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   Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma furcata) - FTSP (recent eBird sightings, view CBRC records, range map
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  1. Epic seabird flight at Point Pinos--6 May LINK
    DATE: May 7, 2017 @ 9:03am, 3 month(s) ago
    Birders
    
    A strong cold front swept through the Monterey Bay region on Friday bringing with it gusty northwest winds and optimal viewing conditions for Point Pinos. The show started Friday afternoon with a few Sabine's Gulls and a scattering of Fork-tailed Storm-Petrels. By dawn on Saturday, the winds were really cranking and the flight was in full swing all day. We did hourly checklists in eBird for the day (and those will be fleshed out with photos soon), but the highlight totals were:
    
    Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel: 195 (many right off the rocks; most photographed)
    Ashy Storm-Petrel: 2
    Leach's Storm-Petrel: 4 (photos of two)
    Black-footed Albatross: 100+
    Laysan Albatross: 2 (photos)
    Red Phalarope: 1927 (photos)
    Red-necked Phalarope: 169,000 (simply astronomical numbers, hard to estimate)
    Sabine's Gull: 2335 (many photos, big flocks)
    Tufted Puffin: 2
    
    Overall it was the best spring seawatching I've ever had from the point. Alas, we were unable to find any Pterodroma petrels from shore.
    
    In addition to the event at the point, Monterey Harbor was awash in Fork-tailed Storm-Petrels, with more than 70 estimated in the inner harbor just feet off the docks. Also both phalaropes there.
    
    Thanks and good birding!
    
    Brian
    
    --
    ===========
    Brian L. Sullivan
    
    eBird Project Leader
    www.ebird.org
    
    Photo Editor
    Birds of North America Online
    http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/BNA
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  3. April 23-24 cruise-ship off CA: 3 HAWAIIAN, 21 MURPHY'S, 38 COOK'S PETREL; 3 LAYSAN; FORK-TAILED STORM-PETREL incursion LINK
    DATE: Apr 24, 2017 @ 11:43am, 4 month(s) ago
    A Holland America "repositioning" cruise from San Diego to Vancouver,
    
    departing 22 April with some 30 birders on board, was off central
    
    California on 23 April and off northwest California for part of 24
    
    April. Highlights included:
    
    23 April (fair, windy):
    3 Hawaiian Petrel (1 SLO, 2 SF)
    
    4 Murphy's Petrel (4 SF)
    37 Cook's Petrel (8 SBA, 17 SLO, 5 MTY, 2 SM, 5 SF)
    
    38 Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel including 4 in SLO where they are rare; good numbers in all other countries.
    2 Laysan Albatross (MTY)
    1 Long-tailed Jaeger (SF)
    
    24 April (overcast); morning only before reaching Oregon:
    HUM: 1 Cook's, 11 Murphy's, 1 Laysan, 1 LT Jaeger
    DN: 6 Murphy's
    
    --Paul Lehman (and Barbara Carlson), San Diego
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  5. cruise-ship April 8th: GREAT Shearwater, 77 Cook's, 9 Murphy's, 13 Laysans, early 2 L-t Jaegers LINK
    DATE: Apr 9, 2017 @ 5:21am, 4 month(s) ago
    A Princess cruise from Los Angeles to Vancouver with about 15 birders
    
    aboard had the following species off California between s. Monterey and
    
    Mendocino Counties on 8 April:
    
    GREAT SHEARWATER: 1 (right off bow in southern San Francisco County;
    
    photo obtained)
    
    Laysan Albatross: 11 (1 MTY, 4 SF, 2 MRN, 1 SON, 3 MEN)
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 9 (1 MTY, 5 SM, 1 SF, 1 MRN, 1 MEN)
    
    Cook's Petrel: 77 (well spread all entire route; 28 MTY, 33 SM, 13 SF,
    
    1 SON, 2 MEN)
    
    Long-tailed Jaeger: 2 (very () early arriving adults: 1 off MTY and 1
    
    off SF())
    
    Also:
    
    Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel: 1 southerly off MTY
    
    Leach's Storm-Petrel: 4 (scattered)
    
    Misc totals: B-f Albatross: 27, N. Fulmar: 45, Sooty Shearwater: 475
    
    (arriving), Pink-footed Shearwater: 35
    
    Red-necked Phalarope: already 200 have arrived along entire route, on
    
    time or slightly early for moderate numbers
    
    Sabine's Gull: 105 (fairly well spread out; would have been "early"
    
    just a few years ago, but no longer)
    
    alcids: very low numbers
    
    Brown Booby: 1 (adult in Port of Los Angeles on 7 Apr as we departed)
    
    --Paul Lehman, San Diego
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  7. An Ocean of Food LINK
    DATE: Aug 10, 2016 @ 5:23pm, 1 year(s) ago
    Howdy, CalBirders,
    
    Shearwater Journeys recently completed the first three pelagic trips of the fall season. Overall, the trips were highly productive. The sea surface temperatures are much lower than last year — in some instances by as much as ten degrees! Cold water is productive water. Lots of food is available for seabirds, including anchovies and krill. The marine mammal show has been astounding, especially at Monterey Bay and Half Moon Bay. Below, are some of the recent highlights.
    
    July 29 Monterey Bay we were in and out of fog most of the day.
    Highlights included: 21 BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES; 5 PACIFIC FULMARS; 16 PINK-FOOTED and 2500 SOOTY SHEARWATERS; a WANDERING TATTLER was along the CG Breakwater; 6 SABINE’S GULLS; 620 COMMON MURRES; 10 PIGEON GUILLEMOTS; 125 CASSIN’S and 7 RHINOCEROS AUKLETS; and the star seabirds of the day — excellent views of 2 SCRIPPS’S MURRELETS sitting on the sea.
    Marine mammals included at least 20 HUMPBACKS, 4 BLUE, and 10 FIN WHALES; 100 NORTHERN RIGHT WHALE DOLPHINS; 200 PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHINS, 3 HARBOR PORPOISE.
    Leaders: Nick Levendosky, Will Brooks, Christian Schwarz, Alex Rinkert, Debi Shearwater.
    Counties covered: Monterey and Santa Cruz
    
    August 6 Half Moon Bay we had a bit of a swell, but no wind or fog.
    Highlights included: 1 LAYSAN and 30 BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES; 3 PACIFIC FULMARS; 2075 SOOTY and 70 PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS; 3 WILSON’S, 8 FORK-TAILED, and 113 ASHY STORM-PETRELS; 18 SABINE’S GULLS; 7 ARCTIC TERNS; 1 LEAST TERN (along the shoreline near the harbor); 1579 COMMON MURRES; 21 PIGEON GUILLEMOTS; 1 SCRIPPS’S MURRELET on the sea with murres for comparison; 2385 CASSIN’S and 5 RHINOCEROS AUKLETS.
    Marine mammals included: 3 BLUE, 1 FIN, 80 HUMPBACK WHALES; 3 RISSO’S and 15 PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHINS; 15 HARBOR PORPOISE. Humpback whales were in view, breaching for at least five hours of our day, all across the horizons!
    Leaders: Peter Pyle, Mary Gustafson, Will Brooks, Steve Hampton, Debi Shearwater.
    Counties covered: San Mateo and San Francisco
    
    August 7 Farallon Islands from Sausalito we had an excellent day aboard our very stable catamaran despite some tough sea conditions. We did not venture out to the edge of the Continental Shelf due to the conditions, but enjoyed our time at Sugarloaf watching the Tufted Puffins. We pretty much hit the peak of “puffin season!”
    Highlights included: 1 FORK-TAILED STORM-PETREL (San Francisco County); 1 AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN (Marin County, soaring overhead in Sausalito harbor); 1 BLUE-FOOTED and 1 BROWN BOOBY, both sitting on SugarLoaf; 4606 COMMON MURRES; 109 PIGEON GUILLEMOTS; 37 CASSIN’S AUKLETS; 60 TUFTED PUFFINS .
    Marine mammals included: 5 HUMPBACKS; 5 HARBOR PORPOISE; 1000 CALIFORNIA and 7 STELLER’S SEA LIONS; 800 NORTHERN FUR SEALS; 60 HARBOR SEALS.
    Leaders: Gerry McChesney, Mary Gustafson, John Garrett, Debi Shearwater.
    Counties covered: Marin and San Francisco
    
    The Central Coast of California is teaming with seabirds and marine mammals! I expect that this will only get better with each passing day! It’s all about food — and, we got it! We also have a full program of trips coming up.
    
    HALF MOON BAY TRIPS & LEADERS:
    AUGUST 13 with Peter Pyle, Steve Tucker, Jim Holmes, Debi Shearwater
    AUGUST 19 with Steve Tucker, Todd McGrath, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 4 with Mary Gustafson, Steve Hampton, Russ Bradley, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 16 with Steve Tucker, Jim Holmes, Steve Hampton, Abe Borker, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 18 with Scott & Linda Terrill, Jim Holmes, Alex Rinkert, Steve Hampton, Debi Shearwater
    OCTOBER 2 with Steve Tucker, Steve Hampton, Jim Holmes, Debi Shearwater
    OCTOBER 8 with Steve Hampton, Abe Borker, Nick Levendosky, Tim Miller, Debi Shearwater
    
    MONTEREY BAY TRIPS & LEADERS:
    AUGUST 26 with Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Scott Terrill, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 3 with Nick Levendosky, Mary Gustafson, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 7 with Mary Gustafson, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 8 with Scott Terrill, Mary Gustafson, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 9 with Mary Gustafson, Debi Shearwater - going to Santa Cruz County
    SEPTEMBER 10 ALBACORE with Scott & Linda Terrill, Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Mary Gustafson, Debi Shearwater (* only 3 spaces open)
    SEPTEMBER 11 with Mary Gustafson, David Wimpfheimer, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 14 with Scott Terrill, Rob Fowler, Debi Shearwater (* recently added trip)
    SEPTEMBER 15 with Nick Levendosky, Jim Holmes, Hannah Nevins, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 23 with Nick Levendosky, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 24 with Scott & Linda Terrill, Alex Rinkert, Dena Spatz, Abe Borker, Tim Miller, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 25 with Nick Levendosky, Abe Borker, Tim Miller, Debi Shearwater
    OCTOBER 1 with Jim Holmes, Nick Levendosky, Christian Schwarz, Alex Rinkert, Debi Shearwater
    OCTOBER 8 with Alex Rinkert, Tim Miller, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater
    OCTOBER 16 with Scott & Linda Terrill, Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Debi Shearwater
    
    That’s a lot of trips and a lot of leaders — eager to show you a lot of seabirds and marine mammals!
    It’s all about food! And, we got lots of it this season!
    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
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  9. Half Moon Bay pelagic report - great start to the season LINK
    DATE: Jul 16, 2016 @ 10:57pm, 1 year(s) ago
    Hello all,     We had a fantastic day offshore. Why It was just such a diverse, trip with some superb views of birds. The weather was good, a moderate swell and low winds. We stayed fully in San Mateo county today. As last weekend, Cassin’s Auklets are common out there, and we started seeing good numbers of Red-necked Phalarope, as well as a nice migratory push of Sabine’s Gulls. One of the first fun bit of excitement was when Logan Kahle screamed out Buller’s Shearwater, early so very good. But for John Weigel who is doing an ABA Big Year, it was 750, a record breaker!! And he has two more in the bag, waiting for ABA acceptance. Congratulations John, we were glad to help get you a bird. As we headed out Ashy Storm-Petrels started to show up, and right where we turned back, great views of a Wilson’s Storm-Petrel, and a nice experience with several Black-footed Albatross. There was a period of about 20 minutes, where it was bang! Bang! Bang! With a goodie at each bang. A Laysan Albatross made a great pass by the boat, wow! Minutes later a few birders were mentioning an odd storm petrel, with a pale rump. Confusion for a little bit, as then we had an amazing view of Leach’s Storm Petrel, problem solved. Leach’s is a very tough bird to see here, and a really good bird in San Mateo county. As the adrenalin was still up, Murrelets!! A pair of Scripp’s Murrelets gave a nice show. The back and forth of excitement was just great. Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel showed up, and a second later on in the trip.      The mammals were great too, with a very close Blue Whale, many Humpback Whales close to Half Moon Bay and a big group of Pacific White-sided Dolphin with two Northern Right Whale Dolphin. In the end it was a great set of birds, 4 species of Storm Petrel; two albatrosses; Marbled and Scripps’s Murrelet, early Buller’s Shearwater and overall great seas, and superb views of some of these birds. Lots of birds, very few dead spots, nice views and great diversity – it was a superb first trip of the season. I hope this means that even better things are coming.       Good birding Alvaro Alvaro Jaramillo alvaro@... www.alvarosadventures.com  
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  11. deepwater cruise 5/12 off nw CA & OR: 2 Hawaiians, 4 Murphy's, 2 Laysans LINK
    DATE: May 13, 2016 @ 4:57am, 1 year(s) ago
    On 12 May, a group of birders were aboard the Grand Princess on the
    
    first full day of our San Francisco to southeast Alaska and back
    
    round-trip. This cruise goes direct from SF to Juneau, thus goes through
    
    deep, very offshore waters--to the tune of 200 miles out off northern
    
    OR, WA, and s. BC. The day started at dawn already 45 miles off Arcata
    
    and quickly headed NW even farther offshore and entered OR waters just
    
    two hours later. Much of the time spent way off Oregon is over level
    
    "abyssal plain" waters, so overall diversity and numbers (except for the
    
    ubiquitous Leach's Storm-Petel) is often--but not always--fairly
    
    limited. Species seen in numbers closer to shore can be pretty scarce
    
    this far out. Totals for the day were as follows:
    
    LAYSAN ALBATROSS: 2+ (off Curry/Coos Cos., OR)
    
    Black-footed Albatross: 19
    
    Northern Fulmar: 1
    
    MURPHY'S PETREL: 4 (2 Del Norte, 2 Curry)
    
    HAWAIIAN PETREL: 2 (both Curry; about 75 miles offshore)
    
    Pink-footed Shearwater: 3
    
    Sooty Shearwater: 63
    
    Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel: 1
    
    Leach's Storm-Petrel: 545
    
    Red-necked Phalarope: 3
    
    Pomarine Jaeger: 1
    
    Parasitic Jaeger: 10 (all adults; perhaps a surprisingly high total
    
    this far offshore, with birds out to 140 miles)
    
    Common Murre: 2
    
    Rhinoceros Auklet: 5
    
    Herring Gull: 1 (105 miles out)
    
    Eurasian Collared-Dove: 5 (go! go! go!)
    
    Savannah Sparrow: 1
    
    --PAUL LEHMAN, San Diego
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  13. Pelagic Cruise Results -- 4-5 May California and Oregon LINK
    DATE: May 8, 2016 @ 7:37am, 1 year(s) ago
    Hi Birders,
    
    About 28 birders were aboard the Ruby Princess for 2 days of deep water birding 4-5 May. On the 4th we were off southern Monterey County at daybreak, and ended the day off northern Menodcino County. Conditions started off calm, but ended with blustery north winds and sea fog. On the 5th we started in southern Curry County and our last checklist just barely got into Clatsop County. Conditions were rough, with 50 knot headwinds and big seas. I did eBird checklists every half hour for the two days, and all of those are in now and shared. Highlights were a slug of Pterodroma petrels that included 2 Hawaiian, 32 Cook's, and 18 Murphy's, the majority of which were found beginning in San Francisco County and continuing up through Marin, with scattered Murphy's the second day throughout Oregon. I think I've loaded in all my identifiable photos of these, but still have to load photos of common migrants. Parakeet Auklets were seen by one observer in Oregon waters, and those will be added independently by him since the rest of us missed them. 
    
    Here are some of the highlight checklists:
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklistsubID=S29435292
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklistsubID=S29435309
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklistsubID=S29451212
    
    Trip Summary:
    
    eBird Checklist Summary for: May 4, 2016, 4:20 AM to May 5, 2016, 11:30 PM
    
    Number of Checklists: 53
    Number of Taxa: 41
    
    1 Pacific Loon
    1 Common Loon
    2 loon sp.
    4 Laysan Albatross
    451 Black-footed Albatross
    40 Northern Fulmar
    18 Murphy's Petrel
    2 Hawaiian Petrel
    32 Cook's Petrel
    1 Pterodroma sp.
    136 Pink-footed Shearwater
    3895 Sooty Shearwater
    48 Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel
    402 Leach's Storm-Petrel
    55 Ashy Storm-Petrel
    9 storm-petrel sp.
    4 Dunlin
    30 peep sp.
    24 Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher
    452 Red-necked Phalarope
    80 Red Phalarope
    59 phalarope sp.
    1 shorebird sp.
    1 South Polar Skua
    12 Pomarine Jaeger
    7 Parasitic Jaeger
    2 Long-tailed Jaeger
    19 jaeger sp.
    165 Common Murre
    71 Cassin's Auklet
    50 Rhinoceros Auklet
    12 alcid sp.
    234 Sabine's Gull
    18 Western Gull
    2 Herring Gull
    1 Glaucous-winged Gull
    6 gull sp. 
    8 Arctic Tern
    2 Common/Arctic Tern
    1 tern sp.
    1 Eurasian Collared-Dove (road the boat for the whole first day)
    
    Checklist Locations:
    Checklists included in this summary:
    (1): 35.7941x-122.1718 - May 4, 2016, 5:57 AM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 5:57 AM
    (2): 35.9275x-122.3139 - May 4, 2016, 6:30 AM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 6:30 AM
    (3): 36.0288x-122.4304 - May 4, 2016, 6:57 AM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 6:57 AM
    (4): 36.1827x-122.5630 - May 4, 2016, 7:33 AM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 7:33 AM
    (5): 36.3443x-122.7072 - May 4, 2016, 8:11 AM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 8:11 AM
    (6): 36.4694x-122.8023 - May 4, 2016, 8:38 AM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 8:38 AM
    (7): 36.5631x-122.8752 - May 4, 2016, 8:58 AM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 8:58 AM
    (8): 36.7546x-123.0254 - May 4, 2016, 9:38 AM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 9:33 AM
    (9): 36.8633x-123.1068 - May 4, 2016, 10:01 AM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 10:01 AM
    (10): 36.9995x-123.2126 - May 4, 2016, 10:29 AM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 10:29 AM
    (11): 37.1376x-123.3179 - May 4, 2016, 10:59 AM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 10:59 AM
    (12): 37.3246x-123.4624 - May 4, 2016, 11:39 AM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 11:30 AM
    (13): 37.5285x-123.6214 - May 4, 2016, 12:22 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 12:10 PM
    (14): 37.5847x-123.6652 - May 4, 2016, 12:34 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 12:34 PM
    (15): 37.6934x-123.7496 - May 4, 2016, 12:58 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 12:58 PM
    (16): 37.9116x-123.8752 - May 4, 2016, 1:41 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 1:41 PM
    (17): 38.0271x-123.9324 - May 4, 2016, 2:05 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 2:05 PM
    (18): 38.1549x-123.9958 - May 4, 2016, 2:32 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 2:32 PM
    (19): 38.2723x-124.0544 - May 4, 2016, 2:57 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 2:57 PM
    (20): 38.4158x-124.1262 - May 4, 2016, 3:28 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 3:28 PM
    (21): 38.5518x-124.1842 - May 4, 2016, 3:57 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 3:57 PM
    (22): 38.6986x-124.2448 - May 4, 2016, 4:27 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 4:27 PM
    (23): 38.8920x-124.3226 - May 4, 2016, 5:10 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 5:10 PM
    (24): 38.9920x-124.3621 - May 4, 2016, 5:33 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 5:33 PM
    (25): 39.1189x-124.4048 - May 4, 2016, 5:59 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 5:59 PM
    (26): 39.2764x-124.4532 - May 4, 2016, 6:30 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 6:30 PM
    (27): 42.2154x-124.8933 - May 5, 2016, 6:04 AM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 6:00 AM
    (28): 42.3154x-124.9039 - May 5, 2016, 6:30 AM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 6:30 AM
    (29): 42.4338x-124.9123 - May 5, 2016, 7:00 AM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 7:00 AM
    (30): 42.5558x-124.9229 - May 5, 2016, 7:30 AM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 7:30 AM
    (31): 42.6747x-124.9332 - May 5, 2016, 7:59 AM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 7:59 AM
    (32): 42.8072x-124.9431 - May 5, 2016, 8:29 AM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 8:29 AM
    (33): 42.9487x-124.9496 - May 5, 2016, 9:00 AM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 9:00 AM
    (34): 43.0857x-124.9609 - May 5, 2016, 9:30 AM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 9:30 AM
    (35): 43.2335x-124.9702 - May 5, 2016, 10:01 AM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 10:01 AM
    (36): 43.3741x-124.9795 - May 5, 2016, 10:30 AM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 10:30 AM
    (37): 43.5298x-124.9884 - May 5, 2016, 11:00 AM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 11:00 AM
    (38): 43.6834x-125.0002 - May 5, 2016, 11:30 AM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 11:30 AM
    (39): 43.9165x-125.0144 - May 5, 2016, 12:16 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 12:16 PM
    (40): 43.9911x-125.0204 - May 5, 2016, 12:31 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 12:31 PM
    (41): 44.1383x-125.0325 - May 5, 2016, 1:00 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 1:00 PM
    (42): 44.2849x-125.0397 - May 5, 2016, 1:30 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 1:30 PM
    (43): 44.4270x-125.0489 - May 5, 2016, 1:58 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 1:58 PM
    (44): 44.6066x-125.0613 - May 5, 2016, 2:34 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 2:34 PM
    (45): 44.7716x-125.0731 - May 5, 2016, 3:06 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 3:00 PM
    (46): 44.8839x-125.0805 - May 5, 2016, 3:28 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 3:28 PM
    (47): 45.0362x-125.0932 - May 5, 2016, 3:59 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 3:59 PM
    (48): 45.1868x-125.1024 - May 5, 2016, 4:28 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 4:28 PM
    (49): 45.3464x-125.1137 - May 5, 2016, 5:01 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 5:01 PM
    (50): 45.4737x-125.1217 - May 5, 2016, 5:28 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 5:28 PM
    (51): 45.6154x-125.1356 - May 5, 2016, 5:57 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 5:57 PM
    (52): 45.7684x-125.1430 - May 5, 2016, 6:29 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 6:29 PM
    (53): 45.9707x-125.1587 - May 5, 2016, 7:10 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 7:00 PM
    
    This trip summary was created using the eBird app for iPhone and iPad.
    See eBird for more information.
    
    --
    ===========
    Brian L. Sullivan
    
    eBird Project Leader
    www.ebird.org
    
    Photo Editor
    Birds of North America Online
    http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/BNA
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  15. cruise-ship pelagic Dec 16-17 LINK
    DATE: Dec 18, 2015 @ 10:42am, 2 year(s) ago
    Eight birders were aboard the southbound Ruby Princess nonstop from
    Vancouver to Los Angeles; off Oregon on Dec 16, and off California (from
    78 km W of Point Reyes to 67 km W of Point Buchon SLO, much of it in
    3000-fathom water) on Dec 17. Numbers of birds off the CA coast south
    of San Francisco County continue low. Off Oregon we had 5 MOTTLED
    PETRELS (ph.) and 10 LAYSAN ALBATROSSES. Off California, we lacked
    sufficient wind for most tubenoses to be up and arcing, though such
    conditions were good for seeing storm-petrels and alcids; highlights in
    CA were 6 LAYSAN ALBATROSSES (all in SF Co., waters), surprising ()
    mid-December totals of 35 Fork-tailed Storm-Petrels, 1 Leach's, and
    especially 28 Ashy Storm-Petrels, and 3 Tufted Puffins (rare in winter).
    Most of the storm-petrels and all the puffins were in SF Co. waters,
    with some Ashies also in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties.
    
    --Paul Lehman, San Diego
    
    
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  17. October 4 Half Moon Bay Pelagic Trip LINK
    DATE: Oct 6, 2015 @ 11:24am, 2 year(s) ago
    Howdy, CALBirders,
    Shearwater Journeys' October 4, 2015 pelagic trip departing from Half Moon Bay turned out to be a fabulous day. Folks who joined us on both this trip and the Monterey Bay trip, October 3rd, added a number of new species for their total list. These included: WILSON'S STORM-PETREL (3, excellent views), FORK-TAILED STORM-PETREL (1, excellent views), SOUTH POLAR SKUA (1), and MARBLED MURRELETS (7).
    
    Additional highlights included a scattering of both ASHY and BLACK STORM-PETRELS; NORTHERN/PACIFIC FULMAR; BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS; an offshore PEREGRINE FALCON; a late, or wintering PIGEON GUILLEMOT; CASSIN'S and RHINOCEROS AUKLETS.
    
    Marine mammal highlights included: 1200 LONG-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHINS traveling in one gigantic herd (herds of up to 10,000 are not unknown in Southern California); 3 HUMPBACK WHALES and 2 STELLER'S SEA LIONS.
    
    A great many of the birders made both trips this past weekend with Shearwater Journeys. Those who did wracked up a long list of seabirds and marine mammals. Many thanks to the birders who joined us! The leaders on this pelagic trip were: Steve Hampton, Will Brooks, Alex Rinkert, Annie Schmidt, Christian Schwarz, and Debi Shearwater.
    
    UPCOMING TRIPS:
    2 SPACES are available on out OCTOBER 11 HALF MOON BAY trip. Spaces are available on our OCTOBER 10 MONTEREY BAY trip.
    Please email me for a reservation.
    
    The complete species list for October 4, 2015 Half Moon Bay follows:
    
    RED-THROATED LOON- 3
    PACIFIC LOON- 1
    EARED GREBE- 20
    WESTERN GREBE- 30
    BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS- 3
    NORTHERN/PACIFIC FULMAR- 35
    PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER- 300
    SOOTY SHEARWATER- 100
    SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER- 2
    WILSON'S STORM-PETREL- 3
    FORK-TAILED STORM-PETREL- 1
    ASHY STORM-PETREL- 25
    BLACK STORM-PETREL- 35
    BROWN PELICAN- 2000
    BRANDT'S CORMORANT- 1000
    DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT- 500
    SURF SCOTER- 30
    BLUE-WINGED TEAL- 7
    BLACK OYSTERCATCHER- 7
    WHIMBREL- 1
    MARBLED GODWIT- 3
    BLACK TURNSTONE- 15
    SURFBIRD- 12
    WILLET- 10
    RED-NECKED PHALAROPE- 10
    RED PHALAROPE- 15
    SOUTH POLAR SKUA- 1
    POMARINE JAEGER- 2
    PARASITIC JAEGER- 4
    CALIFORNIA GULL- 50
    HERRING GULL- 2
    WESTERN GULL- 250
    GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL- 1
    ELEGANT TERN- 80
    COMMON MURRE- 650
    PIGEON GUILLEMOT- 1
    MARBLED MURRELET- 7
    CASSIN'S AUKLET- 20
    RHINOCEROS AUKLET- 3
    PEREGRINE FALCON- 1
    WARBLER SP. - 1
    AMERICAN PIPIT- 1
    WESTERN MEADOWLARK- 1
    SEA OTTER- 1
    CALIFORNIA SEA LION- 50
    STELLER'S SEA LION- 2
    HUMPBACK WHALE- 3
    LONG-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHIN- 1200
    OCEAN SUNFISH- 10
    SHARK SP.- 2
    
    A gale had blown through the area the night prior to this trip. Seas were subsiding throughout the day — so much so that we looked, again, for the marbled murrelets in the afternoon with great success! Again, the high swell made it all but impossible to search for flocks of storm-petrels, but we enjoyed close views of the storm-petrels we did find!
    
    Living the Salt Life,
    Debi Shearwater
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 40 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
    
    
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  19. RE: [CALBIRDS] SEP 27 MONTEREY PELAGIC REPORT LINK
    DATE: Sep 29, 2015 @ 9:11pm, 2 year(s) ago
    Debi,
    Hey, are there any photos of the Least Storm-Petrels anywhere, just curious
    Thanks,
    Alvaro
    
    Alvaro Jaramillo
    alvaro@...
    www.alvarosadventures.com
    
    From: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com [mailto:CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of DEBRA SHEARWATER debi@... [CALBIRDS]Sent: Monday, September 28, 2015 8:26 PMTo: Calbirds <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>Cc: countybirders@yahoogroups.comSubject: [CALBIRDS] SEP 27 MONTEREY PELAGIC REPORT
    
    Howdy, CAL Birders,
    
    Shearwater Journeys' September 27, 2015 Monterey Bay pelagic trip tallied 14 species of tubenoses. Highlights included: excellent views of two different MANX SHEARWATERS, sitting on the water amidst 5220 BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS. Other shearwaters included: FLESH-FOOTED, SOOTY, BULLER'S, SHORT-TAILED. Owing to the calmer seas on this trip, we found rafts of storm-petrels sitting on the water. Flocks ranged from 20 to 50 to 500 storm-petrels and included FIVE SPECIES: BLACK, ASHY, LEAST, WILSON'S, and FORK-TAILED. In all, we tallied 14 species of tubenoses and enjoyed a beautiful day at sea. We covered both Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties.
    
    Many thanks to all of the birders who joined us from near and far for this trip. The leaders on this date were: Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Joel Barrett, Linda Terrill, Scott Terrill, and Debi Shearwater.
    
    We operated 15 pelagic trips during 23 days of September from Monterey, Half Moon Bay, and Bodega Bay. It was quite amazing to be out there so many days and see how the species changed with the ebb and flow of warm water. Terrafin is showing a broad wall of warm water out about the 1000 fathom line (beyond the reach of one day trips). However, seabirds and other marine animals have been moving in ahead of this front. (Black-vented Shearwaters, Least Storm-Petrels, Loggerhead Turtle, Bonito). At this time the strongest and coldest water is nearshore, just off the Seal Beach along Highway One (Big Sur) where birders are reporting large concentrations of Sooty Shearwaters — this is absolutely right on the mark!
    
    During October, we have five trips scheduled. Of those, two are sold out. Spaces are still available on the following:
    
    OCTOBER 3 Monterey with leaders: Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Abe Borker, Dena Spatz, Tim Miller, Alex Rinkert. Jennifer Green, Debi Shearwater.
    
    OCTOBER 10 Monterey with leaders: David Vander Pluym, Lauren Harter, Todd McGrath, Alex Rinkert, Jennifer Green, Debi Shearwater.
    
    OCTOBER 11 Half Moon Bay with leaders: Jim Holmes, Tim Miller, Will Brooks, David Vander Pluym, Lauren Harter, Todd McGrath, Marissa Ortega-Welch, Debi Shearwater
    
    October 4 Half Moon Bay and October 18 Great White Shark trips are sold out. Wait list only.
    
    The complete species list follows below.
    
    PACIFIC LOON- 1
    
    EARED GREBE- 14
    
    BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS- 15
    
    PACIFIC FULMAR- 36
    
    PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER- 90
    
    FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER- 1
    
    BULLER'S SHEARWATER- 4
    
    SOOTY SHEARWATER- 4615
    
    SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER- 1
    
    MANX SHEARWATER- 2
    
    BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER- 5220
    
    WILSON'S STORM-PETREL- 2
    
    FORK-TAILED STORM-PETREL- 2
    
    ASHY STORM-PETREL- 536
    
    BLACK STORM-PETREL- 83
    
    LEAST STORM-PETREL- 3
    
    BROWN PELICAN- 40
    
    BRANDT'S CORMORANT- 40
    
    DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT- 1
    
    PELAGIC CORMORANT- 4
    
    BLACK TURNSTONE- 2
    
    SURFBIRD- 3
    
    RED-NECKED PHALAROPE- 58
    
    RED PHALAROPE- 18
    
    POMARINE JAEGER- 9
    
    PARASITIC JAEGER- 4
    
    HEERMANN'S GULL- 50
    
    CALIFORNIA GULL- 310
    
    WESTERN GULL- 410
    
    SABINE'S GULL- 3
    
    ELEGANT TERN- 55
    
    COMMON TERN- 1
    
    COMMON MURRE- 55
    
    CASSIN'S AUKLET- 83
    
    RHINOCEROS AUKLET- 20
    
    PEREGRINE FALCON- 1, on the red and white radio tower along Cannery Row
    
    SEA OTTER- 5
    
    CALIFORNIA SEA LION- 5-
    
    STELLER'S SEA LION- 1
    
    NORTHERN ELEPHANT SEAL- 1
    
    HARBOR SEAL- 5
    
    HUMPBACK WHALE- 5
    
    SHORT-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHIN- 20
    
    LONG-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHIN- 800
    
    OCEAN SUNFISH- 2
    
    The turtle we saw on the September 25, 2015 Monterey Bay trip has been positively identified from images as a LOGGERHEAD TURTLE. Input was given by Robert L. Pitman on the ID. I have never seen a Loggerhead Turtle this far north, although they are known to range as far north as Alaska.
    
    Living the Salt Life,
    
    Debi Shearwater
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    
    PO Box 190
    
    Hollister, CA 95024
    
    831.637.8527
    
    debi@...
    
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 40 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
    
    
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  21. SEP 27 MONTEREY PELAGIC REPORT LINK
    DATE: Sep 29, 2015 @ 8:26pm, 2 year(s) ago
    Howdy, CAL Birders,
    Shearwater Journeys' September 27, 2015 Monterey Bay pelagic trip tallied 14 species of tubenoses. Highlights included: excellent views of two different MANX SHEARWATERS, sitting on the water amidst 5220 BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS. Other shearwaters included: FLESH-FOOTED, SOOTY, BULLER'S, SHORT-TAILED. Owing to the calmer seas on this trip, we found rafts of storm-petrels sitting on the water. Flocks ranged from 20 to 50 to 500 storm-petrels and included FIVE SPECIES: BLACK, ASHY, LEAST, WILSON'S, and FORK-TAILED. In all, we tallied 14 species of tubenoses and enjoyed a beautiful day at sea. We covered both Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties.
    
    Many thanks to all of the birders who joined us from near and far for this trip. The leaders on this date were: Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Joel Barrett, Linda Terrill, Scott Terrill, and Debi Shearwater.
    
    We operated 15 pelagic trips during 23 days of September from Monterey, Half Moon Bay, and Bodega Bay. It was quite amazing to be out there so many days and see how the species changed with the ebb and flow of warm water. Terrafin is showing a broad wall of warm water out about the 1000 fathom line (beyond the reach of one day trips). However, seabirds and other marine animals have been moving in ahead of this front. (Black-vented Shearwaters, Least Storm-Petrels, Loggerhead Turtle, Bonito). At this time the strongest and coldest water is nearshore, just off the Seal Beach along Highway One (Big Sur) where birders are reporting large concentrations of Sooty Shearwaters — this is absolutely right on the mark!
    
    During October, we have five trips scheduled. Of those, two are sold out. Spaces are still available on the following:
    OCTOBER 3 Monterey with leaders: Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Abe Borker, Dena Spatz, Tim Miller, Alex Rinkert. Jennifer Green, Debi Shearwater.
    OCTOBER 10 Monterey with leaders: David Vander Pluym, Lauren Harter, Todd McGrath, Alex Rinkert, Jennifer Green, Debi Shearwater.
    OCTOBER 11 Half Moon Bay with leaders: Jim Holmes, Tim Miller, Will Brooks, David Vander Pluym, Lauren Harter, Todd McGrath, Marissa Ortega-Welch, Debi Shearwater
    
    October 4 Half Moon Bay and October 18 Great White Shark trips are sold out. Wait list only.
    
    The complete species list follows below.
    
    PACIFIC LOON- 1
    EARED GREBE- 14
    BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS- 15
    PACIFIC FULMAR- 36
    PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER- 90
    FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER- 1
    BULLER'S SHEARWATER- 4
    SOOTY SHEARWATER- 4615
    SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER- 1
    MANX SHEARWATER- 2
    BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER- 5220
    WILSON'S STORM-PETREL- 2
    FORK-TAILED STORM-PETREL- 2
    ASHY STORM-PETREL- 536
    BLACK STORM-PETREL- 83
    LEAST STORM-PETREL- 3
    BROWN PELICAN- 40
    BRANDT'S CORMORANT- 40
    DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT- 1
    PELAGIC CORMORANT- 4
    BLACK TURNSTONE- 2
    SURFBIRD- 3
    RED-NECKED PHALAROPE- 58
    RED PHALAROPE- 18
    POMARINE JAEGER- 9
    PARASITIC JAEGER- 4
    HEERMANN'S GULL- 50
    CALIFORNIA GULL- 310
    WESTERN GULL- 410
    SABINE'S GULL- 3
    ELEGANT TERN- 55
    COMMON TERN- 1
    COMMON MURRE- 55
    CASSIN'S AUKLET- 83
    RHINOCEROS AUKLET- 20
    PEREGRINE FALCON- 1, on the red and white radio tower along Cannery Row
    SEA OTTER- 5
    CALIFORNIA SEA LION- 5-
    STELLER'S SEA LION- 1
    NORTHERN ELEPHANT SEAL- 1
    HARBOR SEAL- 5
    HUMPBACK WHALE- 5
    SHORT-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHIN- 20
    LONG-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHIN- 800
    OCEAN SUNFISH- 2
    
    The turtle we saw on the September 25, 2015 Monterey Bay trip has been positively identified from images as a LOGGERHEAD TURTLE. Input was given by Robert L. Pitman on the ID. I have never seen a Loggerhead Turtle this far north, although they are known to range as far north as Alaska.
    
    Living the Salt Life,
    Debi Shearwater
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 40 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
    
    
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  23. SHIFTING SEABIRDS LINK
    DATE: Sep 17, 2015 @ 10:00am, 2 year(s) ago
    Howdy, CALBirders,
    Shearwater Journeys' pelagic trip departing from Monterey Bay yesterday revealed a shift in the central California coast seabirds. Both shearwaters and storm-petrels are on the move — searching for, I believe, food. It's all about food.
    
    During the morning hours off Point Pinos, we saw good numbers of shearwaters, many of them sitting on the water. However, ashy storm-petrels surprised us by being right off Point Pinos in only 27 fathoms. (This reminded me of the late 1970's and seeing storm-petrels right from shore with Rich Stallcup).
    
    From Point Pinos, storm-petrels were scattered just about everywhere we traveled for the entire day. We went north to Santa Cruz County, finding storm-petrels along the underwater ridges where we have found them in year's past. Small flocks of 6-30 ashy storm-petrels were sitting on the water, but primarily they seemed to either be hunting for food, or actively feeding (). Supposedly, ashy storm-petrels are nocturnal feeders, but perhaps this is not the case during times of stressed hunting.
    
    We saw ASHY, BLACK, and FORK-TAILED STORM-PETRELS throughout the day. Again, I say they seemed to be hunting for food. One of the most remarkable behaviors I saw yesterday was a SABINE'S GULL CHASING A BLACK STORM-PETREL! So, I'm assuming the black storm-petrel had some food item that the Sabine's gull was trying to steal! Indeed, I believe that the gull was successful. I have never, ever seen these two species interacting in such a manner.
    
    We recorded many of the usual fall seabirds, but missed Buller's Shearwater. Black-footed Albatross; Northern Fulmar, Sooty, Short-tailed, Black-vented, and Pink-footed Shearwaters; Red and Red-necked Phalaropes; Parasitic Jaegers; Cassin's Auklets (great views with our captain doing a great job of boat handling), etc., were all, sighted.
    
    The marine mammal highlight was about a dozen KILLER WHALES which were traveling toward Moss Landing where another group of Killer Whales had killed two dolphins already!
    
    There has never been a better time to do a pelagic trip! My post, below was very prophetic, as it turns out! If you haven't heard the news, Shearwater Journeys has recorded three MEGA-RARE seabirds within the past week!
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2015/09/why-you-should-do-pelagic-trip-in.html
    
    Factor in new reports of yet two new sightings of WEDGE-RUMPED (GALAPAGOS) STORM-PETRELS sighted from a cruise ship, and the recent report from NOAA of the continuing El Nino, but more importantly, the prediction for El Nino to die weaken through spring 2016 — and, there could never be another time to "get out there."
    
    Shearwater Journeys still has spaces available on the following trips:
    MONTEREY (where two mega-rare seabirds have been seen within the past week): SEPTEMBER 25, 26, 27; OCTOBER 3, 10
    HALF MOON BAY: OCTOBER 4 & 11.
    FARALLON ISLANDS GREAT WHITE SHARK SEARCH: OCTOBER 18, departing from Sausalito (only a few spaces open)
    
    The MONTEREY BAY BIRDING FESTIVAL will be held, September 24-26 at Watsonville. Although our pelagic trips are part of the festival program, one does not need to be registered or signed up for any festival events in order to book on the September 25, 26, 27 Monterey pelagic trips. Scott Terrill will present a seabird workshop on Friday, September 25 at the festival, from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
    
    See you out there!
    Living the Salt Life,
    Debi Shearwater
    
    P.S. Perhaps shore based birders should be searching for (Galapagos) Swallow-tailed Gull, especially from Point Pinos. North America's first record was on the "monkey rocks" at Hopkins Marine Station, Pacific Grove.
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 40 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
    
    
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  25. MONTEREY BAY: BULWER'S PETREL(S)+ LINK
    DATE: Sep 13, 2015 @ 8:26pm, 2 year(s) ago
    Howdy, CALBirders,
    Shearwater Journeys' offshore Albacore Grounds trip departing at 5:30 a.m. today, September 12th was a killer trip by any standards.
    
    Highlights included: BULWER'S PETREL (possibly 2 individuals); BROWN BOOBY; LAYSAN ALBATROSS; FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER; SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER; FORK-TAILED STORM-PETREL; ASHY STORM-PETRELS; BLACK STORM-PETRELS; SOUTH POLAR SKUA; POMARINE, PARASITIC & LONG-TAILED JAEGERS; SABINE'S GULLS; ARCTIC TERNS; SCRIPPS'S/CRAVERI'S MURRELETS; TUFTED PUFFIN; and 12 FIN WHALES.
    
    Clearly, the major highlight of the day was the first BULWER'S PETREL, which our leader, Alex Rinkert spotted and called from the stern, as it was flying toward the bow. As the petrel flew around the bow, long-time leader, Scott Terrill, called, "Bulwer's Petrel," not knowing that Alex had identified the bird (it was noisy). This BULWER'S PETREL flew very close to the boat and gave us some great views. We should have many photographs of this individual by many photographers. Quite some time later, and 15 km away, another petrel which was spotted by a few of us flew rapidly past the bow of the boat. Whether or not the second sighting was of the same petrel, we do not know and no photographs were obtained of the second sighting. It was some crazy moments. Details and images will be forthcoming to the California Birds Records Committee. Both sightings were in SANTA CRUZ COUNTY.
    
    North America's first Bulwer's Petrel was found on a late July, 1998 (another very BIG El Nino year) Shearwater Journeys' trip from Monterey. This was followed a few weeks later by a record on the East Coast. Both of these records were accepted. There are very few records of Bulwer's Petrels for North America.
    
    A BROWN BOOBY made a pass at our boat when we had stopped for an hour. It was also in Santa Cruz County. The LAYSAN ALBATROSS showed very well. It was in MONTEREY COUNTY, as was the FLESH-FOOTED and SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATERS. The TUFTED PUFFIN was a distant flyby in SANTA CRUZ COUNTY. Long-tailed Jaegers, South Polar Skua, Arctic Terns and Buller's Shearwaters continue to be very thin in numbers.
    
    We headed north toward the canyons off Davenport, but never really made it as far as I had planned to go. I guess that worked out okay! There was a LOT of life along the 100 to 150 fathom lines, including gigantic shoals of mackerel, and fin whales, and most of the storm-petrels and the BULWER'S PETREL(S), and herds of dolphins. The sea surface temperature was a pretty steady 59F, not hitting 61 until we got back inside Monterey Bay. Cold water= productivity= food= birds. If you have been out with me, you've heard me repeat this over and over.
    
    It was not an easy day, with winds gusting 13 knots and up. We beat it out for 7 hours before we turned to head downhill, ending with the humpback whales off Moss Landing where Will Brooks, (another leader off duty today), photographed the Short-tailed Shearwater. And, the winds caught up to us inside the bay. Thankfully, the forecast for tomorrow is for improvements.
    
    Any way you turn, it was another FABULOUS day on Monterey Bay. Many thanks to all of the participants who joined us from near and far, including from Brazil, Canada, and England. Many thanks to the great team of leaders: Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Mary Gustafson, Alex Rinkert, Rick Fournier. (And, of course, I was there). Thanks, in advance, to the photographers: Fabio Olmos, Chris Hartzell, Will Brooks, Doug Koch, Peder Svingen. I apologize for any omissions.
    
    Spaces are still available on many of our Monterey trips:
    SEPTEMBER 16, 25, 26, 27; OCTOBER 3, 10.
    Half Moon Bay:
    SEPTEMBER 15 (2 spaces have opened up), 20; OCTOBER 4, 11.
    BODEGA BAY: SEP 18- 2 SPACES HAVE OPENED UP.
    
    Please email me: debi@... for details on trips.
    
    Living the Salt Life with thanks to so many birders,
    Debi Shearwater
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 40 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
    
    
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  27. SEP 9: Anchovies, The Stuff of Life LINK
    DATE: Sep 10, 2015 @ 7:38pm, 2 year(s) ago
    Howdy, CALBirders,
    Shearwater Journeys had a fantastic day —Monterey Bay's seabirds continue to pull out all the stops, but the HUMPBACK WHALE show is equally as spectacular. Yesterday, I mentioned that there was a north bound movement of seabirds. This was borne out today, when I spotted a LEAST STORM-PETREL, the first in many years for northern California.
    
    The first albatross of the day was a LAYSAN ALBATROSS in Santa Cruz County. (We radioed the whale watching boats to give them a "head's up" and apparently at least one boat did see this albatross). A MANX SHEARWATER was in Santa Cruz County also. FORK-TAILED STORM-PETRELS in Santa Cruz County were easily seen, making close passes by our vessel.
    
    Most of the regular fall seabirds were found, including a JAEGER GRAND SLAM: POMARINE, PARASITIC, and LONG-TAILED; BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS, NORTHERN/PACIFIC FULMAR, SOOTY, PINK-FOOTED, BULLER'S, and BLACK-VENTED (increasing numbers) SHEARWATERS; RED and RED-NECKED PHALAROPES; COMMON TERN; SABINE'S GULL; COMMON MURRE; CASSIN'S and RHINOCEROS AUKLETS.
    
    I counted 82 HUMPBACK WHALES, with as many as 5 individuals lunge-feeding on anchovies at one time. Shearwaters, terns, murres, and 1000+ LONG-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHINS were also feeding on anchovies. Leaving Moss Landing, we headed into Santa Cruz County, and the humpback whales seemed to be steaming along a trail from the north, straight for Moss Landing. Anchovies have pushed up just about to the beach near the Monterey Bay Aquarium. This is attracting a gigantic swarm of birds, mainly ELEGANT TERNS, BRANDT'S CORMORANTS, and BROWN PELICANS in a feeding frenzy. Anchovies are hugging the coast causing humpbacks and shearwaters to do the same. As long as the anchovies continue to do this, it will be relatively easy to predict where the shearwaters will be — at least until nearly all of the anchovies are consumed. Some folks are speculating that this may be the biggest anchovy year, "ever." Nice to see such a comeback, as our central California anchovy population crashed in 2008.
    
    Again, I look for some northward bound movement of seabirds, and possibly some intrusions from the Pacific tropical storms. What's next
    
    We still have plenty of spaces on some trips this season. See our web site for availability:
    http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.shtml
    
    See you out there!
    Living the Salt Life,
    Debi Shearwater
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 40 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
    
    
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  29. What's Happening Offshore: Sep 6 & 8 LINK
    DATE: Sep 9, 2015 @ 10:04pm, 2 year(s) ago
    Howdy, CALBirders,
    On September 6, Shearwater Journeys had an offshore pelagic trip departing from Half Moon Bay. We spent the entire day in San Mateo County. Highlights included: LAYSAN ALBATROSS (1), BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS (21), PINK-FOOTED (356), BULLER'S (2), and SOOTY (54807) SHEARWATERS; a solitary FORK-TAILED STORM-PETREL put on a nice, close show; ARCTIC & COMMON TERNS; SOUTH POLAR SKUA; SABINE'S GULL; COMMON MURRE (999); MARBLED MURRELET (2). A dozen HUMPBACK WHALES, including a few just outside the harbor, 300 LONG-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHINS were present along with the usual pinnipeds.
    
    The real show stopper was something that very much confused me: something red sticking up in a pool of — red stuff which I spotted in our wake. This turned out to be the head of a young HARBOR SEAL! It was floating head down. So, the bit off end was the "red" floating thing. Recognizing that this was almost certainly a kill made by a GREAT WHITE SHARK, we did not approach the dead animal. Rather, we waited a fair amount of time, hoping the great white shark would return to the carcass. But, it did not. Oddly enough no birds were feeding or hovering over the carcass. So, we finally approached it, gaffed it, and sure enough, we could see teeth marks left on the body from the shark. It must have happened just as our boat was approaching it — for the carcass to end up in our wake. I imagine that the harbor seal was vertical in the water, as they usually are, and the shark simply came up from below (in which case we would never have seen it), and bit the thing in half! Astounding! I'll put images up on my blog when I have time.
    
    Good numbers of SOOTY SHEARWATERS were streaming along the shore, both in the morning and afternoon. Many people have commented on this event. The sooty shearwaters and common murres and humpback whales are feeding on nearshore schooling anchovies. There is a vast amount of warm water around, both El Nino and "the blob." SST (sea surface temperature) charts are showing cold water hugging the coastline near Half Moon Bay, Moss Landing, and in some areas south of Point Pinos on the Monterey Peninsula. However, there is a large body of cold water both nearshore and offshore Bodega Bay. As I indicated in my blog post, that is where the vast majority of these birds are, right now. Keep in mind that even though we are seeing large numbers of sooty shearwaters along the coast, their worldwide population has experienced vast and steep declines, by as much as 90% according to some experts. Sooty shearwaters are one of four species of declining shearwaters. The others include: flesh-footed, short-tailed, and streaked shearwaters. Blog post: http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2015/08/streaming-shearwaters-schooling-fish.html
    
    On September 8, Shearwater Journeys had a Monterey Bay pelagic trip. We spent time in both Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. HIghlights included: BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS (30), PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER (650), BULLER'S SHEARWATER (5), SOOTY SHEARWATER (3500- a decrease in total numbers), BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER (75, an increase in numbers), ASHY STORM-PETREL (15); POMARINE, PARASITIC, and LONG-TAILED JAEGERS; SABINE'S GULLS; CASSIN'S and RHINOCEROS AUKLETS. Marine mammals included: two HUMPBACK WHALES feeding on anchovies just the other side of the Coast Guard Jetty! Up at Davenport, I spotted a solitary FIN WHALE that was likely feeding on schooling fish 400 feet deep in the water column. Throughout the day we had encounters with several groups of LONG-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHINS and RISSO'S DOLPHINS.
    
    Wildlife is shifting with the food supply. The general shift that I see is birds moving northward. Sooty shearwaters are moving north toward Bodega Bay. Increasing numbers of Black-vented shearwaters from the south have arrived in Monterey Bay today. Many were off Point Pinos this evening.
    
    There is an obvious die off of common murres, and many murres are hanging around both Monterey and Half Moon Bay harbors, some even on the jetties. I suspect that many, if not most of these murres will die. I saw many dead murres floating along Cannery Row, Monterey today. Also, I saw a good number of dead murres offshore. (Keep in mind that La Nina is already in the forecast for next year. So, murres will rebound).
    
    That's a bit of the latest news and updates. The marine life parade just continues to amaze me. Spaces are still available on many of our trips, including this week: September 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 16, 25, 26, 27 and October 3 and 10 from Monterey. September 20 (limited number of spaces available) and October 4 and 11 from Half Moon Bay. I'm very much hoping for a real great white shark sighting on our October 18 trip departing from Sausalito to the Farallon Islands — the best place and best time of year for great whites. Spaces are filling up fast on that trip.
    
    Hope to see you out there!
    Living the Salt Life,
    Debi Shearwater
    
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