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Stercorarius longicaudus


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  1. Got Boobies? We do!! Ventura pelagic trip on 6 Oct 2018 LINK
    DATE: Oct 6, 2018 @ 10:56pm, 40 day(s) ago
    We had a very successful trip out of Ventura today with Island Packers. I had one twisted pelagic fantasy when I loaded my gear on the boat this morning and by 4 pm we had fulfilled it...we had all five North American boobies on one trip!! I imagine we are the first trip to achieve this in the ABA area.
    
    We started at Anacapa Island where we found the continuing Masked Booby on the cliff faces. As we headed south from there we picked up on a distant booby south of Anacapa that we suspected was a Red-footed. Captain Joel floored it and we caught up the the bird, which was indeed a dark morph Red-footed Booby. From there we birded our way down to Santa Barbara Island where we found the continuing Brown Boobies there (80ish birds) with the bonus of a Blue-footed Booby amongst them. As we left the island number five had appeared to elude us, but as we swung around to the east side of the island we encountered a large feeding flock of Black-vented Shearwaters and other birds when soon after the cry of "black-and-white booby" rang out. We put the pedal to the metal one more time and ran down another booby. We eventually got close looks at the bird and noted the orangish bill...Nazca Booby! All five North American boobies on the same day...amazing! Perhaps a once in a lifetime birding event.
    
    Beyond the booby extravaganza, we had good fortune with a number of other birds including several large flock of Black-vented Shearwaters, which totaled in excess of 6,000 birds. These flocks had other shearwaters mixed in including Pink-footed, Buller's, and a Manx; numbers of attending jaegers (Pomarines and Parasitics); and others including Red-necked Phalarope, Common Murre, Cassin's Auklet, and Northern Fulmar. Deeper water south of the northern Islands had more shearwaters including one of the few Sooties we saw all day, Black and Ashy Storm-Petrels (and a Least seen by a few of us), Long-tailed Jaegers, Sabine's Gulls, Common Terns, and a number of Craveri's Murrelets. All in all a day that will be remembered by everyone there. Some birders got all five boobies as lifers, which is completely unfair to those of us that needed 49 years to see them all in the ABA Area. ;-)
    
    Thanks to Island Packers and Captain Joel Barrett for supporting our pelagic endeavors, and the leaders that helped today (Adam Searcy, Hugh Ranson, and Wes Fritz).
    
    We hope to get more trips on the schedule out of Ventura next year.
    
    Cheers
    
    Dave Pereksta
    Ventura
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  3. PELAGIC REPORT: SEP 22 & 23 LINK
    DATE: Sep 27, 2018, 50 day(s) ago
    Hello, CAL Birders,
    
    Shearwater Journeys had two recent pelagic trips departing from Half Moon Bay.
    
    September 22, we had a great trip with calm seas, a good SST break from 55 F to an amazing 59.8 F nearly 30 miles offshore at the Pioneer Canyon. Inshore, we found MARBLED MURRELETS and TUFTED PUFFINS. Offshore, everything about the scene said tuna except that the clarity of the water was not good. The seabirds screamed tuna though, with both BLACK and ASHY STORM-PETRELS; ARCTIC TERNS, SABINES GULLS, many BULLERS SHEARWATERS, SOUTH POLAR SKUA and all three species of jaegers. Humpback whales, Rissos and Pacific white-sided dolphins rounded out the cetaceans. It was a beautiful day with uniformly high overcast skies and very calm seas. The leaders on this date included: Alex Rinkert, Steve Hampton, Debi Shearwater with assistance from Tom and Beth Hamel. We spent the entire day in San Mateo County.
    
    September 23, the very next day presented a whole different scene. The SSTs hovered at 54-55 F throughout the day. The high seas and northwest winds prevented us from getting out to the canyon, but we made it to the edge of the Continental Shelf which we then explored for hours. Many thanks to Monika who chummed lots of birds behind our boat, including all three species of jaegers, SOUTH POLAR SKUA, and a wonderful FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER. Note that was saw 2 FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATERS, one in each county! It was a county tick for many folks on board. The ASHY and BLACK STORM-PETRELS also put on a good show. Again, we had the odd dolphin combination with excellent views of all three species.
    The leaders on this date included: Peter Pyle, Scott & Linda Terrill, Tim Miller, Abe Borker, and Debi Shearwater.
    
    Our next trip departing from Half Moon Bay is SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7 with leaders Jim Holmes, Steve Hampton, Christian Schwarz, and Debi Shearwater. Spaces are available. For more information/reservation, contact: debi@... .
    
    The complete species list for SEPTEMBER 23, 2018
    SHEARWATER JOURNEYS HALF MOON BAY PELAGIC TRIP
    SAN MATEO/SAN FRANCISCO COUNTIES:
    
    PACIFIC LOON- 7/0
    COMMON LOON- 4/0
    WESTERN GREBE- 2/0
    BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS- 2/13
    NORTHERN FULMAR- 20/30
    PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER- 13/34
    FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER- 1/1
    SOOTY SHEARWATER- 17/31
    SHORT-TAILED/SOOTY SHEARWATER- 1/0
    ASHY STORM-PETREL- 7/29
    BLACK STORM-PETREL- 0/8
    BROWN PELICAN- 3558/0
    BRANDTS CORMORANT- 47/0
    PELAGIC CORMORANT- 6/0
    SURF SCOTER- 3/0
    BLACK TURNSTONE- 3/0
    SURFBIRD- 27/0
    RED-NECKED PHALAROPE- 1/3
    RED PHALAROPE- 4/7
    SOUTH POLAR SKUA- 0/8
    POMARINE JAEGER- 0/7
    POMARINE/PARASITIC- 0/1
    PARASITIC/LONG-TAILED- 3/3
    LONG-TAILED JAEGER- 0/15
    HEERMANNS GULL- 22/0
    CALIFORNIA GULL- 8/1
    WESTERN GULL- 292/99
    ARCTIC TERN- 0/7
    COMMON MURRE- 200/55
    MARBLED MURRELET- 5/0
    RHINOCEROS AUKLET- 10/7
    BLUE WHALE-4
    HUMPBACK WHALE-3
    SHORT-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHIN- 30
    NORTHERN RIGHT WHALE DOLPHIN- 4
    PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN- 60
    OCEAN SUNFISH- 10
    
    Ive received a number of inquiries regarding the trips this coming weekend departing from Monterey on Sep. 28, 29, and 30. A few spaces are available on each trip. Please email me for more information.
    
    Thanks to all who have joined our trip!
    Seabirding for Science,
    Debi Shearwater
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 43 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
    Siberias Forgotten Coast & Spoon-billed Sandpiper- 25 June - 9 July 2019
    Galapagos Islands: 30 October - 12 November 2019
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  5. OFFSHORE MONTEREY 44 MILES LINK
    DATE: Sep 20, 2018 @ 6:09pm, 56 day(s) ago
    Hello, Birders,
    
    This is a bit late reporting for a 44 mile offshore albacore trip which departed from Monterey on 15 September. We covered three counties. In SAN MATEO COUNTY we found the following seabirds: BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS, NORTHERN FULMAR; PINK-FOOTED, SOOTY, and BULLERS SHEARWATERS; FORK-TAILED and ASHY STORM-PETRELS; RED-NECKED PHALAROPE; POMARINE and LONG-TAILED JAEGERS; ARCTIC and COMMON TERNS; COMMON MURRE, CASSINS and RHINOCEROS AUKLETS.
    
    We have pelagic trips this weekend, both departing from Half Moon Bay, as follows:
    
    SAT, SEP. 22 with leaders Steve Tucker, Alex Rinkert, Steve Hampton, Debi Shearwater.
    SUN, SEP. 23 with leaders Peter Pyle, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Tim Miller, Abe Borker, Debi Shearwater.
    
    We have a few spaces open on each trip. To make a reservation, please email me: debi@... .
    Beat the heat and head offshore!
    
    At least part of every ocean basin on Earth saw record-warm SSTs during August 2018. NOAA Global Climate Report- August 2018. https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/201808
    
    Seabirding for Science,
    Debi Shearwater
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 43 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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  7. Searcher Pelagic Results LINK
    DATE: Sep 7, 2018 @ 10:35pm, 2 month(s) ago
    Birders,
    The annual Searcher pelagic trip departed San Diego about noon on Labor Day and was back to the dock Friday morning at 730 AM. Highlights were many. Monday afternoon was spent crossing the 9 mile bank and working our way up the 30 mile. Highlights were excellent looks at a couple of Brown Boobies as well as close passes by a RED-FOOTED BOOBY. Ashy, Black, and Leach's Storm-Petrels, plus a few leaders and participants were able to glimpse and photo one or two LEAST STORM_PETRELS along the way.
    We decided to start day 2 at Santa Barbara Island where we saw the continuing immature NAZCA BOOBY plus about 80 Brown Boobies. From Santa Barbara we worked our way northwest along the Santa Cruz basin, seeing good numbers of Pomarine and Long-tailed Jaegers, Arctic Terns, as well as the expected shearwater species. We were treated to another RED-FOOTED BOOBY not too far from SB Island. In the late afternoon we arrived at a bank south east of San Miguel Island called "The Condor Bank" as it was a fishing spot frequented by the original Condor board from Santa Barbara. Here we encountered large boils of 200lb Bluefin Tuna, and the bird show was spectacular. Several South Polar Skuas, a dozen jaegers, many hundreds of Pink-footed Shearwaters and likely a hundred Arctic Terns. The show was spectacular, and here we found yet another immature NAZCA BOOBY and a couple of Brown Boobies.
    After anchoring near San Miguel for the night, DAY 3 we headed out to The Rodriguez Dome about 30 miles to the west. We departed Miguel about 5 AM, and were on the dome about 730 AM. Just before arriving at Rodriguez we encountered yet another immature NAZCA BOOBY. Exceptional numbers of Buller's Shearwaters, 8 Guadalupe Murrelets (seen well by all onboard) as well as our first Red-billed Tropicbird of the trip were highlights of our day headed south. We had as many as 10 Black-footed Albatross with us at once, and there were several behind the boarWe finished the day at the San Juan Seamount. We encountered dozens of Blue Whales in this deep water as well as some Fin whales, and a couple of cooperative BAIRD"S-BEAKED Whales. Guadalupe Fur Seals were seen regularly. Our first TOWNSEND"S STORM-PETRELS
    DAY 4 was spent traveling traveling from the western edge of the Tanner and Cortez Banks to the San Clemente Island basin. We found a cooperative RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD on the water, as well our first of nearly a dozen COOK'S PETRELS. Leach's Storm-petrels were present in numbers, and we were able to get folks on a handful of TOWNSEND's Storm-Petrels. Inside the Cortez we had the familiar cry of "White Booby behind the boat", and had an immature booby circle the boat. This one seemed to show characters of MASKED BOOBY, but this bird was not as straightforward as the others, so we will be sending photos out to get some expert opinions before putting this one in the books.
    As we approached Sam Clemente we were treated to one of the most spectacular afternoons I have ever spent at sea. Boils of smaller bluefin tuna were everywhere, and there were literally thousands of Pink-footed Shearwaters wheeling about, as well as. hundreds of Arctic and Common Terns, dozens of Sabine's gulls and jaegers were in flight. We also saw about 35 Craveri's Murrelets in this area, some very close to the boat allowing great looks. We poked through flock after flock of birds until dark, eventually getting brief looks at a FLESH_FOOTED SHEARWATER. In the middle of this feeding frenzy we also saw yet another NAZCA BOOBY, this one a full adult.
    The high overcast conditions were also good for migrants, and we had Willow Flycatcher, Macgillvray'a Warbler as well as Orange-crowned, Townsend's, Black-throated Gray as well as multiple cowbirds and several species of shorebird.
    One of the best trips I have done off SoCal and certainly continues the excellent results this year. Thanks to Celia Condit and Captain Art Taylor from Searcher Natural History Tours, my co-leaders Dave Pereksta, Dave Povey, and Rob Hynson. Thanks to all the participants as well.
    Todd McGrath SKUA@... The Woodlands, TX
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  9. PELAGIC REPORT: AUG 31 MTY & SCZ LINK
    DATE: Sep 5, 2018 @ 4:50pm, 2 month(s) ago
    Hello, CalBirders,
    
    Shearwater Journeys had a good pelagic trip on August 31, 2019 departing from Monterey. We just beat the high seas and northwest winds that plagued the weekend. A large concentration of shearwaters and humpback whales were feeding off Point Pinos. The sea surface temperature hovered around the 61 F mark throughout the day. Highlights included: PELAGIC RED CRABS ( Pleuroncodes planipes ) along Cannery Row which murres and gulls were feeding on; 2 BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS and a SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER spotted by leader, Alex Rinkert and nicely photographed by leader, Christian Schwarz. Two BLUE WHALES gave some nice views.
    
    Shearwater Journeys has 12 pelagic trips coming up in the month of September!
    
    Upcoming trips with a few spaces available include: (all Monterey)
    FRI. SEP 7 with leaders: Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Mary Gustafson, Jon Dunn, Hannah Nevins, Debi Shearwater.
    SAT. SEP. 8 with leaders: Todd McGrath, Mary Gustafson, Steve Hampton, David & Patty Wimpfheimer, Debi Shearwater.
    SUN. SEP. 9 ALBACORE trip with leaders: Nick Levendosky Alex Rinkert, Mary Gustafson, Todd McGrath, Scott & Linda Terrill, Debi Shearwater.
    
    FRI. SEP. 14 with leaders: Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Christian Schwarz, Todd McGrath, Dave Pereksta, Debi Shearwater.
    SAT. SEP. 15 ALBACORE (SOLD OUT, wait list) with leaders: Scott & Linda Terrill, Christian Schwarz, Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Todd McGrath, Dave Pereksta, Debi Shearwater.
    SUN. SEP. 16 with leaders: Todd McGrath, Sahas Barve, Hannah Nevins, Debi Shearwater.
    
    See our web site for a complete list of trips through October 21:
    http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.html
    
    The full species list for AUGUST 31, 2019 SHEARWATER JOURNEYS MONTEREY BAY TRIP can be found below.
    Many thanks to the birders and leaders who joined this trip.
    We barely dipped into Santa Cruz County waters, but managed to record the Short-tailed Shearwater in both counties.
    
    MONTEREY/SANTA CRUZ COUNTIES:
    BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS- 8/4
    NORTHERN FULMAR- 34/3
    PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER- 26/4
    BULLERS SHEARWATER- 2/0
    SOOTY SHEARWATER- 6000/30
    SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER-1/1, same individual
    BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER- 2/0
    BROWN PELICAN- 125/0
    BRANDTS CORMORANT- 570/0
    DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT- 1/0
    PELAGIC CORMORANT- 1/0
    BLACK TURNSTONE- 3/0
    RED-NECKED PHALAROPE- 25/0
    RED PHALAROPE- 2/0
    POMARINE JAEGER- 4/0
    PARASITIC JAEGER- 7/0
    LONG-TAILED JAEGER- 1/0
    HEERMANNS GULL- 15/0
    CALIFORNIA GULL- 30/0
    WESTERN GULL- 340/30
    ELEGANT TERN- 60/2
    COMMON TERN- 1/0
    CASPIAN TERN- 1/0
    COMMON MURRE- 175/0
    PIGEON GUILLEMOT- 2/0
    CASSINS AUKLET- 2/0
    RHINOCEROS AUKLET- 84/2
    PEREGRINE FALCON- 1/0, on the radio tower along Cannery Row
    SEA OTTER- +
    CALIFORNIA SEA LION- +
    HARBOR SEAL- +
    BLUE WHALE- 2
    HUMPBACK WHALE- 8-10
    RISSOS DOLPHIN- 30
    OCEAN SUNFISH- 2
    
    Seabirding for Science,
    Debi Shearwater
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 43 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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  11. MTY PELAGIC REPORT: MASKED BOOBY & EVEN SEAS LINK
    DATE: Aug 28, 2018 @ 10:36am, 3 month(s) ago
    Hello, Calbirders,
    
    This is a report for Shearwater Journeys August 24, 2019 Monterey Bay pelagic trip. We had a fantastic day with calm seas and nearly non-stop seabirds. The most exciting seabird occurred during our return to Point Pinos at the end of the day when leader, Steve Tucker spotted a very distant booby.
    
    An exhilarating chase to keep up with the booby which was often flying through the blows of humpback whales ensued. The booby made multiple passes directly over our bow, thanks to the skill of our captain. We saw it plunge-diving amongst the many feeding seabirds and whales. Many images were made. After reviewing the images, and with input from Peter Pyle and Todd McGrath, the identification is presumed MASKED BOOBY about 10 months of age.
    
    It has been a great year for tropical boobies along the California coast, especially southern California. As we returned to the harbor, everyone was on high alert, hoping for a booby! And, it happened! Im sure this wont be the last booby sighted in Monterey this season.
    
    In addition to the MASKED BOOBY, we found a good assortment of fall seabirds. Highlights included: BULLERS SHEARWATERS, ASHY STORM-PETRELS; POMARINE, PARASITIC, and LONG-TAILED JAEGERS; SABINES GULLS; RHINOCEROS AUKLETS; and a beautiful TUFTED PUFFIN. We saw many HUMPBACK WHALES, 2 traveling BLUE WHALES, RISSOS DOLPHINS, DALLS PORPOISE, and NORTHERN FUR SEALS.
    
    EVEN SEAS: The sea surface temperature remained near 60 F throughout the day. So, although the flat-calm seas and the 60 F SST might tend to make one think that the conditions were good for finding Craveris, Scrippss, or Guadalupe Murrelets, this was not the case.
    Over my four decades of experience, finding these murrelets requires more than just warm water. Two additional conditions are needed: a temperature break and clear water. For instance, on our August 11th Half Moon Bay trip, the SSTs ran from 54 F to 58F over a short distance. And, the 58 F waters were clear. So, we had both a temp break and clear water. And, we found Scrippss Murrelets. Conversely, on this August 24th trip, we had pea soup green water, not clear at all. Of course, there will always be the odd exception, but in general, Ive observed that finding murrelets requires three things: 1. calmer seas, 2. temp break, and 3. clear water.
    
    Our next trip with spaces available is FRIDAY, AUGUST 31 with leaders Christian Schwarz, Alex Rinkert, Jim Holmes, and Debi Shearwater. We will be spending time in Santa Cruz County , a hard county for ticking seabirds! Spaces are available.
    
    The complete species list for AUGUST 24, 2019 SHEARWATER JOURNEYS MONTEREY BAY PELAGIC TRIP:
    All birds were recorded in Monterey County.
    
    COMMON LOON- 1
    BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS- 20
    NORTHERN FULMAR- 15
    PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER- 75
    BULLERS SHEARWATER- 4
    SOOTY SHEARWATER- 8500
    ASHY STORM-PETREL- 26
    ****MASKED BOOBY- 1
    BROWN PELICAN- 80
    BRANDTS CORMORANT- 500
    DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT- 2
    PELAGIC CORMORANT- 2
    WESTERN SANDPIPER- 33
    DOWITCHER SP.- 8
    BLACK TURNSTONE- 2
    SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER- 2
    RED-NECKED PHALAROPE- 125
    RED PHALAROPE- 18
    POMARINE JAEGER- 6
    POMARINE/PARASITIC JAEGER- 4
    PARASITIC JAEGER- 8
    PARASITIC/LONG-TAILED JAEGER- 2
    LONG-TAILED JAEGER- 9
    JAEGER SP.- 10
    HEERMANNS GULL- 40
    CALIFORNIA GULL- 15
    HERRING GULL- 1
    WESTERN GULL- 100
    SABINES GULL- 2
    ELEGANT TERN- 40
    COMMON MURRE- 550
    PIGEON GUILLEMOT- 7
    CASSINS AUKLET- 1
    RHINOCEROS AUKLET- 70
    *TUFTED PUFFIN- 1
    SEA OTTER- +
    CALIFORNIA SEA LION- +
    NORTHERN FUR SEAL- 4
    HARBOR SEAL- +
    BLUE WHALE- 2
    HUMPBACK WHALE- 20
    RISSOS DOLPHIN- 17
    DALLS PORPOISE- 2
    OCEAN SUNFISH- 1
    
    Leaders on the August 24, 2019 trip included: Steve Tucker, Christian Schwarz, Alex Rinkert, Nick Levendosky, Will Brooks, and Debi Shearwater. Many thanks to the keen-eyed leaders and birders from near and far for making this trip possible.
    
    Conditions on this August 24th trip were very different from our first trip on August 3rd where we encountered a strong red tide near shore, and very cold water (51 F, SST).
    
    One thing we can be certain of conditions will change, again. Perhaps, well get some clearing of the high chlorophyll conditions and a temperature break. On the other hand, perhaps, the conditions were just right for the MASKED BOOBY!
    
    Seabirding for Science,
    Debi Shearwater
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 43 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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  13. 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, 3 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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  15. offshore San Diego: RED-FOOTED & MASKED Boobies, Least Stormies, Craveri's, Long-taileds LINK
    DATE: Aug 17, 2018 @ 3:40pm, 3 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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  17. August 25 pelagic trip to Tanner and Cortez Banks LINK
    DATE: Aug 2, 2018 @ 2:16pm, 4 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. <
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    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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  19. Ventura pelagic trip report - 15 July 2018; multiple megas! LINK
    DATE: Jul 20, 2018 @ 7:32am, 4 month(s) ago
    I am finally getting a trip report out from Sunday's pelagic trip out of Ventura with Island Packers. We had some exceptional birds and photos of several storm-petrels have revealed that we had better birds than we knew. I will not go in to exhaustive detail of every segment of the trip, but will hit the highlights.
    
    We left Ventura on the Island Adventure and headed across the channel to Anacapa Island. Although there has not been any boobies on Anacapa yet in 2018, we had to look anyway and were stunned to find a Nazca Booby sitting on top of the arch! The bird sat there and preened in front of us for 20 minutes before we moved on. This is just the second Ventura County record (of a live bird) and one of less than 20 for California and North America. The day can't get any better than that...right Well maybe it did. We continued along the south shore of Anacapa Island where we found an American Oystercatcher in a place where we have seen them on past trips. Another California rarity and still before 9 am. You are welcome Logan.
    
    We then headed south of the islands to the areas we have been exploring on recent July trips. There were impressive numbers of Sooty and Pink-footed Shearwaters along the majority of the route and while riding a steep contour line to the south, the first scream of "Cook's Petrel!!" rang out for the day. Another was screamed out soon thereafter, but these first two were elusive and not seen by many. This is when the trip leader starts sweating bullets, but not to worry as we hit a steady stream of Cook's Petrels eventually getting some close passes and even small groups sitting on the water. Our ride south was littered with petrels and shearwaters. We also found a few late Scripps's Murrelets that Captain Jimmy expertly crept up on and allowed everyone on board to get great looks.
    
    After just crossing back into Ventura County waters, we found a large flock of storm-petrels sitting on the water (100+) that we crept up on. As we approached the flock a storm-petrel passed closely across the bow that I yelled out so the people in the bow could get on it. I shot a few photos since it was close and the verdict from the bow at the time was a dark-rumped Leach's Storm-Petrel. I will come back to this bird later. The flock flushed as we approached and the birds dispersed quickly. While the flock was primarily Ashy and Black Storm-Petrels, a small bird with a big white rump was seen briefly by only a few people before it disappeared. Some captured this bird in their photos of the flock and later analysis and consultation with experts proved it to be a Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel! This is only the 14th record for the state, but most of the boat including myself did not see it. Thankfully some managed to get photos. While going through my photos of the flock, I found an apparent Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel that also eluded detection.
    
    As we continued on we had more storm-petrels including a few Townsend's, and a steady stream of shearwaters and the occasional Cook's Petrel. Several Long-tailed Jaegers and a South Polar Skua were also highlights. We eventually turned east and headed towards Santa Barbara Island to check the status of Brown Boobies at this little visited island. After running across several more Cook's Petrels that were farther east than we have ever seen in the region, we were several miles off the island when someone on the boat shouted "booby!" While I expected to see our first Brown Booby of the day, I was shocked to see a large white booby flying straight for the boat...our second Nazca Booby of the day!! Second record for Santa Barbara County and a very happy cadre of SBCo listers. The island did not disappoint as we had 50 Brown Boobies at Sutil Rock with several pairs exhibiting courting behavior. Hard to believe this species was rare in the region until just a few years ago. Upon leaving the island we started our slog back to Ventura against the swell and although the birds dropped off late in the day, we did have stellar looks at several Long-tailed Jaegers. Other birds seen throughout the day included Northern Fulmar, Black-vented Shearwater, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Cassin's Auklet, Common Murre, Rhinoceros Auklet, Pigeon Guillemot, Sabine's Gull, Red Phalarope, and Red-necked Phalarope.
    
    After getting home and not looking at any of my photos until Monday, I found my photos of the storm-petrel that crossed our bow and nearly had a heart attack. The camera captures what the eye can't see in an instant, and the photos revealed a stocky storm-petrel with a deeply forked tail, pale rump and back, bright carpal bars, and a contrastingly dark head. The field marks suggested this bird was likely a Markham's or a Tristram's Storm-Petrel. Upon consulting with a few experts who are familiar with these species, the responses came back overwhelmingly that the bird in question was a Tristram's Storm-Petrel! If accepted, this would be the first record of a free-flying bird in North American waters. We saw one on a 2007 July trip that was rejected by the CBRC, and two have been captured in mist nets on the Farallon Islands in recent years. I already posted a photo on Facebook and will cross post it to several lists. Our team will work up a submission to the CBRC.
    
    This was an amazing trip and we could not do it without the unwavering support of Island Packers and their staff. Joel Barrett and his passion for birds makes these trips happen on their end and we could not do it without him. Captain Jimmy McWaters handled the boat and got us on birds like the seasoned expert he is. Thanks also go out to Leanne Kleinsmith and Sam the whale man for their support to passengers throughout the day. Our leaders/spotters did a spectacular job finding birds and getting people on them all day so special thanks to Todd McGrath, Adam Searcy, Peter Gaede, Hugh Ranson, Wes Fritz, and Bernardo Alps.
    
    Our next scheduled trip is Oct 6, 2018 although we are discussing a chase trip out to the area where we had Cook's Petrels and storm-petrels. If we can get something scheduled I will announce it out to the listserves. Stay tuned.
    
    Dave Pereksta
    Ventura, CA
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  21. 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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  23. Upcoming pelagic trip out of Ventura on July 15 LINK
    DATE: Jul 3, 2018 @ 10:55am, 5 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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  25. Potential Cortez Bank pelagic trip, August 25 LINK
    DATE: May 29, 2018, 6 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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  27. cruiseship May7-8: Hawaiians, Murphy's, Laysans, Leach's glut, Bank Swallow, overall numbers LINK
    DATE: May 9, 2018 @ 7:45am, 6 month(s) ago
    On
    May 7-8, we were southbound on the “Emerald Princess” on our
    12-day round-trip
    from Los Angeles to southeast Alaska and back. Some highlights
    from the last
    couple days and the trip overall: Southbound
    saw a continuation of mostly light winds (except for the final
    afternoon) that
    has been typical of this spring (and which typically reduces
    the numbers of
    pterodromas seen) and we also “lost” several hours off n. CA
    due to dense fog. Overall
    numbers of pelagics this spring in the OFFSHORE zone where
    cruise-ships run
    seem OK for some species and clearly down for some others.
    Continuing a trend now
    for the second year, between southern California and southern
    British Columbia,
    number of most alcids seem WAY down (especially Common Murres
    and Cassin’s
    Auklets, but also including Rhinos), as definitely do the
    numbers of
    phalaropes. The
    past two days: May
    7: very light winds and flat seas off Del Norte and Humboldt =
    a good count of
    1150 Leach’s Storm-Petrels (1100 in HUM). Also, the usual
    moderate-sized pod of
    N. Right Whale Dolphins I see on most cruises off Cape
    Mendocino. Earlier in
    the day, off Oregon, we had 2 Murphy’s Petrels, 1 Laysan, and
    a good spring
    count of 20 Long-tailed Jaegers. May
    8: Hawaiian
    Petrel:   2 together 69
    km off southern
    San Luis Obispo County (closest point of land) although due
    west of Santa
    Maria, SBA. Murphy’s
    Petrel: 1 was 66 km off southern San Luis Obispo County Laysan
    Albatross:   1 seen 74
    km off San Mateo
    County (in the dense fog…) BANK
    Swallow:   not exactly
    one’s typical
    pelagic fare, 1 was 69 km off southern San Luis Obispo Co.   (We also had a Tree
    Swallow a couple days
    earlier 200 km off Vancouver Island; where also many flocks of
    northbound
    puddle ducks far offshore.)   I
    am now turning around, on the same ship, and doing a “quick”
    repositioning trip
    for three days up to Victoria/Vancouver. We are supposed to
    have a good deal of
    wind on this trip! --Paul
    Lehman,   San Diego  
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  29. Cruise-ship 4-28-18: 31 Murphy's, 14 Cook's, 2 Laysans LINK
    DATE: Apr 29, 2018, 7 month(s) ago
    About a dozen birders aboard the cruise-ship
    Emerald
    Princess, between Los Angeles and Vancouver, spent 28 April
    mostly 55-80 km
    offshore between southern Monterey and southern Humboldt
    counties, moving at 21
    knots the entire day. Winds were mostly W 10-20 knots.
    Highlights included: 31 MURPHY'S PETRELS:   5 San Francisco, 2 Marin, 3
    Sonoma, 14
    Mendocino, 7 Humboldt 14 COOK'S PETRELS:   1
    Sonoma, 12 Mendocino, 1 Humboldt 2 LAYSAN ALBATROSSES:  
    1 San Mateo, 1 Mendocino 1 LONG-TAILED JAEGER:  
    Mendocino 1 ARCTIC TERN:  
    Monterey Many of   the
    above
    birds were very close to the ship. Also, B-f Albatross 110, N. Fulmar 66, Sooty
    73, Pink-footed
    17, Leach's 12, Red-necked 117 and Red 40 phalaropes, Pomarine 6
    and Parasitic
    3 Jaegers, Sabine's Gull 100, a grand total of alcids of a mere
    8 Cassin's
    Auklets, and 1 wayward Eurasian Collared-Dove. We continue north and northwest, and will
    return south well
    off CA on May 7-8. --Paul Lehman, San Diego
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