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   Least Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma microsoma) - LSTP (recent eBird sightings, view CBRC records, range map
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  1. San Diego pelagic: LAYSAN, 2 new RED-FOOTED & new MASKED Boobies, 12 Craveri's, S.P. Skua, B-f Albatross LINK
    DATE: Aug 20, 2018 @ 5:42am, 2 month(s) ago
    The 12-hour pelagic trip from San Diego on Sunday, 19 August, out as far
    
    as the 30-Mile Bank aboard GRANDE and sponsored by Buena Vista Audubon
    
    Society was wildly successful for quality birds. Best for San Diego
    
    waters was the LAYSAN ALBATROSS that plopped down near the boat only
    
    10.5 nm WSW of Sunset Cliffs (Point Loma), on our way back in. Before
    
    that, the best birds had been yet another, new RED-FOOTED BOOBY 24.4 nm
    
    WSW of La Jolla, also sitting on the water near the boat, and a close
    
    fly-by sub-adult MASKED BOOBY at the "182" site on the 30-Mile Bank.
    
    (Both of these birds were recognizably DIFFERENT from the ones we saw in
    
    the same general waters just two days earlier!!) At the end of the day,
    
    we heard that yet another RED-FOOTED BOOBY was riding along on another
    
    fishing boat, so we met that boat at the mouth of the bay and enjoyed
    
    following that bird back to the dock! Combined with the 3 BROWN BOOBIES
    
    seen, we had a three-booby day. A BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS made repeated
    
    passes close to the boat out at the 30-Mile, where there was also a
    
    distant SOUTH POLAR SKUA. And a total of 12 (6 pairs) of flighty
    
    CRAVERI'S MURRELETS were tallied, all well offshore. A BLACK TERN was
    
    seen by some, as was a WHITE-WINGED DOVE as we left the dock in the
    
    early morning. Photos of many of these birds will undoubtedly be posted
    
    by others. Offshore totals for the trip included:
    
    LAYSAN ALBATROSS: 1
    
    BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS: 1
    
    Pink-footed Shearwater: 90
    
    Sooty Shearwater: 2
    
    Black-vented Shearwater: 300
    
    Black Storm-Petrel: 350
    
    Ashy Storm-Petrel: 4
    
    Leach's Storm-Petrel: 15 (high)
    
    Least Storm-Petrel: 0 (a couple "maybe's" that were not seen well
    
    enough or photo'd)
    
    MASKED BOOBY: 1
    
    Brown Booby: 3
    
    RED-FOOTED BOOBY: 2
    
    Red-necked Phalarope: 50
    
    Red Phalarope: 200
    
    Pomarine Jaeger: 5
    
    Parasitic Jaeger: 2
    
    Long-tailed Jaeger: 1
    
    CRAVERI'S MURRELET: 12
    
    Cassin's Auklet: 6
    
    Sabine's Gull: 10
    
    BLACK TERN: 1
    
    WHITE-WINGED DOVE: 1
    
    Blue Whale: 1
    
    The next San Diego pelagic trips are scheduled for 23 September and 21
    
    October. See sandiegopelagics.com for more information.
    
    --Paul Lehman and leader contingent, San Diego
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  3. offshore San Diego: RED-FOOTED & MASKED Boobies, Least Stormies, Craveri's, Long-taileds LINK
    DATE: Aug 17, 2018 @ 3:40pm, 2 month(s) ago
    Several of us headed offshore on Friday the 17th from San Diego for 7+
    
    hours out to the 30-Mile Bank and return. Some good birds found, some
    
    late-summer specialties, and some dead zones. Totals offshore included:
    
    RED-FOOTED BOOBY: a dark-morph bird flew right by the boat 25.9 nm W of
    
    La Jolla. Photos. This bird looks very much like the bird(s) seen a
    
    week or so ago both at the end of the Mission Bay Jetty and offshore
    
    from a whalewatch boat (but which was much closer to shore than our bird).
    
    MASKED BOOBY: a near-adult was sitting on the water also near the
    
    30-Mile Bank, some 23.1 nm W of Point Loma. Photos. It seems as
    
    though, as of late, that Masked has become rarer than Nazca off CA....
    
    Least Storm-Petrel: total of 8, all at or near the 30-Mile Bank. None
    
    closer to shore.
    
    Craveri's Murrelet: total of 6 (plus 2 murrelet sp.), all pairs at or
    
    near the 30-Mile Bank
    
    Long-tailed Jaeger: 2 juveniles, one only 6.6 nm W of La Jolla, and the
    
    other out at the 30-Mile Bank where more typical
    
    Other species seen:
    
    Pink-footed Shearwater: 25
    
    Sooty Shearwater: 1
    
    Black-vented Shearwater: 50
    
    Ashy Storm-Petrel: total of ca. 30 birds is quite high for this late in
    
    the season off San Diego; peak numbers often in late May and June
    
    Black Storm-Petrel: total of 1800 included 1600 in several rafts on
    
    30-Mile Bank
    
    Cassin's Auklet: 3
    
    Pomarine Jaeger: 3
    
    Parasitic Jaeger: 1
    
    Red Phalarope: 100+
    
    Red-necked Phalarope: 40
    
    Sabine's Gull: 3 (incl. 1 juv.)
    
    Western Gull: 50
    
    Elegant Tern: 25
    
    The next scheduled pelagic trip off San Diego is this coming Sunday, but
    
    it is sold out. The next trip after that is in latter September and
    
    still has space. See sandiegopelagics.com for more information.
    
    --Paul Lehman and group, San Diego
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  5. August 25 pelagic trip to Tanner and Cortez Banks LINK
    DATE: Aug 2, 2018 @ 2:16pm, 3 month(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    I have organized a pelagic trip to the Cortez and Tanner Banks at the end of this month. The basic details are: departure from Dana Point aboard the R/V Sea Explorer, leaving at 1 AM and returning at 9 PM on Saturday, August 25 (20 hours); there are NO bunks or full galley on board, but possibly enough room to sleep on the floor or benches inside (plenty of room outside). The per person cost is $200, and there are only TWO spaces remaining.
    
    This should be an excellent opportunity to see species like Black-footed Albatross, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Red-billed Tropicbird, Craveri's Murrelet, Arctic Tern, South Polar Skua, and Long-tailed Jaeger. It is also a good opportunity to look for rare species such as Cook's and Hawaiian Petrels, Townsend's Storm-Petrel, Least Storm-Petrel, and Guadalupe Murrelet. On July 15 a trip from Ventura to nearby waters recorded nearly 100 Cook's Petrels, Tristram's Storm-Petrel, Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel, two Nazca Boobies, Long-tailed Jaeger, South Polar Skua, Sabine's Gull, and Black, Ashy, and Leach's Storm-Petrels. Additionally, t hree Townsend's Storm-Petrels were photographed on a trip out of San Diego on July 29. <
    /div>
    
    If you are interested in going or have any questions, please email me back (off list) and I will send you additional details and/or payment information.
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
    thomasabenson AT aol.com
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  7. August 25 pelagic trip to Tanner and Cortez Banks LINK
    DATE: Jul 9, 2018 @ 10:45am, 4 month(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    I have organized a pelagic trip to the Cortez and Tanner Banks next month. The basic details are: departure from Dana Point aboard the R/V Sea Explorer, leaving at 1-2 AM and returning at 8-9 PM on Saturday, August 25 (18-20 hours); there are NO bunks or full galley on board, but possibly enough room to sleep on the floor or benches inside (plenty of room outside). The per person cost is $200, and there are currently about 10 spaces remaining.
    
    This should be an excellent opportunity to see species like Black-footed Albatross, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Red-billed Tropicbird, Craveri's Murrelet, Arctic Tern, South Polar Skua, and Long-tailed Jaeger. It is also a good opportunity to look for rare species such as Cook's and Hawaiian Petrels, Townsend's Storm-Petrel, Least Storm-Petrel, and Guadalupe Murrelet.
    
    If you are interested in going or have any questions, please email me back (off list) and I will send you additional details and/or payment information.
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
    thomasabenson AT aol.com
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  9. Upcoming pelagic trip out of Ventura on July 15 LINK
    DATE: Jul 3, 2018 @ 10:55am, 4 month(s) ago
     Hi All
    
    This is a reminder that Island Packers is offering a 12-hour
    deepwater pelagic trip from the Ventura Harbor at 7 am on Sunday July 15. This trip will allow us to get to offshore
    waters beyond the reach of most day trips where we will have a chance to see a
    number of outstanding pelagic birds and marine mammals. Our intention is to go southwest from Ventura
    towards San Nicolas Island and the banks, knolls, canyons and other productive
    features in the area. This will give us
    a chance to look for sought after species like Cooks Petrel, Red-billed
    Tropicbird, Least Storm-Petrel, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Townsend's Storm-Petrel,
    Guadalupe Murrelet and Craveri's Murrelet.
    Our trip to this area last year was outstanding and yielded Cooks
    Petrels, Black-footed Albatross, 45 Craveris Murrelets (!!), Brown Booby, and
    a variety of other pelagic species. Recent pelagic trips out of San Diego have
    found Craveris Murrelets, Nazca Booby, Masked Booby, and Townsends
    Storm-Petrel so there are some great birds in the Southern California Bight at
    the moment. We will decide what our offshore destination will be after
    reviewing oceanographic conditions at the time of the trip, which will help
    determine where the birds and other marine life may be present or concentrated.
    
    Summer trips in July and August coincide with the earlier
    parts of the southbound fall migration of arctic nesting species, the northward
    dispersal of southern nesting species, and the nesting and fledging periods of
    breeding species on the Channel Islands.
    Past trips have found Cooks Petrel (rare), Manx Shearwater (rare),
    Black-footed Albatross, Laysan Albatross (rare), Buller's Shearwater, Leach's
    Storm-Petrel, Blue-footed Booby, Brown Booby, Long-tailed Jaeger, South Polar
    Skua, Scripps's Murrelet, Craveri's Murrelet, Arctic Tern, and a variety of
    other shearwaters, storm-petrels, pelagic gulls and terns, phalaropes, and
    alcids. Patrolling the shoreline of
    Anacapa Island has yielded American Oystercatchers over the last few
    years. Summer is also an excellent time
    for Ashy and Black Storm-Petrels, and Cassin's Auklets. There is often a flock of 1000's of Black
    Storm-Petrels south of the islands that we will attempt to find. A few Rhinoceros Auklets and Common Murres
    should still be around, along with Pigeon Guillemots near the islands. Red-billed Tropicbird is always possible on
    summer trips, although not found every year.
    
    The trip will be on an ultra-fast catamaran that features a
    spacious and comfortable cabin, galley, and excellent viewing from both the
    upper and lower decks. A full contingent of outstanding seabird leaders will be
    present to make sure we see all that is out there. The Captain and crew know how to run birding
    trips and are enthusiastic and helpful.
    In addition, we work hard to creep up on birds and get them in the right
    light...photographers will not be disappointed!
    
    Trips can be booked over the phone by calling (805) 642-1393
    or online at www.IslandPackers.com by clicking the Reserve Trip tab, select the
    Special Trips tab, and select your desired departure. The cost of the trip is
    $195 per adult.
    
    Hope to see you at sea!
    
    Dave Pereksta
    Ventura, CA
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  11. Potential Cortez Bank pelagic trip, August 25 LINK
    DATE: May 29, 2018, 5 month(s) ago
    California birders,
    
    I am trying to organize a pelagic trip to the Cortez Bank this year. The basic details are: departure from Dana Point aboard the R/V Sea Explorer (same boat used on Orange County Audubon pelagics), leaving at 1-2 AM and returning at 8-9 PM on Saturday, August 25 (18-20 hours); there are NO bunks or full galley on board, but possibly enough room to sleep on the floor or benches inside (plenty of room outside). The per person cost will likely be $200 (it will not be more than that).
    
    This should be an excellent opportunity to add species like Black-footed Albatross, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Red-billed Tropicbird, Craveri's Murrelet, Arctic Tern, South Polar Skua, and Long-tailed Jaeger to your LA County (and California) list. It is also a good opportunity to look for rare species such as Cook's and Hawaiian Petrels, Townsend's Storm-Petrel, Least Storm-Petrel, and Guadalupe Murrelet.
    
    If you are interested in going, please email me back (off list) and let me know so I can put your name on the manifest and determine if there is enough interest to fill the boat. I have a list of about 15 people who have expressed interest already, but we need at least 15 more to fill the boat and make this trip happen. If you have any questions regarding the details of the trip, please contact me and I will answer them to the best of my ability.
    
    Tom
    thomasabenson AT aol.com
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  13. Pelagic trip out of Ventura with Island Packers on 7 Oct 2017 LINK
    DATE: Sep 25, 2017 @ 1:30pm, 1 year(s) ago
    Hi All
    
    This
    is a reminder that Island Packers is offering an 11-hour deepwater
    pelagic trip from the Ventura Harbor at 7 am on Saturday October 7. This
    trip will allow us to get to offshore waters beyond the reach of most
    day trips where we will
    have a chance to see a number of outstanding pelagic birds and marine
    mammals. The waters around the northern
    Channel Islands can be very productive during the fall when hundreds
    (sometimes thousands) of shearwaters crowd into the inter-island gaps. We will be looking through flocks of Black-vented,
    Pink-footed, and Sooty Shearwaters for Buller's, Flesh-footed (uncommon),
    and Manx (rare) Shearwaters. This is peak season for seabird diversity
    so in addition to the species already mentioned, Black-footed Albatross,
    Black and Ashy Storm-Petrels, Cassin's and Rhinoceros Auklets, and
    Pomarine and Long-tailed Jaegers are all possible. It is a good time of
    year for South Polar Skua, Sabine's Gull, and Arctic Tern. Recent trips
    near the islands have found Blue-footed Booby (2013-2014, 2016) and Brown
    Booby (2013-2017). There is also a potential for sought-after species
    like Cooks' Petrel, Red-billed Tropicbird, Least Storm-Petrel, Townsend's Storm-Petrel, Guadalupe Murrelet, and
    Craveri's Murrelet. The last 4 years have been exceptional for Craveri's
    Murrelet off southern California and with warm water continuing, our chances to find this elusive species may be good. We saw approximately 45 Craveri's Murrelets on our recent July trip from Ventura! In addition, there was a Nazca Booby seen on a pelagic trip out of San Diego this weekend so anything is possible out there. We
    will decide what our offshore destinations will be after reviewing
    oceanographic conditions at the time of the trip, which will help
    determine where birds and other marine life may be present.
    
    The trip will be on an ultra-fast catamaran that features a
    spacious and comfortable cabin, galley, and excellent viewing from
    both the upper and lower decks. A full contingent of outstanding seabird
    leaders will be present to make sure we see all that is out there. The
    Captain and crew know how to run birding trips and are enthusiastic
    and helpful.In addition, we work hard to creep up on birds and get
    them in the right light for photographers.
    
    Trips can be booked over the phone by calling (805) 642-1393 or online at www.IslandPackers.comby
    clicking the Reserve Trip tab, select the Special Trips tab, and select
    your desired departure. The cost of the trip is $170 per adult.
    
    Hope to see you at sea!
    
    Dave Pereksta
    Ventura, CA
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  15. Pelagic trip out of Ventura with Island Packers on July 16 LINK
    DATE: Jun 30, 2017, 1 year(s) ago
    Hi All
    
    This is a reminder that Island Packers is offering a 12-hour deepwater pelagic trip from the Ventura Harbor at 7 am on Sunday July 16. This trip will allow us to get to offshore waters beyond the reach of most day trips where we will
    have a chance to see a number of outstanding pelagic birds and marine
    mammals. Our intention is to go south from Ventura towards San Nicolas
    Island and the banks, knolls, canyons and other productive features in
    the area. This will give us a chance to look for sought after species
    like Red-billed Tropicbird, Least Storm-Petrel, Leach's Storm-Petrel,
    Townsend's Storm-Petrel, Guadalupe Murrelet and Craveri's Murrelet. Research trips that have traversed the area south of the Channel Islands
    this spring have recorded a few rare species including a Nazca Booby
    and Cook's Petrels. We
    will decide what our offshore destination will be after reviewing
    oceanographic conditions at the time of the trip, which will help
    determine where the birds and other marine life may be present or
    concentrated.
    
    Summer
    trips in July and August
    coincide with the earlier parts of the southbound fall migration of
    arctic nesting species, the northward dispersal of southern nesting
    species, and the nesting and fledging periods of breeding species on the
    Channel Islands. Past trips have found Manx Shearwater (rare),
    Black-footed Albatross, Laysan Albatross (rare), Buller's Shearwater,
    Leach's Storm-Petrel,
    Blue-footed Booby, Brown Booby, Long-tailed
    Jaeger, South Polar Skua, Scripps's Murrelet, Craveri's Murrelet (several were seen out of San Diego last week so they are around), Arctic Tern, and a variety of other shearwaters,
    storm-petrels, pelagic gulls and terns, phalaropes, and alcids.
    Patrolling the shoreline of Anacapa Island has yielded American
    Oystercatchers over the last few years. Summer is also an excellent
    time for Ashy and Black Storm-Petrels, and Cassin's Auklets. There is
    often a flock of 1000's of Black Storm-Petrels south of the islands
    that we will attempt to find. A few Rhinoceros Auklets and Common Murres should still be
    around, along with Pigeon Guillemots near the islands. Red-billed
    Tropicbird is always possible on summer trips, although not found every
    year.
    
    The trip will be on an ultra-fast catamaran that features a
    spacious and comfortable cabin, galley, and excellent viewing from
    both the upper and lower decks. A full contingent of outstanding seabird
    leaders will be present to make sure we see all that is out there. The
    Captain and crew know how to run birding trips and are enthusiastic
    and helpful.In addition, we work hard to creep up on birds and get
    them in the right light...photographers will not be disappointed!
    
    Trips can be booked over the phone by calling (805) 642-1393 or online at www.IslandPackers.comby clicking the Reserve Trip tab, select the Special Trips tab, and select your desired departure. The cost of the trip is $195 per adult.
    
    Hope to see you at sea!
    
    Dave Pereksta
    Ventura, CA
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  17. Oct 8 pelagic trip out of Ventura - space available LINK
    DATE: Oct 3, 2016 @ 8:13am, 2 year(s) ago
    There is still space available for a pelagic trip out of the Ventura Harbor on Oct 8 with Island Packers. The advance forecast looks great for Saturday so we hope you can join us offshore. The waters around the northern
    Channel Islands can be very productive during the fall when hundreds
    (sometimes thousands) of shearwaters crowd into the inter-island gaps. We will be looking through flocks of Black-vented,
    Pink-footed, and Sooty Shearwaters for Buller's, Flesh-footed (uncommon),
    and Manx (rare) Shearwaters. This is peak season for seabird diversity
    so in addition to the species already mentioned, Black-footed Albatross,
    Black and Ashy Storm-Petrels, Cassin's and Rhinoceros Auklets, and
    Pomarine and Long-tailed Jaegers are all possible. It is a good time of
    year for South Polar Skua, Sabine's Gull, and Arctic Tern. Recent trips
    near the islands have found Blue-footed Booby (2013-2014, 2016) and Brown
    Booby (2013-2016)! There is also a potential for sought-after species
    like Red-billed Tropicbird, Least Storm-Petrel, Guadalupe Murrelet, and
    Craveri's Murrelet. The last 3 years have been exceptional for Craveri's
    Murrelet off southern California and with warm water continuing, our chances to find this elusive species may be good. We
    will decide what our offshore destinations will be after reviewing
    oceanographic conditions at the time of the trip, which will help
    determine where birds and other marine life may be present.
    
    Fall Migration Adventure
    October 8th (Sat)
    10 hrs 8 am-6 pm
    $170 per adult
    Previous
    year highlights include: Blue-footed and Brown Booby; Black, Ashy, and Least Storm-Petrels; American
    Oystercatcher; Craveriís Murrelet; South Polar Skua; Pomarine, Parasitic, and Long-tailed
    Jaegers; Cassinís and Rhinoceros Auklets; Red and Red-necked Phalarope;
    Northern Fulmar; Pink-footed, Sooty, and Black-vented Shearwaters, Sabine's Gulls, Common/Arctic Terns and Common
    Murre. Other possibilities include Bullerís and Flesh-footed
    Shearwaters, Wilsonís Storm Petrel, and Red-billed Tropicbird.
    
    The trip will be on an ultra-fast catamaran that featured a spacious and comfortable cabin, galley, and excellent viewing from
    both the upper and lower decks. A full contingent of outstanding seabird
    leaders will be present to make sure we see all that is out there. The
    Captains and crews know how to run birding trips and are enthusiastic
    and helpful.In addition, we work hard to creep up on birds and get
    them in the right light...photographers will not be disappointed!
    
    Trips can be booked over the phone by calling (805) 642-1393 or online at www.IslandPackers.comby clicking the Reserve Trip tab, Select the Special Trips tab, and select your desired departure.
    
    Hope to see you at sea!
    
    Dave Pereksta
    Ventura, CA
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  19. July 10 Ventura pelagic cancelled LINK
    DATE: Jul 7, 2016 @ 10:29am, 2 year(s) ago
    The Pelagic trip that was scheduled for Sunday, July 10 with Island Packers out of the Ventura Harbor has been cancelled due to weather. We have been watching the forecast over the last few days and it continues to get worse. The outer waters we were hoping to reach are predicted to have 30-40 knots of wind (gusting to near 50) and 10-13 foot seas. It would be very uncomfortable trying to bird in those conditions. If you were signed up for the trip, Island Packers will contact you directly regarding your refund.
    
    We have two other trips planned in the coming months as described below.
    
    Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands and the Island Scrub-Jay. This trip will be on the Vanguard out of the Channel Islands Harbor.
    August 21st (Sunday)
    9 hrs 8 am- 5 pm
    $80 per adult (This trip will drop off at Santa Cruz Island so we can search for the endemic Island Scrub-Jay)
    Previous year highlights include: Red-billed Tropicbird, Brown Booby, Scrippsís and Craveriís Murrelets; Black-vented, Sooty, and Pink-footed Shearwaters; Cassinís Auklet; Red-necked Phalarope; and Black and Ashy Storm-Petrels.
    
    Fall Migration Adventure
    October 8th (Sat)
    10 hrs 8 am-6 pm
    $170 per adult
    Previous year highlights include: Blue-footed and Brown Booby; Black, Ashy, and Least Storm-Petrels; American Oystercatcher; Craveriís Murrelet; South Polar Skua; Pomarine, Parasitic, and Long-tailed Jaegers; Cassinís and Rhinoceros Auklets; Red and Red-necked Phalarope; Pink-footed, Sooty,and Black-vented Shearwaters, Sabine's Gull, Common/Arctic Terns and Common Murre. Other possibilities include Bullerís and Flesh-footed Shearwaters, Wilsonís Storm Petrel, and Red-billed Tropicbird.
    
    The October trip will be on an ultra-fast catamaran that features a spacious and comfortable cabin, galley, and excellent viewing from both the upper and lower decks. A full contingent of outstanding seabird leaders will be present to make sure we see all that is out there. The Captain and crew know how to run birding trips and are enthusiastic and helpful.In addition, we work hard to creep up on birds and get them in the right light...photographers will not be disappointed!
    
    Trips can be booked over the phone by calling (805) 642-1393 or online at www.IslandPackers.comby clicking the Reserve Trip tab, Select the Special Trips tab, and select your desired departure.
    
    Hope to see you at sea!
    
    Dave Pereksta
    
    Ventura, CA
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  21. San Diego Pelagic 12 June 2016 LINK
    DATE: May 31, 2016, 2 year(s) ago
    The next and last spring 2016 Buena Vista Audubon San Diego pelagic is Sunday June 12th,out of Point Loma Sportfishing Landing, San Diego Bay . This is a 12 hour trip and will visit the 9 and 30 Mile Banks aboard the 85 ft." Grande". Expected species are Pink-footed, Sooty, and Black-vented Shearwaters, Black, Ashy, and Leach's Storm-Petrels, Brown Booby, Red-necked Phalaropes, Scripps's Murrelet, Cassin's Auklet, and Elegant Tern. Also possible are Black-footed Albatross, Red-billed Tropicbird, Red Phalarope, South Polar Skua, Pomarine and Parasitic Jaegers, and Common Tern.
    Surprises are always hoped for. Last year it was Buller's Shearwaters, a Wilson's Storm-Petrel, two Least Storm-Petrels, and 20 Craveri's Murrelets, all extraordinarily early. What might we find this year A Least Storm-Petrel has already been seen this spring, and the water remains slightly warmer than normal. We expect to see marine mammals each trip. We had a close in Blue Whale on the May's trip. Fin, Humpback, and Minke Whales have been seen locally this spring. Bottle-nosed, Risso's and Common Dolphin are possible. I hope you'll join us. The regular trip price is $105 ( a mere $8.75/hr.). Call
    
    619 223-1627 ask for the June 12 th. Grande
    
    bird trip.
    
    Dave Povey www.sandiegopelagics.com .
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  23. Upcoming pelagic trips from Ventura with Island Packers LINK
    DATE: Apr 16, 2016 @ 9:30am, 3 year(s) ago
    Hello birders
    
    Island
    Packers has scheduled three pelagic birdingtrips for this summer and
    fall based out of Ventura and Oxnard, CA. The dates areJuly 10, August 21, and
    October 8. Summer and fall are great seasons to get offshore southern
    California and past trips have had success finding a variety of local,
    uncommon, and rare species.
    
    Summer
    trips in July and August
    coincide with the earlier parts of the southbound fall migration of
    arctic nesting species, the northward dispersal of southern nesting
    species, and the nesting and fledging periods of breeding species on the
    Channel Islands.Summer trips have found Manx Shearwater (rare),
    Black-footed Albatross, Laysan Albatross (rare), Buller's Shearwater,
    Leach's Storm-Petrel,
    Blue-footed Booby, Brown Booby, Long-tailed
    Jaeger, South Polar Skua, Scripps's Murrelet, Craveri's Murrelet (warm
    water years), Arctic Tern, and a variety of other shearwaters,
    storm-petrels, pelagic gulls and terns, phalaropes, and alcids.
    Patrolling the shoreline of Anacapa Island has yielded American
    Oystercatchers over the last few years. Summer is also an excellent
    time for Ashy and Black Storm-Petrels, and Cassin's Auklets. There is
    often a flock of 1000's of Black Storm-Petrels south of the islands
    that we will attempt to find. A few Rhinoceros Auklets should still be
    around, along with Pigeon Guillemots near the islands. Red-billed
    Tropicbird is always possible on summer trips, although not found every
    year.With the lingering El Nino this year, it will be a great time to
    look for warm water species including Guadalupe Murrelet, Craveri's
    Murrelet,and Least Storm-Petrel. In addition, the August trip will
    include a landing on Santa Cruz Island so we can search for the endemic
    Island Scrub-Jay!
    
    The waters around the northern
    Channel Islands can be very productive during the fall when hundreds
    (sometimes thousands) of shearwaters crowd into the inter-island gaps.
    In October, we will be looking through flocks of Black-vented,
    Pink-footed and Sooty Shearwaters for Buller's, Flesh-footed (uncommon),
    and Manx (rare) Shearwaters. This is peak season for seabird diversity
    so in addition to the species already mentioned, Black-footed Albatross,
    Black and Ashy Storm-Petrels, Cassin's and Rhinoceros Auklets, and
    Pomarine and Long-tailed Jaegers are all possible. It is a good time of
    year for South Polar Skua, Sabine's Gull, and Arctic Tern. Recent trips
    near the islands have found Blue-footed Booby (2013-2014, 2016) and Brown
    Booby (2013-2016)! There is also a potential for sought-after species
    like Red-billed Tropicbird, Least Storm-Petrel, Guadalupe Murrelet, and
    Craveri's Murrelet. The last two years were exceptional years for Craveri's
    Murrelet off southern California and with warm water continuing, our chances to find this elusive species may be good. We
    will decide what our offshore destinations will be after reviewing
    oceanographic conditions at the time of the trip, which will help
    determine where birds and other marine life may be present and/or
    concentrated.
    
    The schedule and pricing is as follows:
    Channel Islands and Beyond: Santa Barbara Channel, Interisland gaps, and deep waters south of the islands
    July 10th (Sunday)
    12 hrs 7 am-7 pm
    $195 per adult
    Previous
    year highlights include: Blue-footed Booby, Scrippsís and Craveriís
    Murrelet, South Polar Skua, Common Tern, Leachís, Ashy, and Black
    Storm-Petrels, Sooty, Pink-footed, and Black-vented Shearwaters,
    Cassinís Auklet, and Red-necked Phalaropes. Manx Shearwater has also
    been sighted the past few years in mid-July.
    
    Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands and the Island Scrub-Jay. This trip will be on the Vanguard out of the Channel Islands Harbor.
    August 21st (Sunday)
    9 hrs 8 am- 5 pm
    $80 per adult (This trip will drop off at Santa Cruz Island so we can search for the endemic Island Scrub-Jay)
    Previous
    year highlights include: Red-billed Tropicbird, Brown Booby, Scrippsís
    and Craveriís Murrelets; Black-vented, Sooty, and Pink-footed
    Shearwaters; Cassinís Auklet; Red-necked Phalarope; and Black
    Storm-Petrel.
    
    Fall Migration Adventure
    October 8th (Sat)
    10 hrs 8 am-6 pm
    $170 per adult
    Previous
    year highlights include: Blue-footed and Brown Booby; Black, Ashy, and Least Storm-Petrels; American
    Oystercatcher; Craveriís Murrelet; Pomarine, Parasitic, and Long-tailed
    Jaegers; Cassinís and Rhinoceros Auklets; Red and Red-necked Phalarope;
    Pink-footed and Black-vented Shearwaters, Sabine's Gulls, Common/Arctic Terns and Common
    Murre. Other possibilities include Bullerís and Flesh-footed
    Shearwaters, Wilsonís Storm Petrel, and Red-billed Tropicbird.
    
    The July and October trips will be on ultra-fast catamarans that feature
    spacious and comfortable cabins, galleys, and excellent viewing from
    both the upper and lower decks. A full contingent of outstanding seabird
    leaders will be present to make sure we see all that is out there. The
    Captains and crews know how to run birding trips and are enthusiastic
    and helpful.In addition, we work hard to creep up on birds and get
    them in the right light...photographers will not be disappointed!
    Trips can be booked over the phone by calling (805) 642-1393 or online at www.IslandPackers.comby clicking the Reserve Trip tab, Select the Special Trips tab, and select your desired departure.
    
    Hope to see you at sea!
    
    Dave Pereksta
    Ventura, CA
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  25. San Diego pelagic trip Sunday results, incl. 2800 Least Storm-Petrels LINK
    DATE: Oct 13, 2015 @ 7:25pm, 3 year(s) ago
    Posting for Paul Lehman:
    
    The San Diego pelagic trip on 11 October, sponsored by Buena Vista
    Audubon Society aboard "Grande" went out to the 9-Mile and 30-Mile
    Banks, including north to a few miles inside L.A. Co. waters to find the
    large storm-petrel rafts (23 nm ESE of se. tip of San Clemente Is.). The
    weather was quite warm and the seas quite light! Here are the selected
    totals from offshore only. As expected, shearwater totals were low in
    the 72-77 F degree water! But there was the mother lode of Least
    Storm-Petrels.
    
    Common Loon: 3
    Eared Grebe: 2
    Western Grebe: 3
    Northern Fulmar: 10
    Pink-footed Shearwater: 7
    Sooty Shearwater: 3
    Black-vented Shearwater: 75
    Black Storm-Petrel: 700 (mostly in the rafts in L.A. Co. waters)
    Ashy Storm-Petrel: 1 (in L.A. Co. rafts)
    Least Storm-Petrel: 2800 (all in the rafts in L.A. Co. waters)
    Brown Booby: 32 (mostly on or near buoys off Point Loma, a few
    scattered elsewhere)
    Black-bellied Plover: 8
    Greater Yellowlegs: 1
    dowitcher sp.: 10
    Red-necked Phalarope: 600
    Red Phalarope: 25
    Pomarine Jaeger: 5
    Parasitic Jaeger: 1
    Long-tailed Jaeger: 1 (L.A. Co. waters)
    Cassin's Auklet: 150
    Sabine's Gull: 10
    Heermann's Gull: included 1 farther offshore than normal at 30-Mile Bank
    Common Tern: 35
    Elegant Tern: 12
    passerine sp.: 3
    
    --Paul Lehman, San Diego
    
    
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  27. RE: [CALBIRDS] SEP 27 MONTEREY PELAGIC REPORT LINK
    DATE: Sep 29, 2015 @ 9:11pm, 3 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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  29. SEP 27 MONTEREY PELAGIC REPORT LINK
    DATE: Sep 29, 2015 @ 8:26pm, 3 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 ‚ÄĒ 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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