
    
    Hollister, CA 95024
    
    831.637.8527
    
    debi@...
    
    < http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com > www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    
    < http://www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com > www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 41 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
    
    Siberia’s Forgotten Coast Voyage: 27 June -10 July with Debi & nesting Spoon-billed Sandpipers
    
    Russia’s Ring of Fire: 30 May - 11 June
    
    Sea of Okhotsk: 12 - 23 June
    
    
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  21. Pelagic Trips: Sep 23, 24, 25 & Upcoming Trips LINK
    DATE: Sep 29, 2016, 2 year(s) ago
    Howdy, CALBirders,
    
    Shearwater Journeys held three successful pelagic trips in conjunction with the Monterey Bay Birding Festival on September 23, 24, and 25. Each day was a little bit different. At least one new species was added each day.
    
    On Sunday, we found a huge feeding aggregation of Brandt’s Cormorants, gulls, and Black-vented Shearwaters. They appeared to be feeding on small anchovies. It was quite a frenzy as the cormorants drove the fish in front of the flock with gulls noisily calling and swirling overhead, providing visual and auditory cues for seabirds in the surrounding areas. Like magic, hundreds of Black-vented Shearwaters began streaming toward the frantically feeding flock. However, another cue was provided by the pungent smell of fish— an olfactory cue! Using all three cues, birds flew in from all directions. Once the feeding was over a large fish oil slick was all that was left on the sea. This is something that I have witnessed several times over the past four decades.
    
    Now that the albacore fishing is winding down off Washington, the seabirds associated with that industry are showing up in numbers along our coast. All three jaeger species, South Polar Skuas, and Sabine’s Gulls, along with a trickle of Arctic Terns were the first ones to show up. Buller’s Shearwater numbers have increased in the past ten days. Flesh-footed Shearwaters are sure to follow. Scripps’s and Craveri’s Murrelets which also associate closely with albacore could show up, if there is any clear, blue water in our area. Albacore changed their migration pattern about a decade ago and now head to Oregon and Washington, mostly bypassing central California. The seabirds associated with them tend to follow, if conditions are right.
    
    Our upcoming trips departing from Monterey with spaces available are:
    OCTOBER 1 with Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Jim Holmes, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater.
    OCTOBER 8 with Alex Rinkert, Tim Miller, Clay Kempf, Debi Shearwater
    OCTOBER 16 with Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Debi Shearwater
    And, from Half Moon Bay:
    OCTOBER 2 with Steve Tucker, Steve Hampton, Jim Holmes, Debi Shearwater
    Reservations: debi@...
    
    The birders who did all three trips (September 23, 24, 25) recorded the following species:
    
    PACIFIC LOON
    COMMON LOON
    BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS
    PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER
    BULLER’S SHEARWATER
    SOOTY SHEARWATER
    BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER
    ASHY STORM-PETREL
    BROWN PELICAN
    BRANDT’S CORMORANT
    PELAGIC CORMORANT
    DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
    BLACK OYSTERCATCHER
    WHIMBREL
    BLACK TURNSTONE
    SURFBIRD
    RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
    SOUTH POLAR SKUA
    POMARINE JAEGER
    PARASITIC JAEGER
    LONG-TAILED JAEGER
    HEERMANN’S GULL
    CALIFORNIA GULL
    WESTERN GULL
    SABINE’S GULL
    ELEGANT TERN
    FORSTER’S TERN
    COMMON MURRE
    PIGEON GUILLEMOT
    CASSIN’S AUKLET
    RHINOCEROS AUKLET
    TUFTED PUFFIN
    BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON
    PEREGRINE FALCON
    GREAT EGRET
    SNOWY EGRET
    HUMMINGBIRD SP.
    
    Marine mammals recorded on all three trips included:
    SEA OTTER
    CALIFORNIA SEA LION
    NORTHERN ELEPHANT SEAL
    NORTHERN FUR SEAL
    HARBOR SEAL
    HUMPBACK WHALE
    SHORT-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHIN
    RISSO’S DOLPHIN
    PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN
    BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN
    
    Also:
    OCEAN SUNFISH
    BLUE SHARK
    
    Many thanks to all of the birders who joined us. The leaders on these trips were: Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Dena Spatz, Tim Miller, Abe Borker, Christian Schwarz, Clay Kempf, and Debi Shearwater. All trips were entered into eBird following pelagic protocol.
    
    A recap of Shearwater Journeys’ September pelagic trips can be found here:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2016/09/september-2016-pelagic-bonanza_11.html
    
    Living the Salt Life,
    Debi Shearwater
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 41 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
    Siberia ’s Forgotten Coast Voyage: 27 June -10 July with Debi & nesting Spoon-billed Sandpipers
    Russia ’s Ring of Fire: 30 May - 11 June
    Sea of Okhotsk: 12 - 23 June
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  23. Monterey Pelagic Trip Report 9/15/16 LINK
    DATE: Sep 17, 2016 @ 6:55pm, 2 year(s) ago
    Hello Everyone-
    
    Here is the latest trip report from Monterey Seabirds.
    
    Trip Report for 9/15/16 by Brian Sullivan
    
    Near Shore Species (Monterey Harbor to Pt Pinos):
    
    Common Loon, Brown-headed Cowbird, Brewer's Blackbird, European Starling, Barn Swallow, American Crow, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), California Gull, Western Gull, Heermann's Gull, Surfbird, Black Turnstone, Black Oystercatcher, Snowy Egret, Great Egret, Great Blue Heron (Blue form), Brown Pelican, Brandt's Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Common Tern, Elegant Tern
    
    Pelagic Species:
    
    Black-footed Albatross, Northern Fulmar, Pink-footed Shearwater, Buller's Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, Black-vented Shearwater, Ashy Storm-Petrel, Red-necked Phalarope, Pomarine Jaeger, Parasitic Jaeger, Long-tailed Jaeger, Common Murre, Rhinoceros Auklet
    
    Marine Mammal Sightings:
    
    Humpback Whale, Baird’s Beaked Whale, Pacific White-sided Dolphin, Northern Fur Seal, Stellar Sea Lion, California Sea Lion, Harbor Seal, Southern Sea Otter
    
    The eBird lists can be found here:
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31613553
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31613555
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31613556
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31613557
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31613558
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31613559
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31613563
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31613564
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31613565
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31613567
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31613568
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31613569
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31613570
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31613571
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31613574
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31613576
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31613577
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31613578
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31613548
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31613546
    
    Trips Available for the remainder of 2016:
    
    October 1st 7:30am-3:30pm $110 per person
    
    October 9th 7:30am-3:30pm $110 per person
    
    October 15th 7:30am-3:30pm $110 per person
    
    October 23rd 7:30am-3:30pm $110 per person
    
    We are still looking for trip leaders and spotters for the remainder of the year and for 2017. Please contact Katlyn Taylor at mbwwassistant@... if you are interested in helping out on the trips.
    
    Sign up for trips by calling 831-375-4658 or online at www.montereyseabirds.com
    
    -Katlyn Taylor
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  25. Pelagic Cruise Results -- 4-5 May California and Oregon LINK
    DATE: May 8, 2016 @ 7:37am, 2 year(s) ago
    Hi Birders,
    
    About 28 birders were aboard the Ruby Princess for 2 days of deep water birding 4-5 May. On the 4th we were off southern Monterey County at daybreak, and ended the day off northern Menodcino County. Conditions started off calm, but ended with blustery north winds and sea fog. On the 5th we started in southern Curry County and our last checklist just barely got into Clatsop County. Conditions were rough, with 50 knot headwinds and big seas. I did eBird checklists every half hour for the two days, and all of those are in now and shared. Highlights were a slug of Pterodroma petrels that included 2 Hawaiian, 32 Cook's, and 18 Murphy's, the majority of which were found beginning in San Francisco County and continuing up through Marin, with scattered Murphy's the second day throughout Oregon. I think I've loaded in all my identifiable photos of these, but still have to load photos of common migrants. Parakeet Auklets were seen by one observer in Oregon waters, and those will be added independently by him since the rest of us missed them. 
    
    Here are some of the highlight checklists:
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklistsubID=S29435292
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklistsubID=S29435309
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklistsubID=S29451212
    
    Trip Summary:
    
    eBird Checklist Summary for: May 4, 2016, 4:20 AM to May 5, 2016, 11:30 PM
    
    Number of Checklists: 53
    Number of Taxa: 41
    
    1 Pacific Loon
    1 Common Loon
    2 loon sp.
    4 Laysan Albatross
    451 Black-footed Albatross
    40 Northern Fulmar
    18 Murphy's Petrel
    2 Hawaiian Petrel
    32 Cook's Petrel
    1 Pterodroma sp.
    136 Pink-footed Shearwater
    3895 Sooty Shearwater
    48 Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel
    402 Leach's Storm-Petrel
    55 Ashy Storm-Petrel
    9 storm-petrel sp.
    4 Dunlin
    30 peep sp.
    24 Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher
    452 Red-necked Phalarope
    80 Red Phalarope
    59 phalarope sp.
    1 shorebird sp.
    1 South Polar Skua
    12 Pomarine Jaeger
    7 Parasitic Jaeger
    2 Long-tailed Jaeger
    19 jaeger sp.
    165 Common Murre
    71 Cassin's Auklet
    50 Rhinoceros Auklet
    12 alcid sp.
    234 Sabine's Gull
    18 Western Gull
    2 Herring Gull
    1 Glaucous-winged Gull
    6 gull sp. 
    8 Arctic Tern
    2 Common/Arctic Tern
    1 tern sp.
    1 Eurasian Collared-Dove (road the boat for the whole first day)
    
    Checklist Locations:
    Checklists included in this summary:
    (1): 35.7941x-122.1718 - May 4, 2016, 5:57 AM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 5:57 AM
    (2): 35.9275x-122.3139 - May 4, 2016, 6:30 AM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 6:30 AM
    (3): 36.0288x-122.4304 - May 4, 2016, 6:57 AM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 6:57 AM
    (4): 36.1827x-122.5630 - May 4, 2016, 7:33 AM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 7:33 AM
    (5): 36.3443x-122.7072 - May 4, 2016, 8:11 AM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 8:11 AM
    (6): 36.4694x-122.8023 - May 4, 2016, 8:38 AM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 8:38 AM
    (7): 36.5631x-122.8752 - May 4, 2016, 8:58 AM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 8:58 AM
    (8): 36.7546x-123.0254 - May 4, 2016, 9:38 AM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 9:33 AM
    (9): 36.8633x-123.1068 - May 4, 2016, 10:01 AM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 10:01 AM
    (10): 36.9995x-123.2126 - May 4, 2016, 10:29 AM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 10:29 AM
    (11): 37.1376x-123.3179 - May 4, 2016, 10:59 AM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 10:59 AM
    (12): 37.3246x-123.4624 - May 4, 2016, 11:39 AM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 11:30 AM
    (13): 37.5285x-123.6214 - May 4, 2016, 12:22 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 12:10 PM
    (14): 37.5847x-123.6652 - May 4, 2016, 12:34 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 12:34 PM
    (15): 37.6934x-123.7496 - May 4, 2016, 12:58 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 12:58 PM
    (16): 37.9116x-123.8752 - May 4, 2016, 1:41 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 1:41 PM
    (17): 38.0271x-123.9324 - May 4, 2016, 2:05 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 2:05 PM
    (18): 38.1549x-123.9958 - May 4, 2016, 2:32 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 2:32 PM
    (19): 38.2723x-124.0544 - May 4, 2016, 2:57 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 2:57 PM
    (20): 38.4158x-124.1262 - May 4, 2016, 3:28 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 3:28 PM
    (21): 38.5518x-124.1842 - May 4, 2016, 3:57 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 3:57 PM
    (22): 38.6986x-124.2448 - May 4, 2016, 4:27 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 4:27 PM
    (23): 38.8920x-124.3226 - May 4, 2016, 5:10 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 5:10 PM
    (24): 38.9920x-124.3621 - May 4, 2016, 5:33 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 5:33 PM
    (25): 39.1189x-124.4048 - May 4, 2016, 5:59 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 5:59 PM
    (26): 39.2764x-124.4532 - May 4, 2016, 6:30 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 6:30 PM
    (27): 42.2154x-124.8933 - May 5, 2016, 6:04 AM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 6:00 AM
    (28): 42.3154x-124.9039 - May 5, 2016, 6:30 AM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 6:30 AM
    (29): 42.4338x-124.9123 - May 5, 2016, 7:00 AM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 7:00 AM
    (30): 42.5558x-124.9229 - May 5, 2016, 7:30 AM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 7:30 AM
    (31): 42.6747x-124.9332 - May 5, 2016, 7:59 AM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 7:59 AM
    (32): 42.8072x-124.9431 - May 5, 2016, 8:29 AM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 8:29 AM
    (33): 42.9487x-124.9496 - May 5, 2016, 9:00 AM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 9:00 AM
    (34): 43.0857x-124.9609 - May 5, 2016, 9:30 AM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 9:30 AM
    (35): 43.2335x-124.9702 - May 5, 2016, 10:01 AM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 10:01 AM
    (36): 43.3741x-124.9795 - May 5, 2016, 10:30 AM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 10:30 AM
    (37): 43.5298x-124.9884 - May 5, 2016, 11:00 AM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 11:00 AM
    (38): 43.6834x-125.0002 - May 5, 2016, 11:30 AM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 11:30 AM
    (39): 43.9165x-125.0144 - May 5, 2016, 12:16 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 12:16 PM
    (40): 43.9911x-125.0204 - May 5, 2016, 12:31 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 12:31 PM
    (41): 44.1383x-125.0325 - May 5, 2016, 1:00 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 1:00 PM
    (42): 44.2849x-125.0397 - May 5, 2016, 1:30 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 1:30 PM
    (43): 44.4270x-125.0489 - May 5, 2016, 1:58 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 1:58 PM
    (44): 44.6066x-125.0613 - May 5, 2016, 2:34 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 2:34 PM
    (45): 44.7716x-125.0731 - May 5, 2016, 3:06 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 3:00 PM
    (46): 44.8839x-125.0805 - May 5, 2016, 3:28 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 3:28 PM
    (47): 45.0362x-125.0932 - May 5, 2016, 3:59 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 3:59 PM
    (48): 45.1868x-125.1024 - May 5, 2016, 4:28 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 4:28 PM
    (49): 45.3464x-125.1137 - May 5, 2016, 5:01 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 5:01 PM
    (50): 45.4737x-125.1217 - May 5, 2016, 5:28 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 5:28 PM
    (51): 45.6154x-125.1356 - May 5, 2016, 5:57 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 5:57 PM
    (52): 45.7684x-125.1430 - May 5, 2016, 6:29 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 6:29 PM
    (53): 45.9707x-125.1587 - May 5, 2016, 7:10 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 7:00 PM
    
    This trip summary was created using the eBird app for iPhone and iPad.
    See eBird for more information.
    
    --
    ===========
    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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  27. San Diego pelagic trip Sunday results, incl. 2800 Least Storm-Petrels LINK
    DATE: Oct 13, 2015 @ 7:25pm, 3 year(s) ago
    Posting for Paul Lehman:
    
    The San Diego pelagic trip on 11 October, sponsored by Buena Vista
    Audubon Society aboard "Grande" went out to the 9-Mile and 30-Mile
    Banks, including north to a few miles inside L.A. Co. waters to find the
    large storm-petrel rafts (23 nm ESE of se. tip of San Clemente Is.). The
    weather was quite warm and the seas quite light! Here are the selected
    totals from offshore only. As expected, shearwater totals were low in
    the 72-77 F degree water! But there was the mother lode of Least
    Storm-Petrels.
    
    Common Loon: 3
    Eared Grebe: 2
    Western Grebe: 3
    Northern Fulmar: 10
    Pink-footed Shearwater: 7
    Sooty Shearwater: 3
    Black-vented Shearwater: 75
    Black Storm-Petrel: 700 (mostly in the rafts in L.A. Co. waters)
    Ashy Storm-Petrel: 1 (in L.A. Co. rafts)
    Least Storm-Petrel: 2800 (all in the rafts in L.A. Co. waters)
    Brown Booby: 32 (mostly on or near buoys off Point Loma, a few
    scattered elsewhere)
    Black-bellied Plover: 8
    Greater Yellowlegs: 1
    dowitcher sp.: 10
    Red-necked Phalarope: 600
    Red Phalarope: 25
    Pomarine Jaeger: 5
    Parasitic Jaeger: 1
    Long-tailed Jaeger: 1 (L.A. Co. waters)
    Cassin's Auklet: 150
    Sabine's Gull: 10
    Heermann's Gull: included 1 farther offshore than normal at 30-Mile Bank
    Common Tern: 35
    Elegant Tern: 12
    passerine sp.: 3
    
    --Paul Lehman, San Diego
    
    
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  29. OCT 3 MONTEREY BAY PELAGIC TRIP LINK
    DATE: Oct 6, 2015 @ 8:22am, 3 year(s) ago
    Howdy, CAL Birders,
    Shearwater Journeys' guests and leaders enjoyed an unforgettable Monterey Bay pelagic trip on October 3. Highlights included: excellent views of one LEACH'S, BLACK and ASHY STORM-PETRELS approximately 4 miles off Point Pinos; one BROWN BOOBY flew by; 5 species of SHEARWATERS: PINK-FOOTED, BULLER'S, SOOTY, SHORT-TAILED, and BLACK-VENTED; POMARINE and PARASITIC JAEGERS; SABINE'S GULL; BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS; PACIFIC FULMAR; and excellent views of CASSIN'S and RHINOCEROS AUKLETS. Owing to the large swells, no storm-petrel flocks were found. Rather, they were scattered thinly. This is the first time in many years that I've seen a LEACH'S STORM-PETREL at Monterey Bay, and certainly the closest to shore record. Perhaps, it was blown in by a strong gale that was forecast to hit later this day. By the time we were headed to the harbor, it had started to blow. So we made it just in time!
    
    The marine mammal highlight of the day was following 17 to 21 KILLER WHALES for 15 km, while they were spy-hopping, breaching, and tail-slapping. One adult killer whale was very "randy" presenting a large, pink penis on numerous occasions. While it appeared that they might be mating, I do not think this was the case because this whale was most likely with his mother or auntie and possibly, a sibling. (This was the first group of three killer whales that we encountered). They seemed to be engaged in a lot of social activity.
    
    Many thanks to all of the birders, from near and far, who joined Shearwater Journeys on this day! The leaders on this trip included: Tim Miller, Abe Borker, Alex Rinkert, Christian Schwarz, Dena Spatz, Jennifer Green, and Debi Shearwater.
    
    The complete species list follows (all sightings are for Monterey County):
    
    PACIFIC LOON- 4
    COMMON LOON- 2
    BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS- 34
    NORTHERN/PACIFIC FULMAR- 50
    PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER- 450
    BULLER'S SHEARWATER- 3
    SOOTY SHEARWATER- 135
    SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER- 2
    BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER- 250
    *LEACH'S STORM-PETREL- 1
    ASHY STORM-PETREL- 70
    BLACK STORM-PETREL- 18
    *BROWN BOOBY- 1
    BROWN PELICAN- 70
    BRANDT'S CORMORANT- 700
    DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT- 3
    PELAGIC CORMORANT- 3
    BLACK OYSTERCATCHER- 2
    BLACK TURNSTONE- 5
    SURFBIRD- 2
    RED-NECKED PHALAROPE- 25
    RED PHALAROPE- 2
    POMARINE JAEGER- 9
    PARASITIC JAEGER- 12
    HEERMANN'S GULL- 25
    CALIFORNIA GULL- 100
    WESTERN GULL- 150
    SABINE'S GULL- 3
    ELEGANT TERN- 375
    COMMON MURRE- 100
    CASSIN'S AUKLET- 140 (our highest count yet for this season)
    RHINOCEROS AUKLET- 30
    PEREGRINE FALCON- 1, on the red and white radio tower along Cannery Row
    SEA OTTER- 4
    CALIFORNIA SEA LION- 60
    NORTHERN ELEPHANT SEAL- 1
    HUMPBACK WHALE- 3
    LONG-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHIN- 50
    KILLER WHALE- 17 to 21, difficult to get an accurate count due to their behavior; at least 4 adult males.
    OCEAN SUNFISH- 3
    SHARK SP.- 1
    
    Shearwater Journeys' OCTOBER 11 MONTEREY BAY pelagic trip has a few spaces still available. Please email me at: debi@... for a reservation.
    
    Living the Salt Life,
    Debi Shearwater
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 40 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
    
    
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-revision history-
v1.30 - 01/05/16 - Revamped cloud logic, optimized database queries, linked to eBird rarities.
v1.23 - 12/08/11 - Added direct link to CBRC records.
v1.22 - 12/03/11 - Corrected GMT offsets on dates. Added last 5 posts at top.
v1.21 - 11/24/11 - Added direct link to range map for NA birds.
v1.2  - 11/23/11 - Greatly improved graphing technology - separates month vs. year by posts. Added species auto-complete functionality.
v1.14 - 11/22/11 - Added cloud bubble for common thread topics.
v1.13 - 11/22/11 - Added integrated photos where available.
v1.12 - 11/22/11 - Added multiple input boxes for additional refinement, negative search criteria (eg. -keyword).
v1.11 - 11/22/11 - Added banding code, species look-up. Also direct link to recent eBird observations.
 v1.1 - 11/22/11 - Added 'date' functionality. Shows top 'month/year' combinations for a query. Restrict results to that 'month/year'.
 v1.0 - 11/21/11 - Initial version coded. Currently archiving 'lacobirds' and 'calbirds'.