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   Parakeet Auklet
Parakeet Auklet
Aethia psittacula


   Parakeet Auklet (Aethia psittacula) - PAAU (recent eBird sightings, view CBRC records, range map
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  1. Parakeet Auklet LINK
    DATE: Aug 7, 2017 @ 3:07pm, 10 day(s) ago
    Greetings,
    
    Has anyone seen or not seen the Parakeet Auklet at Land's End today or yesterday
    
    Thanks!
    
    Ed
    
    Ed Stonick
    Pasadena, CA
    
    Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
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  3. AUG 4 & AUG 6 PELAGIC TRIP REPORTS LINK
    DATE: Aug 7, 2017 @ 2:16pm, 10 day(s) ago
    Howdy, Birders,
    
    Shearwater Journeys’ trips departing from Monterey Bay, August 4th and Sausalito to the Farallon Islands, August 6th, encountered extraordinary numbers and variety of seabirds and marine mammals. And, yes, “it’s all about food”— my favorite saying. Monterey Bay is teaming with bait fish and some krill. The area surrounding the Farallon Islands, out to the edge of the Continental Shelf was floor to ceiling in krill. The marine life associated with the prey items was divided accordingly! Both trips enjoyed flat, calm seas with visibility up to 10 miles.
    
    Highlights of our August 4 Monterey Bay pelagic trip included: BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS (8, excellent views), SOOTY (30,000+) and, PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS (34), ASHY STORM-PETREL (2, distant views), RED-NECKED (121) and RED (19) PHALAROPES, LONG-TAILED JAEGER (1, distant view), SABINE’S GULL (including 2 early juveniles, sitting on the water, excellent views), COMMON MURRE (1,025, many dads with chicks), and RHINOCEROS AUKLETS (62, good views). All birds were in Monterey County.
    
    Marine mammals included: BLUE (2), FIN (1), HUMPBACK (12) WHALES; RISSO’S (30) and PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED (100) DOLPHINS, DALL’S PORPOISE ( 8, bow-riding on the head of a blue whale). Other highlights included: MAKO (1, excellent views) and BLUE (4, great views) SHARKS. We retrieved 6 mylar balloons, but could not pick up the floating refrigerator (future potential booby habitat!)
    
    Highlights of our August 6 Farallon Islands pelagic trip included: MASKED (thought to be a sub-adult, hundreds of images), BLUE-FOOTED (1 on Sugar Loaf), and BROWN (1 sitting next to the Blue-footed) BOOBIES , BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS (2); NORTHERN FULMAR (1), SOOTY (10) and PINK-FOOTED (24) SHEARWATERS; RED-NECKED PHALAROPE (2700), and TUFTED PUFFIN (25), CASSIN’S (7000) and RHINOCEROS (10) AUKLETS, COMMON MURRE (18,000). Most birds were in San Francisco County, including the Masked Booby. We looked for the Parakeet Auklet, but did not find it. The Masked Booby flew across our bow shortly after leaving that location. Our excellent captain chased the booby and we had a chance to see it plunge-diving. Hundreds of images were made. A Common Murre was very vocal about this booby’s presence!
    
    Marine mammals included: GRAY (2), BLUE (4) and HUMPBACK (44) WHALES, HARBOR PORPOISE. We stopped the boat and were surrounded by tail-slapping, head-slapping and breaching humpback whales for 360 degrees. The fish finder showed krill from top to bottom along the shelf break. The albatrosses, shearwaters and fulmar flew in while we were sitting around taking photographs. The rather tattered fulmar swam right up to the gunwales. It was a magical marine scene that few will ever encounter. The weather was so good that we headed up to the north islands of the Farallon Island group— something I’ve only done once before.
    
    Spaces are available on the following trips: (leaders may be added to many of these trips)
    
    MONTEREY BAY:
    Aug 25 with Alex Rinkert, Jim Holmes, Debi Shearwater
    Sep 1 with Nick Levendosky, Mary Gustafson, Debi Shearwater
    Sep 7 with Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Jim Holmes, Mary Gustafson, Debi Shearwater
    Sep 8 with Mary Gustafson, Jim Holmes, Debi Shearwater
    Sep 10 with Mary Gustafson, Debi Shearwater
    Sep 14 with Debi Shearwater, TBA
    Sep 22 with Christian Schwarz, Hannah Nevins, Debi Shearwater
    Sep 23 with Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Jim Holmes, Steve Tucker, Debi Shearwater
    Sep 24 with Nick Levendosky, Jim Holmes, Debi Shearwater
    Sep 30 with Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Scott & Linda Terrill
    Oct 8 with Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Scott & Linda Terrill
    
    HALF MOON BAY:
    Sep 2 with Mary Gustafson, Debi Shearwater
    Sep 3 with Peter Pyle, Steve Tucker, Mary Gustafson, Debi Shearwater
    Sep 15 with Christian Schwarz, Dave Pereksta, Debi Shearwater
    Sep 16 with Steve Hampton, Debi Shearwater
    Oct 7 with Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Steve Hampton
    
    Many thanks to the wonderful folks, birders and birders-to-be, who joined us on these two fine pelagic trips. The leaders on August 4 included: Nick Levendosky, Abe Borker, Scott Terrill, Will Brooks, John Garrett, Debi Shearwater. The leaders on August 6 included: Gerry McChesney, Alex Rinkert, Christian Schwarz, John Garrett, Will Brooks, and Debi Shearwater.
    
    It IS all about food!
    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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  5. Re: [CALBIRDS] Parakeet Auklet LINK
    DATE: Aug 5, 2017 @ 8:50am, 12 day(s) ago
    Parakeet Auklet present on Hermit Rock 8:30am. Good birding!
    
    Scott Smithson Atherton, CA
    
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  7. Re: [CALBIRDS] Parakeet auklet present 8am 8/3 LINK
    DATE: Aug 3, 2017 @ 1:44pm, 14 day(s) ago
    Hi, this is the rock that the bird has been frequenting on and off for the last couple of weeks. It is East of the USS San Francisco memorial parking lot at Land's End. GPS location is 37.785730, -122.509624. Watch from the coastal trail...
    
    On Aug 3, 2017, at 1:20 PM, Juan-Carlos Solis < carlo.banuel@... > wrote:
    
    Where is "Hermit Rock" and what map are you looking at. Thanks
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    On Aug 3, 2017, at 9:11 AM, Adam Dudley adam.dudley@... [CALBIRDS] < CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com > wrote:
    
     Hi folks, just a short note that the parakeet auklet is again at Hermit Rock today. It flew in at 8am, landed on the top of the rock and was immediately chased by black oystercatchers. Since then it has been been seen flying around the rock, mostly landing on the back side of the rock. Twice the bird also landed on the flat rock to the left of Hermit Rock.
    
    Still present at 9am
    
    Good birding,
    
    Adam
    
    Sent from my iPhone
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  9. Parakeet auklet present 8am 8/3 LINK
    DATE: Aug 3, 2017 @ 9:11am, 14 day(s) ago
    Hi folks, just a short note that the parakeet auklet is again at Hermit Rock today. It flew in at 8am, landed on the top of the rock and was immediately chased by black oystercatchers. Since then it has been been seen flying around the rock, mostly landing on the back side of the rock. Twice the bird also landed on the flat rock to the left of Hermit Rock.
    
    Still present at 9am
    
    Good birding,
    
    Adam
    
    Sent from my iPhone
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  11. Parakeet Auklet LINK
    DATE: Jul 31, 2017, 18 day(s) ago
    Hi All,
    John and Mary Westlake from Berkeley asked me to post that they saw the parakeet Auklet in San Francisco today between 10 and 11 am.They said from "the usual place" so I'm assuming it was on Hermit Rock which is visible from the main overlook at Land's End.
    Lisa Hug Sebastopol.
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  13. Parakeet Auklet Sunday 7/30/17 LINK
    DATE: Jul 30, 2017, 19 day(s) ago
    The Parakeet Auklet was seen for ten minutes on the back side of Hermit Rock at 8:15am, best viewed from farther east at the Land's End Labyrinth. It flew and wasn't yet relocated by 10am. 
    
    Michael Woodruff 
    Loma Linda, CA 
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  15. Re: [CALBIRDS] Parakeet Auklet - yes sat 8:53 LINK
    DATE: Jul 29, 2017, 20 day(s) ago
    Bird is on the rock at lands end
    
    Jon lee
    Dublin, ca
    
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  17. Parakeet Auklet - no LINK
    DATE: Jul 28, 2017, 21 day(s) ago
    Hi All,
    I spent a few hours at Land's End today and was one of the ;last birders to leave around 3pm.At that time, there were no sightings for the day.
    Lisa Hug Sebastopol, CA.
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  19. Parakeet Auklet flight photos LINK
    DATE: Jul 25, 2017 @ 7:50pm, 23 day(s) ago
    Hi Folks, I was fortunate to arrive at 9am, as a keen birder alerted us to the presence of the PAAU nearshore at Mile Rock overlook. The Parakeet Auklet perched on a near shore rock below the overlook, until Pigeon Guillemots drove it off. The auklet would fly out and return only to be chased off again. The repeated chasing by guillemots allowed many flight shot opportunities. I hope they help in flight pattern identification.
    
    http://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p873910623/h9143AAFD/slideshow#h9143aafa
    
    Thanks for all the postings, and to our wonderful finder this incredible morning.
    
    MarkRauzon Oakland
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  21. PAAU observation notes LINK
    DATE: Jul 25, 2017 @ 7:06pm, 23 day(s) ago
    At long last I got longer looks at the Parakeet Auklet today. When I arrived at the Mile Rock Overlook atabout 2 pm the bird had flown out of sight and was apparently onthe north sideof a rock with Western Gull chicks along the shore. I walked back west and was able to find the bird sitting on top of a rock that is not visible from the Mile Rock Overlook. The place I observed the bird from is just east of where the steps come down from the ElCamino del Mar parking lotwhere a cable fence prevents people from walking into a gully. The bird was on the largest rock west of the rock with gull chicks.
    
    Eventually the bird flew off and landed on Hermit Rock. It landed on the rock where there is a large fissure going down the rock. It stayed in view for a while but then IT WENT INTO A CRACK BEHIND A PLANT GROWING ON THE ROCK (Dandelion) Itafter some time it flew out and out of sight. I hope this helps.
    
    Alan Hopkins
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  23. Farallon Report, YES Blue-footed Booby , NO Parakeet Auklet by boat LINK
    DATE: Jul 24, 2017 @ 11:53am, 24 day(s) ago
    Hi Birders,
    
    Yesterday ( Sunday) i made a last minute decision to join a Farallon Island tour with SF Whale Watch Tours ( 8-2 pm, $90) knowing that Captain Joe is birder friendly , i thought that he would oblige a request to return to Pier 39 by way of Homer Rock to spend time searching for the Parakeet Auklet, he said he would be happy to try conditions permitting, unfortunately weather and time constraints did not permit ( and i dipped on a subsequent search by land, missing the bird by 30 minutes). Seems like SFWT might be amenable to looking for PAAU on their daily general whale watch tours, and I was told it had been spotted by them from the boat already.
    
    Farallon is phenomenal this time of year, no doubt best to go with Alvaro's Adventures or Shearwater Journeys if you can, but Oceanic Society ( very good , went with them last year) and SF Whale Tour go out every weekend. SFWT has a knowledgable naturalist who is also a good birder ( Michael Pierson) , and they have a stable double hulled boat, but typically they don't go out to the Continental Shelf and i wished we could have spent more time going around the islands, but getting back by 2pm can be a advantage for some people as well. Farallons for me is an annual must. 200k Common Murres is a world class wildlife spectacle for the eyes, ears and nose, and the many chicks in downy fluffball plumage having just jumped off the cliff to join their calling fathers were extremely photogenic as were Rhinoceros Auklets ( one very relaxed bird next to the boat) and Tufted Puffins in peak breeding regalia, also Cassins Auklets and many Pigeon Guillemots. There have been 3 sulids hanging around the islands this summer, a BROWN and 2 BLUE-FOOTED BOOBIES, but we saw only one of the latter perched on Sugarloaf Rock. 5 Pinniped species were observed ( California and Steller's Sea Lions, Norther Fur, Northern Elephant and Harbor Seals) and 3 of Cetacea (resident Gray Whales, friendly and breaching Humpbacks, several pods Harbor Porpoise), Others: Pink-footed and Sooty Shearwater,
    
    David Diller
    
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    925-998-8469 mobile/ text
    
    David Diller
    
    Sent by Ipad
    
    Please disregard any typos
    
    925-998-8469 mobile/ text
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  25. Auklet & Traffic LINK
    DATE: Jul 21, 2017 @ 6:21pm, 27 day(s) ago
    Hi Everyone,
    
    If you plan to look for the Parakeet Auklet on July 23 the San Francisco Marathon is taking place that morning and driving to the parking area at the end of El Camino del Mar may not be possible until after 11 am.
    
    Race Traffic Advisory - The San Francisco Marathon
    
    Race Traffic Advisory - The San Francisco Marathon [tagline_box title=”We apologize for any inconvenience, and thank the residents of San Francisco for enabling us...
    
    Alan Hopkins
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  27. Re: Parakeet Auklet viewable from the SF shore LINK
    DATE: Jul 20, 2017 @ 8:46pm, 28 day(s) ago
    SF birder Adam Winer created this image which gives an excellent
    overview of the area; parking, walking route, location of PAAU. Click on
    the image for a larger version.
    
    https://snag.gy/uQqLzY.jpg
    
    Caveat: cell service in this area is rather spotty.
    
    cheers,
    
    Rudyard Wallen
    SF, CA
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  29. Re: Parakeet Auklet viewable from the SF shore LINK
    DATE: Jul 20, 2017 @ 7:13pm, 28 day(s) ago
    The PAAU was seen at various times In the afternoon. http://digest.sialia.com/rm=one_list;id=63
    
    Rudyard Wallen
    San Francisco, CA
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