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   Pink-footed Shearwater
Pink-footed Shearwater
Puffinus creatopus


   Pink-footed Shearwater (Puffinus creatopus) - PFSH (recent eBird sightings, view CBRC records, range map
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  1. Searcher Pelagic Results LINK
    DATE: Sep 7, 2018 @ 10:35pm, 12 day(s) ago
    Birders,
    The annual Searcher pelagic trip departed San Diego about noon on Labor Day and was back to the dock Friday morning at 730 AM. Highlights were many. Monday afternoon was spent crossing the 9 mile bank and working our way up the 30 mile. Highlights were excellent looks at a couple of Brown Boobies as well as close passes by a RED-FOOTED BOOBY. Ashy, Black, and Leach's Storm-Petrels, plus a few leaders and participants were able to glimpse and photo one or two LEAST STORM_PETRELS along the way.
    We decided to start day 2 at Santa Barbara Island where we saw the continuing immature NAZCA BOOBY plus about 80 Brown Boobies. From Santa Barbara we worked our way northwest along the Santa Cruz basin, seeing good numbers of Pomarine and Long-tailed Jaegers, Arctic Terns, as well as the expected shearwater species. We were treated to another RED-FOOTED BOOBY not too far from SB Island. In the late afternoon we arrived at a bank south east of San Miguel Island called "The Condor Bank" as it was a fishing spot frequented by the original Condor board from Santa Barbara. Here we encountered large boils of 200lb Bluefin Tuna, and the bird show was spectacular. Several South Polar Skuas, a dozen jaegers, many hundreds of Pink-footed Shearwaters and likely a hundred Arctic Terns. The show was spectacular, and here we found yet another immature NAZCA BOOBY and a couple of Brown Boobies.
    After anchoring near San Miguel for the night, DAY 3 we headed out to The Rodriguez Dome about 30 miles to the west. We departed Miguel about 5 AM, and were on the dome about 730 AM. Just before arriving at Rodriguez we encountered yet another immature NAZCA BOOBY. Exceptional numbers of Buller's Shearwaters, 8 Guadalupe Murrelets (seen well by all onboard) as well as our first Red-billed Tropicbird of the trip were highlights of our day headed south. We had as many as 10 Black-footed Albatross with us at once, and there were several behind the boarWe finished the day at the San Juan Seamount. We encountered dozens of Blue Whales in this deep water as well as some Fin whales, and a couple of cooperative BAIRD"S-BEAKED Whales. Guadalupe Fur Seals were seen regularly. Our first TOWNSEND"S STORM-PETRELS
    DAY 4 was spent traveling traveling from the western edge of the Tanner and Cortez Banks to the San Clemente Island basin. We found a cooperative RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD on the water, as well our first of nearly a dozen COOK'S PETRELS. Leach's Storm-petrels were present in numbers, and we were able to get folks on a handful of TOWNSEND's Storm-Petrels. Inside the Cortez we had the familiar cry of "White Booby behind the boat", and had an immature booby circle the boat. This one seemed to show characters of MASKED BOOBY, but this bird was not as straightforward as the others, so we will be sending photos out to get some expert opinions before putting this one in the books.
    As we approached Sam Clemente we were treated to one of the most spectacular afternoons I have ever spent at sea. Boils of smaller bluefin tuna were everywhere, and there were literally thousands of Pink-footed Shearwaters wheeling about, as well as. hundreds of Arctic and Common Terns, dozens of Sabine's gulls and jaegers were in flight. We also saw about 35 Craveri's Murrelets in this area, some very close to the boat allowing great looks. We poked through flock after flock of birds until dark, eventually getting brief looks at a FLESH_FOOTED SHEARWATER. In the middle of this feeding frenzy we also saw yet another NAZCA BOOBY, this one a full adult.
    The high overcast conditions were also good for migrants, and we had Willow Flycatcher, Macgillvray'a Warbler as well as Orange-crowned, Townsend's, Black-throated Gray as well as multiple cowbirds and several species of shorebird.
    One of the best trips I have done off SoCal and certainly continues the excellent results this year. Thanks to Celia Condit and Captain Art Taylor from Searcher Natural History Tours, my co-leaders Dave Pereksta, Dave Povey, and Rob Hynson. Thanks to all the participants as well.
    Todd McGrath SKUA@... The Woodlands, TX
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  3. PELAGIC REPORT: AUG 31 MTY & SCZ LINK
    DATE: Sep 5, 2018 @ 4:50pm, 14 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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  5. MTY PELAGIC REPORT: MASKED BOOBY & EVEN SEAS LINK
    DATE: Aug 28, 2018 @ 10:36am, 22 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
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 43 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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  7. San Diego pelagic: LAYSAN, 2 new RED-FOOTED & new MASKED Boobies, 12 Craveri's, S.P. Skua, B-f Albatross LINK
    DATE: Aug 20, 2018 @ 5:42am, 31 day(s) ago
    The 12-hour pelagic trip from San Diego on Sunday, 19 August, out as far
    
    as the 30-Mile Bank aboard GRANDE and sponsored by Buena Vista Audubon
    
    Society was wildly successful for quality birds. Best for San Diego
    
    waters was the LAYSAN ALBATROSS that plopped down near the boat only
    
    10.5 nm WSW of Sunset Cliffs (Point Loma), on our way back in. Before
    
    that, the best birds had been yet another, new RED-FOOTED BOOBY 24.4 nm
    
    WSW of La Jolla, also sitting on the water near the boat, and a close
    
    fly-by sub-adult MASKED BOOBY at the "182" site on the 30-Mile Bank.
    
    (Both of these birds were recognizably DIFFERENT from the ones we saw in
    
    the same general waters just two days earlier!!) At the end of the day,
    
    we heard that yet another RED-FOOTED BOOBY was riding along on another
    
    fishing boat, so we met that boat at the mouth of the bay and enjoyed
    
    following that bird back to the dock! Combined with the 3 BROWN BOOBIES
    
    seen, we had a three-booby day. A BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS made repeated
    
    passes close to the boat out at the 30-Mile, where there was also a
    
    distant SOUTH POLAR SKUA. And a total of 12 (6 pairs) of flighty
    
    CRAVERI'S MURRELETS were tallied, all well offshore. A BLACK TERN was
    
    seen by some, as was a WHITE-WINGED DOVE as we left the dock in the
    
    early morning. Photos of many of these birds will undoubtedly be posted
    
    by others. Offshore totals for the trip included:
    
    LAYSAN ALBATROSS: 1
    
    BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS: 1
    
    Pink-footed Shearwater: 90
    
    Sooty Shearwater: 2
    
    Black-vented Shearwater: 300
    
    Black Storm-Petrel: 350
    
    Ashy Storm-Petrel: 4
    
    Leach's Storm-Petrel: 15 (high)
    
    Least Storm-Petrel: 0 (a couple "maybe's" that were not seen well
    
    enough or photo'd)
    
    MASKED BOOBY: 1
    
    Brown Booby: 3
    
    RED-FOOTED BOOBY: 2
    
    Red-necked Phalarope: 50
    
    Red Phalarope: 200
    
    Pomarine Jaeger: 5
    
    Parasitic Jaeger: 2
    
    Long-tailed Jaeger: 1
    
    CRAVERI'S MURRELET: 12
    
    Cassin's Auklet: 6
    
    Sabine's Gull: 10
    
    BLACK TERN: 1
    
    WHITE-WINGED DOVE: 1
    
    Blue Whale: 1
    
    The next San Diego pelagic trips are scheduled for 23 September and 21
    
    October. See sandiegopelagics.com for more information.
    
    --Paul Lehman and leader contingent, San Diego
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  9. offshore San Diego: RED-FOOTED & MASKED Boobies, Least Stormies, Craveri's, Long-taileds LINK
    DATE: Aug 17, 2018 @ 3:40pm, 33 day(s) ago
    Several of us headed offshore on Friday the 17th from San Diego for 7+
    
    hours out to the 30-Mile Bank and return. Some good birds found, some
    
    late-summer specialties, and some dead zones. Totals offshore included:
    
    RED-FOOTED BOOBY: a dark-morph bird flew right by the boat 25.9 nm W of
    
    La Jolla. Photos. This bird looks very much like the bird(s) seen a
    
    week or so ago both at the end of the Mission Bay Jetty and offshore
    
    from a whalewatch boat (but which was much closer to shore than our bird).
    
    MASKED BOOBY: a near-adult was sitting on the water also near the
    
    30-Mile Bank, some 23.1 nm W of Point Loma. Photos. It seems as
    
    though, as of late, that Masked has become rarer than Nazca off CA....
    
    Least Storm-Petrel: total of 8, all at or near the 30-Mile Bank. None
    
    closer to shore.
    
    Craveri's Murrelet: total of 6 (plus 2 murrelet sp.), all pairs at or
    
    near the 30-Mile Bank
    
    Long-tailed Jaeger: 2 juveniles, one only 6.6 nm W of La Jolla, and the
    
    other out at the 30-Mile Bank where more typical
    
    Other species seen:
    
    Pink-footed Shearwater: 25
    
    Sooty Shearwater: 1
    
    Black-vented Shearwater: 50
    
    Ashy Storm-Petrel: total of ca. 30 birds is quite high for this late in
    
    the season off San Diego; peak numbers often in late May and June
    
    Black Storm-Petrel: total of 1800 included 1600 in several rafts on
    
    30-Mile Bank
    
    Cassin's Auklet: 3
    
    Pomarine Jaeger: 3
    
    Parasitic Jaeger: 1
    
    Red Phalarope: 100+
    
    Red-necked Phalarope: 40
    
    Sabine's Gull: 3 (incl. 1 juv.)
    
    Western Gull: 50
    
    Elegant Tern: 25
    
    The next scheduled pelagic trip off San Diego is this coming Sunday, but
    
    it is sold out. The next trip after that is in latter September and
    
    still has space. See sandiegopelagics.com for more information.
    
    --Paul Lehman and group, San Diego
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  11. Ventura pelagic trip report - 15 July 2018; multiple megas! LINK
    DATE: Jul 20, 2018 @ 7:32am, 62 day(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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  13. Repositon cruise sightings May 1-3 LINK
    DATE: May 5, 2018 @ 7:32pm, 5 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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  15. Supertanker pelagic birds from April 12 and 13 LINK
    DATE: Apr 14, 2018 @ 7:42am, 5 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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  17. 10/15 Monterey Seabirds Trip Report + our last pelagic is tomorrow. LINK
    DATE: Oct 15, 2017 @ 4:49pm, 11 month(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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  19. The Pelagic Season Continues LINK
    DATE: Sep 20, 2017 @ 4:25pm, 12 month(s) ago
    Howdy, Birders,
    
    Shearwater Journeys had pelagic trips from Monterey on September 14 and Half Moon Bay on September 15 and 16th with some spectacular feeding frenzies, especially on September 15th.
    
    In total, for these three trips, we saw: 11species of tubenoses; all three jaegers and South polar skua; 6 species of alcids; and almost 300 whales (blue, fin, and humpback).
    
    Our upcoming trips from Monterey include:
    
    SEP 22 with Christian Schwarz, Hannah Nevins, Dave Pereksta, Clay Kempf, Debi Shearwater
    SEP 24 with Jim Holmes, Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Scott & Linda Terrill, Debi Shearwater
    SEP 30 with Alex Rinkert, Nick Levendosky, Scott & Linda Terrill, Clay Kempf
    OCT 8 with Alex Rinkert, Nick Levendosky, Clay Kempf, Scott & Linda Terrill
    
    Spaces are available on all trips. We meet at 7 a.m. and return about 3 p.m. For reservations email me: debi@...
    
    On September 15, upwards of 80 HUMPBACK WHALES, 500 California sea lions and PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS numbering close to 10,000 and about 350 BULLER’S SHEARWATERS were feeding on giant balls and walls of anchovies. It was a dizzying amount of marine life. Amongst all of the pandemonium, Peter Pyle spotted what he thought was a GREAT SHEARWATER. I saw this shearwater while it was still sitting on the water. Later, when Peter was reviewing his images, he found a MANX SHEARWATER in several images. We also spotted 1 WILSON’S, 2 FORK-TAILED, and 4 ASHY STORM-PETRELS. Also, offshore, we encountered BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS, NORTHERN FULMAR, RHINOCEROS AUKLETS, ALL THREE JAEGERS, and SOUTH POLAR SKUA, along with 175 PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHINS, and 2 NORTHERN RIGHT WHALE DOLPINS. Over 100,000 SOOTY SHEARWATERS were feeding in the nearshore area. One MARBLED MURRELET was also near shore. A solitary TUFTED PUFFIN was sighted on the way home.
    
    Our trip on September 16th was similar, although many of the offshore flocks had moved on and both BLUE and FIN WHALES had moved in with the HUMPBACK WHALES. Seabirds were similar, except that many more CASSIN’S AUKLETS had moved into the area. Far offshore, a GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE circled the vessel (photographed). This represents a new addition to the over 100 species of non-pelagic birds I have seen on pelagic trips! Again, we saw all three species of jaegers. Nearshore, we encountered a dozen BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS, many with calves.
    
    We do have upcoming trips, all with spaces available. Please see our web site: www.shearwaterjourneys.comfor more information.
    
    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 42 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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  21. Sensational Seabirding: Sep 15 LINK
    DATE: Sep 15, 2017 @ 8:57pm, 1 year(s) ago
    Howdy, Birders,
    
    Shearwater Journeys’ pelagic trip departing from Half Moon Bay today turned out to be very surprising and quite sensational with multiple mixed species feeding frenzies. We began the day with some tough seas and weather although it was entirely doable. By spending a lot of time along the jetties in the harbor area, we tallied the following rocky shorebird species: BLACK OYSTERCATCHER, RUDDY and BLACK TURNSTONES, SURFBIRD, WANDERING TATTLER, SANDERLING, and WHIMBREL. We observed 10 banded BROWN PELICANS.
    
    Just outside of the harbor, we found a feeding flock of about 90,000 SOOTY SHEARWATERS, as if this might be the “best” flock of the day— not! A flock of 450 COMMON MURRE dads with chicks were actively calling back and forth.One MARBLED MURRELET and 3 HARBOR PORPOISE were along the beach zone.
    
    We made our way slowly offshore toward the edge of the Continental Shelf break, crossing a barren zone of “dirty” green water. One of the first sightings was of three storm-petrels sitting on the sea: 2 ASHY STORM-PETRELS and 1 WILSON’S STORM-PETREL. Shortly afterward, a FORK-TAILED STORM-PETREL flew into the wake. We encountered many small flocks of RHINOCEROS AUKLETS, but only one CASSIN’S AUKLET for the entire day! Four BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES and 5 NORTHERN FULMARS were around, too.
    
    In the distance, we could see complete pandemonium — thousands of PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS, many HUMPBACK WHALES, a herd of 175 PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHINS with 2 NORTHERN RIGHT WHALE DOLPHINS in the mix. More humpbacks, and smaller flocks of BULLER’S SHEARWATERS were sitting on the sea. We estimated that at least 5000 Pink-footed Shearwaters were in view, some actively feeding and some sitting on the sea.
    
    Peter Pyle spotted a possible GREAT SHEARWATER in one such flock. I saw the Great Shearwater for a few seconds before it took flight with the flock. We would have preferred a much better view, but I’m certain (and not surprised) it was a Great Shearwater. To be honest, we simply had too many shearwaters to sift through. It was mind-boggling to be sure. I spotted another couple ASHY STORM-PETRELS and another FORK-TAILED STORM-PETREL was found. Two SOUTH POLAR SKUAS and POMARINE, PARASITIC and LONG-TAILED JAEGERS added to the mix. The only terns were COMMON/ARCTIC TERNS offshore.
    
    Heading for home, everyone relaxed and enjoyed the seas as it was laying down nicely. We thought we’d had a great day, but boy, were we in for a surprise! The best was yet to come— imagine the blows, tail flukes, backs and open mouths of some 46 more HUMPBACK WHALES, 500+ CALIFORNIA SEA LIONS, and 3275 more PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS gorging on anchovies! As many as 16 humpback blows were in the air at the same time. It was unnerving and sensational at all levels. The sea lions were driving the anchovies which we could see on the fish finder. The whales and shearwaters followed on the butts of the sea lions. For the first time in my life, I saw anchovy-green whale poo! We were surrounded by a biomass of marine life the likes of which few have ever witnessed.
    
    Finally, we carried on our way to the harbor, working on numbers for the checklists, and checking photos. So, we almost missed the TUFTED PUFFIN spotted by our first mate.
    
    Today, we recorded 7275 PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS which is the highest count I’ve had this season and in many years. About 250-300 BULLER’S SHEARWATERS were tallied, highest count for the season to date. We estimated some 76 HUMPBACK WHALES and over 1000 CALIFORNIA SEA LIONS were observed.
    
    To say it was a “great day” would be an understatement. Many, many thanks to the birders, both local and from far away, who joined us. Thanks to leaders Christian Schwarz and Peter Pyle and friends who helped out in many ways, Tom and Beth Hamel and Jim Chiropolos.
    
    We are heading out from Half Moon Bay again, tomorrow. A couple of spaces are available. We meet at 7 a.m. The marine forecast is for excellent seas and weather. We are hoping to spot more storm-petrels and murrelets tomorrow. It should be a good day for those species. And, we intend to catch an albacore!
    
    Living the Salt Life and 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 42 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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  23. Monterey Seabirds Trip Reports 9-10 and 9-11 LINK
    DATE: Sep 14, 2017 @ 1:38pm, 1 year(s) ago
    All,   On Sunday and Monday, Monterey Seabirds went out on a couple of pelagic trips.  
    Birds we encountered both days include:
    BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS
    SOOTY SHEARWATER
    PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER
    BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER
    POMARINE JAEGER
    PARASITIC JAEGER
    RHINOCEROS AUKLET
    and SABINE'S GULL to name a few.
    
    Despite heavy fog for much of Sunday, we also turned up an ASHY-STORM PETREL, COMMIC TERN, ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD (4 miles out), and a GREAT BLUE HERON about 11 miles offshore(in the fog)!
    
    Monday's clearer conditions allowed for better visibility for much of the trip.  That day we added:
    NORTHERN FULMAR
    LONG-TAILED JAEGER
    COMMON TERN
    ARCTIC TERN
    BULLER'S SHEARWATER 
    One of our final birds on Monday was a BROWN BOOBY that flew just 20 feet above the boat.  We were about 3 miles WNW of Point Pinos at that time. 
    
    Photos of it and a few others can be found on the eBird list here:
      ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39148497
    
    Additionally, we encountered BLUE, FIN, and HUMPBACK WHALES.  RISSO'S and PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN, NORTHERN ELEPHANT SEAL (Monday), NORTHERN FUR SEAL (Monday), and MOLA MOLA, and BLUE SHARK.
    
    Lastly, on both trips there was a noticeable movement of PAINTED LADY butterflies moving offshore.  Painted Ladies have been pretty thick the last two days here in Pacific Grove.
    
    Upcoming trips include this Sunday 9/17 and Thursday 9/21.  (831) 375-4658 or montereyseabirds.com to make reservations.
    
    Enjoy migration,
    
    Mark Kudrav 
    Monterey Seabirds
    Pacific Grove
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  25. SEP 9: MONTEREY, SANTA CRUZ, SAN MATEO PELAGIC BIRDS LINK
    DATE: Sep 12, 2017 @ 7:00pm, 1 year(s) ago
    Howdy, Birders,
    
    Shearwater Journeys’ September 9 Albacore Grounds, offshore from Monterey covered three counties: Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Mateo. I haven’t done this for a number of years. And, last time I ventured into San Mateo County on a Monterey albacore trip, I saw two Red-billed Tropicbirds. We didn’t find any tropicbirds, but we did find a number of murrelets. We had excellent sea conditions with a light swell, but good visibility.
    
    Below, I present the species list by counties. Murrelets and jaegers are our target species on this trip and we fared very well. We recorded 19 murrelets, in total and had excellent views of most of them. We recorded 26 LONG-TAILED JAEGERS which is low compared to previous years for this trip.
    
    Note that the only ARCTIC TERNS were in San Mateo County. Some cool birds in Santa Cruz County included: BULLER’S SHEARWATER; SOUTH POLAR SKUA; GUADALUPE, SCRIPPS’S and CRAVERI’S MURRELETS; NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH and AMERICAN REDSTART.
    
    Many thanks to all of the birders who joined us from near and far. The leaders on this trip were: Scott & Linda Terrill, Alex Rinkert, Nick Levendosky, Mary Gustafson, Todd McGrath, and Debi Shearwater. We also saw blue, fin, and humpback whales.
    
    Upcoming trips include: Sep 14, 22, 24, and 30 from Monterey. Sep 15 and 16 from Half Moon Bay. Email me for a reservation: debi@... .
    
    September 9, 2017 Albacore Grounds: Offshore Monterey (more than 40 miles offshore on this trip)
    San Mateo (SM)/Santa Cruz (SCZ)/ Monterey (MTY)
    
    BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS- 3/3/19
    PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER - 1/9/138
    BULLER’S SHEARWATER - 8/48/118
    SOOTY SHEARWATER - 10/64/5687
    BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER - 0/0/28
    ASHY STORM-PETREL- 2/4/4
    BRANDT’S CORMORANT - 0/0/70
    PELAGIC CORMORANT - 0/0/1
    BROWN PELICAN- 0/0/25
    BLACK TURNSTONE - 0/5/0
    RED-NECKED PHALAROPE - 2/51/8
    RED PHALAROPE - 1/2/3
    SOUTH POLAR SKUA - 0/2/0
    POMARINE JAEGER - 3/3/6
    PARASITIC JAEGER - 1/2/15
    LONG-TAILED JAEGER - 5/10/11
    GUADALUPE MURRELET - 5/2/0
    SCRIPPS’S MURRELET - 0/4/2
    CRAVERI’S MURRELET - 0/2/0
    SCRIPPS’S/GUADALUPE/CRAVERI’S - 0/2/2
    RHINOCEROS AUKLET - 0/8/94
    CASSIN’S AUKLET - 1/0/1
    COMMON MURRE - 0/1/248
    SABINE’S GULL - 1/13/39
    WESTERN GULL- 0/1/55
    CALIFORNIA GULL - 0/1/66
    HEERMANN’S GULL - 0/0/6
    COMMON TERN - 1/3/7
    ARCTIC TERN - 2/0/0
    ELEGANT TERN - 0/0/100
    NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH - 0/1/0
    AMERICAN REDSTART - 0/1/0
    
    Living the Salt Live and 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 42 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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  27. Another Day on Monterey Bay: Sep 8 LINK
    DATE: Sep 8, 2017 @ 8:09pm, 1 year(s) ago
    Howdy, Birders,
    
    Shearwater Journeys’ Monterey Bay trip today had a few new highlights: TUFTED PUFFIN (Monterey County), RED PHALAROPES, and grand slam with POMARINE, PARASITIC, and LONG-TAILED JAEGERS and SOUTH POLAR SKUA (Santa Cruz County).
    
    Today, there was a lot of seabird movement as the huge schools of baby rockfish off Point Pinos moved on, or were consumed! The vast SOOTY SHEARWATER flock and COMMON MURRES have moved around and broken into smaller flocks. A herd of 1,200 LONG-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHINS were traveling just outside of the harbor this morning.
    
    In addition to the above species, we saw most of the usual fall seabird species: BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS; NORTHERN FULMAR; SOOTY, BULLER’S, BLACK-VENTED, PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS; ASHY STORM-PETREL (3- all Santa Cruz County); SABINE’S GULL; ARCTIC TERN; COMMON MURRE; PIGEON GUILLEMOT; RHINOCEROS and CASSIN’S AUKLETS. Along the Coast Guard Jetty, were BLACK TURNSTONES (5) and SURFBIRD (1).
    
    We ’only’ saw 51 HUMPBACK WHALES and 2 BLUE WHALES.
    
    Tomorrow, we head offshore on our Albacore Grounds trip.
    
    Spaces are available on the following Monterey trips: Sep. 10, 22, 24, 30; Oct. 8. Our Sep 30th trip is planning to spend maximum time in Santa Cruz County. Email me for details on this special trip.
    
    We also have a few spaces available on our Sep. 15 and 16 Half Moon Bay trips. For a reservation, please email me: debi@... .
    
    Living the Salt Life and 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 42 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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  29. SEP 2: Half Moon Bay Pelagic Trip LINK
    DATE: Sep 3, 2017 @ 5:57am, 1 year(s) ago
    Howdy, Birders, Shearwater Journeys’ pelagic trip out of Half Moon Bay today was nothing short of spectacular with a great show of seabirds and marine mammals. It was so overwhelming that I hardly know where to begin.
    
    We did not see any ‘rare’ seabirds, only one out-of-season ANCIENT MURRELET in San Francisco County. We also found a few BLACK STORM-PETRELS with a handful of ASHY STORM-PETRELS (also San Francisco County). As far as I know, these are the first reported Black Storm-Petrels for central California. The overall quality of the day was simply amazing.
    
    Just outside of the harbor, we encountered the mixed flocks of SOOTY SHEARWATERS and COMMON MURRES (many dads with chicks). The shearwaters have been feeding on schooling anchovies, but also on squid recently. Feeding on squid is probably what caused them to move a bit more offshore. But the thing that amazed me about these flocks was that the shearwaters were vocalizing! Like hundreds, if not a couple thousand Sooty Shearwaters sitting on the sea were vocalizing. Although I routinely hear PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS vocalizing, I cannot ever recall hearing sooty shears make the sounds I heard today. Our captain killed the engines and many folks on board made recordings and video.
    
    We headed out to the weather buoy but made many stops along the way. No boobies were on the buoy. Upon nearing the edge of the shelf we encountered sensational numbers of both HUMPBACK (63) and BLUE WHALES (26) and one FIN WHALE.
    
    Obviously, with there was an amazing amount of food available to feed 6500 tons of whales! Hundreds of CASSIN’S and RHINOCEROS AUKLETS were present. Flocks of ARCTIC TERNS and SABINE’S GULLS were sitting on the sea. RED and RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were feeding along the edges of the Lines of Convergence. We followed one skinny line that had a one degree SST difference from one side to the other. We left most of the Sooty Shearwaters back at the nearshore, and encountered BULLER’S and PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS along the shelf break. BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES were mostly spotted sitting on the sea due to a lack of wind, as were many of the NORTHERN FULMARS. Overall, jaeger numbers seemed very low, especially given the numbers of Sabine’s Gulls and terns present. However, we did encounter both PARASITIC and LONG-TAILED JAEGERS. It was non-stop birding along the shelf break.
    
    We also saw over 80 OCEAN SUNFISH, many of them dinner plate sized, but also a few very large individuals. One BLUE SHARK was spotted. Three NORTHERN FUR SEALS, one NORTHERN ELEPHANT SEAL, STELLER’Sand CALIFORNIA SEA LIONS rounded out the pinnipeds for the day. Four HARBOR PORPOISE were spotted inshore.
    
    It was often difficult to know which direction to move the boat because we were surrounded by whales on all sides, their stinky breath wafting across the stern. We spotted chunks of bright orange-red whale poo, too! Many invertebrates were noted in the water column, including salps, pteropods, moon jellies, sea nettles and ctenophores.
    
    Somehow this just doesn’t really capture a day with nearly non-stop marine life action. It was like being on a maritime carousel and wanting to reach out for the gold ring.
    
    Sea conditions were excellent. Visibility was excellent. Tomorrow is expected to be the same. Other upcoming departures from Half Moon Bay include: September 15 and 16; October 7. Departures from Monterey Bay include: September 7, 8, 10, 22, 24, 30; October 8. For reservations, email: debi@... .
    
    Living the Salt Life and 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 42 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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