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   Murphy's Petrel (Pterodroma ultima) - MUPE (recent eBird sightings, view CBRC records, range map
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  1. cruise-ship off nw CA: 25 Murphy's LINK
    DATE: May 9, 2017 @ 12:12pm, 7 month(s) ago
    The northwest-bound (San Francisco to se. Alaska) "Grand Princess" was
    
    well off Humboldt and Del Norte Counties from 6-10 AM on 09 May, before
    
    continuing on into Oregon waters. Highlights were a total of 25
    
    MURPHY'S PETRELS (18 Humboldt, 7 Del Norte), as well as an Arctic Tern
    
    and a group of 3 Greater Scaup heading north some 107 km west of
    
    Trinidad, HUM.
    
    As we departed San Francisco on 08 May, we had a FORK-TAILED
    
    STORM-PETREL only 1 mile outside the Golden Gate Bridge, and still well
    
    "inside" Land's End/Cliff House/Sutro. No surprise given the widespread
    
    incursion off central CA since April.
    
    --Paul Lehman, San Diego
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  3. cruise pelagic 3 May: 5 Hawaiians, 7 Murphy's, 2 Laysans LINK
    DATE: May 4, 2017 @ 5:08am, 7 month(s) ago
    A cruise-ship pelagic with ca. 20 birders aboard the "Coral Princess"
    
    between Los Angeles and Vancouver was between southern Monterey and
    
    central Mendocino Counties on 3 May. Highlights included:
    
    HAWAIIAN PETREL: total of 5, with excellent views and photos (1 San
    
    Mateo, 2 San Francisco, 2 Mendocino)
    
    MURPHY'S PETREL: total of at least 7, ditto views/photos (1 Monterey, 2
    
    San Francisco, 1 Marin, 3 Mendocino)
    
    LAYSAN ALBATROSS: total of 2 (San Mateo, Mendocino)
    
    But zero Cook's Petrels, following two April cruises with moderate
    
    numbers in virtually every county traversed during daylight.
    
    Also, a flock of 7 Arctic Terns in Monterey and still good numbers for
    
    spring of both Fork-tailed and Leach's Storm-Petrels along most of route.
    
    Lost a few hours of the day to dense fog, mostly in AM.
    
    Paul Lehman, San Diego
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  5. April 23-24 cruise-ship off CA: 3 HAWAIIAN, 21 MURPHY'S, 38 COOK'S PETREL; 3 LAYSAN; FORK-TAILED STORM-PETREL incursion LINK
    DATE: Apr 24, 2017 @ 11:43am, 7 month(s) ago
    A Holland America "repositioning" cruise from San Diego to Vancouver,
    
    departing 22 April with some 30 birders on board, was off central
    
    California on 23 April and off northwest California for part of 24
    
    April. Highlights included:
    
    23 April (fair, windy):
    3 Hawaiian Petrel (1 SLO, 2 SF)
    
    4 Murphy's Petrel (4 SF)
    37 Cook's Petrel (8 SBA, 17 SLO, 5 MTY, 2 SM, 5 SF)
    
    38 Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel including 4 in SLO where they are rare; good numbers in all other countries.
    2 Laysan Albatross (MTY)
    1 Long-tailed Jaeger (SF)
    
    24 April (overcast); morning only before reaching Oregon:
    HUM: 1 Cook's, 11 Murphy's, 1 Laysan, 1 LT Jaeger
    DN: 6 Murphy's
    
    --Paul Lehman (and Barbara Carlson), San Diego
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  7. cruise-ship April 8th: GREAT Shearwater, 77 Cook's, 9 Murphy's, 13 Laysans, early 2 L-t Jaegers LINK
    DATE: Apr 9, 2017 @ 5:21am, 8 month(s) ago
    A Princess cruise from Los Angeles to Vancouver with about 15 birders
    
    aboard had the following species off California between s. Monterey and
    
    Mendocino Counties on 8 April:
    
    GREAT SHEARWATER: 1 (right off bow in southern San Francisco County;
    
    photo obtained)
    
    Laysan Albatross: 11 (1 MTY, 4 SF, 2 MRN, 1 SON, 3 MEN)
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 9 (1 MTY, 5 SM, 1 SF, 1 MRN, 1 MEN)
    
    Cook's Petrel: 77 (well spread all entire route; 28 MTY, 33 SM, 13 SF,
    
    1 SON, 2 MEN)
    
    Long-tailed Jaeger: 2 (very () early arriving adults: 1 off MTY and 1
    
    off SF())
    
    Also:
    
    Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel: 1 southerly off MTY
    
    Leach's Storm-Petrel: 4 (scattered)
    
    Misc totals: B-f Albatross: 27, N. Fulmar: 45, Sooty Shearwater: 475
    
    (arriving), Pink-footed Shearwater: 35
    
    Red-necked Phalarope: already 200 have arrived along entire route, on
    
    time or slightly early for moderate numbers
    
    Sabine's Gull: 105 (fairly well spread out; would have been "early"
    
    just a few years ago, but no longer)
    
    alcids: very low numbers
    
    Brown Booby: 1 (adult in Port of Los Angeles on 7 Apr as we departed)
    
    --Paul Lehman, San Diego
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  9. deepwater cruise 5/12 off nw CA & OR: 2 Hawaiians, 4 Murphy's, 2 Laysans LINK
    DATE: May 13, 2016 @ 4:57am, 2 year(s) ago
    On 12 May, a group of birders were aboard the Grand Princess on the
    
    first full day of our San Francisco to southeast Alaska and back
    
    round-trip. This cruise goes direct from SF to Juneau, thus goes through
    
    deep, very offshore waters--to the tune of 200 miles out off northern
    
    OR, WA, and s. BC. The day started at dawn already 45 miles off Arcata
    
    and quickly headed NW even farther offshore and entered OR waters just
    
    two hours later. Much of the time spent way off Oregon is over level
    
    "abyssal plain" waters, so overall diversity and numbers (except for the
    
    ubiquitous Leach's Storm-Petel) is often--but not always--fairly
    
    limited. Species seen in numbers closer to shore can be pretty scarce
    
    this far out. Totals for the day were as follows:
    
    LAYSAN ALBATROSS: 2+ (off Curry/Coos Cos., OR)
    
    Black-footed Albatross: 19
    
    Northern Fulmar: 1
    
    MURPHY'S PETREL: 4 (2 Del Norte, 2 Curry)
    
    HAWAIIAN PETREL: 2 (both Curry; about 75 miles offshore)
    
    Pink-footed Shearwater: 3
    
    Sooty Shearwater: 63
    
    Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel: 1
    
    Leach's Storm-Petrel: 545
    
    Red-necked Phalarope: 3
    
    Pomarine Jaeger: 1
    
    Parasitic Jaeger: 10 (all adults; perhaps a surprisingly high total
    
    this far offshore, with birds out to 140 miles)
    
    Common Murre: 2
    
    Rhinoceros Auklet: 5
    
    Herring Gull: 1 (105 miles out)
    
    Eurasian Collared-Dove: 5 (go! go! go!)
    
    Savannah Sparrow: 1
    
    --PAUL LEHMAN, San Diego
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  11. Pelagic Cruise Results -- 4-5 May California and Oregon LINK
    DATE: May 8, 2016 @ 7:37am, 2 year(s) ago
    Hi Birders,
    
    About 28 birders were aboard the Ruby Princess for 2 days of deep water birding 4-5 May. On the 4th we were off southern Monterey County at daybreak, and ended the day off northern Menodcino County. Conditions started off calm, but ended with blustery north winds and sea fog. On the 5th we started in southern Curry County and our last checklist just barely got into Clatsop County. Conditions were rough, with 50 knot headwinds and big seas. I did eBird checklists every half hour for the two days, and all of those are in now and shared. Highlights were a slug of Pterodroma petrels that included 2 Hawaiian, 32 Cook's, and 18 Murphy's, the majority of which were found beginning in San Francisco County and continuing up through Marin, with scattered Murphy's the second day throughout Oregon. I think I've loaded in all my identifiable photos of these, but still have to load photos of common migrants. Parakeet Auklets were seen by one observer in Oregon waters, and those will be added independently by him since the rest of us missed them. 
    
    Here are some of the highlight checklists:
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklistsubID=S29435292
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklistsubID=S29435309
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklistsubID=S29451212
    
    Trip Summary:
    
    eBird Checklist Summary for: May 4, 2016, 4:20 AM to May 5, 2016, 11:30 PM
    
    Number of Checklists: 53
    Number of Taxa: 41
    
    1 Pacific Loon
    1 Common Loon
    2 loon sp.
    4 Laysan Albatross
    451 Black-footed Albatross
    40 Northern Fulmar
    18 Murphy's Petrel
    2 Hawaiian Petrel
    32 Cook's Petrel
    1 Pterodroma sp.
    136 Pink-footed Shearwater
    3895 Sooty Shearwater
    48 Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel
    402 Leach's Storm-Petrel
    55 Ashy Storm-Petrel
    9 storm-petrel sp.
    4 Dunlin
    30 peep sp.
    24 Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher
    452 Red-necked Phalarope
    80 Red Phalarope
    59 phalarope sp.
    1 shorebird sp.
    1 South Polar Skua
    12 Pomarine Jaeger
    7 Parasitic Jaeger
    2 Long-tailed Jaeger
    19 jaeger sp.
    165 Common Murre
    71 Cassin's Auklet
    50 Rhinoceros Auklet
    12 alcid sp.
    234 Sabine's Gull
    18 Western Gull
    2 Herring Gull
    1 Glaucous-winged Gull
    6 gull sp. 
    8 Arctic Tern
    2 Common/Arctic Tern
    1 tern sp.
    1 Eurasian Collared-Dove (road the boat for the whole first day)
    
    Checklist Locations:
    Checklists included in this summary:
    (1): 35.7941x-122.1718 - May 4, 2016, 5:57 AM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 5:57 AM
    (2): 35.9275x-122.3139 - May 4, 2016, 6:30 AM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 6:30 AM
    (3): 36.0288x-122.4304 - May 4, 2016, 6:57 AM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 6:57 AM
    (4): 36.1827x-122.5630 - May 4, 2016, 7:33 AM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 7:33 AM
    (5): 36.3443x-122.7072 - May 4, 2016, 8:11 AM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 8:11 AM
    (6): 36.4694x-122.8023 - May 4, 2016, 8:38 AM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 8:38 AM
    (7): 36.5631x-122.8752 - May 4, 2016, 8:58 AM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 8:58 AM
    (8): 36.7546x-123.0254 - May 4, 2016, 9:38 AM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 9:33 AM
    (9): 36.8633x-123.1068 - May 4, 2016, 10:01 AM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 10:01 AM
    (10): 36.9995x-123.2126 - May 4, 2016, 10:29 AM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 10:29 AM
    (11): 37.1376x-123.3179 - May 4, 2016, 10:59 AM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 10:59 AM
    (12): 37.3246x-123.4624 - May 4, 2016, 11:39 AM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 11:30 AM
    (13): 37.5285x-123.6214 - May 4, 2016, 12:22 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 12:10 PM
    (14): 37.5847x-123.6652 - May 4, 2016, 12:34 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 12:34 PM
    (15): 37.6934x-123.7496 - May 4, 2016, 12:58 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 12:58 PM
    (16): 37.9116x-123.8752 - May 4, 2016, 1:41 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 1:41 PM
    (17): 38.0271x-123.9324 - May 4, 2016, 2:05 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 2:05 PM
    (18): 38.1549x-123.9958 - May 4, 2016, 2:32 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 2:32 PM
    (19): 38.2723x-124.0544 - May 4, 2016, 2:57 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 2:57 PM
    (20): 38.4158x-124.1262 - May 4, 2016, 3:28 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 3:28 PM
    (21): 38.5518x-124.1842 - May 4, 2016, 3:57 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 3:57 PM
    (22): 38.6986x-124.2448 - May 4, 2016, 4:27 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 4:27 PM
    (23): 38.8920x-124.3226 - May 4, 2016, 5:10 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 5:10 PM
    (24): 38.9920x-124.3621 - May 4, 2016, 5:33 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 5:33 PM
    (25): 39.1189x-124.4048 - May 4, 2016, 5:59 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 5:59 PM
    (26): 39.2764x-124.4532 - May 4, 2016, 6:30 PM
    Date: May 4, 2016, 6:30 PM
    (27): 42.2154x-124.8933 - May 5, 2016, 6:04 AM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 6:00 AM
    (28): 42.3154x-124.9039 - May 5, 2016, 6:30 AM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 6:30 AM
    (29): 42.4338x-124.9123 - May 5, 2016, 7:00 AM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 7:00 AM
    (30): 42.5558x-124.9229 - May 5, 2016, 7:30 AM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 7:30 AM
    (31): 42.6747x-124.9332 - May 5, 2016, 7:59 AM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 7:59 AM
    (32): 42.8072x-124.9431 - May 5, 2016, 8:29 AM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 8:29 AM
    (33): 42.9487x-124.9496 - May 5, 2016, 9:00 AM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 9:00 AM
    (34): 43.0857x-124.9609 - May 5, 2016, 9:30 AM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 9:30 AM
    (35): 43.2335x-124.9702 - May 5, 2016, 10:01 AM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 10:01 AM
    (36): 43.3741x-124.9795 - May 5, 2016, 10:30 AM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 10:30 AM
    (37): 43.5298x-124.9884 - May 5, 2016, 11:00 AM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 11:00 AM
    (38): 43.6834x-125.0002 - May 5, 2016, 11:30 AM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 11:30 AM
    (39): 43.9165x-125.0144 - May 5, 2016, 12:16 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 12:16 PM
    (40): 43.9911x-125.0204 - May 5, 2016, 12:31 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 12:31 PM
    (41): 44.1383x-125.0325 - May 5, 2016, 1:00 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 1:00 PM
    (42): 44.2849x-125.0397 - May 5, 2016, 1:30 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 1:30 PM
    (43): 44.4270x-125.0489 - May 5, 2016, 1:58 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 1:58 PM
    (44): 44.6066x-125.0613 - May 5, 2016, 2:34 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 2:34 PM
    (45): 44.7716x-125.0731 - May 5, 2016, 3:06 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 3:00 PM
    (46): 44.8839x-125.0805 - May 5, 2016, 3:28 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 3:28 PM
    (47): 45.0362x-125.0932 - May 5, 2016, 3:59 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 3:59 PM
    (48): 45.1868x-125.1024 - May 5, 2016, 4:28 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 4:28 PM
    (49): 45.3464x-125.1137 - May 5, 2016, 5:01 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 5:01 PM
    (50): 45.4737x-125.1217 - May 5, 2016, 5:28 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 5:28 PM
    (51): 45.6154x-125.1356 - May 5, 2016, 5:57 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 5:57 PM
    (52): 45.7684x-125.1430 - May 5, 2016, 6:29 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 6:29 PM
    (53): 45.9707x-125.1587 - May 5, 2016, 7:10 PM
    Date: May 5, 2016, 7:00 PM
    
    This trip summary was created using the eBird app for iPhone and iPad.
    See eBird for more information.
    
    --
    ===========
    Brian L. Sullivan
    
    eBird Project Leader
    www.ebird.org
    
    Photo Editor
    Birds of North America Online
    http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/BNA
    -------------------------------
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  13. cruise-ship off CA, May 3rd LINK
    DATE: May 6, 2016 @ 8:40am, 2 year(s) ago
    Over 25 birders were aboard a Holland America cruise-ship between San
    
    Diego and Vancouver, May 2-4. On May 3rd, we were off CA from southern
    
    San Luis Obispo County to southern Mendocino County--with mostly light
    
    winds. What a difference a week makes...this time only ONE Cook's Petrel
    
    (plus only 1 Murphy's and 0 Hawaiian) off CA. The light winds may have
    
    played a role, but clearly the numbers of Cook's had dropped way off
    
    from the previous week when 170 were seen. We did have a dozen Murphy's
    
    the following day (May 4) off Oregon and s. Washington, as well as some
    
    Parakeet Auklets just north of the CA border, plus Laysan, late-ish
    
    Ancient Murrelet(s), another early-ish South Polar Skua, etc. Overall
    
    numbers of birds offshore were largely rather lackluster both days.
    
    Highlights in CA waters on May 3 were:
    
    Laysan Albatross: 3 (singles in MTY, SM, and SON/MEN)
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 1 (only 1, off s. MEN)
    
    Cook's Petrel: 1 (only 1, off s. MEN)
    
    Ashy Storm-Petrel: 7 (all off s. MEN)
    
    Great Egret: 1 (flying in from west, some 60 km off MTY...)
    
    South Ploar Skua: 1 (slightly early, off MTY)
    
    Scripps's Murrelet: 8 (4 pairs--1 off SLO, 1 off MTY, and 2 off SM)
    
    Tufted Puffin: 1 (off SF)
    
    Eurasian Collared-Dove: 1
    
    --Paul Lehman (and fellow crew), San Diego
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  15. cruise-ship pelagics off CA, May 3rd LINK
    DATE: May 6, 2016 @ 11:37am, 2 year(s) ago
    Over 25 birders were aboard a Holland America cruise-ship between San
    Diego and Vancouver, May 2-4. On May 3rd, we were off CA from southern
    San Luis Obispo County to southern Mendocino County--with mostly light
    winds. What a difference a week makes...this time only ONE Cook's Petrel
    (plus only 1 Murphy's and 0 Hawaiian) off CA. The light winds may well have
    played a role, but clearly the numbers of Cook's had dropped way off
    from the previous week when 170 were seen. We did have a dozen Murphy's
    the following day (May 4) off Oregon and s. Washington, as well as some
    Parakeet Auklets just north of the CA border, plus Laysan, late-ish
    Ancient Murrelet(s), another early-ish South Polar Skua, etc. Overall
    numbers of birds offshore were largely rather lackluster both days.
    
    A Princess ship the very next day (May 4) in the same waters had more wind and more pterodromas off n. CA!!
    I'll let folks on that boat summarize their findings.
    
    Our highlights in CA waters on May 3 were:
    
    Laysan Albatross: 3 (singles in MTY, SM, and SON/MEN)
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 1 (only 1, off s. MEN)
    
    Cook's Petrel: 1 (only 1, off s. MEN)
    
    Ashy Storm-Petrel: 7 (all off s. MEN)
    
    Great Egret: 1 (flying in from west, some 60 km off MTY...)
    
    South Ploar Skua: 1 (slightly early, off MTY)
    
    Scripps's Murrelet: 8 (4 pairs--1 off SLO, 1 off MTY, and 2 off SM)
    
    Tufted Puffin: 1 (off SF)
    
    Eurasian Collared-Dove: 1
    
    --Paul Lehman (and fellow crew), San Diego
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  17. cruise highlights: 170 Cook's, 13 Murphy's, 1 Hawaiian, 4 Laysans LINK
    DATE: Apr 28, 2016, 2 year(s) ago
    About 18 birders were aboard a Holland America sailing from San Diego to
    
    Vancouver from April 23-26. Strong head winds and seas off California
    
    and southern Oregon meant we had a slow down and ran late, and ended up
    
    with more time in several CA counties, less in others. Was mostly about
    
    40 miles offshore. April 24 was from west of San Miguel Is. in Santa
    
    Barbara Co. to very southern San Mateo Co. (brief, before dusk). April
    
    25 was from central Mendocino Co. to Curry Co. OR. Highlights were a
    
    good showing of 170 Cook's Petrels, seen in numbers in every CA county
    
    traversed in daylight up to extreme southern Humboldt. The total of a
    
    dozen Murphy's was lower than the past couple years, with by far the
    
    best views off Humboldt, Del Norte, and Curry. The single Hawaiian
    
    (Dark-rumped) Petrel was distant. Four Long-tailed Jaegers. On April 26
    
    we were off Washington and had 10 Parakeet Auklets, plus a Laysan and a
    
    dozen Long-tailed Jaegers. Overall, numbers and diversity well offshore
    
    were rather sub-par.
    
    APRIL 24
    
    SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 2
    
    Hawaiian (Dark-rumped) Petrel: 1
    
    Cook's Petrel: 31
    
    SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY
    
    Laysan Albatross: 2
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 1
    
    Cook's Petrel: 31
    
    Arctic Tern: 1
    
    MONTEREY COUNTY
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 1
    
    Cook's Petrel: 75
    
    SAN MATEO COUNTY
    
    Cook's Petrel: 12
    
    APRIL 25
    
    MENDOCINO COUNTY
    
    Cook's Petrel: 20
    
    Ashy Storm-Petrel: 1
    
    HUMBOLDT COUNTY
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 4
    
    Cook's Petrel: 1 (northernmost bird of trip was SW of Punta Gorda)
    
    Arctic Tern: 3
    
    DEL NORTE COUNTY
    
    Laysan Albatross: 1
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 3
    
    Long-tailed Jaeger: 3
    
    CURRY COUNTY, OR
    
    Laysan Albatross: 1
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 2
    
    -- Paul Lehman, San Diego
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  19. cruise highlights: 170 Cook's, 13 Murphy's, 1 Hawaiian, 4 Laysans LINK
    DATE: Apr 28, 2016, 2 year(s) ago
    About 18 birders were aboard a Holland America sailing from San
    Diego to Vancouver from April 23-26. Strong head winds and seas off California
    and southern Oregon meant we had a slow down and ran late, and ended up
    with more time in several CA counties, less in others. Was mostly about
    40 miles offshore. April 24 was from west of San Miguel Is. in Santa
    Barbara Co. to very southern San Mateo Co. (brief, before dusk). April
    25 was from central Mendocino Co. to Curry Co. OR. Highlights were a
    good showing of 170 Cook's Petrels, seen in numbers in every CA county
    traversed in daylight up to extreme southern Humboldt. The total of a
    dozen Murphy's was lower than the past couple years, with by far the
    best views off Humboldt, Del Norte, and Curry. The single Hawaiian
    (Dark-rumped) Petrel was distant. Four Long-tailed Jaegers. On April 26
    we were off Washington and had 10 Parakeet Auklets, plus a Laysan and a
    dozen Long-tailed Jaegers. Overall, numbers and diversity well offshore
    were rather sub-par.
    
    APRIL 24
    
    SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 2
    
    Hawaiian (Dark-rumped) Petrel: 1
    
    Cook's Petrel: 31
    
    SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY
    
    Laysan Albatross: 2
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 1
    
    Cook's Petrel: 31
    
    Arctic Tern: 1
    
    MONTEREY COUNTY
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 1
    
    Cook's Petrel: 75
    
    SAN MATEO COUNTY
    
    Cook's Petrel: 12
    
    APRIL 25
    
    MENDOCINO COUNTY
    
    Cook's Petrel: 20
    
    Ashy Storm-Petrel: 1
    
    HUMBOLDT COUNTY
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 4
    
    Cook's Petrel: 1 (northernmost bird of trip was SW of Punta Gorda)
    
    Arctic Tern: 3
    
    DEL NORTE COUNTY
    
    Laysan Albatross: 1
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 3
    
    Long-tailed Jaeger: 3
    
    CURRY COUNTY, OR
    
    Laysan Albatross: 1
    
    Murphy's Petrel: 2
    
    -- Paul Lehman, San Diego
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  21. pterodromas, 2 Manx, Sabine's LINK
    DATE: Apr 11, 2016 @ 8:55am, 2 year(s) ago
    This morning, Monday, I did a two-hour seawatch at La Jolla, and despite
    
    overall numbers and diversity being mediocre, I did see 2 MANX
    
    SHEARWATERS fly by together, quite close to shore--the only shearwaters
    
    I saw all morning. Also 13 Black Storm-Petrels--which are just slightly
    
    early in the season for La Jolla, but seemingly regular locally offshore
    
    the past few years starting already at the end of March. And lastly
    
    there was a single SABINE'S GULL feeding just offshore with a bunch of
    
    Bonies, which just a few years ago I would have said was early for being
    
    in CA waters--but no longer! Especially after last year's late March
    
    cruise-ship run a bunch of us did from Los Angeles to Vancouver, during
    
    which we had some 300+ Sabine's, including plenty as far north as off
    
    Washington state. Another cruise-ship run from Los Angeles to Vancouver
    
    took place just ten days ago with several birders aboard (not me)--from
    
    31 March to 3 April--and it recorded several flocks of Sabine's, as well
    
    as ca. 6 MURPHY'S PETRELS (5 in CA waters), 2 COOK'S PETRELS (both in CA
    
    waters), Laysan Albatross, as well as several PARAKEET AUKLETS in Oregon
    
    waters.
    
    --Paul Lehman, San Diego
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  23. Labor Day Week Pelagic Trip Off Southern California LINK
    DATE: Jun 1, 2012 @ 4:20pm, 5 year(s) ago
    Greetings,
    
    Reservations are now being taken for five days at sea off the coast of southern
    California aboard the world's most luxurious pelagic birding vessel: SEARCHER,
    sailing from San Diego on Labor Day, 2012.
    
    This California Channel Islands and Deep Water Pelagic finds rarities or
    mega-rarities on nearly every trip (WHITE-CHINNED PETREL in 2011). The diverse
    array of birds seen from SEARCHER is a result of a diverse itinerary - from
    near-shore to inter-Channel-islands to the edge of the Continental Shelf.
    
    Labor Day Week SEARCHER trips from 2003-2010 have amassed an amazing list of
    species: WHITE-CHINNED PETREL (2011); BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS, Northern Fulmar,
    MURPHY'S PETREL, COOK'S PETREL, HAWAIIAN PETREL, FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER,
    Buller's Shearwater, Pink-Footed Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, Black-vented
    Shearwater, LEAST STORM-PETREL, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Ashy Storm-Petrel, Black
    Storm-Petrel, RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD, Red-necked Phalarope, Red Phalarope, South
    Polar Skua, Pomarine Jaeger, Parasitic Jaeger, Long-tailed Jaeger, Sabine's
    Gull, Arctic Tern, Pigeon Guillemot, Common Murre, Xantus's Murrelet, Craveri's
    Murrelet, Cassin's Auklet, Rhinoceros Auklet.
    
    Both the bird life and marine mammal sightings are exceptional on this annual
    pelagic. 5 species of whales and 5 species of dolphin would not be considered
    unusual during this Labor Day week excursion. Add to that flying fish, mola
    mola, an assortment of shark and a little deep sea fishing, and the trip is fun
    for everyone, especially a birding enthusiast and a spouse.
    
    The SEARCHER pelagic consists of 4 solid days at sea, departing on Labor Day
    (Monday) morning, returning the following Friday morning at dawn. There is
    nothing quite like being on such a luxurious vessel with like-minded people, all
    sharing an interest in the wonders of life over the ocean.
    
    Many birders come from Europe or the east coast of the U.S. to participate in
    these trips, and many of them do additional birding in SoCal while they're out
    here. This year SEARCHER has teamed up with the Buena Vista Audubon Society to
    sponsor a field trip to the Salton Sea led by Todd McGrath on Saturday September
    2. This trip is limited exclusively to Searcher registrants.
    
    SEARCHER departs San Diego on Labor Day morning. We spend the day birding our
    way up San Diego's famous Nine Mile Bank and other underwater banks, ridges and
    canyons. The morning of our second day at sea finds us in the northern Channel
    Islands where Todd McGrath found our White-Chinned Petrel in 2011. From there we
    travel north and west to the deeper waters, west past Point Conception to
    Arguello Canyon and perhaps the Rodriguez Dome in search of rarities and marine
    life.
    
    The third day finds us in two-mile deep waters where we explore the known
    pterodroma corridors beyond the San Juan Seamount and other seamounts at and
    beyond the edge of the Continental Shelf.
    
    Please join us for a week of fun and adventure while being pampered by the crew
    of SEARCHER. Lots more information on the links below.
    
    Details & reservation for the SEARCHER Labor Day Week Live-aboard Pelagic:
    http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/searchersep372012.html
    
    Details of Todd McGrath's "Pre-Pelagic Trip To The Salton Sea" Trip on Sept 2:
    http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/saltonseasep22012.html
    
    The SEARCHER trip logs contain more detailed information of past trip sightings:
    http://www.bajawhale.com/wildlife-tours/pelagic-birding-tours
    
    The Status & Distribution of SoCal Pelagic Birds can be viewed at:
    http://socalbirding.com/seabirdreference.html
    
    Peace on earth.
    
    W. Terry Hunefeld, Encinitas
    Life is short. Seabird often.
    In memory of Luke Cole and Mike San Miguel
    "Come on out with us to see what's out there."
    
    Southern California Seabirding Trips
    by: Buena Vista Audubon Society
    http://www.SoCalBirding.com
    Los Coronados Islands & Nine Mile Bank
    all the way to the edge of the Continental Shelf
    
    Our SoCal Pelagic "e-Newsletters"
    http://www.facebook.com/SoCalPelagics
    and
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SoCalBirding
    
    A Few Of Our Seabird & Marine Mammal Adventures:
    http://www.youtube.com/watchv=eC4qRYFdjXo
    http://www.youtube.com/watchv=ABXQwF2vD2w
    http://www.youtube.com/watchv=P8UdCYAOax0
    http://www.youtube.com/watchv=jyb8fBCsP0s
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  25. Stejneger's Petrel in Monterey Bay LINK
    DATE: May 17, 2012 @ 7:21pm, 6 year(s) ago
    I was studying Steve Howell's new book Petrels, Albatrosses and
    Storm-Petrels of North America which I highly recommend by the way. I
    noticed that in the Status and Distribution on page 209 for Stejnerger's
    Petrel he mentions a photo by N. Black that appears in this trip report:
    http://montereyseabirds.com/SeabirdTripReport030512.htm
    
    The petrel was initially spotted by Richard Ternullo whilst on a whale
    watch on May 12, 2003 but the bird flew off before he could get a photo.
    Luckily it reappeared off Moss Landing (MTY county) and Nancy Black
    managed to get a shot of it albeit very distant one. It was on a slide
    no less. Richard didn't get the best looks at the bird and originally
    reported it as a Dark-rumped Petrel based on his prior experience.
    
    Richard assumed the photo would be enough documentation so he didn't
    write it up a description for review and subsequently it was not
    accepted by the CBRC.
    
    But apparently Steve Howell reviewed the photo and has concluded this
    was bird was actually a STEJNEGER'S PETREL!
    
    He writes:
    
    "Very rare nonbreeding visitor off California. Records in Apr and
    mid-May (M.P. Force pers. comm.: N. Black*, photos) may involve
    juveniles that wandered n up the "wrong side" of the Pacific,"
    
    * Note: 12, May 2003, Monterey Bay; initially reported as a "Dark-rumped
    Petrel" and not accepted by the state comittee, despite diagnostic photos."
    
    So add another interesting Pterdroma possibility ( along with Hawaiian
    and Murphy's Petrels) for mid-May on the Monterey Bay. Two different
    pods of Killer Whales were seen this week, on the 14th and 15th, right
    off Pacific Grove.
    
    There are still some spots available for this Sunday's Monterey Seabirds
    trip. Call 831 375 4658 to reserve or online at
    http://www.montereyseabirds.com Cost is $130 pp.
    
    Roger that
    Soquel Canyon
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  27. Hawaiian & Cook's Petrels, Parakeet Auklets LINK
    DATE: May 11, 2012 @ 7:56pm, 6 year(s) ago
    The Holland America cruise, 8-11 May 2012, from San Diego to Vancouver, faced
    gale force winds for 30 hours, but saw some good birds.  They had 38-45 knot
    headwinds with 15-24 ft seas!  No seasickness reported;  those stabilizers on
    the large ships really help.
     
    On 9 May, a very close Hawaiian Petrel was spotted off Santa Cruz County in 9480
    feet of water.  Coordinates were 36' 48.52 N
    122' 55.04 W.
     
    Later the same day, another Dark-rumped Petrel was spotted in northern San Mateo
    County in 8390 feet of water.  (37' 25.14 N
    123' 26.14 W)
     
    On 10 May, a Cook's Petrel was seen approximately 40 nautical miles west of
    Arcada, Humbolt County, in 9610 feet. 
    (40' 53.60 N 125' 00.58 W)  Also in northern California were two Parakeet
    Auklets approximately 40 nautical miles off Big Lagoon, Humbolt County.  (41'
    11.64 N 125' 00,65 W)
     
    Oregon was slow:  one Parakeet Auklet recorded there.  Washington had one
    Murphy's Petrel, two Parakeet Auklets, and one (getting-late) Short-tailed
    Shearwater.
     
    posting for Paul Lehman but stuck in San Diego,
     
    Barbara Carlson
    San Diego
    
    
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  29. repositioning cruises to deepwater off CA LINK
    DATE: Apr 28, 2012 @ 8:20pm, 6 year(s) ago
    A great way to visit deep offshore waters just beyond the shelf edge off
    California (and Oregon, and, more rarely, Washington) is to take one of the many
    "repositioning cruises"
    offered by the several cruise lines. These are direct, several-day trips from
    California ports to (typically) Vancouver BC, when they move their ships in
    spring from the winter-season cruises off Mexico, etc., to the summer-season
    schedule in Alaska, and vice versa in fall from Alaska
    back to the south. These runs typically take place between late April
    and mid-May and during latter September. They are very reasonably
    priced, usually costing only about $250 per person to share a room,
    with room and all food (and, jeez, is there a LOT of food!) covered (anything
    else is extra). The route usually is some 40-50 miles offshore, so you are
    mostly over deep water.  There are plenty of ships and sailing dates to choose
    from.
    In spring, Holland America sails multiple ships out of San Diego; the Princess
    line goes on several dates out of L.A. and San Francisco. One-way airfares
    from Vancouver back to CA run a bit over $200, but are only half that
    from Seattle. In fall, presumably most cruises depart from Vancouver, although
    some may first depart out of Seattle or Victoria. (There are certain legalities
    which require you to start and end a cruise in a different country, thus the use
    of Vancouver as one end of the journey.)
    
    Several important points to consider:  the boats
    move at about 20 knots, and of course they do NOT stop at night, so
    almost half the waters we'd love to bird are traversed at night; and
    most sailings leave dock in the late afternoon, so if you departed S.F.
    then you'd get very little birding time in deep CA waters during
    daylight (perhaps a little just before dark, and then for an hour after
    dawn the next morning off Del Norte County before entering Oregon
    waters), thus it would be better to leave out of San Diego or LA if you
    want a full day's birding off CA.  And of course these are HUGE ships,
    but they are very steady, so only during major storms is anyone apt to
    feel sick, and one actually uses SCOPES to see birds. Be aware that many
    of the birds are at moderate to far distances so a scope is ESSENTIAL,
    and the boat hardly slows down for them (!), so the views are not
    especially lengthy. It is easy to MISS birds that other observers are
    watching. Photo opportunities are decidedly limited. Each boat has a
    somewhat different deck plan, so the best observation sites vary from
    boat to boat and with changing wind and lighting conditions. Having multiple
    observers is helpful in spotting birds, but too large a group would be
    difficult to fit (with their tripods) at the best viewing sites.  But,
    overall, you certainly see a bunch of birds in deep water and cover a
    lot of ground for a very reasonable price! Oregonian birders have been
    taking such trips for almost a decade now, emphasizing the waters off
    their home state.
    
    A bunch of us took a Holland America ship out
    of San Diego from April 15-18.  April 16 found us from off s. Santa
    Barbara to off n. San Mateo Counties (though most trips start that day
    at dawn slightly farther north and end off about S.F. or southern Marin
    County), and April 17 from southern Humboldt County to central/northern
    Oregon (though most boats start off at dawn only for an hour or so in
    Del Norte waters). Off Santa Barbara we had 3 Cook's Petrels, a Laysan
    Albatross,
    and a Tufted Puffin. A couple observers saw 2 Horned Puffins off San
    Mateo County. The Humboldt/Del Norte waters were especially productive,
    with almost 200 Parakeet Auklets, 4 Murphy's Petrels, a Horned
    Puffin, 3 Laysans, and some 2200+ Leach's Storm-Petrels. Off Oregon we had
    another 6 Murphy's, a very rare Cook's Petrel for that state, another Horned
    Puffin, and 2 Laysans. Also, a surprisingly 'early' dozen Long-tailed Jaegers,
    Arctic Tern, and lots of Sabine's Gulls. I'll be taking
    another similar cruise this spring the second week in May.
    
    --Paul Lehman,  San Diego
    
    
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