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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. Got Boobies? We do!! Ventura pelagic trip on 6 Oct 2018 LINK
    DATE: Oct 6, 2018 @ 10:56pm, 12 day(s) ago
    We had a very successful trip out of Ventura today with Island Packers. I had one twisted pelagic fantasy when I loaded my gear on the boat this morning and by 4 pm we had fulfilled it...we had all five North American boobies on one trip!! I imagine we are the first trip to achieve this in the ABA area.
    
    We started at Anacapa Island where we found the continuing Masked Booby on the cliff faces. As we headed south from there we picked up on a distant booby south of Anacapa that we suspected was a Red-footed. Captain Joel floored it and we caught up the the bird, which was indeed a dark morph Red-footed Booby. From there we birded our way down to Santa Barbara Island where we found the continuing Brown Boobies there (80ish birds) with the bonus of a Blue-footed Booby amongst them. As we left the island number five had appeared to elude us, but as we swung around to the east side of the island we encountered a large feeding flock of Black-vented Shearwaters and other birds when soon after the cry of "black-and-white booby" rang out. We put the pedal to the metal one more time and ran down another booby. We eventually got close looks at the bird and noted the orangish bill...Nazca Booby! All five North American boobies on the same day...amazing! Perhaps a once in a lifetime birding event.
    
    Beyond the booby extravaganza, we had good fortune with a number of other birds including several large flock of Black-vented Shearwaters, which totaled in excess of 6,000 birds. These flocks had other shearwaters mixed in including Pink-footed, Buller's, and a Manx; numbers of attending jaegers (Pomarines and Parasitics); and others including Red-necked Phalarope, Common Murre, Cassin's Auklet, and Northern Fulmar. Deeper water south of the northern Islands had more shearwaters including one of the few Sooties we saw all day, Black and Ashy Storm-Petrels (and a Least seen by a few of us), Long-tailed Jaegers, Sabine's Gulls, Common Terns, and a number of Craveri's Murrelets. All in all a day that will be remembered by everyone there. Some birders got all five boobies as lifers, which is completely unfair to those of us that needed 49 years to see them all in the ABA Area. ;-)
    
    Thanks to Island Packers and Captain Joel Barrett for supporting our pelagic endeavors, and the leaders that helped today (Adam Searcy, Hugh Ranson, and Wes Fritz).
    
    We hope to get more trips on the schedule out of Ventura next year.
    
    Cheers
    
    Dave Pereksta
    Ventura
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  7. RED-FOOTED BOOBY, MANX SHEARS, + more LINK
    DATE: Oct 2, 2018 @ 4:44pm, 16 day(s) ago
    Howdy, CALbirders,
    
    This is a brief report of three pelagic trips, September 28, 29, and 30 operated by Shearwater Journeys, all departing from Fishermans Wharf, Monterey. Highlights included:
    
    SEP 30: RED-FOOTED BOOBY a first record for Santa Cruz County made a speedy fly-by the stern of our vessel (images obtained); 760 SABINES GULLS in several flocks, both Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties; TUFTED PUFFIN in Monterey County. The flocks of Sabines Gulls were astounding and lovely to watch. One flock of over Pomarine Jaegers was nice.
    
    SEP 29: All birds in Monterey County: MANX SHEARWATER sitting on the sea, excellent views for all on board; PEREGRINE FALCON chasing an ELEGANT TERN (first time Ive ever seen that); 2000 ELEGANT TERNS off Point Pinos along with thousands of seabirds and hundreds of Rissos, Pacific white-sided, and Northern right whale dolphins.
    
    SEP 28: SIX SPECIES OF SHEARWATERS, including: MANX and SHORT-TAILED; 33 SABINES GULLS.
    
    On all three trips we were able to find the last few remaining PIGEON GUILLEMOTS; all three species of jaegers; Red and Red-necked phalaropes; excellent views of BULLERS SHEARWATERS; good numbers of Rhinoceros Auklets and Common Murres. Marine mammals have been sensational, with 30 to 60 humpback whales per day. There is a LOT of food in Monterey Bay, mainly boiling anchovies. These trips were operated in conjunction with the Monterey Bay Birding Festival.
    
    UPCOMING TRIPS with spaces available:
    
    OCT 6 MTY with Scott & Linda Terrill, Nick Levendosky, Jim Holmes, Alex Rinkert, Debi Shearwater.
    OCT 7 HMB with Steve Hampton, Christian Schwarz, Jim Holmes, Debi Shearwater.
    OCT 13 MTY with Alex Rinkert, Nick Levendosky, Scott & Linda Terrill, Debi Shearwater.
    OCT 21 MTY with Alex Rinkert, Nick Levendosky, Jim Holmes, Debi Shearwater.
    
    All of the October trips will endeavor to head to Santa Cruz County!
    
    Reservations: email me: debi@... .
    
    Rare seabirds that have been found during the month of October include: Wedge-tailed Shearwater (twice), Great-winged Petrel, Streaked Shearwater, White-chinned Petrel, Parkinsons Petrel, Short-tailed Albatross, Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel, Swallow-tailed Gull, and Thick-billed Murre. Most of these records were found on Shearwater Journeys trips.
    
    Shearwater Journeys has twice set a world record of finding eight species of shearwaters in one day on October trips!
    
    October is a great time to get out there!
    
    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. 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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  11. 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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  13. 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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  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. Ventura pelagic trip report - 15 July 2018; multiple megas! LINK
    DATE: Jul 20, 2018 @ 7:32am, 3 month(s) ago
    I am finally getting a trip report out from Sunday's pelagic trip out of Ventura with Island Packers. We had some exceptional birds and photos of several storm-petrels have revealed that we had better birds than we knew. I will not go in to exhaustive detail of every segment of the trip, but will hit the highlights.
    
    We left Ventura on the Island Adventure and headed across the channel to Anacapa Island. Although there has not been any boobies on Anacapa yet in 2018, we had to look anyway and were stunned to find a Nazca Booby sitting on top of the arch! The bird sat there and preened in front of us for 20 minutes before we moved on. This is just the second Ventura County record (of a live bird) and one of less than 20 for California and North America. The day can't get any better than that...right Well maybe it did. We continued along the south shore of Anacapa Island where we found an American Oystercatcher in a place where we have seen them on past trips. Another California rarity and still before 9 am. You are welcome Logan.
    
    We then headed south of the islands to the areas we have been exploring on recent July trips. There were impressive numbers of Sooty and Pink-footed Shearwaters along the majority of the route and while riding a steep contour line to the south, the first scream of "Cook's Petrel!!" rang out for the day. Another was screamed out soon thereafter, but these first two were elusive and not seen by many. This is when the trip leader starts sweating bullets, but not to worry as we hit a steady stream of Cook's Petrels eventually getting some close passes and even small groups sitting on the water. Our ride south was littered with petrels and shearwaters. We also found a few late Scripps's Murrelets that Captain Jimmy expertly crept up on and allowed everyone on board to get great looks.
    
    After just crossing back into Ventura County waters, we found a large flock of storm-petrels sitting on the water (100+) that we crept up on. As we approached the flock a storm-petrel passed closely across the bow that I yelled out so the people in the bow could get on it. I shot a few photos since it was close and the verdict from the bow at the time was a dark-rumped Leach's Storm-Petrel. I will come back to this bird later. The flock flushed as we approached and the birds dispersed quickly. While the flock was primarily Ashy and Black Storm-Petrels, a small bird with a big white rump was seen briefly by only a few people before it disappeared. Some captured this bird in their photos of the flock and later analysis and consultation with experts proved it to be a Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel! This is only the 14th record for the state, but most of the boat including myself did not see it. Thankfully some managed to get photos. While going through my photos of the flock, I found an apparent Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel that also eluded detection.
    
    As we continued on we had more storm-petrels including a few Townsend's, and a steady stream of shearwaters and the occasional Cook's Petrel. Several Long-tailed Jaegers and a South Polar Skua were also highlights. We eventually turned east and headed towards Santa Barbara Island to check the status of Brown Boobies at this little visited island. After running across several more Cook's Petrels that were farther east than we have ever seen in the region, we were several miles off the island when someone on the boat shouted "booby!" While I expected to see our first Brown Booby of the day, I was shocked to see a large white booby flying straight for the boat...our second Nazca Booby of the day!! Second record for Santa Barbara County and a very happy cadre of SBCo listers. The island did not disappoint as we had 50 Brown Boobies at Sutil Rock with several pairs exhibiting courting behavior. Hard to believe this species was rare in the region until just a few years ago. Upon leaving the island we started our slog back to Ventura against the swell and although the birds dropped off late in the day, we did have stellar looks at several Long-tailed Jaegers. Other birds seen throughout the day included Northern Fulmar, Black-vented Shearwater, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Cassin's Auklet, Common Murre, Rhinoceros Auklet, Pigeon Guillemot, Sabine's Gull, Red Phalarope, and Red-necked Phalarope.
    
    After getting home and not looking at any of my photos until Monday, I found my photos of the storm-petrel that crossed our bow and nearly had a heart attack. The camera captures what the eye can't see in an instant, and the photos revealed a stocky storm-petrel with a deeply forked tail, pale rump and back, bright carpal bars, and a contrastingly dark head. The field marks suggested this bird was likely a Markham's or a Tristram's Storm-Petrel. Upon consulting with a few experts who are familiar with these species, the responses came back overwhelmingly that the bird in question was a Tristram's Storm-Petrel! If accepted, this would be the first record of a free-flying bird in North American waters. We saw one on a 2007 July trip that was rejected by the CBRC, and two have been captured in mist nets on the Farallon Islands in recent years. I already posted a photo on Facebook and will cross post it to several lists. Our team will work up a submission to the CBRC.
    
    This was an amazing trip and we could not do it without the unwavering support of Island Packers and their staff. Joel Barrett and his passion for birds makes these trips happen on their end and we could not do it without him. Captain Jimmy McWaters handled the boat and got us on birds like the seasoned expert he is. Thanks also go out to Leanne Kleinsmith and Sam the whale man for their support to passengers throughout the day. Our leaders/spotters did a spectacular job finding birds and getting people on them all day so special thanks to Todd McGrath, Adam Searcy, Peter Gaede, Hugh Ranson, Wes Fritz, and Bernardo Alps.
    
    Our next scheduled trip is Oct 6, 2018 although we are discussing a chase trip out to the area where we had Cook's Petrels and storm-petrels. If we can get something scheduled I will announce it out to the listserves. Stay tuned.
    
    Dave Pereksta
    Ventura, CA
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  21. 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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  23. May 20th San Diego Pelagic Trip report LINK
    DATE: May 27, 2018, 5 month(s) ago
    The full trip report for the May 20th San Diego pelagic birding trip is now up on our website, sandiegopelagics.com. Highlights included a distant Manx Shearwater, over 100 Scripps's Murrelets, a Black-footed Albatross, and a late Common Murre. It's not too late to sign-up for our next trip, which is on Sunday June 10th. Additional information about the trip can be found on our website. Reservation instructions are in the Reservations link in the menu bar at the top of the homepage.
    See you on the boat!
    Bruce Rideout and Dave Povey San Diego Pelagics Buena Vista Audubon 
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  25. cruiseship May7-8: Hawaiians, Murphy's, Laysans, Leach's glut, Bank Swallow, overall numbers LINK
    DATE: May 9, 2018 @ 7:45am, 5 month(s) ago
    On
    May 7-8, we were southbound on the “Emerald Princess” on our
    12-day round-trip
    from Los Angeles to southeast Alaska and back. Some highlights
    from the last
    couple days and the trip overall: Southbound
    saw a continuation of mostly light winds (except for the final
    afternoon) that
    has been typical of this spring (and which typically reduces
    the numbers of
    pterodromas seen) and we also “lost” several hours off n. CA
    due to dense fog. Overall
    numbers of pelagics this spring in the OFFSHORE zone where
    cruise-ships run
    seem OK for some species and clearly down for some others.
    Continuing a trend now
    for the second year, between southern California and southern
    British Columbia,
    number of most alcids seem WAY down (especially Common Murres
    and Cassin’s
    Auklets, but also including Rhinos), as definitely do the
    numbers of
    phalaropes. The
    past two days: May
    7: very light winds and flat seas off Del Norte and Humboldt =
    a good count of
    1150 Leach’s Storm-Petrels (1100 in HUM). Also, the usual
    moderate-sized pod of
    N. Right Whale Dolphins I see on most cruises off Cape
    Mendocino. Earlier in
    the day, off Oregon, we had 2 Murphy’s Petrels, 1 Laysan, and
    a good spring
    count of 20 Long-tailed Jaegers. May
    8: Hawaiian
    Petrel:   2 together 69
    km off southern
    San Luis Obispo County (closest point of land) although due
    west of Santa
    Maria, SBA. Murphy’s
    Petrel: 1 was 66 km off southern San Luis Obispo County Laysan
    Albatross:   1 seen 74
    km off San Mateo
    County (in the dense fog…) BANK
    Swallow:   not exactly
    one’s typical
    pelagic fare, 1 was 69 km off southern San Luis Obispo Co.   (We also had a Tree
    Swallow a couple days
    earlier 200 km off Vancouver Island; where also many flocks of
    northbound
    puddle ducks far offshore.)   I
    am now turning around, on the same ship, and doing a “quick”
    repositioning trip
    for three days up to Victoria/Vancouver. We are supposed to
    have a good deal of
    wind on this trip! --Paul
    Lehman,   San Diego  
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  27. Morro Bay pelagic trip - 14 October LINK
    DATE: Sep 20, 2017 @ 3:33pm, 1 year(s) ago
    Birders -
    
    There are still spaces available for the Morro Coast Audubon October 14 boat trip out of Morro Bay. Weather permitting, our goal will be to reach the Santa Lucia Bank.  It is crunch time for this trip in that if we do not get enough participants to sign up in the next few days we may need to cancel or risk losing our deposit.  Please email Mike Stiles at < mstiles@... > if you are interesting in going. Or if you have already contacted Mike, please mail back your information and check.
    The cost is $122 for an 8-hour trip out of Morro Bay, which is a pretty good value relative to most trips offshore. Species that we can expect on this trip are Pink-footed and Buller’s Shearwaters, Black-vented and Sooty Shearwaters, Parasitic and Pomarine Jaegers, Red and Red-necked Phalaropes, Cassin’s and Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murre, and Sabine’s Gull. Also a good possibility are both South Polar Skua and Flesh-footed Shearwater, and with luck, we may see Black-footed Albatross, Manx Shearwater, Ashy Storm-Petrel, Tufted Puffin, or even a Great Shearwater or something else totally unexpected.
    There are not many opportunities to take a fall pelagic trip off San Luis Obispo County, especially during October, so for those out there hoping for San Luis Obispo County birds, this trip will provide a good chance for new county birds. This trip is closer is comparatively inexpensive and we still have the ability to attract birds by chumming! Master chummer West Fritz will be attracting birds to the boat and one of the leaders . The other leaders will be Curtis Marantz, Peter Geade, and Tom Edell.
    Again, if you are interested, please email Mike Stiles at < mstiles@... > today !
    
    Tom Edell Cayucos, CA
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  29. Sensational Seabirding: Sep 15 LINK
    DATE: Sep 15, 2017 @ 8:57pm, 1 year(s) ago
    Howdy, Birders,
    
    Shearwater Journeys’ pelagic trip departing from Half Moon Bay today turned out to be very surprising and quite sensational with multiple mixed species feeding frenzies. We began the day with some tough seas and weather although it was entirely doable. By spending a lot of time along the jetties in the harbor area, we tallied the following rocky shorebird species: BLACK OYSTERCATCHER, RUDDY and BLACK TURNSTONES, SURFBIRD, WANDERING TATTLER, SANDERLING, and WHIMBREL. We observed 10 banded BROWN PELICANS.
    
    Just outside of the harbor, we found a feeding flock of about 90,000 SOOTY SHEARWATERS, as if this might be the “best” flock of the day— not! A flock of 450 COMMON MURRE dads with chicks were actively calling back and forth.One MARBLED MURRELET and 3 HARBOR PORPOISE were along the beach zone.
    
    We made our way slowly offshore toward the edge of the Continental Shelf break, crossing a barren zone of “dirty” green water. One of the first sightings was of three storm-petrels sitting on the sea: 2 ASHY STORM-PETRELS and 1 WILSON’S STORM-PETREL. Shortly afterward, a FORK-TAILED STORM-PETREL flew into the wake. We encountered many small flocks of RHINOCEROS AUKLETS, but only one CASSIN’S AUKLET for the entire day! Four BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES and 5 NORTHERN FULMARS were around, too.
    
    In the distance, we could see complete pandemonium — thousands of PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS, many HUMPBACK WHALES, a herd of 175 PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHINS with 2 NORTHERN RIGHT WHALE DOLPHINS in the mix. More humpbacks, and smaller flocks of BULLER’S SHEARWATERS were sitting on the sea. We estimated that at least 5000 Pink-footed Shearwaters were in view, some actively feeding and some sitting on the sea.
    
    Peter Pyle spotted a possible GREAT SHEARWATER in one such flock. I saw the Great Shearwater for a few seconds before it took flight with the flock. We would have preferred a much better view, but I’m certain (and not surprised) it was a Great Shearwater. To be honest, we simply had too many shearwaters to sift through. It was mind-boggling to be sure. I spotted another couple ASHY STORM-PETRELS and another FORK-TAILED STORM-PETREL was found. Two SOUTH POLAR SKUAS and POMARINE, PARASITIC and LONG-TAILED JAEGERS added to the mix. The only terns were COMMON/ARCTIC TERNS offshore.
    
    Heading for home, everyone relaxed and enjoyed the seas as it was laying down nicely. We thought we’d had a great day, but boy, were we in for a surprise! The best was yet to come— imagine the blows, tail flukes, backs and open mouths of some 46 more HUMPBACK WHALES, 500+ CALIFORNIA SEA LIONS, and 3275 more PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS gorging on anchovies! As many as 16 humpback blows were in the air at the same time. It was unnerving and sensational at all levels. The sea lions were driving the anchovies which we could see on the fish finder. The whales and shearwaters followed on the butts of the sea lions. For the first time in my life, I saw anchovy-green whale poo! We were surrounded by a biomass of marine life the likes of which few have ever witnessed.
    
    Finally, we carried on our way to the harbor, working on numbers for the checklists, and checking photos. So, we almost missed the TUFTED PUFFIN spotted by our first mate.
    
    Today, we recorded 7275 PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS which is the highest count I’ve had this season and in many years. About 250-300 BULLER’S SHEARWATERS were tallied, highest count for the season to date. We estimated some 76 HUMPBACK WHALES and over 1000 CALIFORNIA SEA LIONS were observed.
    
    To say it was a “great day” would be an understatement. Many, many thanks to the birders, both local and from far away, who joined us. Thanks to leaders Christian Schwarz and Peter Pyle and friends who helped out in many ways, Tom and Beth Hamel and Jim Chiropolos.
    
    We are heading out from Half Moon Bay again, tomorrow. A couple of spaces are available. We meet at 7 a.m. The marine forecast is for excellent seas and weather. We are hoping to spot more storm-petrels and murrelets tomorrow. It should be a good day for those species. And, we intend to catch an albacore!
    
    Living the Salt Life and SeaBirding for Science,
    Debi Shearwater
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 42 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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