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   Northern Gannet
Northern Gannet
Morus bassanus


   Northern Gannet (Morus bassanus) - NOGA (recent eBird sightings, view CBRC records, range map
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  1. Red-footed Booby pm. Half Moon Bay harbor LINK
    DATE: Nov 23, 2017 @ 6:09pm, 18 day(s) ago
    The Red-footed Booby was seen between 11- 2:30 by myself and 4-5 other Thanksgiving birders. It was a bit hard to find as it was often sleeping and was low on the rocks. It was seen on the southern most inner rock jetty.It was still there when I left at 2 . Looked for the Northern Gannet at Devil's Slide for an hour and a half with no love.
    
    Scott Carey,Sebastopol, Ca.
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  3. Red-footed Booby images LINK
    DATE: Nov 19, 2017 @ 7:25pm, 22 day(s) ago
    Posted some images of the Red-footed Booby from Saturday. Also, the Northern Gannet was seen at Devil's Slide just South of Pacifica. Two great county birds!
    Images here https://www.flickr.com/photos/toddeasterla/
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  5. Northern gannet at devils slide trail LINK
    DATE: Sep 30, 2017, 2 month(s) ago
    I am pretty sure i saw the northern gannet on the rock island while on the devils slide trail south of Pacifica at noon today.
    
    Let me know if i am mistaken.
    
    Jon lee
    
    Dublin, ca
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  7. Southeast Farallon Island KERMADEC PETREL, Yellow-billed Loon, etc. LINK
    DATE: Sep 8, 2017 @ 9:52pm, 3 month(s) ago
    A quick Fall update from Southeast Farallon Island:
    Today just after 530pm a KERMADEC PETREL made several quick passes around the top of the hill at the lighthouse. Photographs are included in today's eBird checklist:
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39075183
    
    Details will be submitted to the CBRC. If accepted, this represents a first record for California and (I believe) the first away from Hawaii in the US.
    
    The NORTHERN GANNET has been quite consistently roosting mornings and evenings on Sugarloaf along with a BLUE-FOOTED BOOBY and BROWN BOOBY. The Blue-footed has been observed courting the Brown-- stomping around showing off its blue feet, bowing with wings spread and tail up, bill tapping, etc.
    
    A second-year YELLOW-BILLED LOON (pending CBRC acceptance) has been present since 17 August and is often seen off the east side of the island in the afternoon and evening.
    
    Landbirds have been slow, but some notable records include the following:
    
    The island recorded its 5th COMMON NIGHTHAWK today, a bird seen briefly being chased by a Peregrine Falcon before disappearing in the low clouds. The island's two previous fall records were also(!) the 8th of September, the other two records both from June.
    
    A MOURNING WARBLER was banded on 1 Sep. (to be submitted to the CBRC), and a briefly seen EASTERN KINGBIRD flew into the island late in the day on 3 September and was not seen again.
    
    Good birding!
    
    --
    Adam Searcy serpophaga@...
    Camarillo, CA
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  9. Northern Gannet at Devil's Slide LINK
    DATE: Aug 12, 2017 @ 8:05pm, 4 month(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    The long-staying NORTHERN GANNET has been hanging out on Egg Rock (aka
    
    Devil's Slide Rock) off Devil's Slide in San Mateo County this week. It
    
    was first noted by researchers on 4 August and has been seen most days
    
    since including this morning.
    
    A description of the site is at:
    
    http://birding.sequoia-audubon.org/descriptionV3.phploc=98&p=0
    
    My CCSF website is down for maintenance but I posted a few photos from this
    
    morning at:
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38608165
    
    --
    
    Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
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  11. Pelagic Trips for Everyone LINK
    DATE: May 3, 2017 @ 1:19pm, 7 month(s) ago
    Howdy, Birders,
    
    Spring migration is underway while it seems the heat of summer has already arrived. It’s not too early to plan your fall pelagic trips! Shearwater Journeys has 20 trips on offer this fall, beginning August 4 through October 8. We have trips departing from Monterey, Half Moon Bay, and from Sausalito to the Farallon Islands.
    
    As always, our two departures to the Farallon Islands on August 6 and 13, are booking up quickly. Departing from Sausalito, we sail under the iconic Golden Gate Bridge on a spotlessly clean, stable catamaran with excellent deck space to see the largest breeding seabird colony south of Alaska. Absolutely teeming with seabirds, the past few years we’ve also found a number of goodies. Our past trips have included three species of sulidae: Northern Gannet, Brown Booby, and Blue-footed Booby. We have a 100% success rate finding the amazing Tufted Puffins, up close and personal. Great photo ops of not only seabirds, but an unusual view of Golden Gate Bridge— from below. A trip report can be found here:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/farallon-islands-august-3-2014-trip.html
    
    Four over three decades we have offered the wildly successful Albacore trip departing from Monterey at 5:50 a.m. and returning at 5:30 p.m. Always a sell out, this year’s trip is scheduled for Saturday, September 9. This is the single hottest selling trip on our program at this time. Every Albacore trip is different, but many of these trips have turned up either incredible species lists, or outright records, including eight species of shearwaters in one day (a world record), and mega-rare seabirds such as Cook’s Petrel, Streaked and Great Shearwaters, Red-tailed Tropicbird, and most recently JOUANIN'S PETREL (September 12, 2014). To read more about Albacore trips, see:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2015/07/about-albacore-offshore-monterey-trip.html
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/07/albacore-grounds-offshore-monterey.html
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2009/09/trip-report-sep-12-2009-monterey.html
    
    We have 11 pelagic trips departing from Monterey this year in addition to the Albacore trip. These trips run from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and depart from Fisherman’s Wharf Monterey. Our Monterey departures typically cover both Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. And, we have 6 pelagic trips departing from Half Moon Bay this season. These trips run from 7 a.m. until at least 3:30 p.m., but as late as 6:30 p.m. and depart from H Dock, Johnson Pier, at Pillar Point, Half Moon Bay. HMB trips typically cover both San Mateo and San Francisco Counties.
    
    For RESERVATIONS and DISCOUNTS (booking prior to July 1) for the coming season, please see our web site:
    http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.html
    Please note: I will be out of the office from 10 June through 15 July, leading an expedition voyage in the Russian Far East. You can still send in your reservations during that period, however.
    
    Shearwater Journeys celebrated forty years of pelagic birding trips in 2015. I am grateful to the generations of thousands and thousands of birders, hailing from at least 47 different countries, who have joined our trips over these many decades. Seabirding really is for everyone— the age span on one trip last year was: age 9 to 92.
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2016/09/pelagic-birding-for-all-ages-9-to-92.html
    
    Equally as important are the world class leaders who work tirelessly to not only find seabirds and marine mammals but also to interpret the marine environment in a meaningful way. Our leader ratio is very high, averaging some six leaders per trips. Leaders include: Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Peter Pyle, Gerry McChesney, Mary Gustafson, Dave Pereksta, Todd McGrath, Steve Hampton, Jim Holmes, Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Abe Borker, Steve Tucker, Will Brooks, Christian Schwarz, Tim Miller, Annie Schmidt, Adam Searcy Dena Spatz, Lauren Harter, David Vander Pluym, Clay Kempf, John Garrett, and Debi Shearwater. Many leaders have worldwide seabirding knowledge and first hand experience across the oceans.
    
    Some birders have ticked as many as 25 life birds on one trip!
    We celebrated every one!
    
    Shearwaters Forever,
    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 42 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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  13. Northern Gannet still present 12:40pm LINK
    DATE: Sep 29, 2016, 1 year(s) ago
    Hi Birders
    
    At Pillar Point, north of Half Moon Bay, Nick and I along with Alvaro Jaramillo saw the NORTHERN GANNET perched on rocks just off the beach. Its yellowish head was evident on this overcast day.
    
    Good Birding!
    
    Mary & Nick Freeman
    
    Glendale CA
    
    Sent from my iPhone
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  15. Pelagic News LINK
    DATE: Sep 22, 2016 @ 6:21am, 1 year(s) ago
    Howdy, CALBirders,
    
    Shearwater Journeys had a wildlife filled pelagic trip September 18th from Half Moon Bay covering both San Mateo and San Francisco Counties. Highlights were many: BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS; NORTHERN/PACIFIC FULMAR; PINK-FOOTED, BULLER’S and SOOTY SHEARWATERS; one good view of a WILSON’S STORM-PETREL and 53 ASHY STORM-PETRELS; the NORTHERN GANNET was on sail rock; 165 SABINE’S GULLS; ARCTIC and COMMON TERNS; COMMON MURRE, CASSIN’S and RHINOCEROS AUKLETS; one TUFTED PUFFIN. A Hawaiian Petrel was called out on the trip, but due to short, distant views by only a couple (excellent) birders on the trip, we have decided not to include this species on the list. The Black-vented Shearwaters either continued north along the coast (but no reports from shore), or did a U-turn and went south. Monterey Bay still had a few when we were last out.
    
    The cetacean show was outstanding: 5 BLUE WHALES; 45 HUMPBACK WHALES; 5 COMMON DOLPHINS and 10 DALL’S PORPOISES. The feeding whales were quite amazing! Still lots of food around.
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    
    Our next trip departing from Half Moon Bay is OCTOBER 2 with Steve Tucker, Jim Holmes, Steve Hampton and Debi Shearwater co-leading. This weekend, we have trips departing from Monterey on SEPTEMBER 23, 24, 25. Spaces are available on all trips. I can be reached by email: debi@...
    
    Living the Salt Life,
    Debi Shearwater
    
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
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  17. Northern Gannet LINK
    DATE: Sep 20, 2016 @ 3:58pm, 1 year(s) ago
    Thanks to the prez, John Sterling confirmed that yes it's the rocks off pillar point and just now there was a gannet
    
    Continuing, Tuesday
    
    Rob Hewitt, Arcata
    
    Sent from my iPhone
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  19. Townsend's??? Storm-Petrel and pelagic report out of Half Moon Bay LINK
    DATE: Sep 15, 2016 @ 10:17pm, 1 year(s) ago
    Hi folks     We had a really, really interesting pelagic out of Half Moon Bay today sampling San Mateo and San Francisco waters. When we were offshore near the Pioneer Canyon, in a little density of Ashy Storm-Petrels a weird white-rumped storm petrel went by. Fortunately, it was extremely confiding and allowed multiple views, and prolonged study. The real problem with regards to the identification is that the bird had been through some trauma. It was missing many uppertail coverts on the left side, and was missing some of the secondaries, as well as some of the left side of the tail. Suffice to say that with a full bird, this would have been much easier. There are various photos on my flickr site, as well as a video. Tom Johnson has some stunning photos which may show other features. The one feature we cannot convey in these photos is how small this bird looked, for a long time we contemplated that it was a Wedge-rumped with most of the white of the “rump” missing. It flew in a similar manner to Wedge-rump, with fluttery and not nearly as deep and snappy a wing beat as classic Leach’s. It was distinctly small, and we were very close to the bird, allowing for a good approximation of size. It looked smaller than Ashy we had been seeing minutes earlier, petite enough to suggest a Wedgie. As well, I think the wing looked more rounded than a Leach’s, and even accounting for the single long tail feather present and trying to reconstruct the tail shape, it seems like it may have a moderately forked tail It would be good to gain some insight from those experienced with Townsend’s Storm-Petrel, although we realize that this bird that has been through the compactor may be tough. From my experience, this bird seemed too small, and fluttery in its wing style to fit classic Leach’s, and we are contemplating if it could be a Townsend’s Storm-Petrel I know Tom Johnson also thought this bird was very small and odd, as did Chris Benesh. It is a great deal of fun to see a bird well and not be able to fully pin it down to a name, it makes you think and ponder the possibilities, as well as the pitfalls of having a bird that is not fully there. Hopefully the photos and video can garner some useful comments. This individual was in SF waters. https://www.flickr.com/photos/alvarojaramillo/with/29675572386/     Otherwise it was a stunning pelagic, with some surprises including a flock of perhaps 30 Wilson’s Storm-Petrels in SM, over a mysterious natural oil slick which we could not understand. We saw all three jaegers, and were overjoyed to see South Polar Skuas (3), a species that has been missing for some time around here. Four species of shearwater including Buller’s which has been decidedly rare here this year, dark and pale Northern Fulmar, lots of Sabine’s Gulls, many Black-footed Albatross and the expected alcids. The Northern Gannet was on Pillar Point. Awesome show of Pacific White-sided Dolphins, with Northern Right-Whale Dolphins, and a small group of Dall’s Porpoise, Humpback and a nice view of Blue Whale. Some really active sections of this trip kept us greatly entertained, this was one the most exhilarating trips of the season. Spaces open on Sunday!   Good birding to you all. Alvaro   Alvaro Jaramillo alvaro @... www.alvarosadventures.com  
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  21. Pelagic Little Gull today! Out of Half Moon Bay. LINK
    DATE: Sep 11, 2016 @ 11:17pm, 1 year(s) ago
    Hi all,     We had a fantastic pelagic trip out of Half Moon Bay today. We thought we were doing well when we saw the Northern Gannet and then found a Tufted Puffin in the second hour of our trip. But on our third hour transect, I could not believe my eyes when I saw a young Little Gull in front of the boat. In the end we could see it was a juvenile, in with a great flock of Sabine’s Gulls, and a few Arctic and Common terns. This is the first in San Mateo county since 2004. Needless to say it was the first we have seen on our trips. The bird never allowed close approach, but we had good views largely as we were able to keep up with it for almost 10 minutes. A very, very cool bird! It was about 13 miles offshore from Bean Hollow in southern San Mateo County. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31540976     Lots of Sabine’s Gulls out today, all three jaegers, lots of shearwaters (3 species), and good looks at Ashy Storm-Petrels as we found some areas with small concentrations. Black-footed Albatrosses showed well, as well as the expected alcids. Unfortunately no offshore murrelets were out there, we had great viewing conditions so I think they just were not around. For part of the trip whales stole the show, we were surrounded by Humpbacks, while Blues and a couple of Fin Whales came up in front of the boat. All while multiple Pink-footed shearwaters, and more Sabine’s Gulls fed in the area. Short-beaked Common Dolphins were out there, although they did not get up close to the boat. All in all, an outstanding day out with some very nice surprises.     Still room on our trip next Sunday, Monterey on the 25 th , and our two October dates. http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/   Stoked! Alvaro Alvaro Jaramillo alvaro@... www.alvarosadventures.com  
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  23. September Pelagic Trips: The Big Month LINK
    DATE: Sep 2, 2016 @ 8:58pm, 1 year(s) ago
    Hello, CalBirders,
    
    September is the big month for seabirding and Shearwater Journeys has a lot of trips on offer, departing from both Monterey and Half Moon Bay.
    
    The complete report for our most recent Monterey Bay trip (Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties) has been posted:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2016/08/the-great-southerly-push-monterey-bay.html
    Beth Hamel’s images of this day:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2016/09/images-of-day-by-beth-hamel-august-26.html
    It was an excellent day with non-stop seabird and marine mammal action all day long, beginning with PELAGIC RED CRABS in the harbor and ending with the first BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS. There is a lot of food in Monterey Bay — red crabs, anchovies, krill, and squid — all in abundance.
    
    The complete report for our most recent Half Moon Bay trip (San Mateo and San Francisco Counties) has been posted with images by Christian Schwarz:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2016_09_01_archive.html
    Interesting human element of this day:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2016/09/pelagic-birding-for-all-ages-9-to-92.html
    Highlights of this trip included the NORTHERN GANNET and a single MARBLED MURRELET, TUFTED PUFFIN and LAYSAN ALBATROSS. And KILLER WHALES.
    
    You can see our entire program of trips for this season at:
    http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.html
    
    Or, check the listing below which includes leaders:
    
    MONTEREY BAY:
    SEP 3 with Nick Levendosky, Mary Gustafson, Debi Shearwater
    SEP 7 with Christian Schwarz, Mary Gustafson, Rick Fournier, Adam Searcy (tentative), Debi Shearwater
    SEP 8 with Mary Gustafson, Scott Terrill, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater
    SEP 9 with Mary Gustafson, Rick Fournier, Debi Shearwater
    SEP 10 ALBACORE;with Nick Levendosky, Scott & Linda Terrill, Mary Gustafson, Alex Rinkert, Debi Shearwater (SOLD OUT)
    SEP 11 with Scott & Linda Terrill, Mary Gustafson, David Wimpfheimer, Debi Shearwater
    SEP 14 with Scott Terrill, Rob Fowler, Debi Shearwater
    SEP 15 with Nick Levendosky, Hannah Nevins, Jim Holmes, Debi Shearwater
    SEP 23 with Nick Levendosky, Christian Schwarz, Clay Kempf, Debi Shearwater
    SEP 24 with Alex Rinkert, Scott & Linda Terrill, Dena Spatz, Tim Miller, Abe Borker, Debi Shearwater
    SEP 25 with Nick Levendosky, Abe Borker, Tim Miller, Debi Shearwater
    OCT 1 with Nick Levendosky, Christian Schwarz, Jim Holmes, Alex Rinkert, Debi Shearwater
    OCT 8 with Alex Rinkert, Tim Miller, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater
    OCT 16 with Scott & Linda Terrill, Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Debi Shearwater
    
    SEP 23, 24, 25 trips are in conjunction with the Monterey Bay Birding Festival. However, one does not need to be attending the festival to join any of those trips.
    
    HALF MOON BAY:
    SEP 4 with Steve Hampton, Russ Bradley, Mary Gustafson, Debi Shearwater (SOLD OUT)
    SEP 16 with Steve Tucker, Jim Holmes, Steve Hampton, Abe Borker, Debi Shearwater
    SEP 18 with Jim Holmes, Alex Rinkert, Steve Hampton, Scott & Linda Terrill, Debi Shearwater
    OCT 2 with Steve Tucker, Jim Holmes, Steve Hampton, Debi Shearwater
    OCT 9 with Nick Levendosky, Abe Borker, Tim Miller, Steve Hampton, Debi Shearwater
    
    Visiting from out of the area, and looking for LAWRENCE’S GOLDFINCHES See this post with lovely images by Beth Hamel for a sure fire sighting:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2016/08/finding-lawrences-goldfinches-in-lost.html
    
    Hope to see you out there! I can be reached by email: debi@...when I am not on a boat.
    
    Living the Salt Life,
    Debi Shearwater
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 41 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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  25. Outstanding San Mateo county pelagic trip last Saturday! Trip Report. LINK
    DATE: Aug 23, 2016 @ 9:32pm, 1 year(s) ago
    Hi everyone,       Last Saturday’s San Mateo county pelagic will go down as one of those top memorable trips. The weather was still, no wind, no chop, just smooth rolling water and great visibility. We could not have asked for a better setup. As we headed out we were thinking about Marbled Murrelet, which we did not find ironically, when a murrelet zipped by the boat. Incredibly surprising it was an ANCIENT MURRELET confirmed by Dan Murphy’s photos. How surprising Well, there has not been any eBird record the entire summer for ANY spot south of Washington State!! That is one lost murrelet. Murrelets on our minds, we eventually ran across two different pairs of SCRIPPS’S MURRELET, the more common one of the three southern murrelets, a new bird for some folks, and exciting for all. These sightings were good at testing our identification skills as the goal we all had in mind in these conditions, and knowing what is occurring south of us (warm water with little food in Baja) we were hoping for the similar but much rarer CRAVERI’S MURRELET. It is not only the rarity of this at this latitude, but that is just a cool name. You almost imagine that if you got close to a colony of these birds they would smell of Parmigiano-Reggiano sprinkled with Olive Oil! This little alcid is named for Federico Craveri an Italian scientist who for part of his life worked at the National Museum in Mexico City, in case you ever wondered how this Mexican species obtained such a Mediterranean sounding name. We turned around at the warmest water we have encountered all season, breaking 61 F, and looking blue and clear. Eventually the call went out from Rob Furrow of murrelets and three birds flew forward and away from the boat. Photos confirmed murrelets, Craveri’s Murrelets with their dark underwings. We were on the hunt, knowing that in these conditions we had a fighting chance of finding them again. There they were, three birds. But you know, they turned into CASSIN’S AUKLETS as we approached. But hold on there were three others to the left – these were our guys, bicolored with tails pointed sky high. Grazie don Federico! Rarely do you see Ron Thorn see a county bird in San Mateo. And we even got a “world record” with John Weigel seeing 760 for his record breaking Big Year, he saw 750 last month with us (Buller’s Shearwater) and now this, pretty cool! Celebration, hugs, camaraderie, it was just great and fun birding.     But to fill in the rest of the highlights, there were absolutely thousands of Sooty Shearwaters closer to shore and eventually a great density of HUMPBACK WHALES. We were surrounded by whales, some breaching, some lunge feeding – they were all over the place. Both offshore Phalaropes showed up, REDS are now getting common and all three JAEGERS but not in numbers. Superb views of terns, with many COMMON TERNS including a point blank adult sitting on flotsam and a few ARCTIC TERNS including a nice second cycle bird on flotsam. These non-adult plumages are always a treat to study for the ID fanatics. Lots of SABINE’S GULLS, in all ages, including some second year birds. The deep water was sprinkled with ASHY STORM PETRELS, and a couple of FORK-TAILED showed for the folks on the bow. We lost track of how many BLUE WHALES we saw, and once again FIN WHALE (uncommon at our latitude) showed up as well as many BLUE SHARKS and what appears to be a GUADALUPE FUR SEAL. This southern and threatened mammal showed up in numbers in 2015, and is showing up again this season. Unfortunate I found a dead one already in Half Moon Bay, that the Cal Academy collected for study. The warm water where we turned around gave up a BULLER’S SHEARWATER which have been few and far between so far. PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER increased from previous trips, but they are still lower than expected. RHINOCEROS AUKLET is almost non-existent this year, I don’t know if this has anything to do with numbers being found dead on beaches in British Columbia a couple of weeks ago. Food is abundant, we were in warmer water and encountered bait balls of Northern Anchovy as well as what looked like masses of squid below the boat. At one time we had our fish finder seeing hundreds of feet of dense food below us, amazing! In the warmer water Pacific Saury were jumping up at the surface, Buller’s Shearwater seem to be associated with this bait fish. There were a few offshore passerine birds, highlight was a LARK SPARROW (not common in our county) flying over the boat! A juvenile BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD chased us down and settled in for the trip, taking off for land once we were back at shore.    Icing on the cake for us was the NORTHERN GANNET as we came back to port, nicknamed Morris by Emilie Strauss. It was definitely a good day, smiles all around, those tired perhaps even aching, but happy people coming off a boat that really did have a great day out. We lived a wildlife documentary, but it was even better as we shared it with like-minded folks, and it was for real!  Photos of Ancient Murrelet (Dan Murphy):     http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31175239 Photos of Lark Sparrow (Oscar Moss):      http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31175243 Ad Common Tern (Dan Murphy)    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31175245 Our great views of Scripps’s Murrelets and BF Albatross.     http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31175246 Craveri!     http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31175250   No room left of this weekend’s trips unfortunately. September 10 is the first one with open spots if anyone is interested in trying their luck out with some fantastic sea birding. http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/   Hey, if you are interested in learning more about how our California Ocean works, why cold and warm water matter, and what El Niño is and what it is not. Well, come to my talk, “Birding the Blob” that gets you up to speed on why California pelagic birding is special and what is going on in these weird years we have had recently. I promise, it won’t be boring! Ok, if it is let me know if it is and I will add a few jokes for the next group.   Tues, Sept 13, 2016. Monterey Audubon Society. http://www.montereyaudubon.org/programs.html Friday, September 23, 2016, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm – Monterey Bay Bird Festival http://www.montereybaybirding.org/speakers-friday/ Tues Oct 18, 2016 – details to be announced. San Diego Field Ornithologists http://www.sandiegofieldornithologists.org/   Take care. Alvaro Alvaro Jaramillo alvaro@... www.alvarosadventures.com  
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  27. The Mixing Zone: Pelagic Trip Report for August 13 LINK
    DATE: Aug 16, 2016 @ 7:53pm, 1 year(s) ago
    Howdy, Cal Birders,
    
    Shearwater Journeys’ August 13th pelagic trip departing from Half Moon Bay enjoyed good sea conditions and an excellent array of marine life. Highlights included: NORTHERN GANNET sitting on the cliff at Pillar Point; a BROWN BOOBY sitting on a rusty barrel offshore; a GRAND SLAM of all three species of JAEGERS and SOUTH POLAR SKUA; SABINE’S GULLS sitting on the water; ARCTIC TERNS; three species of storm-petrels; ASHY, WILSON’S and FORK-TAILED; SCRIPPS’S and CRAVERI’S MURRELETS, and the “regular” fall species including BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS, PACIFIC FULMAR, and more.
    
    The marine mammal show was substantial with 11 BLUE WHALES, 4 FIN WHALES, 120 HUMPBACK WHALES, and 1 MINKE WHALE. More than 350 PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHINS were around for hours in subgroups, including small calves and 4 NORTHERN RIGHT WHALE DOLPHINS.
    
    I wrote a complete report with species list breakdown of the two counties, San Mateo and San Francisco, The Mixing Zone:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2016/08/the-mixing-zone-half-moon-bay-pelagic.html
    
    Our next trips departing from Half Moon Bay are Friday, August 19th with leaders: Todd McGrath, Christian Schwarz, Steve Tucker and Debi Shearwater and September 4 with leaders Steve Hampton, Russ Bradley, Mary Gustafson and Debi Shearwater. See our complete schedule at: http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.html
    
    Don’t you need a personal holiday Join us this Friday! The marine forecast is very good. I can be reached by email: debi@...
    
    Living the Salt Life,
    Debi Shearwater
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 41 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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  29. Re: [CALBIRDS] gannet at Pillar point LINK
    DATE: Aug 13, 2016 @ 7:59pm, 1 year(s) ago
    HI, Thomas,
    
    That was me trying to point you on the Northern Gannet which I assumed was sitting at a location not visible to you. I was hoping you’d see me through your scope and that you’d see the gannet fly in or out. Very happy you saw the bird!
    
    All the best,
    Debi Shearwater
    
    On Aug 13, 2016, at 10:22 AM, 'T.G. Miko' tgmiko@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    Hi
    Rick Fisher and I have been here on the beach since before 0700 a.m., not seeing it. Thank you for waving at us, and pointing at what we assumed was the Gannet. Since we couldn't see it from the beach, we walked counter clockwise, around the Air Force Base, and looked down from there, while standing up on the cliffs. No Gannet. We returned, retracing our steps in the opposite direction, and set up shop again. The bird just flew in and is on the rocks, posing out in the open.
    The Dude abides. Thomas Geza Miko
    Claremont CA 91711
    909.241.3300 or 213.471.6001
    http://www.tgmiko.com
    On Aug 13, 2016 8:23 AM, "James Holmes
    
    jfholmes@...
    
    [CALBIRDS]" < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
    currently being seen on pillar point below the radar on Shearwater Journey trip.
    
    Jim Holmes
    Sacramento CA
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 41 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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