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Phalaropus fulicarius

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  1. Epic seabird flight at Point Pinos--6 May LINK
    DATE: May 7, 2017 @ 9:03am, 17 day(s) ago
    A strong cold front swept through the Monterey Bay region on Friday bringing with it gusty northwest winds and optimal viewing conditions for Point Pinos. The show started Friday afternoon with a few Sabine's Gulls and a scattering of Fork-tailed Storm-Petrels. By dawn on Saturday, the winds were really cranking and the flight was in full swing all day. We did hourly checklists in eBird for the day (and those will be fleshed out with photos soon), but the highlight totals were:
    Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel: 195 (many right off the rocks; most photographed)
    Ashy Storm-Petrel: 2
    Leach's Storm-Petrel: 4 (photos of two)
    Black-footed Albatross: 100+
    Laysan Albatross: 2 (photos)
    Red Phalarope: 1927 (photos)
    Red-necked Phalarope: 169,000 (simply astronomical numbers, hard to estimate)
    Sabine's Gull: 2335 (many photos, big flocks)
    Tufted Puffin: 2
    Overall it was the best spring seawatching I've ever had from the point. Alas, we were unable to find any Pterodroma petrels from shore.
    In addition to the event at the point, Monterey Harbor was awash in Fork-tailed Storm-Petrels, with more than 70 estimated in the inner harbor just feet off the docks. Also both phalaropes there.
    Thanks and good birding!
    Brian L. Sullivan
    eBird Project Leader
    Photo Editor
    Birds of North America Online
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  3. Fork-tailed Storm Petrels & Phalaropes in Monterey Harbor continues 5/7/17 LINK
    DATE: May 7, 2017 @ 7:43am, 18 day(s) ago
    Hello- There are still fork-tailed storm petrels, red phalaropes & red-necked phalaropes in Monterey Harbor as of 7:45am Sunday May7th. I would expect they will leave the area soon as the winds are starting to die down. If you want to view them, come to the main tourist wharf - they are near the ends of the piers. Plenty of shearwaters - mostly sooty just outside the harbor last night and this morning too.
    Katlyn Taylor Marine Biologist
    Discovery Whale Watch
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  5. SBVAS Orange County pelagic trip - June 10 LINK
    DATE: Apr 25, 2017 @ 2:53pm, 29 day(s) ago
    San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society is sponsoring a a 9-hour pelagic trip aboard the Ocean Institute’s (Dana Point) R/V Sea Explorer in search of pelagic birds, marine mammals, and other oceanic wildlife on Saturday, June 10. We expect to see Pink-footed and Sooty Shearwaters, Black Storm-Petrel, Cassin’s Auklet, and Scripps’s Murrelet. We have a reasonable chance of seeing Pomarine Jaeger, Sabine’s Gull, and Red Phalarope, as well as marine mammals such as Common Dolphin, and Blue, Humpback, and Fin Whales. The cost for the trip is $70. We will meet at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point at 6:30 AM. The trip departs promptly at 7:00 AM and will not be held for late arrivals; it returns at 4:00 PM. To reserve a space on the trip, email Tom Benson
    with your name and phone number, the number of spaces you want to reserve, and the names of those in your party.For complete details please see the trip description on the SBVAS website .
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
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  7. Leach's Storm-Petrels in Monterey Bay--16 December LINK
    DATE: Dec 16, 2016 @ 9:32pm, 5 month(s) ago
    Hi All,
    Today was a great day at the Pt. Pinos Seawatch. The official count ended yesterday, but the weather conspired to draw Skye Haas and company in for an extra day. A moderate NW wind and some rain overnight dumped a bunch of Leach's Storm-Petrels in the bay today. We had birds in view most of the day, trickling west past the point. I was able to photography probably 20 individuals, and got pretty good video of a few. Will post that when I get time to download the images and process them this weekend. Also of note today was an adult female Brown Booby, different from the sub-adult seen yesterday here in the bay. A good early AM push of loons and a good late season scoter flight made the day a pleasure. Seawatch totals below from today:
    35 Brant (Black)
    20 Mallard
    2390 Surf Scoter
    1 White-winged Scoter
    3 Black Scoter
    17 Red-breasted Merganser
    54 Red-throated Loon
    9269 Pacific Loon
    17 Common Loon
    1 Horned Grebe
    1 Red-necked Grebe
    1 Eared Grebe
    1 Black-footed Albatross
    359 Northern Fulmar
    3 Pink-footed Shearwater
    12 Sooty Shearwater
    15 Short-tailed Shearwater
    32 Sooty/Short-tailed Shearwater
    1 Manx Shearwater
    1578 Black-vented Shearwater
    46 Leach's Storm-Petrel (Leach's)
    1 Brown Booby
    640 Brandt's Cormorant
    103 Pelagic Cormorant
    18 Double-crested Cormorant
    1110 Brown Pelican
    3 Great Egret
    12 Black Oystercatcher
    5 Whimbrel (Hudsonian)
    13 Black Turnstone
    8 Sanderling
    5 Red Phalarope
    8 Pomarine Jaeger
    1 Pomarine/Parasitic Jaeger
    1488 Common Murre
    2 Marbled Murrelet
    2 Ancient Murrelet
    151 Rhinoceros Auklet
    1 alcid sp.
    7 Black-legged Kittiwake
    20 Bonaparte's Gull
    1800 Heermann's Gull
    36 Mew Gull (American)
    2100 Western Gull
    2750 California Gull
    6 Herring Gull
    10 Thayer's Gull
    57 Glaucous-winged Gull
    8 Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid)
    Brian L. Sullivan
    eBird Project Leader
    Photo Editor
    Birds of North America Online
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  9. Point Pinos Seawatch update LINK
    DATE: Nov 22, 2016, 6 month(s) ago
    Hi All,
    The Point Pinos Seawatch continues to record large numbers of Red Phalaropes, and Pacific Loons are really starting to push through. Compared with last year, tubenose diversity is higher, but Pacific Loon numbers are lagging (maybe just late). The big story is the Red Phalarope invasion, with massive numbers being seen daily off the Point. Yesterday there were more than 20,000 counted. These are really tough to count, with rafts of birds on the water, as well as streams of birds moving past. Complicated. Loons are easier and starting to become a spectacle. If you can get out the point, please join us! 
    Thanks to Monterey Audubon and BLM for sponsoring the count again this year. Hourly totals can be seen in eBird at this URL:
    Here are yesterday's totals, courtesy of our counter Skye Haas:
    84 Brant (Black)
    3 Lesser Scaup
    974 Surf Scoter
    2 White-winged Scoter
    12 Red-breasted Merganser
    206 Red-throated Loon
    18545 Pacific Loon
    21 Common Loon
    6 Northern Fulmar
    1 Pink-footed Shearwater
    24 Sooty Shearwater
    28 Short-tailed Shearwater
    10 Sooty/Short-tailed Shearwater
    4362 Black-vented Shearwater
    2 black-and-white shearwater sp.
    1 Ashy Storm-Petrel
    812 Brandt's Cormorant
    50 Pelagic Cormorant
    17 Double-crested Cormorant
    1226 Brown Pelican
    3 Snowy Egret
    8 Turkey Vulture
    1 Northern Harrier
    8 Black Oystercatcher
    1 Black-bellied Plover
    4 Whimbrel
    1 Marbled Godwit
    17 Black Turnstone
    8 Surfbird
    82 Sanderling
    20005 Red Phalarope
    1 Pomarine Jaeger
    1 Parasitic Jaeger
    2279 Common Murre
    4 Marbled Murrelet
    3 Ancient Murrelet
    130 Cassin's Auklet
    561 Rhinoceros Auklet
    2 Black-legged Kittiwake
    61 Bonaparte's Gull
    1185 Heermann's Gull
    19 Mew Gull (American)
    1435 Western Gull
    945 California Gull 
    7 Thayer's Gull
    11 Glaucous-winged Gull
    3 Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid)
    2 Herring x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid)
    13 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
    1 Anna's Hummingbird
    1 Northern Flicker (Red-shafted)
    1 Merlin
    2 Peregrine Falcon
    8 Black Phoebe
    1 Say's Phoebe
    2 California Scrub-Jay
    14 American Crow
    11 European Starling
    1 American Pipit
    2 Yellow-rumped Warbler
    14 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)
    12 White-crowned Sparrow
    4 Golden-crowned Sparrow
    3 Song Sparrow 
    28 Red-winged Blackbird (California Bicolored) 
    48 Brewer's Blackbird
    15 House Finch
    Brian L. Sullivan
    eBird Project Leader
    Photo Editor
    Birds of North America Online
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  11. Re: [MBBIRDS] Scarlet Tanager in Monterey LINK
    DATE: Nov 13, 2016 @ 4:38pm, 6 month(s) ago
    One note to eBirders: please do note that we have two adjacent Hot Spots in the El Estero area; these are separated by Pearl Street and have very different habitats. If you visit El Estero, north of Pearl, please use that Hot Spot ["Monterey--El Estero"}. Here there are ducks, gulls, an island with heron roosts, and today even some Red Phalaropes. All of those would be scarce to rare in the cemetery.
    If you bird the cemetery south of Pearl for the tanager -- extensive lawns with flowering eucs and oaks -- please put those birds in the separate Hot Spot called "Monterey--San Carlos Cemetery." It badly confuses the maps and bar graphs if you "dump" a visit to both different spots into the same eBird list.
    Don Roberson
    eBird editor for Monterey County
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  13. Scarlet Tanager in Monterey LINK
    DATE: Nov 13, 2016 @ 4:31pm, 6 month(s) ago
    Today an adult male Scarlet Tanager, in fresh basic plumage, was found in flowering eucalyptus in San Carlos Cemetery in downtown Monterey. The old Catholic cemetery is just south of the public parking areas at Lake El Estero, with one entrance just across Pearl St., and extends southwards to Fremont. There are access gates on both Pearl and Fremont, and the 'arms' of El Estero form the west and east sides of this eBird Hot Spot [Monterey--San Carlos Cemetery]. The tanager was found, identified, and photographed by Steve Rovell and Larry & Carole Rose about 11 a.m., and continued to be seen into mid-afternoon. It was initially in tall flowering eucs midway along the N side of cemetery, but moved to two very tall flowering eucs in the NE corner, which is where it was seen by most local birders who went today. The eucs are full of "Audubon's" Warblers and there is one Nashville there also.
    The tanager is bright yellow with black wings and tail; it retains a few tiny red feathers at mid-belly, and a couple of scarlet feathers in black upperwing coverts. Multiple photos are in eBird already. If you see it or anything else of interest, please report to the local BirdBox (831) 250-4550, and to MBB and/or eBird.
    If you are from out of town, do stop by the Monterey Audubon sponsored Pt. Pinos seawatch just west of Crespi Pond at the Point, which is manned dawn to dusk daily to 15 Dec. Today there were untold thousands of Red Phalaropes, and major flights of BV Shearwater, Pacific Loon, and scoters.
    Good luck,
    Don Roberson
    Pacific Grove CA
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  15. Monterey Audubon 2016 Seawatch: PHALAROPES AND FRIGATEBIRD LINK
    DATE: Nov 3, 2016 @ 1:41pm, 7 month(s) ago
    November 1 marked the beginning of Monterey Audubon's second annual Seabird Seawatch from Point Pinos on the outermost Monterey Peninsula. This year, under the guidance of expert counter Skye Haas, and supported by counter Mark Kudrav, we will collect year-over-year data on all migratory seabirds passing by the Point Nov 1 - Dec 15, dawn to dusk. Last year we inventoried 250,000 Pacific Loons and 50,000 Surf Scoters. What will this year bring Well in just two days we've rack ed up multiple Leach's Storm-Petrels, Harlequin Ducks, thousands upon thousands of Red Phalarope, and....a frigatebird! This second-cycle Frigatebird seen yesterday afternoon, 2 November, was initially assumed to be a Magnificent Frigatebird but closer looks point to other possibilities including Great Frigatebird. Second-cycle frigates are notoriously hard to ID. Magnificent Frigatebirds off California are rare enough, but If this is a Great Frigatebird it could be just the 4th in North America. Incredibly, another Great Frigatebird was seen off the Salinas river mouth, Monterey County, in 1979. A photo of the frigatebird is on our facebook page, at . We'll also post occasional updates from the count there, as well.
    Good birding,
    Blake Matheson Monterey Peninsula
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  17. Red Phalarope invasion continues LINK
    DATE: Oct 29, 2016, 7 month(s) ago
    Hi CalBirders,
    The Red Phalarope show around Monterey Bay continues. Thousands are present near shore, easily visible from Pt. Pinos, or just about any place where you can see the ocean around Monterey Bay at the moment. Also of note, today we had 6 Ashy Storm-Petrels feeding among the phalarope flocks near shore. Ashy is tough to see from shore, even during strong winds. Today was windless, so something is going on to drive these typically far-offshore species in toward the coast. Thousands of gulls are feeding on pelagic red crabs near shore as well. Looking at eBird, it seems the Red Phalarope invasion has even brought a few well-documented individuals to inland lakes. Check out the link below and click the 'show points sooner' option on the right:
    Pretty neat that Red Phalarope has been seen from northern Alaska to Chile in the month of October alone this year. But the masses in Monterey Bay right now are simply amazing. Of note, many individuals seem to have oiled bellies and/or lower vents.
    Brian L. Sullivan
    eBird Project Leader
    Photo Editor
    Birds of North America Online
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  19. Re: [CALBIRDS] Red Phalaropes near shore LINK
    DATE: Oct 26, 2016, 7 month(s) ago
    There have been notable increases in the Santa Barbara Channel. We were phalaropelessfor several weeks and in the past few days I would say hundreds of Red Phalaropes are being seen but not yet thousands. A few clusters of 50 or so birds but mainly scattered
    small groups.A few Red-necked are mixed in with them but they are definitely in the minority.
    Joel Barrett
    Port Hueneme, Ca
    Island Packers
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    On Wed, Oct 26, 2016 at 12:57 PM -0700, "Stan Walens stan.walens@... [CALBIRDS]"
    < > wrote:
     Not very many red phalaropes in San Diego yet, at least near shore, but we are not expecting our first front from the
    NW until a few days from now. On another note, I have seen no juvenile, immature or
    Heermann's gulls so far this
    fall . Very few adults, too. I think normal yearly mortality rates for adults are beginning to lower their numbers. Stan Walens
    San Diego
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  21. Re: [CALBIRDS] Red Phalaropes near shore LINK
    DATE: Oct 26, 2016 @ 12:57pm, 7 month(s) ago
    Not very many red phalaropes in San Diego yet, at least near shore, but we are not expecting our first front from the NW until a few days from now. On another note, I have seen no juvenile, immature or subadult Heermann's gulls so far this fall . Very few adults, too. I think normal yearly mortality rates for adults are beginning to lower their numbers. Stan Walens
    San Diego
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  23. Red Phalaropes near shore LINK
    DATE: Oct 26, 2016 @ 12:03pm, 7 month(s) ago
    Hi CalBirders,
    There has been a major influx of Red Phalaropes over the past week near shore here in Monterey. Thousands of birds sitting on the water and flying south. I haven't seen this many near shore since the big wreck of Christmas 2005. Wondering if they are being found farther south in numbers as well
    Brian L. Sullivan
    eBird Project Leader
    Photo Editor
    Birds of North America Online
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  25. American Oystercatchers, Harris and Clay-colored Sparrows and more LINK
    DATE: Oct 25, 2016 @ 5:45pm, 7 month(s) ago
    just got back from Ventura and Santa Cruz Island with brief stops at Carrizo Plain and Pinnacles on the way down.
    Yesterday ( oct 24) at 5 pm , visible from the Island Packers boat returning to Ventura Harbor near the NP visitor canter were 2 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS one of which I photographed and looks pure. On SC Island a beautiful and quite tame HARRIS' SPARROW was hanging around the visitor display with the White-crowned Sparrows, and I saw one CLAY-COLORED SPARROW near the residence. A pair of ISLAND SCRUB JAYS as well as one ISLAND LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE (very distinct in appearance as well as genetics, why isn't it a full species When Cordilleran and Pacific -slope Flycatchers supposedly are Just sayin) were in Scorpion Canyon, 1/4 mile from the Upper Campground. Also saw the endemic subspecies of Allen's Hummer and Orange-crowned Warbler between the 2 campgrounds, and just one ISLAND FENCE LIZARD, and 2 incredibly tame ISLAND FOXES. Nowhere where have I ever seen COMMON RAVENS so bold and tame, you can practically pet them. I thought the same thing of the YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS on the beach, approachable within 5 feet. Is Island tameness contagious RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER also seen, but not tame.I only counted 24 landbird species, but was only there 1030-330and spent a lot of time on photography. The park service opened up the Ranch Bakery for viewing(but not entry) because the colony of bats were gone for the season, but I saw one roosting TOWNSEND's BIG-EARED BAT. Both on the way and back, we were escorted by huge herds of LONG-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHINS and noted a just a few CALIFORNIA SEA LIONS, and many BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS and RED PHALAROPES were present, only saw one SOOTY, maybe 10 CASSIN's AUKLETS and one POM. JAEGER. , the other usuals were there.
    One the way down I camped at KCL in Carrizo Plain, I only had a couple of hours of daylight, no unusual birds. However nice to hear LONG-EARED OWLS off and on through the night. The NORTH AMERICAN DEERMICE and FRESNO ( San Joaquin) KANGAROO RATS were habituated to humans.
    I was able to photograph the 4 toed feet one the smallest of all the K Rat species.
    Along Soda Lake Road north of KCL and south of the Education Center, saw numerous GIANT KANGAROO RATS, they've seemed to have rebounded, and one SAN JOAQUIN KIT FOX, and a BARN OWL and COYOTE on a short night drive. In the morning saw several NELSON's ANTELOPE SQUIRREL near the KCL entrance road junction. TULE ELK were near Painted Rock, no Pronghorn. I had no time to search for Leconte's Thrashers and Blunt-nosed Leopard Lizards because I had to rush off to attend a meeting.
    A 1.5 hour stop at Pinnacles NP for some exercise, yielded one BELL's SPARROW about a 1/2 mile east of the campground entrance , and one CANYON WREN , one TOWNSEND's BIG-EARED BAT at Bear Gulch Cave trail .A couple of large flocks ( 25+ of YELLOW-BILLED MAGPIES visiblefrom #25 south of Pinnacles
    If anyone wants to see photos, feel free to email me.
    David Diller Mountain View
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  27. Trip Report Monterey Seabirds 9/11/16 LINK
    DATE: Sep 13, 2016 @ 5:05pm, 8 month(s) ago
    Hello Everyone- Here is the most recent pelagic report from Monterey Seabirds
    Trip Report 9/11/16 by Don Glasco: Nearshore Species (Monterey Harbor to Pt Pinos) Northern Pintail, Brandt’s Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Brown Pelican, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Black Turnstone, Heermann’s Gull, Western Gull, California Gull, Common Tern, Elegant Tern, Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon), Belted Kingfisher, Peregrine Falcon, Barn Swallow, Pigeon Guillemot   Pelagic Species (beyond Pt Pinos – Monterey County) Black-footed Albatross, Northern Fulmar, Sooty Shearwater, Pink-footed Shearwater, Black-vented Shearwater, Red-necked Phalarope, Red Phalarope, Pomarine Jaeger, Parasitic Jaeger, Long-tailed Jaeger, Common Murre, Cassin’s Auklet, Rhinoceros Auklet, Sabine’s Gull   Here are the eBird lists:   Trips Available for the remainder of 2016: September 15 th  7:30am-3:30pm (with Wisebirding) $110 per person October 1 st  7:30am-3:30pm  $110 per person October 9 th  7:30am-3:30pm  $110 per person October 15 th  7:30am-3:30pm  $110 per person October 23 rd  7:30am-3:30pm  $110 per person   We are still looking for trip leaders and spotters for the remainder of the year and for 2017. Please contact Katlyn Taylor at  mbwwassistant@...  if you are interested in helping out on the trips. Sign up for trips by calling 831-375-4658 or online at Thanks,
    Katlyn Taylor
    Monterey Seabirds
    Katlyn Taylor
    Marine Biologist
    Monterey Bay Whale Watch
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  29. RE: [CALBIRDS] Re: Juvenile Sabine's Gull LINK
    DATE: Jul 19, 2016 @ 8:53pm, 10 month(s) ago
    Thanks for your thoughts on this. Here on the San Mateo County coast we do not get Bonaparte’s much other than in spring migration. We have no oversummering birds here now. But I am intrigued by a different point you mention, you suggest that Bonaparte’s winter in a pelagic range on the West Coast You note that they “move out into the northeastern Pacific after breeding” is this really the case
    Little is known about where our Sabine’s go to winter. I see them almost annually offshore in central Chile, and have noted them southbound in Oct-Nov with Arctic Terns. They are offshore somewhere, but where the concentrations are might be anywhere between central Peru and S Chile. It is unclear. They may be farther south than has generally been considered, similar to many of the Red Phalaropes which may be farther south than generally thought. In any case, I am interested in hearing about offshore wintering by Bonaparte’s, and if this is the case, they would be well north of where Sabine’s winter.
    Take care,
    Alvaro Jaramillo
    From: [mailto: ] On Behalf Of dan_cooper_90042@... [CALBIRDS]
    Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 7:39 AM
    Subject: [CALBIRDS] Re: Juvenile Sabine's Gull
    Interesting topic - not to get off on a tangent, but I'm also wondering also about Bonaparte's Gulls. Are you seeing a lot this summer I checked ebird and 2016 appears to be a huge year for summering birds this far south. The little group I just saw at Lancaster WTP (Los Angeles Co.) appeared to be in adult basic plumage, but they were far away and I didn't confirm this. Anyway, this species has a pretty different ecology (and a breeding range much farther south) than Sabine's, but both move out into the northeastern Pacific after breeding, and the appearance of BOGU in summer seems to be highly variable from year to year (e.g., lots this year at Malibu Lagoon, then none in 2015, then multiple reports in 2014, then a multi-year gap, etc.). It's a species that seems to be particularly sensitive to weather and changing food conditions, appearing en masse one place one year, or for several months, then gone the next. I realize you're talking about timing in breeding, but I also wonder if maybe the same forces that push BOGU around the eastern Pacific (currents, water temps) also work on Sabine's populations, but we just get so few nearshore that we hardly notice.
    Dan Cooper
    Ventura Co.
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