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  1. 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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  3. JOUANIN'S PETREL: A FIRST RECORD FOR NORTH AMERICA LINK
    DATE: Apr 11, 2018 @ 9:05pm, 6 month(s) ago
    Howdy, CalBirders,
    
    JOUANIN’S PETREL: FIRST NORTH AMERICAN RECORD:
    
    Today I learned that the “mystery” petrel briefly observed and photographed during the Saturday, September 12, 2015 Shearwater Journeys’ offshore albacore trip has been accepted by the California Bird Records Committee as a JOUANIN’S PETREL ( Bulweria fallax ). This record represents the first accepted record of this north-west Indian Ocean seabird for North America.
    
    This was a sold out trip accompanied by leaders: Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Alex Rinkert, Mary Gustafson, Rick Fournier, and Debi Shearwater. In addition, Will Brooks (a leader) was on board as a “regular” along with his father, Jim Brooks. Expert seabirder, Fabio Olmos from Brazil was on board, along with many keen local and out-of-state seabirders: Cooper Scallan, Doug Koch, Bryan Hix, Paul Fenwick, Chris Hartzell, Hillary White, Peder Svingen, Peter Haines, and others. Our captain this day was John Klusmire whose experience with Debi dates back to the mid-1980’s.
    
    Ace leader, Alex Rinkert, first spotted the petrel and called it a “Bulwer’s Petrel” from the stern of the boat which was a pretty darned good call. As the petrel circled the vessel toward the bow, Scott Terrill and I had a view as it crossed to the other side. However, having seen quite a few Bulwer’s Petrels (including the first record for North America on another of our Monterey Bay trips some years ago), I was immediately convinced that this bird was not a Bulwer’s Petrel, based on size alone. The sighting was in Santa Cruz County, based on using “nearest point of land” and at a depth of only 200 fathoms. This species occurs in shallow waters within its normal range.
    
    It should be noted that an extremely warm water “river” occurred along the north coast, off Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay during this period. The presence of warm water by itself was not so much a factor, as the fact that it smashed into a front of significantly cold water. It was this frontal zone that produced the food for seabirds. (It’s all about food.) Indeed, only 3 days later, we found a WHITE-CHINNED PETREL on our September 15, 2015 Half Moon Bay trip. That petrel flew in and sat on the water for 45 minutes— birders seemed to become bored with it!
    
    Much discussion ensued following the sighting of the September 12 petrel. Eventually, Scott Terrill and I put together all of the details we could muster— including many (not-so-great) photos which became known as “the petrel package.” This was circulated to some of the top world seabirders. David Ainley, Peter Harrison and Hadoram Shirihai responded independently and immediately that they judged the petrel to be a JOUANIN’S PETREL!
    
    Finally, the package went to the CBRC and they made a concurring diagnosis. Of course, any first record for North America requires a laborious vetting, but especially so with seabirds which often present the most fleeting of views.
    
    So, although we had a very good number of images, I would not particularly call any of them “great.” I will try to put up a post on my blog with some of these images. I will post about that when it becomes available.
    
    Subsequent to our first record, nine months later (June 2016) a petrel captured during mist netting at Santa Cruz Island (southern California) was identified as a Jouanin’s Petrel. It may or may not have been the same individual we saw in September 2015.
    
    Jouanin’s Petrel occurs widely offshore in the Arabian Sea and Gulfs of Aden and Oman, where it is the commonest pelagic seabird. It has showed up as a vagrant off Australia, Kenya, Seychelles, Saudi Arabia, and other places. BirdLife lists this species as Near Threatened. There are about 4 records for Hawaii.
    
    If you’d like to read an interesting and fun tale about Jouanin’s Petrels, I recommend this article by my friend, Bob Flood:
    http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/Scilly_Pelagics_Jouanins_Petrels.aspxs_id=746315633
    
    HISTORY OF OFFSHORE MONTEREY ALBACORE TRIPS:
    
    The “albacore, offshore Monterey” pelagic trip was invented by Debi Shearwater back in 1983. During the 1980’s albacore, a type of tuna, regularly occurred off Monterey Bay. Reports from fishermen of incredible seabird activity prompted me to begin offering these 12 hour trips. The purpose of this trip was to present a wholistic approach to enjoying marine life. To that end, we endeavored to search for key seabirds, including Craveri’s, Scripps’s, and Guadalupe Murrelets; blue and Baird’s Beaked whales; and to catch albacore, the “cadillac” of the tunas. We never dreamed these trips would turn out to produce so many incredible seabird records. Even though the albacore changed their migration pattern and rarely occur off Monterey nowadays, we continue to operate albacore trips. These trips always sell out in advance.
    
    Other rare, or very uncommon seabirds we have discovered on Shearwater Journeys’ past albacore trips have included: Laysan Albatross; Cook’s and Hawaiian Petrels; Streaked, Flesh-footed, Greater, and Manx Shearwaters; Least and Leach’s Storm-Petrels; Red-billed and Red-tailed Tropicbirds; Brown Booby; Craveri’s, Scripps’s, and Guadalupe Murrelets. This is a spectacular trip for jaegers, often encountering over 100 in one day! We almost always have a “grand slam” on Pomarine, Parasitic, and Long-tailed Jaegers, Long-tailed being the most commonly sighted. It is the single best trip to see South Polar Skua.
    
    Our September 9, 2017 Albacore trip indeed found all of the jaegers, South Polar Skua; Guadalupe, Scripps’s, and Craveri’s Murrelets, and many of the “regular” fall species. Northern Waterthrush and American Redstart were “bonus” birds.
    
    OUR UPCOMING ALBACORE: OFFSHORE MONTEREY TRIPS:
    SUN. SEP. 9
    SAT. SEP. 15
    
    See our complete schedule for 2018:
    http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.html
    
    Past trip reports:
    Oct. 6, 2001 with STREAKED SHEARWATER and Black-throated Gray Warbler:
    http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/ag011006.html
    Sep. 15, 2002 with 42 LONG-TAILED JAEGERS and murrelets:
    http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/020913.html
    Sep. 10, 2006 with ten FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATERS and 1500+ Buller’s Shearwaters:
    http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/ag060910.htm
    Sep. 13, 2008 with 7000 ASHY STORM-PETRELS:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2008/09/shearwater-birthday-birding-sep-13-2008.html
    Sep. 12, 2009 with 24 COOK’S PETRELS and one HAWAIIAN PETREL:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2009/09/trip-report-sep-12-2009-monterey.html
    
    I gratefully thank all of the leaders and especially, the participants from near and far —representing 14 different states in the USA and Canada and Brazil. Without you , the participants, we have nothing. Special thanks to the many photographers on board who sent their images, and to the reviewers who worked on this amazing record.
    
    Now check that box!
    What’s next
    Still discovering first North American records after 40 years of trips!
    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. JOUANIN'S PETREL: A FIRST RECORD FOR NORTH AMERICA LINK
    DATE: Apr 11, 2018 @ 9:04pm, 6 month(s) ago
    Howdy, CalBirders,
    
    JOUANIN’S PETREL: FIRST NORTH AMERICAN RECORD:
    
    Today I learned that the “mystery” petrel briefly observed and photographed during the Saturday, September 12, 2015 Shearwater Journeys’ offshore albacore trip has been accepted by the California Bird Records Committee as a JOUANIN’S PETREL ( Bulweria fallax ). This record represents the first accepted record of this north-west Indian Ocean seabird for North America.
    
    This was a sold out trip accompanied by leaders: Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Alex Rinkert, Mary Gustafson, Rick Fournier, and Debi Shearwater. In addition, Will Brooks (a leader) was on board as a “regular” along with his father, Jim Brooks. Expert seabirder, Fabio Olmos from Brazil was on board, along with many keen local and out-of-state seabirders: Cooper Scallan, Doug Koch, Bryan Hix, Paul Fenwick, Chris Hartzell, Hillary White, Peder Svingen, Peter Haines, and others. Our captain this day was John Klusmire whose experience with Debi dates back to the mid-1980’s.
    
    Ace leader, Alex Rinkert, first spotted the petrel and called it a “Bulwer’s Petrel” from the stern of the boat which was a pretty darned good call. As the petrel circled the vessel toward the bow, Scott Terrill and I had a view as it crossed to the other side. However, having seen quite a few Bulwer’s Petrels (including the first record for North America on another of our Monterey Bay trips some years ago), I was immediately convinced that this bird was not a Bulwer’s Petrel, based on size alone. The sighting was in Santa Cruz County, based on using “nearest point of land” and at a depth of only 200 fathoms. This species occurs in shallow waters within its normal range.
    
    It should be noted that an extremely warm water “river” occurred along the north coast, off Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay during this period. The presence of warm water by itself was not so much a factor, as the fact that it smashed into a front of significantly cold water. It was this frontal zone that produced the food for seabirds. (It’s all about food.) Indeed, only 3 days later, we found a WHITE-CHINNED PETREL on our September 15, 2015 Half Moon Bay trip. That petrel flew in and sat on the water for 45 minutes— birders seemed to become bored with it!
    
    Much discussion ensued following the sighting of the September 12 petrel. Eventually, Scott Terrill and I put together all of the details we could muster— including many (not-so-great) photos which became known as “the petrel package.” This was circulated to some of the top world seabirders. David Ainley, Peter Harrison and Hadoram Shirihai responded independently and immediately that they judged the petrel to be a JOUANIN’S PETREL!
    
    Finally, the package went to the CBRC and they made a concurring diagnosis. Of course, any first record for North America requires a laborious vetting, but especially so with seabirds which often present the most fleeting of views.
    
    So, although we had a very good number of images, I would not particularly call any of them “great.” I will try to put up a post on my blog with some of these images. I will post about that when it becomes available.
    
    Subsequent to our first record, nine months later (June 2016) a petrel captured during mist netting at Santa Cruz Island (southern California) was identified as a Jouanin’s Petrel. It may or may not have been the same individual we saw in September 2015.
    
    Jouanin’s Petrel occurs widely offshore in the Arabian Sea and Gulfs of Aden and Oman, where it is the commonest pelagic seabird. It has showed up as a vagrant off Australia, Kenya, Seychelles, Saudi Arabia, and other places. BirdLife lists this species as Near Threatened. There are about 4 records for Hawaii.
    
    If you’d like to read an interesting and fun tale about Jouanin’s Petrels, I recommend this article by my friend, Bob Flood:
    http://www.rarebirdalert.co.uk/v2/Content/Scilly_Pelagics_Jouanins_Petrels.aspxs_id=746315633
    
    HISTORY OF OFFSHORE MONTEREY ALBACORE TRIPS:
    
    The “albacore, offshore Monterey” pelagic trip was invented by Debi Shearwater back in 1983. During the 1980’s albacore, a type of tuna, regularly occurred off Monterey Bay. Reports from fishermen of incredible seabird activity prompted me to begin offering these 12 hour trips. The purpose of this trip was to present a wholistic approach to enjoying marine life. To that end, we endeavored to search for key seabirds, including Craveri’s, Scripps’s, and Guadalupe Murrelets; blue and Baird’s Beaked whales; and to catch albacore, the “cadillac” of the tunas. We never dreamed these trips would turn out to produce so many incredible seabird records. Even though the albacore changed their migration pattern and rarely occur off Monterey nowadays, we continue to operate albacore trips. These trips always sell out in advance.
    
    Other rare, or very uncommon seabirds we have discovered on Shearwater Journeys’ past albacore trips have included: Laysan Albatross; Cook’s and Hawaiian Petrels; Streaked, Flesh-footed, Greater, and Manx Shearwaters; Least and Leach’s Storm-Petrels; Red-billed and Red-tailed Tropicbirds; Brown Booby; Craveri’s, Scripps’s, and Guadalupe Murrelets. This is a spectacular trip for jaegers, often encountering over 100 in one day! We almost always have a “grand slam” on Pomarine, Parasitic, and Long-tailed Jaegers, Long-tailed being the most commonly sighted. It is the single best trip to see South Polar Skua.
    
    Our September 9, 2017 Albacore trip indeed found all of the jaegers, South Polar Skua; Guadalupe, Scripps’s, and Craveri’s Murrelets, and many of the “regular” fall species. Northern Waterthrush and American Redstart were “bonus” birds.
    
    OUR UPCOMING ALBACORE: OFFSHORE MONTEREY TRIPS:
    SUN. SEP. 9
    SAT. SEP. 15
    
    See our complete schedule for 2018:
    http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.html
    
    Past trip reports:
    Oct. 6, 2001 with STREAKED SHEARWATER and Black-throated Gray Warbler:
    http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/ag011006.html
    Sep. 15, 2002 with 42 LONG-TAILED JAEGERS and murrelets:
    http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/020913.html
    Sep. 10, 2006 with ten FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATERS and 1500+ Buller’s Shearwaters:
    http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/ag060910.htm
    Sep. 13, 2008 with 7000 ASHY STORM-PETRELS:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2008/09/shearwater-birthday-birding-sep-13-2008.html
    Sep. 12, 2009 with 24 COOK’S PETRELS and one HAWAIIAN PETREL:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2009/09/trip-report-sep-12-2009-monterey.html
    
    I gratefully thank all of the leaders and especially, the participants from near and far —representing 14 different states in the USA and Canada and Brazil. Without you , the participants, we have nothing. Special thanks to the many photographers on board who sent their images, and to the reviewers who worked on this amazing record.
    
    Now check that box!
    What’s next
    Still discovering first North American records after 40 years of trips!
    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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  7. 10/16 Monterey Seabirds trip report-Scripps's, Guadalupe Murrelets, Flesh-foot, and other goodies LINK
    DATE: Oct 17, 2017 @ 2:01pm, 1 year(s) ago
    All,    Monterey Seabirds ended our pelagic season with an incredible tour of Monterey County yesterday.  This hearty and patient bunch of birders was a great group to be with for the day.  Everyone aboard was eager to run far offshore to get to a strong temperature break and it paid off.
      First, we had to get there.  Inside the Monterey Bay, we encountered BULLER'S, PINK-FOOTED, SOOTY and BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS.  One probable Short-tailed shearwater got away before a positive identification.  NORTHERN FULMAR (13) and BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS were encountered farther out.  We enjoyed great studies of POMARINE (7) and PARASITIC JAEGER.
      Conditions far from shore were calm and glassy.  We enjoyed the near t-shirt weather.
      A Skua slam was rounded out with a LONG-TAILED JAEGER when we got into deeper water.  SOUTH POLAR SKUA (7) were out in the deeper water as well.
      It took some patience to get to the warmer water as we hit a spell of very few birds for a while. One of two YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS landed on the boat and helped us pass the time. 
      Water temperatures quickly jumped from mid/upper 50s to mid 60s as we hit the temperature break. This is where we found the first pair of GUADALUPE MURRELETS (4 total). Two more were found well south of the first two.  While tracking the second pair, a pair of SCRIPPS'S MURRELETS (2) were also found.  Eight SABINE'S GULLS flew south during our time in the warm zone.
      Four more MURRELET SPP. got away when we got closer to shore.
      Icing for our cake Yes please!  A single FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER gave us distant but satisfying looks with gorgeous views of the Big Sur coast as background. 
      Also seen during the trip were several offshore COMMON LOON as well as RED-THROATED LOON.
      We enjoyed a stunning sunset with HUMPBACK WHALES, PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED and NORTHERN RIGHT WHALE DOLPHINS in the foreground.  BLUE SHARK (4) and Mola mola were found at various times during the epic journey.
      I owe a huge thanks to all of our participants this season.  I also have a deep gratitude for all of our spotters this year.  An extra thanks goes out to Dorian Anderson for spotting on so many of our trips and for finding most of our Tufted Puffins this season!
      Looking forward to next season!
      Photos will be posted soon to our facebook page as well as the eBird lists. Here's one:
    ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39979385  
    https://www.facebook.com/montereyseabirdtours/  
    
    Good birding to all,
    
    Mark Kudrav
    Pacific Grove
    Monterey Seabirds
    
      
      
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  9. 9/30 Monterey Seabirds Pelagic-Flesh-footed Shearwaters and more LINK
    DATE: Sep 30, 2017, 1 year(s) ago
    All,    Monterey Seabirds had a fantastic pelagic out of Monterey today.  The trip took a Sacramento Audubon charter out through both Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties today 9/30. 
      Spotters Dorian Anderson, Fred Hochstaedter, Peter Metropolis, and Francis Toldi put in an incredible day's work and cannot be thanked enough.
      Oddly, our only COMMON TERN was spotted by Fred before we even got on the boat in Monterey Harbor.  Upon boarding, we tracked it down for a few extra looks. 
      PINK-FOOTED, SOOTY and BULLER'S SHEARWATERS occurred today in both Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties.  I haven't yet finished eBirding our totals, but the BULLER'S SHEARWATER total was probably near a couple hundred, many of which were in Santa Cruz or very near the county line. 
      Upon arrival into Santa Cruz Co., there was a great frenzy of feeding marine animals of all kinds.  Sorting through one group of about a dozen HUMPBACKS and sea lions, Fred called a great bird, "FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER!"  Our captain motored off and we chased it for a while until we caught up with it resting on the water.  At that point, it became a bit unclear whether there were two birds or just one.  At any rate, another FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER was seen miles north of that location in the vicinity of some BLUE WHALES.  Confidently, we can say we had two, though some folks may have had a third.  I believe some reasonable photos of the Flesh-footeds were obtained and will post them soon.
      Before leave Santa Cruz Co. , Dorian spotted a TUFTED PUFFIN sitting on the water. 
      Upon returning into Monterey Co., Peter spotted the first ASHY STORM-PETRELS and we turned up about ten more as we motored back towards Monterey.
      Jaegers also made for a good show.  We had both POMARINE and PARASITIC in both counties. Additionally, one LONG-TAILED JAEGER buzzed by the boat at very close range in Monterey Co.
      Additionally, NORTHERN FULMAR, BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS, RHINOCEROS AUKLET(good numbers in MTY), CASSIN'S AUKLET(marked increase since our previous trips), and RED-NECKED PHALAROPE were encountered in both Monterey and Santa Cruz Co.  Another bird that showed up in both counties was COMMON LOON, a few of which were fairly far offshore. 
      Finally, seen during the trip were a BLUE SHARK, RISSO'S DOLPHNS, DAHL'S PORPOISES and a single MOLA MOLA.  
      
      Thanks again to all the spotters and to Sacramento Audubon for bringing such a great group. 
    
      We've got just a few more trips going out this season including one tomorrow OCT.1  that still has some space.  
      Our last trips are running Oct. 15 (8 hour) and Oct. 16 (12 hour).  If you want to join, call (831) 375-4658 or visit montereyseabirds.com
      I'll post photos on the eBird lists and at our facebook page very soon.
    https://www.facebook.com/montereyseabirdtours/
    
    Can't wait to do it again tomorrow. 
    
    Good Birding,
    
    Mark Kudrav
    Monterey Seabirds
    Pacific Grove
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  11. SEP 24 PELAGIC REPORT LINK
    DATE: Sep 26, 2017 @ 10:23am, 1 year(s) ago
    Howdy, CalBird’ers,
    
    Birders on Shearwater Journeys’ September 24 Monterey Bay pelagic trip had another fine day at sea. Highlights included great views of BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS; PINK-FOOTED, FLESH-FOOTED, BULLER’S and SOOTY SHEARWATERS. TwoBLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS made a fast pass on return to the harbor. The Flesh-footed Shearwater gave a great show at the stern of the vessel. Photographic images were made with three species of shearwaters in flight in one frame!
    
    One SOUTH POLAR SKUA and a fair number of POMARINE and PARASITIC JAEAGERS were harassing gulls or terns. A few more CASSIN’S AUKLETS had arrived, as compared to the September 22 trip. There seems to be krill deep in the water column. It if moves closer to the surface, these early buggers will be right on top of it! Three TUFTED PUFFINS were a good find.
    
    Two SURFBIRDS were along the CG jetty along with the usual BLACK TURNSTONES. A small pod of BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS were just off Lover’s Point beach.
    
    BLUE and HUMPBACK WHALES continue to feed in the bay.RISSO’S and LONG-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHINS were milling about.
    
    Seabirds were recorded in both Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. This is the at least the second record of Flesh-footed Shearwater in Santa Cruz County this season.
    
    Upcoming trips with spaces available include:
    
    *SEP 30with Alex Rinkert, Nick Levendosky, Scott & Linda Terrill, Clay Kempf
    OCT 8 with Alex Rinkert, Nick Levendosky, Clay Kempf, Scott & Linda Terrill
    
    Spaces are available on both trips. We meet at 7 a.m. and return about 3 p.m. For reservations email me: debi@...
    
    *PLEASE NOTE: SEP 30th is our annual SANTA CRUZ COUNTY pelagic trip!We’ve already seen some great SCZ County seabirds: FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER, SOUTH POLAR SKUA, SABINE’S GULL, ASHY STORM-PETREL, GUADALUPE, CRAVERI’S and SCRIPPS’S MURRELETS, and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH and AMERICAN REDSTART! This trip is $105 and is a regular trip from 7 am to 3 pm.
    
    Living the Salt Life and heading for Tropical Birds!
    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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  13. 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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  15. Re: [CALBIRDS] Seabird activity, warm water - and new pelagic date LINK
    DATE: Sep 3, 2017 @ 5:02pm, 1 year(s) ago
    Also,
    
    Please note that the Redwood Region Ornithological Society has a trip out of Bodega Bay to Bodega Canyon and Cordell Banks next Sunday September 10. Space still available. $150 for members, $160 for non-members. For details check the RROS web site.
    
    Gene Hunn, for RROS Pelagics
    Petaluma, CA
    enhunn323@...
    
    From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao@... [CALBIRDS]"
    To: "CALBIRDS" , peninsula-birding@yahoogroups.com, "EBB" , "south-bay-birds" , SFBirds@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Sunday, September 3, 2017 2:39:01 PM
    Subject: [CALBIRDS] Seabird activity, warm water - and new pelagic date
    
     Hello all,In this heat wave here in central CA, the ocean has started to warm up as well. The thermometer got to 68 F on Sept 1, at one of the offshore Monterey weather buoys. As I am hearing of some awesome seabird movements in Monterey, and having just seen several days of tens of thousands of Sooty Shearwaters (up to 50K!) right here at the beach in Half Moon Bay, I am thinking that the rest of September might be interesting offshore. We were finding Scripps’s Murrelet offshore regularly as was the case with Brown Booby. The elevated number of Buller’s Shearwaters were a sign of warmth offshore, and always a factor in increased probabilities for Flesh-footed Shearwater and who know, maybe even a Pterodroma petrel.I am taking this weekend off from boat trips to be with family and enjoy the land life, but eager to get out next week. However our September trips out of Half Moon Bay had sold out. With this in mind, I have added another outing to the Pioneer Canyon on Friday Sept 22. This is a trip where we aim to head to deep waters, look for albatross, offshore murrelets, and storm petrels (Black showed up at this latitude the last few days, although we had them in Bodega in late Aug). For the rest of that weekend I will be doing trips in Monterey Bay. Pioneer Canyon trips spend part of the day in San Mateo County waters, and a good amount of time in the deep waters of San Francisco.If you are keen on heading offshore, and had been thwarted by sold out trips, see you on the 22 nd . http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/
    
    I am eager to hear if anything interesting is going to be seen in San Diego with the passing of this tropical low. Never know. Certainly the weather here has had me watching over head for frigatebirds! Good birding,
    
    Alvaro Jaramillo alvaro@alvarosadv entures.com www.alvarosadventures.com
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  17. Seabird activity, warm water - and new pelagic date LINK
    DATE: Sep 3, 2017 @ 2:39pm, 1 year(s) ago
    Hello all,      In this heat wave here in central CA, the ocean has started to warm up as well. The thermometer got to 68 F on Sept 1, at one of the offshore Monterey weather buoys. As I am hearing of some awesome seabird movements in Monterey, and having just seen several days of tens of thousands of Sooty Shearwaters (up to 50K!) right here at the beach in Half Moon Bay, I am thinking that the rest of September might be interesting offshore. We were finding Scripps’s Murrelet offshore regularly as was the case with Brown Booby. The elevated number of Buller’s Shearwaters were a sign of warmth offshore, and always a factor in increased probabilities for Flesh-footed Shearwater and who know, maybe even a Pterodroma petrel.     I am taking this weekend off from boat trips to be with family and enjoy the land life, but eager to get out next week. However our September trips out of Half Moon Bay had sold out. With this in mind, I have added another outing to the Pioneer Canyon on Friday Sept 22. This is a trip where we aim to head to deep waters, look for albatross, offshore murrelets, and storm petrels (Black showed up at this latitude the last few days, although we had them in Bodega in late Aug). For the rest of that weekend I will be doing trips in Monterey Bay. Pioneer Canyon trips spend part of the day in San Mateo County waters, and a good amount of time in the deep waters of San Francisco.    If you are keen on heading offshore, and had been thwarted by sold out trips, see you on the 22 nd . http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/   I am eager to hear if anything interesting is going to be seen in San Diego with the passing of this tropical low. Never know. Certainly the weather here has had me watching over head for frigatebirds! Good birding,   Alvaro Jaramillo alvaro@alvarosadv entures.com www.alvarosadventures.com  
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  19. Albacore fishing and migratory seabirds LINK
    DATE: Sep 29, 2016, 2 year(s) ago
    Debi,
    
    I am picking up on something that you said that is perhaps confusing As you note there are a bunch of seabird species that associate with the habitat of albacore, that warmer nutrient poor, very blue and clear water. However, several of the species that you mention are migrants that move through here irrelevant of where the albacore are, such as the jaegers, Sabine’s Gull, terns. I think the issue about detection through our area, is how far out they are and how concentrated the pulses of migration are. If they are moving through closer to shore, pelagic trips see more of them, if they are offshore we see fewer. But they are going through irrelevant of where the albacore and the fishing for albacore is going on. Obviously they capitalize on the resource of bait fish (often Pacific Saury) brought to the surface by foraging albacore, and may linger in areas where feeding is good, but the migration goes on. For some of these the migratory peak has passed already through our latitude in central California, such as for Long-tailed Jaeger, Common and Arctic terns. Tail end of fall migration is difficult to get a good grip on, as there are fewer trips in October, and even fewer in November. But for those that peak in September I think the data are pretty clear, the larger pulse is likely south of us.
    
    Buller’s Shearwaters are kind of a mystery, a fickle species with definite good years and bad years. They are associated with that offshore blue water, but their numbers and seemingly their distribution shifts radically from year to year. This also applies to the migratory pulse in Chile during February – March, where it appears that some years they are much easier to find than in others, although with fewer eyes out there that is difficult to determine with much confidence thus far. But so far, 2016 is a year where pelagic trips in California and farther north are not finding Buller’s in numbers anywhere it seems. Even in Washington State if you look at eBird data for 2016 vs pre 2016, birds per hour or any other metric, they are down this year, similarly so for Oregon. Now caveat is that October could bring in a big pulse and we are back to normal, and that is what I am certainly hoping for. But September numbers appear to be low compared to pre 2016 September numbers too. Birds per party hour in 2016 maxes out at 1/pph in early September, pre 2016 max is near 14, and in early September it is 4. It is a tad coarse to look at numbers like this, but I think a solid argument can be made that within the range of pelagic birding boats, this is a bad year for them thus far anywhere along the US coast. Perhaps they are just farther offshore this year Who knows
    
    Here are the links of eBird data to compare.
    
    Buller’s Shearwaters per hour Washington State – Pre 2016
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/GuideMespeciesCodes=bulshe < http://ebird.org/ebird/GuideMespeciesCodes=bulshe&reportType=species&bMonth=01&bYear=1900&eMonth=12&eYear=2016&parentState=US-WA&countries=US&states=US-WA&getLocations=states&continue.x=53&continue.y=3 > &reportType=species&bMonth=01&bYear=1900&eMonth=12&eYear=2016&parentState=US-WA&countries=US&states=US-WA&getLocations=states&continue.x=53&continue.y=3
    
    Buller’s Shearwaters per hour Washington State 2016
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/GuideMesrc=changeDate < http://ebird.org/ebird/GuideMesrc=changeDate&speciesCodes=bulshe&getLocations=states&states=US-WA&parentState=US-WA&reportType=species&monthRadio=on&bMonth=01&eMonth=12&bYear=2016&eYear=2016&continue.x=74&continue.y=10 > &speciesCodes=bulshe&getLocations=states&states=US-WA&parentState=US-WA&reportType=species&monthRadio=on&bMonth=01&eMonth=12&bYear=2016&eYear=2016&continue.x=74&continue.y=10
    
    Good birding,
    
    Alvaro
    
    Alvaro Jaramillo
    
    alvaro@...
    
    www.alvarosadventures.com
    
    From: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com [mailto: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of DEBRA SHEARWATER debi@... [CALBIRDS]
    
    Sent: Thursday, September 29, 2016 7:23 PM
    
    To: Calbirds < CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com >
    
    Subject: [CALBIRDS] Pelagic Trips: Sep 23, 24, 25 & Upcoming Trips
    
    Howdy, CALBirders,
    
    Shearwater Journeys held three successful pelagic trips in conjunction with the Monterey Bay Birding Festival on September 23, 24, and 25. Each day was a little bit different. At least one new species was added each day.
    
    On Sunday, we found a huge feeding aggregation of Brandt’s Cormorants, gulls, and Black-vented Shearwaters. They appeared to be feeding on small anchovies. It was quite a frenzy as the cormorants drove the fish in front of the flock with gulls noisily calling and swirling overhead, providing visual and auditory cues for seabirds in the surrounding areas. Like magic, hundreds of Black-vented Shearwaters began streaming toward the frantically feeding flock. However, another cue was provided by the pungent smell of fish— an olfactory cue! Using all three cues, birds flew in from all directions. Once the feeding was over a large fish oil slick was all that was left on the sea. This is something that I have witnessed several times over the past four decades.
    
    Now that the albacore fishing is winding down off Washington, the seabirds associated with that industry are showing up in numbers along our coast. All three jaeger species, South Polar Skuas, and Sabine’s Gulls, along with a trickle of Arctic Terns were the first ones to show up. Buller’s Shearwater numbers have increased in the past ten days. Flesh-footed Shearwaters are sure to follow. Scripps’s and Craveri’s Murrelets which also associate closely with albacore could show up, if there is any clear, blue water in our area. Albacore changed their migration pattern about a decade ago and now head to Oregon and Washington, mostly bypassing central California. The seabirds associated with them tend to follow, if conditions are right.
    
    Our upcoming trips departing from Monterey with spaces available are:
    
    OCTOBER 1 with Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Jim Holmes, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater.
    
    OCTOBER 8 with Alex Rinkert, Tim Miller, Clay Kempf, Debi Shearwater
    
    OCTOBER 16 with Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Debi Shearwater
    
    And, from Half Moon Bay:
    
    OCTOBER 2 with Steve Tucker, Steve Hampton, Jim Holmes, Debi Shearwater
    
    Reservations: debi@...
    
    The birders who did all three trips (September 23, 24, 25) recorded the following species:
    
    PACIFIC LOON
    
    COMMON LOON
    
    BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS
    
    PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER
    
    BULLER’S SHEARWATER
    
    SOOTY SHEARWATER
    
    BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER
    
    ASHY STORM-PETREL
    
    BROWN PELICAN
    
    BRANDT’S CORMORANT
    
    PELAGIC CORMORANT
    
    DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
    
    BLACK OYSTERCATCHER
    
    WHIMBREL
    
    BLACK TURNSTONE
    
    SURFBIRD
    
    RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
    
    SOUTH POLAR SKUA
    
    POMARINE JAEGER
    
    PARASITIC JAEGER
    
    LONG-TAILED JAEGER
    
    HEERMANN’S GULL
    
    CALIFORNIA GULL
    
    WESTERN GULL
    
    SABINE’S GULL
    
    ELEGANT TERN
    
    FORSTER’S TERN
    
    COMMON MURRE
    
    PIGEON GUILLEMOT
    
    CASSIN’S AUKLET
    
    RHINOCEROS AUKLET
    
    TUFTED PUFFIN
    
    BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON
    
    PEREGRINE FALCON
    
    GREAT EGRET
    
    SNOWY EGRET
    
    HUMMINGBIRD SP.
    
    Marine mammals recorded on all three trips included:
    
    SEA OTTER
    
    CALIFORNIA SEA LION
    
    NORTHERN ELEPHANT SEAL
    
    NORTHERN FUR SEAL
    
    HARBOR SEAL
    
    HUMPBACK WHALE
    
    SHORT-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHIN
    
    RISSO’S DOLPHIN
    
    PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN
    
    BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN
    
    Also:
    
    OCEAN SUNFISH
    
    BLUE SHARK
    
    Many thanks to all of the birders who joined us. The leaders on these trips were: Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Dena Spatz, Tim Miller, Abe Borker, Christian Schwarz, Clay Kempf, and Debi Shearwater. All trips were entered into eBird following pelagic protocol.
    
    A recap of Shearwater Journeys’ September pelagic trips can be found here:
    
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2016/09/september-2016-pelagic-bonanza_11.html
    
    Living the Salt Life,
    
    Debi Shearwater
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    
    PO Box 190
    
    Hollister, CA 95024
    
    831.637.8527
    
    debi@...
    
    < http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com > www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    
    < http://www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com > www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 41 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
    
    Siberia’s Forgotten Coast Voyage: 27 June -10 July with Debi & nesting Spoon-billed Sandpipers
    
    Russia’s Ring of Fire: 30 May - 11 June
    
    Sea of Okhotsk: 12 - 23 June
    
    
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  21. Pelagic Trips: Sep 23, 24, 25 & Upcoming Trips LINK
    DATE: Sep 29, 2016, 2 year(s) ago
    Howdy, CALBirders,
    
    Shearwater Journeys held three successful pelagic trips in conjunction with the Monterey Bay Birding Festival on September 23, 24, and 25. Each day was a little bit different. At least one new species was added each day.
    
    On Sunday, we found a huge feeding aggregation of Brandt’s Cormorants, gulls, and Black-vented Shearwaters. They appeared to be feeding on small anchovies. It was quite a frenzy as the cormorants drove the fish in front of the flock with gulls noisily calling and swirling overhead, providing visual and auditory cues for seabirds in the surrounding areas. Like magic, hundreds of Black-vented Shearwaters began streaming toward the frantically feeding flock. However, another cue was provided by the pungent smell of fish— an olfactory cue! Using all three cues, birds flew in from all directions. Once the feeding was over a large fish oil slick was all that was left on the sea. This is something that I have witnessed several times over the past four decades.
    
    Now that the albacore fishing is winding down off Washington, the seabirds associated with that industry are showing up in numbers along our coast. All three jaeger species, South Polar Skuas, and Sabine’s Gulls, along with a trickle of Arctic Terns were the first ones to show up. Buller’s Shearwater numbers have increased in the past ten days. Flesh-footed Shearwaters are sure to follow. Scripps’s and Craveri’s Murrelets which also associate closely with albacore could show up, if there is any clear, blue water in our area. Albacore changed their migration pattern about a decade ago and now head to Oregon and Washington, mostly bypassing central California. The seabirds associated with them tend to follow, if conditions are right.
    
    Our upcoming trips departing from Monterey with spaces available are:
    OCTOBER 1 with Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Jim Holmes, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater.
    OCTOBER 8 with Alex Rinkert, Tim Miller, Clay Kempf, Debi Shearwater
    OCTOBER 16 with Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Debi Shearwater
    And, from Half Moon Bay:
    OCTOBER 2 with Steve Tucker, Steve Hampton, Jim Holmes, Debi Shearwater
    Reservations: debi@...
    
    The birders who did all three trips (September 23, 24, 25) recorded the following species:
    
    PACIFIC LOON
    COMMON LOON
    BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS
    PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER
    BULLER’S SHEARWATER
    SOOTY SHEARWATER
    BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER
    ASHY STORM-PETREL
    BROWN PELICAN
    BRANDT’S CORMORANT
    PELAGIC CORMORANT
    DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
    BLACK OYSTERCATCHER
    WHIMBREL
    BLACK TURNSTONE
    SURFBIRD
    RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
    SOUTH POLAR SKUA
    POMARINE JAEGER
    PARASITIC JAEGER
    LONG-TAILED JAEGER
    HEERMANN’S GULL
    CALIFORNIA GULL
    WESTERN GULL
    SABINE’S GULL
    ELEGANT TERN
    FORSTER’S TERN
    COMMON MURRE
    PIGEON GUILLEMOT
    CASSIN’S AUKLET
    RHINOCEROS AUKLET
    TUFTED PUFFIN
    BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON
    PEREGRINE FALCON
    GREAT EGRET
    SNOWY EGRET
    HUMMINGBIRD SP.
    
    Marine mammals recorded on all three trips included:
    SEA OTTER
    CALIFORNIA SEA LION
    NORTHERN ELEPHANT SEAL
    NORTHERN FUR SEAL
    HARBOR SEAL
    HUMPBACK WHALE
    SHORT-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHIN
    RISSO’S DOLPHIN
    PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN
    BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN
    
    Also:
    OCEAN SUNFISH
    BLUE SHARK
    
    Many thanks to all of the birders who joined us. The leaders on these trips were: Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Dena Spatz, Tim Miller, Abe Borker, Christian Schwarz, Clay Kempf, and Debi Shearwater. All trips were entered into eBird following pelagic protocol.
    
    A recap of Shearwater Journeys’ September pelagic trips can be found here:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2016/09/september-2016-pelagic-bonanza_11.html
    
    Living the Salt Life,
    Debi Shearwater
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 41 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
    Siberia ’s Forgotten Coast Voyage: 27 June -10 July with Debi & nesting Spoon-billed Sandpipers
    Russia ’s Ring of Fire: 30 May - 11 June
    Sea of Okhotsk: 12 - 23 June
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  23. Odd storm petrel - who knows what it was? A summary LINK
    DATE: Sep 29, 2016, 2 year(s) ago
    Hello Calbirders      On Sept 15, we observed a very odd Leach’s group storm-petrel off Half Moon Bay, I posted about it at the time and thought I would give a wrap up on this critter. Here are the photos, and video: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alvarojaramillo/29629732081/in/datetaken-public/ We wondered if it was a Townsend’s Storm-Petrel. For those of you wondering, what the heck is that It is a newly separated species previously lumped with Leach’s Storm-Petrel, it shows up rarely in Southern California and breeds off Guadalupe Island in Baja. In the field our bird looked very small, but it was missing much of the tail, some of the uppertail coverts and inner wing feathers. This made identification difficult to say the least! I have not been to the museum to look at the Leach’s group storm petrels, but think this bird will have to remain unidentified until there is a better grasp of variation in wing pattern/shape features that may separate between Townsend’s and Leach’s. In summary: Pro Townsend’s: 1) it looked very small, smaller than Ashy 2) body looked quite dark 3) Bill was not large 4) wings appeared rounded, short. Pro Leach’s 1) the upperwing bar was bright and bold 2) it is expected in Half Moon Bay Pro leave it unidentified 1) It was missing a ton of feathers! No way to assess tail shape. 2) darkness of body and size not assessed in direct comparison 3) it was very tame, easily approached, and this odd behavior could have influenced 4) odd flight style noted likely due to so many missing feathers.   In any case, this was a wonderful bird to learn from. The duller upper wing bar of Townsend’s is an interesting and perhaps key feature to focus on in well identified and photographed birds. Variation in this feature will be key in seeing how reliable it is, on average this pattern should become more contrasting as a bird wears and fades. But at this time of year it appears to be noticeably or significantly duller in Townsend’s it seems as compared to Leach’s. So, what to look for in Townsend’s then 1) small 2) rounded winged appearance 3) short tail with shallow fork, suggesting Wedge-rumped 4) dull upper wing bar 5) smallish bill 6) darker body plumage than Leach’s.   I look forward to getting down to San Diego in October and perhaps getting out on the ocean and maybe seeing some comparison birds. I will be talking at the San Diego Field Ornithologists on Oct 18, the title is Birding The Blob about weather, warm water, seabirds and our California Oceanography. http://www.sandiegofieldornithologists.org/page_id=61   Two more pelagics left for us out of Half Moon Bay, including one this Saturday: http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/ Flesh-footed Shearwater showed up last week, hopefully another will turn up this Saturday. Great birding to you all. Alvaro Alvaro Jaramillo alvaro@... www.alvarosadventures.com  
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  25. upcoming fall San Diego pelagic trips LINK
    DATE: Jul 13, 2016 @ 6:57am, 2 year(s) ago
    The fall schedule of San Diego pelagic trips sponsored by Buena Vista
    
    Audubon Society includes Sunday sailings on August 21, September 25, and
    
    October 9. All three are aboard "Grande" out of Point Loma Sportfishing,
    
    are 12 hours duration, and will visit the 9-Mile and 30-Mile Banks,
    
    mostly in San Diego County waters, with possibly brief time spent in Los
    
    Angeles County waters (if that's where the storm-petrel rafts are). For
    
    further information and how to make reservations, see
    
    sandiegopelagics.com or socalbirding.com (same website).
    
    All three trips will target several of the more sought-after and
    
    somewhat regular late-summer and early autumn specialties off southern
    
    California: Red-billed Tropicbird, Craveri's Murrelet, and Least
    
    Storm-Petrel. We have a chance of finding the newly split Townsend's
    
    Storm-Petrel in the deeper water near the 30-Mile Bank, as well as a
    
    small chance there for Guadalupe Murrelet. Other scarce species recorded
    
    on multiple fall trips in recent years include Black-footed Albatross,
    
    South Polar Skua, Buller's Shearwater, Wilson's, Leach's, & Ashy
    
    Storm-Petrels, and Arctic Tern. Likely species include Pink-footed and
    
    Black-vented Shearwaters, Black Storm-Petrel, Cassin's Auklet,
    
    phalaropes, Pomarine & Parasitic Jaegers, and Sabine's Gull. The late
    
    August trip coincides with near-peak of the (irregular) Long-tailed
    
    Jaeger migration. The October trip provides for a chance for
    
    Flesh-footed Shearwater.
    
    --Paul Lehman, Dave Povey, Bruce Rideout-- San Diego
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  27. cruise-ship pelagic Dec 1: 7 Laysans, 1 Flesh-foot, 1 Brown Booby LINK
    DATE: Dec 2, 2015 @ 5:39pm, 3 year(s) ago
    Some thirty birders aboard a northbound Princess cruise ship between Los
    Angeles and Vancouver on Dec 1st were 30-50 miles off the California
    coast from between southern Monterey County at dawn and northern
    Mendocino County at dusk. Much of this stretch, this far offshore, had
    relatively low numbers of birds, with a bit of an uptick off SON and MEN
    counties. Highlights were a total of 7 LAYSAN ALBATROSSES (4 MTY, 1 SM,
    1 SF, and 1 MEN), 1 FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER (off SON), 4 BLACK-VENTED
    SHEARWATERS much farther offshore than normal ca. 60 km SW Point Arena,
    and an adult BROWN BOOBY at dusk trying to land on the ship ca. 65 km
    WSW Fort Bragg, MEN. Also two different Peregrine Falcons some 74 km SW
    of Pigeon Point and 67 km SW of Gualala, the latter bird seen to catch
    and eat a Red Phalarope on the wing. Small numbers of Bonaparte's Gulls
    were up to 82 km offshore.
    
    --Paul Lehman, San Diego
    
    
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  29. Mendocino Pelagic Trip Nov. 7th LINK
    DATE: Oct 24, 2015 @ 12:08pm, 3 year(s) ago
    10/24/15
    
    Because of the interest and such a great trip last Sunday (Great Shearwater, Brown Booby, Flesh-footed Shearwater and Parakeet Auklet), we are putting together another pelagic trip for Saturday November 7th out of Noyo Harbor Fort Bragg. Interested parties please contact me ASAP as first to reply will be first added to the list.
    
    The cost is $105 per person. Todd Easterla and Fritz Stuerer will be leading the trip. Thanks,
    
    Steve Stump
    Upper Lake, CA
    stevestump@...
    
    
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