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  1. August 25 pelagic trip to Tanner and Cortez Banks LINK
    DATE: Jul 9, 2018 @ 10:45am, 9 day(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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  3. Upcoming pelagic trip out of Ventura on July 15 LINK
    DATE: Jul 3, 2018 @ 10:55am, 15 day(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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  5. Potential Cortez Bank pelagic trip, August 25 LINK
    DATE: May 29, 2018, 51 day(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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  7. Pelagic trip out of Ventura with Island Packers on 7 Oct 2017 LINK
    DATE: Sep 25, 2017 @ 1:30pm, 10 month(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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  9. 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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  11. 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; Craveri’s Murrelet; South Polar Skua; Pomarine, Parasitic, and Long-tailed
    Jaegers; Cassin’s 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 Buller’s and Flesh-footed
    Shearwaters, Wilson’s 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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  13. 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, Scripps’s and Craveri’s Murrelets; Black-vented, Sooty, and Pink-footed Shearwaters; Cassin’s 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; Craveri’s Murrelet; South Polar Skua; Pomarine, Parasitic, and Long-tailed Jaegers; Cassin’s 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 Buller’s and Flesh-footed Shearwaters, Wilson’s 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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  15. 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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  17. Upcoming pelagic trips from Ventura with Island Packers LINK
    DATE: Apr 16, 2016 @ 9:30am, 2 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, Scripps’s and Craveri’s
    Murrelet, South Polar Skua, Common Tern, Leach’s, Ashy, and Black
    Storm-Petrels, Sooty, Pink-footed, and Black-vented Shearwaters,
    Cassin’s 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, Scripps’s
    and Craveri’s Murrelets; Black-vented, Sooty, and Pink-footed
    Shearwaters; Cassin’s 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; Craveri’s Murrelet; Pomarine, Parasitic, and Long-tailed
    Jaegers; Cassin’s 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 Buller’s and Flesh-footed
    Shearwaters, Wilson’s 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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  19. 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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  21. 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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  23. 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 — 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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  25. October 10 Ventura pelagic trip LINK
    DATE: Sep 28, 2015 @ 10:18am, 3 year(s) ago
    Hi all
    
    Space is still available on the10-hour pelagic birding trip that Island Packers is running out of the Ventura Harbor on Saturday October 10. The boat leaves at 8 am and returns at 6 pm. This trip will provide an excellent opportunity to see how the brewing El Nino is affecting the distribution of marine wildlife in the Southern California Bight. The warm water off southern California has resulted in a number of unusual sightings recently including Red-billed Tropicbirds in the Santa Barbara Channel; record numbers of Brown Boobies along the California cost and sightings of rare boobies including Red-footed and Nazca; Craveri's Murrelets and Least Storm-Petrels (generally only present in warm water years); and other interesting wildlife including Hammerhead Sharks, several sea turtle species, and flying fish. Recent pelagic trips in Aug and Sep have also recorded Guadalupe Murrelet, Scripps's Murrelet, Wilson's Storm-Petrel, Black Storm-Petrel, Ashy Storm-Petrel, Long-tailed Jaeger, Sabine's Gull, Arctic Tern, Buller's Shearwater, South Polar Skua, and a variety of other species. The Aug 25 trip to Santa Barbara Island was rewarded with a Laysan Albatross that flew around the boat for several minutes. These trips are exciting because we never know what we will see, but there is usually something memorable.
    
    The captains and crew at Island Packers do a great job running these trips, and they work hard to get us the best views of the birds and other marine wildlife. 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. In addition, we work hard to creep up on birds and get them in the right light...photographers will not be disappointed!
    
    Details on the trip are as follows:
    
    Santa Barbara Channel inside and out: Fall MigrationOctober 10th(Sat) 10 hrs 8 am-6 pm$170 per adultPrevious year highlights include: Blue-footed and Brown Booby; American Oystercatcher; Craveri’s Murrelet; Pomarine, Parasitic, and Long-tailed Jaegers; South Polar Skua; Cassin’s and Rhinoceros Auklets; Red and Red-necked Phalarope; Pink-footed and Black-vented Shearwaters, Common/Arctic Terns and Common Murre. Other possibilities include Buller’s and Flesh-footed Shearwaters, Wilson’s Storm Petrel, Red-billed Tropicbird, and Sabine’s Gull.
    The trip can be booked over the phone by calling (805) 642-1393 or online at www.IslandPackers.com by clicking the Reserve Trip tab/Reserve a trip, Select the Special Trips tab, and select the Oct 10 birding excursion.
    Hope to see you at sea!
    
    Dave Pereksta
    Ventura, CA
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  27. A Wall of Warm Water LINK
    DATE: Sep 27, 2015 @ 8:03pm, 3 year(s) ago
    Howdy, CAL Birders,
    Shearwater Journeys' Monterey Bay pelagic trip today, September 26, 2015, was outstanding, despite snappy seas! There's a wall of warm water which is smack dab up against a cold water front. Warm water loving species continue to appear at Monterey Bay. Highlights of today's trip included: 2 FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATERS, 1 MANX SHEARWATER, sitting amongst a very large mixed flock of mostly SOOTY and BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS; 4 LEAST STORM-PETRELS; excellent views of BLACK and ASHY STORM-PETRELS. The HUMPBACK WHALE SHOW continues at Moss Landing, gorging on a mass of anchovies, probably the size of Manhattan. I reckon by mid-October, we might be finding a lot of Least Storm-Petrels. Who knows
    
    If anyone could update the bird list at the Monterey Bay Birding Festival, I would appreciate that. Below, is the complete species list for September 26, 2017. Many thanks to the participants on today's trip. The leaders were: Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Alex Rinkert, Tim Miller, Debi Shearwater.
    
    COMMON LOON- 1
    BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS- 51
    PACIFIC FULMAR- 40
    PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER- 106
    *FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER- 2
    BULLER'S SHEARWATER- 2
    SOOTY SHEARWATER- 20,200
    *MANX SHEARWATER- 1
    BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER- 3750
    ASHY STORM-PETREL- 49
    BLACK STORM-PETREL- 38
    *LEAST STORM-PETREL- 4
    BROWN PELICAN- 65
    BRANDT'S CORMORANT- 125
    DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT- 1
    PELAGIC CORMORANT- 3
    SURF SCOTER- 1
    BLACK TURNSTONE- 3
    SURFBIRD- 5
    RED-NECKED PHALAROPE- 30
    RED PHALAROPE- 82
    POMARINE JAEGER- 6
    PARASITIC JAEGER- 4
    HEERMANN'S GULL- 35
    CALIFORNIA GULL- 360
    HERRING GULL- 1
    WESTERN GULL- 2675
    ELEGANT TERN- 202
    COMMON TERN- 30
    FORSTER'S TERN- 1
    COMMON MURRE- 370
    CASSIN'S AUKLET- 9
    RHINOCEROS AUKLET- 3
    PEREGRINE FALCON- 1, on the red and white radio tower along Cannery Row
    SNOWY EGRET- 1
    GREAT EGRET- 7
    SEA OTTER- 4
    CALIFORNIA SEA LION- 250
    HARBOR SEAL- 2
    HUMPBACK WHALE- 30
    LONG-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHIN- 800
    OCEAN SUNFISH- 1
    
    Upcoming trips: Spaces are still available on October 3 & 10 Monterey Bay and October 11 Half Moon Bay (only 7 spaces open).
    
    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. SEP 9: Anchovies, The Stuff of Life LINK
    DATE: Sep 10, 2015 @ 7:38pm, 3 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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