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   Elegant Tern
Elegant Tern
Thalasseus elegans


   Elegant Tern (Thalasseus elegans) - ELTE (recent eBird sightings, view CBRC records, range map
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  1. Elegant Terns again this spring in Central CA LINK
    DATE: May 3, 2017 @ 8:38pm, 4 month(s) ago
    Hi folks     Interestingly, once again Elegant Terns are showing up and displaying way up here in the central part of the state. They showed up in the last few days of April in Monterey-Santa Cruz, and made it to San Mateo – Marin by May 1. They are calling, displaying and generally acting as if it was Baja California around here. The last couple of seasons that this has happened the water was extremely warm down south, they were exploring to the north perhaps looking for alternative breeding sites, and eventually they went south again. During the very warm water years in Baja the last few seasons, a sizeable number (most) have moved up to breed in Southern California, rather than the food depleted areas that were too hot for them in Baja. This year there was a warm burst in the Sea of Cortez, and now it seems to be closer to the norm. I am not sure how things are going on there right now. In any case, it strikes me as odd that the Elegants are once again coming up here in spring to scout. It makes me wonder if the behavior has gotten “entrapped” in some individuals and that in the end it could mean they may find a nesting site somewhere around here at our latitude       This is the eBird map for Elegant Tern in the last couple of months: http://ebird.org/ebird/map/eleter1neg=true&env.minX=&env.minY=&env.maxX=&env.maxY=&zh=false&gp=false&ev=Z&mr=3-5&bmo=3&emo=5&yr=cur   By the way, tons of Bonaparte’s are around coastally as well, I would say much more than usual.   good birding, Alvaro   Alvaro Jaramillo alvaro@... www.alvarosadventures.com  
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  3. San Diego Pelagic May 21st, 2017 LINK
    DATE: Apr 30, 2017, 4 month(s) ago
    The first spring pelagic for Buena Vista Audubon and Grande
    Sportfishing is on May 21st. This is a 12hr. trip departing from San Diego Bay.
    We plan to visit the waters over the Nine Mile Bank, San Diego Trough, and the
    Thirty Mile Bank. The entire trip will be in U.S. waters, largely San Diego
    County, but we may cross briefly in to Los Angeles County waters.
    Some of the
    expected species are Pink-footed, and Sooty Shearwaters; Black, Ashy, and
    Leach's Storm Petrels; Brown Booby; Red and Red-necked Phalarope; Pomarine and
    Parasitic Jaeger; Scripps's Murrelet; Cassin's Auklet; Sabine's Gull; and Least,
    Common, and Elegant Terns.
    Some of the possible species include Black-footed
    Albatross, Northern Fulmar, Black-vented Shearwater, Red-billed Tropicbird, South
    Polar Skua, Common Murre, Long-tailed Jaeger, and Arctic Tern. This is the peak
    of the spring migration and often gives us a surprise or two, sometimes
    including land and shorebirds. Marine mammals are also expected, and may
    include several species of whales and dolphin. You should get some excellent
    photo opportunities on this trip. More trip details are available on our website www.sandiegopelagics.com .
    The regular price is $105. We have an "EARLY BIRD" Special at $95
    which ends TODAY, Sunday April 30th. Call Point Loma Sportfishing at 619
    223-1627 seven days a week to reserve your spot onboard.
    
    I hope to see you out there,
    
    Dave Povey Dulzura
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  5. Albacore fishing and migratory seabirds LINK
    DATE: Sep 29, 2016, 11 month(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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  7. Pelagic Trips: Sep 23, 24, 25 & Upcoming Trips LINK
    DATE: Sep 29, 2016, 11 month(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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  9. Monterey Pelagic Trip Report 9/15/16 LINK
    DATE: Sep 17, 2016 @ 6:55pm, 11 month(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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  11. Trip Report Monterey Seabirds 9/11/16 LINK
    DATE: Sep 13, 2016 @ 5:05pm, 11 month(s) ago
    Hello Everyone- Here is the most recent pelagic report from Monterey Seabirds
    Trip Report 9/11/16 by Don Glasco: Nearshore Species (Monterey Harbor to Pt Pinos) Northern Pintail, Brandt’s Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Brown Pelican, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Black Turnstone, Heermann’s Gull, Western Gull, California Gull, Common Tern, Elegant Tern, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Belted Kingfisher, Peregrine Falcon, Barn Swallow, Pigeon Guillemot   Pelagic Species (beyond Pt Pinos – Monterey County) Black-footed Albatross, Northern Fulmar, Sooty Shearwater, Pink-footed Shearwater, Black-vented Shearwater, Red-necked Phalarope, Red Phalarope, Pomarine Jaeger, Parasitic Jaeger, Long-tailed Jaeger, Common Murre, Cassin’s Auklet, Rhinoceros Auklet, Sabine’s Gull   Here are the eBird lists: http://ebird.org/ebird/sharedsubID=UzMxNTI1NzU0&s=t http://ebird.org/ebird/sharedsubID=UzMxNTI2OTgw&s=t http://ebird.org/ebird/sharedsubID=UzMxNTI2OTY2&s=t http://ebird.org/ebird/sharedsubID=UzMxNTI3OTAz&s=t http://ebird.org/ebird/sharedsubID=UzMxNTI4ODM3&s=t http://ebird.org/ebird/sharedsubID=UzMxNTMwNzYy&s=t http://ebird.org/ebird/sharedsubID=UzMxNTM1NTcw&s=t http://ebird.org/ebird/sharedsubID=UzMxNTM1NTc5&s=t http://ebird.org/ebird/sharedsubID=UzMxNTM1NDEz&s=t http://ebird.org/ebird/sharedsubID=UzMxNTM4MzEy&s=t   Trips Available for the remainder of 2016: September 15 th  7:30am-3:30pm (with Wisebirding) $110 per person October 1 st  7:30am-3:30pm  $110 per person October 9 th  7:30am-3:30pm  $110 per person October 15 th  7:30am-3:30pm  $110 per person October 23 rd  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 Thanks,
    Katlyn Taylor
    Monterey Seabirds
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    Katlyn Taylor
    Marine Biologist
    Monterey Bay Whale Watch
    971-322-8425
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  13. Recent San Diego Pelagic Trip LINK
    DATE: Aug 28, 2016, 12 month(s) ago
    The San Diego pelagic on Aug. 21, 2016 started off with the unusual target of an albino cormorant that had been reported on the bait docks the previous week. We found and photographed the bird on the barrier around the submarine base, and what an unusual sight it was – a pure white Brandt’s Cormorant. We were also successful with our more traditional targets, getting good looks at CRAVERI'S MURRELETS, which was a life bird for several birders on board.We counted 10 on the day, which was quite good for the windy conditions. Other species of note included LEACH'S STORM-PETRELS, with perhaps twenty five for the trip. The majority were dark-rumped or intermediate white-rumped chapmani subspecies, but a couple of bright white-rumped birds had us looking at photos for possible Townsend's or Wilson's Storm-Petrels. These were likely the nominate Leach's Storm-Petrels. Although we had no Brown Boobies on the channel buoys, we did manage to get several farther offshore, which was another target bird for several of our participants. A bit of good news on the seabird reproduction front, Black-vented Shearwaters appear to have done well this year as we saw good numbers on bright fresh plumaged birds I take to be birds of the year.All clearly thriving on this year’s mass of Northern Anchovy locally.Sea surface temps were 69-73 mostly 70 degrees.
    Partial species list offshore:
    Pink-footed Shearwater67 Sooty Shearwater
    
    7 Black-vented Shearwater
    
    750 Leach's Storm-Petrel (chapmani) 25 Leach's Storm-Petrel (leucorhoa)
    
    2 Ashy Storm-Petrel
    
    3 Black Storm-Petrel
    
    110 Brown Booby
    
    4 Red-necked Phalarope
    
     40 CRAVERI'S MURRELET
    
     10 Cassin's Auklet
    
    1 Common Tern
    
    12 Elegant Tern
    
    108
    
    Dave Povey Dulzura
    
    The next BVAS / Grande trip is Sept 25th and only has 9 spots left; call 619 223-1627 to reserve your spot.
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  15. Bar-tailed Godwit - Stinson Beach LINK
    DATE: Aug 15, 2016 @ 4:11pm, 1 year(s) ago
    This morning we got a late start which we regretted as we slogged through San Francisco’s morning commute on 19 th Avenue.  Arriving at the Bolinas Lagoon around 10am we first stopped along Highway 1 at the harbor seal pull-out
    and observed the BAR-TAILED GODWIT at quite a distance across the lagoon.  We then moved to Dipsea Road, Stinson Beach, which is in the private Seadrift Community.  They are graciously allowing birders access.  The security guard at the kiosk will tell you
    where the bird is being seen.  Please be polite and thank them for allowing birders access.  We drove to 199 Dispea and parked across the street from the house.  The Bar-tailed Godwit was very close feeding amongst many Elegant Terns.  Wow what a beautiful
    bird!  Thanks to Peter Pyle for getting the news out.  Leonie Batkin Ron Thorn    
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  17. juvenile shorebird arrivals, and Baja seabird breeders LINK
    DATE: Jul 18, 2016 @ 1:03pm, 1 year(s) ago
    Two unrelated topics:
    
    Many birders pay close attention to the arrival dates of the first
    
    juvenile shorebirds of many species, although some species get less
    
    attention given that ageing them in the field may not always be so easy
    
    (e.g., Long-billed Curlew, Marbled Godwit) or somehow they otherwise
    
    escape below the radar. Certainly the first juveniles of some of the
    
    southern (Great Plains and Intermontane West) breeders have started
    
    returning the past several days (e.g., Long-billed Curlew, Willet,
    
    Wilson's Phalarope), several taiga-breeders are likely soon to follow
    
    (e.g., several very slightly-early juvenile Least Sandpipers were
    
    reported here in San Diego yesterday), and the first
    
    taiga-tundra-breeders (e.g., Semipalmated and Western Sandpipers,
    
    Short-billed Dowitcher, Red-necked Phlarope) should be appearing within
    
    the next week or so. One species for which accurate juvenile arrival
    
    dates MIGHT not exist for many regions is Greater Yellowlegs, and I'd
    
    like to report what seems like an early arriving juv. Greater here in
    
    San Diego today, July 18. Seems that arrival dates for juv. Lessers are
    
    better known (first few days in August). The earliest arrival date of a
    
    juv. Greater that I know of in Santa Barbara County is also the first
    
    week of August, and such a date here in San Diego County may be
    
    unknown. Any thoughts Same is true for arrival dates of things like
    
    juvenile Whimbrels, Black Turnstones, Surfbirds, Solitary Sandpipers,
    
    and Wandering Tattlers--less so juv. Semipalmated and Black-bellied
    
    Plovers and Red Knots, though still not aged as often as are the peep
    
    and dowitchers. Anyone care to tackle a juvenile Wilson's Snipe!
    
    Alvaro J. posted some thoughts a couple days ago about yet another
    
    failed year of breeding by Heermann's Gulls and Elegant Terns off s.
    
    Baja earlier this season, but that Brown Pelicans are doing better. Yes,
    
    young Heermann's are essentially absent so far this year in southern CA
    
    as well, but many of those southerly Elegant Terns have, again, shifted
    
    their breeding north, with somewhere in the neighborhood of 30,000+
    
    pairs currently nesting on south San Diego Bay. And judging (very
    
    UN-scientifically) from the large numbers of almost-fledged young
    
    standing around the colony edge, they seem to have done pretty well. I
    
    also heard a rumor that not long after this year's nesting failures in
    
    Mexico that large schools of baitfish finally did appear in the
    
    Gulf--but too late for those species there this year. But hopefully that
    
    portends better luck in 2017. It has now been three years in a row of
    
    almost total failure down there of some species.
    
    --Paul Lehman, San Diego
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  19. Heermann's Gull, Elegant Terns - thoughts from central coast LINK
    DATE: Jul 15, 2016 @ 7:28pm, 1 year(s) ago
    Hi all,    I am keeping my eye on the classic coastal Baja/SoCal breeders: Brown Pelican, Heermann’s Gull, Elegant Tern here in Half Moon Bay. It looks like another disaster of a season for the gull, it seems that they have failed for a third year in a row in their breeding as there are NO juveniles being seen up here. The difference this year locally is the abundance of Heermann’s Gulls, we are seeing twice the number we usually see here. There is a sprinkling of third cycle individuals, maybe 1-2%, and today I saw my first second cycle birds of the season (2 in approximately 800 individuals). This is a lot of failure, so much so that next season there will almost be no immatures of any age in the flocks, and that is unbelievable to me. Essentially the entire species will be made up of adult birds. Brian Sullivan reported that the small colony in Monterey County was nesting and apparently doing well this year.    Elegant Terns did something weird this year, they came in during late April early May scouting around here and then left. I gather they were looking for places to breed after leaving Baja as conditions were not good there, and most bred in Southern California. So far, the first few are starting to trickle in here which is later than usual. Typically by the first few days of July we are seeing numbers, it looks like this time around they are about two weeks late. I assume this is because of the time lost looking for places to breed, as they vacated Baja in spring     Brown Pelican, they look ok to me. Lots of juveniles around, but it will be good to get the actual colony numbers. So, we are still seeing effects of warm water (low food), particularly in Baja. I assume this means that we will have another good year for Craveri’s Murrelet, Black Storm Petrels, on pelagics. We shall see. Here in the central coast we have good cold water close to shore, and a strong gradient to warm water once you get out past about 30 miles offshore. We have not had the gradient like this for a couple of years. We are heading out tomorrow, and the Pt. Sur Clipper is heading out of Monterey tomorrow to deep water, so we will get our first look at what is going on out there.   Good birding Alvaro Alvaro Jaramillo alvaro@... www.alvarosadventures.com  
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  21. San Diego Pelagic 12 June 2016 LINK
    DATE: May 31, 2016, 1 year(s) ago
    The next and last spring 2016 Buena Vista Audubon San Diego pelagic is Sunday June 12th,out of Point Loma Sportfishing Landing, San Diego Bay . This is a 12 hour trip and will visit the 9 and 30 Mile Banks aboard the 85 ft." Grande". Expected species are Pink-footed, Sooty, and Black-vented Shearwaters, Black, Ashy, and Leach's Storm-Petrels, Brown Booby, Red-necked Phalaropes, Scripps's Murrelet, Cassin's Auklet, and Elegant Tern. Also possible are Black-footed Albatross, Red-billed Tropicbird, Red Phalarope, South Polar Skua, Pomarine and Parasitic Jaegers, and Common Tern.
    Surprises are always hoped for. Last year it was Buller's Shearwaters, a Wilson's Storm-Petrel, two Least Storm-Petrels, and 20 Craveri's Murrelets, all extraordinarily early. What might we find this year A Least Storm-Petrel has already been seen this spring, and the water remains slightly warmer than normal. We expect to see marine mammals each trip. We had a close in Blue Whale on the May's trip. Fin, Humpback, and Minke Whales have been seen locally this spring. Bottle-nosed, Risso's and Common Dolphin are possible. I hope you'll join us. The regular trip price is $105 ( a mere $8.75/hr.). Call
    
    619 223-1627 ask for the June 12 th. Grande
    
    bird trip.
    
    Dave Povey www.sandiegopelagics.com .
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  23. Re: [CALBIRDS] MAS Seawatch Report LINK
    DATE: Nov 17, 2015 @ 1:47pm, 2 year(s) ago
    Hi Ed et al.
    The seawatch is being conducted from Point Pinos in Pacific Grove, at the south end of Monterey Bay. It is certainly open to all, so please stop by and visit with Tony. The hourly counts are being reported to eBird here:
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L109309
    
    Thanks
    
    Brian
    
    On Tue, Nov 17, 2015 at 12:24 PM, edstonick edstonick@... [CALBIRDS] <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
     
    Where is this sea watch taking place Is it accessible to other birders 
    
    Ed Stonick
    Pasadena
    
    Sent on the new Sprint Network from my Samsung Galaxy S®4.
    
    -------- Original message --------
    From: "B Matheson gypaetusbarbatus@... [CALBIRDS]"
    Date:11/17/2015 9:58 AM (GMT-08:00)
    To: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com
    Subject: [CALBIRDS] MAS Seawatch Report
    
     
    The MAS Seawatch Program now enters its third week. In our first two weeks under Tony Leukering's leadership, we have recorded 94,063 individual seabirds. Thus far our more numerous species of interest have totaled: SURF SCOTER (27,192); CASSIN'S AUKLET (9,193); BONAPARTE'S GULL (1,484); COMMON MURRE (2,525); HEERMAN'S GULL (5,325); BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER (24,804); ELEGANT TERN (1,359) and BROWN PELICAN (4,376).
    
    -- ===========Brian L. SullivaneBird Project Leader www.ebird.orgPhoto EditorBirds of North America Onlinehttp://bna.birds.cornell.edu/BNA-------------------------------
    
    
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  25. RE: [CALBIRDS] MAS Seawatch Report LINK
    DATE: Nov 17, 2015 @ 12:24pm, 2 year(s) ago
    Where is this sea watch taking place Is it accessible to other birders 
    
    Ed Stonick
    Pasadena
    
    Sent on the new Sprint Network from my Samsung Galaxy S®4.
    
    -------- Original message --------
    From: "B Matheson gypaetusbarbatus@... [CALBIRDS]"
    Date:11/17/2015 9:58 AM (GMT-08:00)
    To: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com
    Subject: [CALBIRDS] MAS Seawatch Report
    
     
    The MAS Seawatch Program now enters its third week. In our first two weeks under Tony Leukering's leadership, we have recorded 94,063 individual seabirds. Thus far our more numerous species of interest have totaled: SURF SCOTER (27,192); CASSIN'S AUKLET (9,193); BONAPARTE'S GULL (1,484); COMMON MURRE (2,525); HEERMAN'S GULL (5,325); BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER (24,804); ELEGANT TERN (1,359) and BROWN PELICAN (4,376).
    
    
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  27. MAS Seawatch Report LINK
    DATE: Nov 17, 2015 @ 9:58am, 2 year(s) ago
    The MAS Seawatch Program now enters its third week. In our first two weeks under Tony Leukering's leadership, we have recorded 94,063 individual seabirds. Thus far our more numerous species of interest have totaled: SURF SCOTER (27,192); CASSIN'S AUKLET (9,193); BONAPARTE'S GULL (1,484); COMMON MURRE (2,525); HEERMAN'S GULL (5,325); BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER (24,804); ELEGANT TERN (1,359) and BROWN PELICAN (4,376).
    
    PACIFIC LOON, perhaps the major focus of the effort, now totals 8,283. Notably the week over week daily increase from Nov. 7 (69) to Nov. 14 (3221) was 4600% and confirms we are entering the heart of that migration.
    
    Interesting scarce species have included BLACK SCOTER (10), LONG-TAILED DUCK (1), MANX SHEARWATER (3), SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER (6), CACKLING GOOSE (106), GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE (3).
    
    Rarities of consequence have included: BROWN BOOBY, ROYAL TERN (2) and GUADALUPE MURRELET.
    
    Come see us at the Point!
    
    Blake Matheson
    President, Monterey Audubon
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  29. San Diego pelagic trip Sunday results, incl. 2800 Least Storm-Petrels LINK
    DATE: Oct 13, 2015 @ 7:25pm, 2 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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