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   Cook's Petrel (Pterodroma cookii) - COOP (recent eBird sightings, view CBRC records, range map
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  1. revised (upward) cruise-ship totals: 5 Short-tld Albatrosses, 187 Mottled Petrels, 8 Cook's, 45 Laysans LINK
    DATE: Dec 2, 2017 @ 8:29am, 9 day(s) ago
    The numbers I posted yesterday (01 Dec) for the "Star Princess"
    
    cruise-ship transect off OR (and earlier CA) were low, for the entire
    
    group; and careful, constantly-scoping birders added a lot more
    
    individuals for some species. So the "final" totals for the day for the
    
    more interesting species were:
    
    Short-tailed Albatross: 5  (all first-year and one probable
    
    second-year), including 3 together
    
    Laysan Albatross:  44  (all-time high from any birding boat Perhaps
    
    higher in past on one or two NOAA cruises)
    
    Mottled Petrel:  187  (crazy numbers once the first bird was seen off
    
    Newport)
    
    Cook's Petrel:  8  (as far north as off Tillamook)
    
    Buller's Shearwater:  3
    
    Views of a bunch of the albatrosses and many Mottleds were spectacular,
    
    and undoubtedly many full-frame photos will be posted with the
    
    appropriate eBird reports in a couple days or so.
    
    Alas, I am told that the return sailing southbound on the STAR PRINCESS
    
    two weeks from now from Vancouver to Los Angeles is FULL.
    
    --Paul Lehman,  San Diego
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  3. an epic cruise-ship day: 5 Short-tld Albatrosses, 91 Mottled Petrels, 4 Cook's, 18 Laysans LINK
    DATE: Dec 1, 2017 @ 5:20pm, 10 day(s) ago
    A slow Nov 30th off California (MTY to SON) aboard a northbound Princess
    
    cruise-ship from Los Angeles to Vancouver was highlighted by a mere 2
    
    LAYSAN Albatrosses, 3 Buller's Shearwaters, lots of fulmars, and single
    
    Fork-tailed, Leach's, and Ashy Storm-petrels. But Dec 1st, spent
    
    entirely off the Oregon coast from northern Curry Co. to the WA border
    
    was phenomenal, with 5 SHORT-TAILED ALBATROSSES (off Curry and Coos and
    
    Lincoln Cos.)--all young birds and 3 together associated with a single
    
    fishing boat, where many photos taken; a total of 91 MOTTLED PETRELS
    
    (from off Newport northwards), with many birds at point-blank distance
    
    from the ship and a bazzilion photos taken (and some people had even
    
    higher counts), with the last couple birds before dark being seen just
    
    inside Washington waters; at least 4 COOK'S PETRELS, very rare in OR
    
    waters and occurring well north up the coast as far as off Tillamook
    
    Co.; a very high count of 18 LAYSAN ALBATROSSES (including a single
    
    flock of 7 and flock of 5); and 2 BULLER'S SHEARWATERS (getting late).
    
    If anyone is interested in trying for some of these birds, the same
    
    Princess ship ("Star Princess")  is returning southbound from Vancouver
    
    to L.A. two weeks from now. Maybe some of them will have shifted south
    
    into CA waters by then.....
    
    --Paul Lehman
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  5. Ventura pelagic trip report - 16 July 2017, Cook's Petrels, Craveri's Murrelets, and more! LINK
    DATE: Jul 20, 2017 @ 5:21pm, 5 month(s) ago
    Hi all
    
    On Sunday July 16, Island Packers hosted a 12-hour pelagic trip from the Ventura Harbor. With a favorable forecast, our goal was to go southwest to waters west and south of San Nicolas Island. Upon leaving the Ventura Harbor, our first destination was Anacapa Island where we would look for boobies, shearwaters, and some of the local nesting species we were not likely to see farther offshore. En route we encountered several flocks of shearwaters feeding around dolphin schools that included numbers of Black-vented (which were earlier in the season than expected), Sooty, and a few Pink-footed Shearwaters. We also saw two Common Murres in this area, which was nearly all we saw of that species for the day. As we worked the flocks of shearwaters looking for something uncommon or rare, shouts of BOOBY! rang out. The feeding activity in the area attracted two Brown Boobies. One took off quickly, but the other stayed for extended looks and great photo ops as it flew right past the boat several times. After the booby left, we worked the shore of Anacapa Island where we saw numbers of Pigeon Guillemots and other breeders including a few Black Oystercatchers.
    
    From Anacapa Island we headed west to several underwater features and the Anacapa Passage where there were large flocks of the common shearwaters and a variety of other species including Northern Fulmar, Cassin's Auklet, and Rhinoceros Auklet; all of which allowed close views. After thoroughly checking this area, we headed south and west to the waters west of San Nicolas Island. We had a steady trickle of birds (shearwaters, Cassin's Auklets, Red-necked Phalaropes, etc.) along our route highlighted by several South Polar Skuas, Ashy and Black Storm-Petrels, Scripps's Murrelets, and the first of our 45 +/-Craveri's Murrelets seen on the day. Yes...45 Craveri's Murrelets!! Not a typo. The thrill of the day followed soon after as we were looking at a blue whale; a gray bird with an "M" pattern across its back and clean white undersides zipped through our view, which led to simultaneous cries of COOK'S PETREL!! This was the first we have seen off southern California since 2010. Traversing that area led to us finding several more Cook's and a variety of other life, including a fin whale.
    
    Crossing the deep waters south of San Nicolas yielded more Cook's Petrels, several dozen Craveri's Murrelets, a Black-footed Albatross, and three loggerhead turtles. The turtles were a rare treat as we almost never see them on our pelagic trips. I shared our sightings with NOAA today and they informed me that loggerheads have increased in the Southern California Bight over the last few years (perhaps due to warmer water), so maybe we will start to see more of them. From San Nicolas we plotted our course north back to Ventura where wecontinued to see a variety of birds throughout the rest of the day including another Brown Booby, Red Phalarope, Black and Ashy Storm-Petrels, and the usual pelagic species. In addition to the great diversity of birds, we saw three species of whales, mako shark, blue shark, mola mola, two swordfish, a very cooperative northern fur seal, and a variety of dolphins and pinnipeds. We encountered so much wildlife on this trip that it felt like someone had left the zoo door open. Remarkable day at sea!
    
    I would like to thank the people that made this trip such a success including the captain and crew from Island Packers. Captain Jimmy McWaters did an incredible job getting us views of all the wildlife, which occasionally included speeding after skuas and petrels. He was as enthusiastic as we were and really worked with us to get to the areas we wanted to explore. Joel Barrett balanced his duties on the boat with spotting birds all day. His enthusiasm for doing these trips should ensure that we will continue to have pelagic trips running to the areas around and beyond the northern Channel Islands. He and I are talking about a number of options for exploring some areas that birders are drooling to get to on a day trip...stay tuned! I also want to thank the leaders we had on board including Bernardo Alps, Wes Fritz, Peter Gaede, Dan Maxwell, Todd McGrath, Hugh Ranson, and Adam Searcy. These guys work tirelessly all day spotting birds and helping participants get on the species they are looking for...all while having fun and sharing their great depth of knowledge on seabirds and other creatures of the deep.
    
    We have a 10-hour trip scheduled for Oct 7 so check out Island Packers website if you are interested in joining us. Trips can be booked over the phone by calling (805) 642-1393 or online at www.IslandPackers.comby clicking the Reserve Trip tab, select the Special Trips tab, and select your desired departure. The cost of the Oct trip is $170 per person.
    
    Also check out our "Southern California Pelagic Bird Trips" Facebook page.Later this evening, I will post this trip report with a number of photos from Sunday.
    
    Cheers
    
    Dave Pereksta
    Ventura, CA
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  7. Pelagic trip out of Ventura with Island Packers on July 16 LINK
    DATE: Jun 30, 2017, 6 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 16. 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 south 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 Red-billed Tropicbird, Least Storm-Petrel, Leach's Storm-Petrel,
    Townsend's Storm-Petrel, Guadalupe Murrelet and Craveri's Murrelet. Research trips that have traversed the area south of the Channel Islands
    this spring have recorded a few rare species including a Nazca Booby
    and Cook's Petrels. 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 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 (several were seen out of San Diego last week so they are around), 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.comby 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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  9. San Diego Pelagic June 11 LINK
    DATE: Jun 1, 2017 @ 5:02pm, 6 month(s) ago
    The next San Diego Pelagics/Buena Vista Audubon offshore
    adventure is Sunday June 11, 2017. Just two weeks away.This is a 12-hour
    trip departing at 6 a.m. from Point Loma Sportfishing Landing in San Diego Bay.
    Cost is $105.We will be heading out to the Nine and 30 Mile Banks, where
    expected species include Pink-footed and Sooty Shearwaters; Black, Ashy and
    Leach's Storm-Petrels; Brown Booby; Elegant, Common, and Least Terns; and Cassin's
    Auklets.Possible species include Black-footed Albatross, N. Fulmar,
    Black-vented Shearwater, Red-billed Tropicbird,Red and Red-necked
    Phalaropes, South Polar Skua, Pomarine Jaeger, and Scripps's Murrelet.The
    last two years we have had early Craveri's Murrelets on this trip. The recent
    May 21st. trip had the secondcounty record for Cook's Petrel (the other
    record is from June 13, 1997). Could this be the "right" time of year
    for that speciesLast year's June trip also got good looks at a
    Red-billed Tropicbird. I've always liked the mid May to mid June time periodfor
    South Polar Skua. Who knows what might show up!For details and past trip
    reports go to www.sandiegopelagics.com.
    
    I hope you will join us. Call (619) 223-1627 to make your
    reservation.
    
    Dave Povey Dulzura
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  11. cruise pelagic 3 May: 5 Hawaiians, 7 Murphy's, 2 Laysans LINK
    DATE: May 4, 2017 @ 5:08am, 7 month(s) ago
    A cruise-ship pelagic with ca. 20 birders aboard the "Coral Princess"
    
    between Los Angeles and Vancouver was between southern Monterey and
    
    central Mendocino Counties on 3 May. Highlights included:
    
    HAWAIIAN PETREL: total of 5, with excellent views and photos (1 San
    
    Mateo, 2 San Francisco, 2 Mendocino)
    
    MURPHY'S PETREL: total of at least 7, ditto views/photos (1 Monterey, 2
    
    San Francisco, 1 Marin, 3 Mendocino)
    
    LAYSAN ALBATROSS: total of 2 (San Mateo, Mendocino)
    
    But zero Cook's Petrels, following two April cruises with moderate
    
    numbers in virtually every county traversed during daylight.
    
    Also, a flock of 7 Arctic Terns in Monterey and still good numbers for
    
    spring of both Fork-tailed and Leach's Storm-Petrels along most of route.
    
    Lost a few hours of the day to dense fog, mostly in AM.
    
    Paul Lehman, San Diego
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  13. April 23-24 cruise-ship off CA: 3 HAWAIIAN, 21 MURPHY'S, 38 COOK'S PETREL; 3 LAYSAN; FORK-TAILED STORM-PETREL incursion LINK
    DATE: Apr 24, 2017 @ 11:43am, 8 month(s) ago
    A Holland America "repositioning" cruise from San Diego to Vancouver,
    
    departing 22 April with some 30 birders on board, was off central
    
    California on 23 April and off northwest California for part of 24
    
    April. Highlights included:
    
    23 April (fair, windy):
    3 Hawaiian Petrel (1 SLO, 2 SF)
    
    4 Murphy's Petrel (4 SF)
    37 Cook's Petrel (8 SBA, 17 SLO, 5 MTY, 2 SM, 5 SF)
    
    38 Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel including 4 in SLO where they are rare; good numbers in all other countries.
    2 Laysan Albatross (MTY)
    1 Long-tailed Jaeger (SF)
    
    24 April (overcast); morning only before reaching Oregon:
    HUM: 1 Cook's, 11 Murphy's, 1 Laysan, 1 LT Jaeger
    DN: 6 Murphy's
    
    --Paul Lehman (and Barbara Carlson), San Diego
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  15. cruise-ship April 8th: GREAT Shearwater, 77 Cook's, 9 Murphy's, 13 Laysans, early 2 L-t Jaegers LINK
    DATE: Apr 9, 2017 @ 5:21am, 8 month(s) ago
    A Princess cruise from Los Angeles to Vancouver with about 15 birders
    
    aboard had the following species off California between s. Monterey and
    
    Mendocino Counties on 8 April:
    
    GREAT SHEARWATER: 1 (right off bow in southern San Francisco County;
    
    photo obtained)
    
    Laysan Albatross: 11 (1 MTY, 4 SF, 2 MRN, 1 SON, 3 MEN)
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 9 (1 MTY, 5 SM, 1 SF, 1 MRN, 1 MEN)
    
    Cook's Petrel: 77 (well spread all entire route; 28 MTY, 33 SM, 13 SF,
    
    1 SON, 2 MEN)
    
    Long-tailed Jaeger: 2 (very () early arriving adults: 1 off MTY and 1
    
    off SF())
    
    Also:
    
    Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel: 1 southerly off MTY
    
    Leach's Storm-Petrel: 4 (scattered)
    
    Misc totals: B-f Albatross: 27, N. Fulmar: 45, Sooty Shearwater: 475
    
    (arriving), Pink-footed Shearwater: 35
    
    Red-necked Phalarope: already 200 have arrived along entire route, on
    
    time or slightly early for moderate numbers
    
    Sabine's Gull: 105 (fairly well spread out; would have been "early"
    
    just a few years ago, but no longer)
    
    alcids: very low numbers
    
    Brown Booby: 1 (adult in Port of Los Angeles on 7 Apr as we departed)
    
    --Paul Lehman, San Diego
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  17. 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
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    (4): 36.1827x-122.5630 - May 4, 2016, 7:33 AM
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    (5): 36.3443x-122.7072 - May 4, 2016, 8:11 AM
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    (6): 36.4694x-122.8023 - May 4, 2016, 8:38 AM
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    (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
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    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
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    (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
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    (18): 38.1549x-123.9958 - May 4, 2016, 2:32 PM
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    (19): 38.2723x-124.0544 - May 4, 2016, 2:57 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 2:57 PM
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    (22): 38.6986x-124.2448 - May 4, 2016, 4:27 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 4:27 PM
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    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
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    (31): 42.6747x-124.9332 - May 5, 2016, 7:59 AM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 7:59 AM
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    Date: May 5, 2016, 9:00 AM
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    Date: May 5, 2016, 2:34 PM
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    Date: May 5, 2016, 3:00 PM
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    Date: May 5, 2016, 3:59 PM
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    Date: May 5, 2016, 4:28 PM
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    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
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    Date: May 5, 2016, 5:57 PM
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    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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  19. cruise-ship off CA, May 3rd LINK
    DATE: May 6, 2016 @ 8:40am, 2 year(s) ago
    Over 25 birders were aboard a Holland America cruise-ship between San
    
    Diego and Vancouver, May 2-4. On May 3rd, we were off CA from southern
    
    San Luis Obispo County to southern Mendocino County--with mostly light
    
    winds. What a difference a week makes...this time only ONE Cook's Petrel
    
    (plus only 1 Murphy's and 0 Hawaiian) off CA. The light winds may have
    
    played a role, but clearly the numbers of Cook's had dropped way off
    
    from the previous week when 170 were seen. We did have a dozen Murphy's
    
    the following day (May 4) off Oregon and s. Washington, as well as some
    
    Parakeet Auklets just north of the CA border, plus Laysan, late-ish
    
    Ancient Murrelet(s), another early-ish South Polar Skua, etc. Overall
    
    numbers of birds offshore were largely rather lackluster both days.
    
    Highlights in CA waters on May 3 were:
    
    Laysan Albatross: 3 (singles in MTY, SM, and SON/MEN)
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 1 (only 1, off s. MEN)
    
    Cook's Petrel: 1 (only 1, off s. MEN)
    
    Ashy Storm-Petrel: 7 (all off s. MEN)
    
    Great Egret: 1 (flying in from west, some 60 km off MTY...)
    
    South Ploar Skua: 1 (slightly early, off MTY)
    
    Scripps's Murrelet: 8 (4 pairs--1 off SLO, 1 off MTY, and 2 off SM)
    
    Tufted Puffin: 1 (off SF)
    
    Eurasian Collared-Dove: 1
    
    --Paul Lehman (and fellow crew), San Diego
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  21. cruise-ship pelagics off CA, May 3rd LINK
    DATE: May 6, 2016 @ 11:37am, 2 year(s) ago
    Over 25 birders were aboard a Holland America cruise-ship between San
    Diego and Vancouver, May 2-4. On May 3rd, we were off CA from southern
    San Luis Obispo County to southern Mendocino County--with mostly light
    winds. What a difference a week makes...this time only ONE Cook's Petrel
    (plus only 1 Murphy's and 0 Hawaiian) off CA. The light winds may well have
    played a role, but clearly the numbers of Cook's had dropped way off
    from the previous week when 170 were seen. We did have a dozen Murphy's
    the following day (May 4) off Oregon and s. Washington, as well as some
    Parakeet Auklets just north of the CA border, plus Laysan, late-ish
    Ancient Murrelet(s), another early-ish South Polar Skua, etc. Overall
    numbers of birds offshore were largely rather lackluster both days.
    
    A Princess ship the very next day (May 4) in the same waters had more wind and more pterodromas off n. CA!!
    I'll let folks on that boat summarize their findings.
    
    Our highlights in CA waters on May 3 were:
    
    Laysan Albatross: 3 (singles in MTY, SM, and SON/MEN)
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 1 (only 1, off s. MEN)
    
    Cook's Petrel: 1 (only 1, off s. MEN)
    
    Ashy Storm-Petrel: 7 (all off s. MEN)
    
    Great Egret: 1 (flying in from west, some 60 km off MTY...)
    
    South Ploar Skua: 1 (slightly early, off MTY)
    
    Scripps's Murrelet: 8 (4 pairs--1 off SLO, 1 off MTY, and 2 off SM)
    
    Tufted Puffin: 1 (off SF)
    
    Eurasian Collared-Dove: 1
    
    --Paul Lehman (and fellow crew), San Diego
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  23. cruise highlights: 170 Cook's, 13 Murphy's, 1 Hawaiian, 4 Laysans LINK
    DATE: Apr 28, 2016, 2 year(s) ago
    About 18 birders were aboard a Holland America sailing from San Diego to
    
    Vancouver from April 23-26. Strong head winds and seas off California
    
    and southern Oregon meant we had a slow down and ran late, and ended up
    
    with more time in several CA counties, less in others. Was mostly about
    
    40 miles offshore. April 24 was from west of San Miguel Is. in Santa
    
    Barbara Co. to very southern San Mateo Co. (brief, before dusk). April
    
    25 was from central Mendocino Co. to Curry Co. OR. Highlights were a
    
    good showing of 170 Cook's Petrels, seen in numbers in every CA county
    
    traversed in daylight up to extreme southern Humboldt. The total of a
    
    dozen Murphy's was lower than the past couple years, with by far the
    
    best views off Humboldt, Del Norte, and Curry. The single Hawaiian
    
    (Dark-rumped) Petrel was distant. Four Long-tailed Jaegers. On April 26
    
    we were off Washington and had 10 Parakeet Auklets, plus a Laysan and a
    
    dozen Long-tailed Jaegers. Overall, numbers and diversity well offshore
    
    were rather sub-par.
    
    APRIL 24
    
    SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 2
    
    Hawaiian (Dark-rumped) Petrel: 1
    
    Cook's Petrel: 31
    
    SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY
    
    Laysan Albatross: 2
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 1
    
    Cook's Petrel: 31
    
    Arctic Tern: 1
    
    MONTEREY COUNTY
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 1
    
    Cook's Petrel: 75
    
    SAN MATEO COUNTY
    
    Cook's Petrel: 12
    
    APRIL 25
    
    MENDOCINO COUNTY
    
    Cook's Petrel: 20
    
    Ashy Storm-Petrel: 1
    
    HUMBOLDT COUNTY
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 4
    
    Cook's Petrel: 1 (northernmost bird of trip was SW of Punta Gorda)
    
    Arctic Tern: 3
    
    DEL NORTE COUNTY
    
    Laysan Albatross: 1
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 3
    
    Long-tailed Jaeger: 3
    
    CURRY COUNTY, OR
    
    Laysan Albatross: 1
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 2
    
    -- Paul Lehman, San Diego
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  25. cruise highlights: 170 Cook's, 13 Murphy's, 1 Hawaiian, 4 Laysans LINK
    DATE: Apr 28, 2016, 2 year(s) ago
    About 18 birders were aboard a Holland America sailing from San
    Diego to Vancouver from April 23-26. Strong head winds and seas off California
    and southern Oregon meant we had a slow down and ran late, and ended up
    with more time in several CA counties, less in others. Was mostly about
    40 miles offshore. April 24 was from west of San Miguel Is. in Santa
    Barbara Co. to very southern San Mateo Co. (brief, before dusk). April
    25 was from central Mendocino Co. to Curry Co. OR. Highlights were a
    good showing of 170 Cook's Petrels, seen in numbers in every CA county
    traversed in daylight up to extreme southern Humboldt. The total of a
    dozen Murphy's was lower than the past couple years, with by far the
    best views off Humboldt, Del Norte, and Curry. The single Hawaiian
    (Dark-rumped) Petrel was distant. Four Long-tailed Jaegers. On April 26
    we were off Washington and had 10 Parakeet Auklets, plus a Laysan and a
    dozen Long-tailed Jaegers. Overall, numbers and diversity well offshore
    were rather sub-par.
    
    APRIL 24
    
    SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 2
    
    Hawaiian (Dark-rumped) Petrel: 1
    
    Cook's Petrel: 31
    
    SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY
    
    Laysan Albatross: 2
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 1
    
    Cook's Petrel: 31
    
    Arctic Tern: 1
    
    MONTEREY COUNTY
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 1
    
    Cook's Petrel: 75
    
    SAN MATEO COUNTY
    
    Cook's Petrel: 12
    
    APRIL 25
    
    MENDOCINO COUNTY
    
    Cook's Petrel: 20
    
    Ashy Storm-Petrel: 1
    
    HUMBOLDT COUNTY
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 4
    
    Cook's Petrel: 1 (northernmost bird of trip was SW of Punta Gorda)
    
    Arctic Tern: 3
    
    DEL NORTE COUNTY
    
    Laysan Albatross: 1
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 3
    
    Long-tailed Jaeger: 3
    
    CURRY COUNTY, OR
    
    Laysan Albatross: 1
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 2
    
    -- Paul Lehman, San Diego
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  27. pterodromas, 2 Manx, Sabine's LINK
    DATE: Apr 11, 2016 @ 8:55am, 2 year(s) ago
    This morning, Monday, I did a two-hour seawatch at La Jolla, and despite
    
    overall numbers and diversity being mediocre, I did see 2 MANX
    
    SHEARWATERS fly by together, quite close to shore--the only shearwaters
    
    I saw all morning. Also 13 Black Storm-Petrels--which are just slightly
    
    early in the season for La Jolla, but seemingly regular locally offshore
    
    the past few years starting already at the end of March. And lastly
    
    there was a single SABINE'S GULL feeding just offshore with a bunch of
    
    Bonies, which just a few years ago I would have said was early for being
    
    in CA waters--but no longer! Especially after last year's late March
    
    cruise-ship run a bunch of us did from Los Angeles to Vancouver, during
    
    which we had some 300+ Sabine's, including plenty as far north as off
    
    Washington state. Another cruise-ship run from Los Angeles to Vancouver
    
    took place just ten days ago with several birders aboard (not me)--from
    
    31 March to 3 April--and it recorded several flocks of Sabine's, as well
    
    as ca. 6 MURPHY'S PETRELS (5 in CA waters), 2 COOK'S PETRELS (both in CA
    
    waters), Laysan Albatross, as well as several PARAKEET AUKLETS in Oregon
    
    waters.
    
    --Paul Lehman, San Diego
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  29. pelagic cruise: 9 Cook's Petrels, Parakeet Auklets, Flesh-foot, Skuas, Sperm Whales LINK
    DATE: Oct 27, 2012 @ 7:57pm, 5 year(s) ago
    During the past three days, several birders rode the Holland America cruise ship
    "Zaandam" from Vancouver/Victoria non-stop to San Diego. On 25 October we were
    off from about Eugene OR to Cape Mendocino, and on 26 October we were from off
    Monterey to sw of San Miguel Island. Typically between 30-53 miles offshore.
    Unfortunately we traversed the very productive waters off WA and northern OR and
    between Mendocino and Santa Cruz at NIGHT. Boo hoo!  Here's a list of what was
    seen.  Abbreviations:  DN=Del Norte, HUM=Humboldt, MTY=Monterey, SLO=San Luis
    Obispo, SBA=Santa Barbara.
    
    Greater Scaup: 5  (2 were 27 miles off s. OR and 3 were 37 miles off DN)
    
    Pacific Loon:  1  (40 mi off s. DN)
    
    Common Loon:  1  (off OR)
    
    LAYSAN ALBATROSS: 1  (off Douglas Co., OR)
    Black-footed Albatross:  33
    Northern Fulmar:  580  (clearly, it is a good year for fulmars!)
    COOK'S PETREL:  9 (flock of 8 ca. 48 mi. off Trinidad, HUM @ 41 12.28, 125
    01.49; one ca. 47 mi. WSW of Pt. Piedras Blancas, SLO--unless MTY wants to claim
    these waters! @ 35 33.52, 122 11.33)
    Pink-footed Shearwater:  88
    FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER:  1  (MTY; 36 02.32, 122 32.19)
    Buller's Shearwater:  41  (20 off OR; 18 off DN and HUM; 3 off SBA)
    SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER:  1  (SBA; 34 35.00, 121 30.32)
    Sooty Shearwater:  145  (also 2700 off WA in previous days, which is lots for so
    late in season)
    Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel:  3  (OR; low)
    
    Leach's Storm-Petrel:  2  (SLO/SBA; low)
    storm-petrel sp.:  2
    Brown Pelican:  3  (up to 41 mi offshore in SBA) 
    
    Red-necked Phalarope:  1  (SLO)
    Red Phalarope:  285
    SABINE'S GULL:  1 (MTY;  getting late)
    Bonaparte's Gull:  1  (40 mi off Pt St. George, DN)
    
    Western Gull:  2
    
    Herring Gull:  3
    
    California Gull:  615
    ARCTIC TERN:  2  (single adults in MTY and SBA; getting late)
    SOUTH POLAR SKUA:  6  (3 DN, 1 HUM, 2 MTY)
    Pomarine Jaeger:  61
    LONG-TAILED JAEGER:  5  (MTY; single flock 45 mi offshore; getting late)
    
    Common Murre:  9
    PARAKEET AUKLET:  7  (flock of 6 off s. OR; 1 seen 27.5 mi W of Cape Mendocino,
    HUM @ 40 25.52, 124 58.52)
    
    Cassin's Auklet:  120
    Rhinoceros Auklet:  39
    Merlin:  1  (SBA; 34 mi W of San Miguel Island)
    Cedar Waxwing:  1  (SBA; 45 mi W of Point Conception)
    European Starling:  15  (SBA;  single flock 39 mi W of San Miguel Island!)
    American Pipit and Western Meadowlark:  1, 1  (off MTY)
    
    "Brewer's-type" Blackbird:  1 (MTY; would have liked to have seen better, as
    Rusty a possibility....)
    
    All three such spring and fall cruises we've taken on the same route have also
    been excellent for marine mammals, with--on each--good numbers of Humpback
    Whales, smaller numbers of Blue and Fin Whales, several beaked whales on each
    trip, Orcas, lots of various species of porpoises and dolphins, and, on this
    trip, great looks at 15+ SPERM WHALES off HUM @ 41 07.00, 125 02.10.
    
    --Paul Lehman and Barbara Carlson,  San Diego
    
    
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