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  1. OCT. 13: MASKED BOOBY SCZ COUNTY LINK
    DATE: Oct 15, 2018 @ 10:29am, 3 day(s) ago
    Howdy, Birders,
    
    The highlight of Shearwater Journeys October 13, 2018 Monterey Bay pelagic trip was a MASKED BOOBY, only the third record for Santa Cruz County.
    
    It was a beautiful, calm day at sea with many highlights, including six species of shearwaters: SOOTY, SHORT-TAILED, PINK-FOOTED, MANX, BLACK-VENTED, and BULLERS. We also had wonderful views of BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS, POMARINE and PARASITIC JAEGERS, SOUTH POLAR SKUA, RED and RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, and RHINOCEROS AUKLETS.
    
    Marine mammals included at least 20 humpback whales, 150 Pacific white-sided dolphins, 10 Northern right whale dolphins, 28 Rissos dolphins, and one Northern fur seal, and the usual California sea lions and sea otters.
    
    The MASKED BOOBY was spotted about 11:40 a.m., attracted to the flock of gulls behind our vessel. It made a quick pass, flying rapidly off our bow. A dramatic chase by our Captain Tinker ensued! The booby landed on the sea with a small flock of gulls. Careful approach by our vessel allowed for a positive ID and a great many images! This was a lot of fun!
    
    Our last pelagic trip of the season is Sunday, OCTOBER 21 with leaders Alex Rinkert, Nick Levendosky, Jim Holmes, Debi Shearwater. Spaces are available. For a reservation, please email me: debi@... .
    
    The complete species list for OCTOBER 13, 2018 Shearwater Journeys trip covering both MONTEREY/SANTA CRUZ COUNTIES follows:
    
    PACIFIC LOON: 1/0
    COMMON LOON: 7/11
    BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS: 3/2
    NORTHERN FULMAR: 3/6
    PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER: 160/205
    BULLERS SHEARWATER: 6/6
    SOOTY SHEARWATER: 120/32
    SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER: 3/0
    MANX SHEARWATER: 1/0
    BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER: 2/0
    **MASKED BOOBY: 0/1
    BROWN PELICAN: 115/2
    BRANDTS CORMORANT: 150/3
    DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT: 1/0
    RED-NECKED PHALAROPE: 60/6
    RED PHALAROPE: 13/0
    SOUTH POLAR SKUA: 1/1
    POMARINE JAEGER: 0/1
    PARASITIC JAEGER: 2/0
    BONAPARTES GULL: 2/0
    HEERMANNS GULL: 28/0
    CALIFORNIA GULL: 115/96
    HERRING GULL: 2/0
    WESTERN GULL: 365/108
    GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL: 1/0
    ELEGANT TERN: 60/0
    COMMON MURRE: 285/185
    PIGEON GUILLEMOT: 1/0
    CASSINS AUKLET: 6/1
    RHINOCEROS AUKLET: 470/155
    OSPREY:1/0
    PEREGRINE FALCON: 1/0
    WOOD DUCK: 1/0
    WARBLER SP.:1/0
    
    The leaders for October 13 included: Scott and Linda Terrill, Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, and Debi Shearwater. Special thanks to Nick for carrying my great pyrenees doggie, on and off the boat. It was her first pelagic trip and I think it will be her last! Shes not a sailor dog!
    
    See you out there! One more trip for 2018!
    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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  3. OCT. 6 MTY PELAGIC: KITTIWAKE LINK
    DATE: Oct 8, 2018 @ 11:49am, 10 day(s) ago
    Howdy, CalBirders,
    
    This is a report for Shearwater Journeys October 6, 2018 pelagic trip departing from Montereys Fishermans Wharf. Due to the impending marine forecast calling for gusts to 40 knots, our captain canceled the October 7 pelagic trip which was scheduled to depart from Half Moon Bay as previously announced.
    
    The morning dawned bright red at the harbor in Monterey on October 6, making for some beautiful sunrise photographs. Red sky in the morning, sailors warning. A BALD EAGLE flew over the harbor while I was doing the orientation.
    
    We put the pedal to the metal and immediately headed north for offshore Davenport where we would have some protection once the wind picked up. We had views of a PIGEON GUILLEMOT and some BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS, first. We crossed the border into Santa Cruz County at 10:30 a.m., almost a record early time.
    
    En route, and in both Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties, we enjoyed close views of BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS, NORTHERN FULMAR; PINK-FOOTED, SOOTY, and BULLERS SHEARWATERS; one ASHY STORM-PETREL; RED and RED-NECKED PHALAROPES; POMARINE and PARASITIC JAEGERS; COMMON MURRES; one CASSINS and lots of RHINOCEROS AUKLETS.
    
    A great time was had with the first of the season for all of California (according to eBird) BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE and 2 SOUTH POLAR SKUAS. The kittiwake crossed the county line and thus was recorded for both counties. One skua was found in each county. They were attracted to the flock of gulls following our vessel. Lots of great images of the kittiwake were made by the many photographers on board.
    
    We turned tail from the wind in the early afternoon and made our way back to the harbor in a following sea.
    
    Marine mammals included half a dozen RISSOS DOLPHINS in the morning, 2 DALLS PORPOISE and a bakers dozen of HUMPBACK WHALES, some breaching and tail-lobbing.
    
    NOAA is forecasting a southerly surge for tomorrow from Hurricane Sergio. This could bring more seabirds from the south to Monterey Bay by the end of the week, possibly boobies, more Black-vented Shearwaters, murrelets, or just about any warm water seabird from tropicbird to Wedge-tailed Shearwater. This Saturdays trip could be very interesting.
    
    Upcoming trips with spaces available, both departures from Fishermans Wharf, Monterey:
    SAT. OCT. 13 with Scott & Linda Terrill, Alex Rinkert, Nick Levendosky, Debi Shearwater
    SUN. OCT. 21 with Alex Rinkert, Nick Levendosky, Jim Holmes, Debi Shearwater
    
    To make a RESERVATION, please email me: debi@... .
    
    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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  5. Got Boobies? We do!! Ventura pelagic trip on 6 Oct 2018 LINK
    DATE: Oct 6, 2018 @ 10:56pm, 12 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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  7. PELAGIC REPORT: SEP 22 & 23 LINK
    DATE: Sep 27, 2018, 22 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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  9. OFFSHORE MONTEREY 44 MILES LINK
    DATE: Sep 20, 2018 @ 6:09pm, 28 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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  11. Re: [CALBIRDS] Heermann's Gull breeding status LINK
    DATE: Sep 20, 2018 @ 2:29pm, 28 day(s) ago
    Thanks, Alvaro, that's very helpful. There have been fewer HEEG eBird
    
    reports in Del Norte and Humboldt in recent years, suggesting a
    
    (temporary) population decline.
    
    Ken Burton
    
    On Fri, Sep 21, 2018 at 1:52 AM Alvaro Jaramillo < chucao@... >
    
    wrote:
    
    > Ken
    
    >
    
    > It was three consecutive failures (basically no breeding), and now two
    
    > consecutive years with breeding. We are seeing juveniles consistently and
    
    > in small numbers this year. As to the exact details on how good the seasons
    
    > were in 17 and 18, I do not know. A recent paper by the team studying the
    
    > gulls in Baja suggest that the population can sustain up to 5 years of
    
    > failure before irreparable harm. So we came close to the forecast
    
    > threshold, but not quite there. Even so, three years of failure should show
    
    > up as at least a temporary decrease in population in my estimation.
    
    >
    
    > The concern this year is breeding failure in alcids in Alaska.
    
    > Monitored colonies of mixed murre species failed this year, as well as in
    
    > 2016. What is going on in Alaska likely explains the greater than average
    
    > number of first year Northern Fulmars off central CA this year, similarly
    
    > Washington has had regular sightings of Short-tailed Shearwater this year,
    
    > earlier than is the norm. We also found one a few weeks ago in Half Moon
    
    > Bay. One could ponder that the vagrant Horned Puffin that was around in SF
    
    > and the Farallons may also be part of this issue, although a single data
    
    > point is not really something you can work with. Perhaps it was two of
    
    > them For an article on the Alaska situation:
    
    >
    
    >
    
    > https://www.audubon.org/news/in-alaska-starving-seabirds-and-empty-colonies-signal-broken-ecosystem
    
    >
    
    > Ironically we did well here in central CA. Food was plentiful at least
    
    > early on in the season, and it started as a good krill year. Cassins
    
    > Auklets tried to breed twice on the Farallons this year, although the
    
    > second breeding did not work out. I gather murres did pretty well on the
    
    > Farallons.
    
    >
    
    > Regards
    
    >
    
    > Alvarop
    
    >
    
    >
    
    >
    
    > Alvaro
    
    >
    
    > Alvaro Jaramillo
    
    >
    
    > alvaro@...
    
    >
    
    > www.alvarosadventures.com
    
    >
    
    >
    
    >
    
    > *From:* CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com < CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com > *On Behalf Of
    
    > *Ken Burton shrikethree@... [CALBIRDS]
    
    > *Sent:* Thursday, September 20, 2018 4:26 AM
    
    > *To:* calbirds < CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com >
    
    > *Subject:* [CALBIRDS] Heermann's Gull breeding status
    
    >
    
    >
    
    >
    
    >
    
    >
    
    > How was HEEG breeding success this year I've been out of the country for
    
    > a while.
    
    >
    
    >
    
    >
    
    > Last year was better than the three previous ones but still not good,
    
    > correct
    
    >
    
    >
    
    >
    
    > Thanks.
    
    >
    
    >
    
    >
    
    > Ken Burton
    
    >
    
    > no fixed address but currently in Australia
    
    >
    
    >
    
    >
    
    
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  13. RE: [CALBIRDS] Heermann's Gull breeding status LINK
    DATE: Sep 20, 2018 @ 8:52am, 28 day(s) ago
    Ken
    
    It was three consecutive failures (basically no breeding), and now two consecutive years with breeding. We are seeing juveniles consistently and in small numbers this year. As to the exact details on how good the seasons were in 17 and 18, I do not know. A recent paper by the team studying the gulls in Baja suggest that the population can sustain up to 5 years of failure before irreparable harm. So we came close to the forecast threshold, but not quite there. Even so, three years of failure should show up as at least a temporary decrease in population in my estimation.
    
    The concern this year is breeding failure in alcids in Alaska. Monitored colonies of mixed murre species failed this year, as well as in 2016. What is going on in Alaska likely explains the greater than average number of first year Northern Fulmars off central CA this year, similarly Washington has had regular sightings of Short-tailed Shearwater this year, earlier than is the norm. We also found one a few weeks ago in Half Moon Bay. One could ponder that the vagrant Horned Puffin that was around in SF and the Farallons may also be part of this issue, although a single data point is not really something you can work with. Perhaps it was two of them For an article on the Alaska situation:
    
    https://www.audubon.org/news/in-alaska-starving-seabirds-and-empty-colonies-signal-broken-ecosystem
    
    Ironically we did well here in central CA. Food was plentiful at least early on in the season, and it started as a good krill year. Cassins Auklets tried to breed twice on the Farallons this year, although the second breeding did not work out. I gather murres did pretty well on the Farallons.
    
    Regards
    
    Alvarop
    
    Alvaro
    
    Alvaro Jaramillo
    
    alvaro@...
    
    www.alvarosadventures.com
    
    From: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com < CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com > On Behalf Of Ken Burton shrikethree@... [CALBIRDS]
    
    Sent: Thursday, September 20, 2018 4:26 AM
    
    To: calbirds < CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com >
    
    Subject: [CALBIRDS] Heermann's Gull breeding status
    
    How was HEEG breeding success this year I've been out of the country for a while.
    
    Last year was better than the three previous ones but still not good, correct
    
    Thanks.
    
    Ken Burton
    
    no fixed address but currently in Australia
    
    
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  15. PELAGIC REPORT: AUG 31 MTY & SCZ LINK
    DATE: Sep 5, 2018 @ 4:50pm, 43 day(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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  17. MTY PELAGIC REPORT: MASKED BOOBY & EVEN SEAS LINK
    DATE: Aug 28, 2018 @ 10:36am, 51 day(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
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    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
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  19. Farallons trip report - Horned Puffin and more. LINK
    DATE: Aug 16, 2018 @ 10:17am, 2 month(s) ago
    Calbirders A late report of our double header to the Farallon Islands this weekend, out of Half Moon Bay. Saturday was sunny, Sunday foggy and a bit choppier. On Saturday we happened to luck out on the arrival day of a female Brown Booby, the first which has been on the Farallons this season, this bird was also there on Sunday. The Northern Gannet was seen on both days as we moved north along the coast, on Egg Rock (Devils Slide). The big highlight on Saturday was youth birder Jonah Benningfield spotting an adult Horned Puffin, which we were able to see flying around and then swimming. We were able to communicate the sighting to the biologists on the island, and they were real happy as it was a lifer for some of the team. The bird was not there on Sunday, and I have heard of no positive reports since then. On Sunday a Scrippss Murrelet was the 8 th alcid species for us this weekend, Marbled Murrelets near shore have been reliable this year. Interestingly, yesterday we spotted a Scrippss Murrelet in Pillar Point Harbor, the first anyone can recall around here from land. Given how reliable this species has been here this season thus far, and this land based observation, I do wonder if they are being pushed in higher numbers out our way this year, and if some food issue may be happening Ashy Storm-Petrels were found in a nice concentration near the island, with a couple of Fork-tailed Storm-Petrels. Good numbers of shearwaters, phalaropes, and Black-footed Albatross on both trips. The Northern Fulmar numbers continue to be higher than usual. All three jaegers were found during the weekend, as well as a nice South Polar Skua on the Sunday. Note that Farallon biologists saw a Hawaiian Petrel on Friday flying by the island. Humpback Whales were off the hook on Saturday, an awesome display of lunge feeding. Photos of puffin and booby here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47791646 So a great couple of island trips, and we are looking forward to our offshore pelagics (Saturday out of Half Moon Bay has spaces) this weekend which will allow us to sample more deep water than in the Farallon trips. http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/ . For southern Californians, on Sept 22 we have a trip heading out of Avila Beach (Morro Bay). Good birding. Alvaro Alvaro Jaramillo alvaro@... www.alvarosadventures.com 
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  21. Ventura pelagic trip report - 15 July 2018; multiple megas! LINK
    DATE: Jul 20, 2018 @ 7:32am, 3 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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  23. Repositon cruise sightings May 1-3 LINK
    DATE: May 5, 2018 @ 7:32pm, 6 month(s) ago
    Leonie Batkin and I were on aHolland America Line ( New Amsterdam )reposition cruise from San Diego to Vancouver.
    
    Sightings below are from San Diego, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Mateo, San Francisco, Sonoma
    and Del Norte Counties May1-3.
    
    May 2
    
    Santa Barbara County
    Murphy's Petrel ( 3 )
    
    San Luis Obispo County
    Murphy's Petrel ( 1 )
    
    San Mateo County
    Murphy's Petrel ( 1 )
    Laysan Albatross ( 3 )
    
    San Francisco County
    Murphy's Petrel ( 1 )
    
    Sonoma County
    Murphy's Petrel ( 1 )
    
    May 3
    
    Del Norte County
    Murphy's Petrel ( 1 )
    Hawaiian Petrel ( 1 )
    
    ( 2 ) Murphy's Petrels were inCurry County not long after crossing into Oregon.
    
    Other birds noted in Californiawere ( 53 )Black-footed Albatross, (41 )Northern Fulmars,( 300 )Sooty Shearwaters,
    ( 30 ) Pink-footed Shearwaters, ( 520 ) Leach's Storm-Petrels ( Del Note Co.), ( 34 )Black Storm-Petrels ( San Diego Co. )
    ( 28 )Red-necked Phalaropes,( 1 ) Red Phalarope, ( 12 )Pomarine Jaegers, ( 2 ) Parasitic Jaegers, ( 1 ) Long-tailed
    Jaeger ( San Mateo Co. ),( 183 ) Sabine's Gulls,( 1 ) Arctic Tern (Santa Barbara Co. ), ( 2 ) Marbled Murrelets,
    ( 2 ) Scripp's Murrelets ( San Diego Co. ), ( 6 ) Cassin's Auklets, ( 1 ) Rhinoceros Auklet, (7 ) Eurasian Collared
    Doves together on board with a Brown-headed Cowbird.
    
    We had heard oftwo other birders on board, but were not able to track them down. So there may be some additional
    sightings.
    
    Ron Thorn
    Redwood City, California
    
    
    
    
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  25. Supertanker pelagic birds from April 12 and 13 LINK
    DATE: Apr 14, 2018 @ 7:42am, 6 month(s) ago
    I had the opportunity to ride as a guest on a supertanker traveling from Long Beach to SF Bay, generally 40 to 65 miles offshore.  The route began at midnight, so really began at sunrise south of Santa Cruz Island. Viewing decks (near the stern) were actually plentiful, but the ones with the best and most wind-protected views were high and far from the water (e.g. the bridge)-- and the birds were usually first seen crossing the bow. Given NW winds of 20-40 kts throughout the trip, using a scope was difficult unless I chose a protected spot with limited views-- so there was a tradeoff. 
    
    Highlights were similar to those posted by Ron Thorn a couple days ago:
    
    April 12
    Ventura County (south of the Channel Islands)
    9 Sooty Shearwater
    6 Pink-footed Shearwater
    1 Black-vented Shearwater
    11 Pacific Loons
    3 Bonaparte's Gulls
    
    2 Scripp's Murrelets
    
    Santa Barbara County (mostly 50 miles out from Pt Concepcion)
    1 Black-footed Albatross
    1 Cook's Petrel (between Rodriguez Seamount and Arguello Cyn)
    1 Pink-footed Shearwater
    2 Western Gulls
    (total of 5 individual birds in 2 hours of seawatch!)
    
    (night time from Pt Concepcion area to Pt Sur area)
    
    Monterey County
    1 Black-footed Albatross
    4 Cook's Petrel
    1 distant pterodroma very white below, very dark above 
    4 dark Procellarids (shearwaters or petrels)
    2 Northern Fulmars
    
    Santa Cruz County
    1 Black-footed Albatross
    5 Northern Fulmar
    
    We made the turn inland near Pioneer Seamount and only encountered a few fulmars and murres from then on.  I only saw 3 whale blows, which were all at south end of Gulf of the Farallones. 
    
    This was a one-off opportunity, so don't expect more!  The crew did say they sometimes see little birds that hang around the ship and some stay with it for days. This tanker's "milk run" is typically Valdez to WA or CA and back.
    
    all for now, 
    
    --
    Steve Hampton
    
    Davis, CA
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  27. 10/16 Monterey Seabirds trip report-Scripps's, Guadalupe Murrelets, Flesh-foot, and other goodies LINK
    DATE: Oct 17, 2017 @ 2:01pm, 1 year(s) ago
    All,    Monterey Seabirds ended our pelagic season with an incredible tour of Monterey County yesterday.  This hearty and patient bunch of birders was a great group to be with for the day.  Everyone aboard was eager to run far offshore to get to a strong temperature break and it paid off.
      First, we had to get there.  Inside the Monterey Bay, we encountered BULLER'S, PINK-FOOTED, SOOTY and BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS.  One probable Short-tailed shearwater got away before a positive identification.  NORTHERN FULMAR (13) and BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS were encountered farther out.  We enjoyed great studies of POMARINE (7) and PARASITIC JAEGER.
      Conditions far from shore were calm and glassy.  We enjoyed the near t-shirt weather.
      A Skua slam was rounded out with a LONG-TAILED JAEGER when we got into deeper water.  SOUTH POLAR SKUA (7) were out in the deeper water as well.
      It took some patience to get to the warmer water as we hit a spell of very few birds for a while. One of two YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS landed on the boat and helped us pass the time. 
      Water temperatures quickly jumped from mid/upper 50s to mid 60s as we hit the temperature break. This is where we found the first pair of GUADALUPE MURRELETS (4 total). Two more were found well south of the first two.  While tracking the second pair, a pair of SCRIPPS'S MURRELETS (2) were also found.  Eight SABINE'S GULLS flew south during our time in the warm zone.
      Four more MURRELET SPP. got away when we got closer to shore.
      Icing for our cake Yes please!  A single FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER gave us distant but satisfying looks with gorgeous views of the Big Sur coast as background. 
      Also seen during the trip were several offshore COMMON LOON as well as RED-THROATED LOON.
      We enjoyed a stunning sunset with HUMPBACK WHALES, PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED and NORTHERN RIGHT WHALE DOLPHINS in the foreground.  BLUE SHARK (4) and Mola mola were found at various times during the epic journey.
      I owe a huge thanks to all of our participants this season.  I also have a deep gratitude for all of our spotters this year.  An extra thanks goes out to Dorian Anderson for spotting on so many of our trips and for finding most of our Tufted Puffins this season!
      Looking forward to next season!
      Photos will be posted soon to our facebook page as well as the eBird lists. Here's one:
    ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39979385  
    https://www.facebook.com/montereyseabirdtours/  
    
    Good birding to all,
    
    Mark Kudrav
    Pacific Grove
    Monterey Seabirds
    
      
      
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  29. 10/15 Monterey Seabirds Trip Report + our last pelagic is tomorrow. LINK
    DATE: Oct 15, 2017 @ 4:49pm, 1 year(s) ago
    All,   Monterey Seabirds went out on a fantastic pelagic today.  It was a wonderfully diverse trip. Today we stayed in Monterey County water the entire time.  Here's a list of some highlights:
    COMMON LOON (about 15 miles offshore)
    PACIFIC LOON
    RED THROATED LOON
    ASHY STORM-PETREL
    BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS
    BULLER'S SHEARWATER
    BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER (they're back! They were in a month ago but not since.)
    SOOTY SHEARWATER
    PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER
    NORTHERN FULMAR
    MARBLED GODWIT (offshore about 8 mile)
    RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
    BONAPARTE'S GULL (first of the season for me)
    POMARINE JAEGER
    PARASITIC JAEGER
    SOUTH POLAR SKUA (6)!!!
    RHINOCEROS AUKLET
    CASSIN'S AUKLET
    TUFTED PUFFIN
    HUMPBACK WHALE (20)
    FIN WHALE  (2)
    PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN
    MOLA MOLA
    BLUE SHARK (3)
    
    Any day with a TUFTED PUFFIN is a good day.  Also, six SOUTH POLAR SKUA were a real delight for folks.
    
    It's not to late to join us tomorrow on our 12-hour trip!  We will be going farther offshore (30+ miles) where there is currently a big temperature break.  We'd love to have you.
    
    Vist montereyseabirds.com or call (831)375-4658
    or
    Feel free to show up at the dock in the morning if you get this after business hours.  We depart at 7:30 from the Monterey Bay Whale Watch shop on Fisherman's Wharf.
    
    Good Birding,
    Mark Kudrav
    Monterey Seabirds
    Pacific Grove
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