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  1. 10/15 Monterey Seabirds Trip Report + our last pelagic is tomorrow. LINK
    DATE: Oct 15, 2017 @ 4:49pm, 39 day(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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  3. 9/30 Monterey Seabirds Pelagic-Flesh-footed Shearwaters and more LINK
    DATE: Sep 30, 2017, 55 day(s) ago
    All,    Monterey Seabirds had a fantastic pelagic out of Monterey today.  The trip took a Sacramento Audubon charter out through both Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties today 9/30. 
      Spotters Dorian Anderson, Fred Hochstaedter, Peter Metropolis, and Francis Toldi put in an incredible day's work and cannot be thanked enough.
      Oddly, our only COMMON TERN was spotted by Fred before we even got on the boat in Monterey Harbor.  Upon boarding, we tracked it down for a few extra looks. 
      PINK-FOOTED, SOOTY and BULLER'S SHEARWATERS occurred today in both Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties.  I haven't yet finished eBirding our totals, but the BULLER'S SHEARWATER total was probably near a couple hundred, many of which were in Santa Cruz or very near the county line. 
      Upon arrival into Santa Cruz Co., there was a great frenzy of feeding marine animals of all kinds.  Sorting through one group of about a dozen HUMPBACKS and sea lions, Fred called a great bird, "FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER!"  Our captain motored off and we chased it for a while until we caught up with it resting on the water.  At that point, it became a bit unclear whether there were two birds or just one.  At any rate, another FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER was seen miles north of that location in the vicinity of some BLUE WHALES.  Confidently, we can say we had two, though some folks may have had a third.  I believe some reasonable photos of the Flesh-footeds were obtained and will post them soon.
      Before leave Santa Cruz Co. , Dorian spotted a TUFTED PUFFIN sitting on the water. 
      Upon returning into Monterey Co., Peter spotted the first ASHY STORM-PETRELS and we turned up about ten more as we motored back towards Monterey.
      Jaegers also made for a good show.  We had both POMARINE and PARASITIC in both counties. Additionally, one LONG-TAILED JAEGER buzzed by the boat at very close range in Monterey Co.
      Additionally, NORTHERN FULMAR, BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS, RHINOCEROS AUKLET(good numbers in MTY), CASSIN'S AUKLET(marked increase since our previous trips), and RED-NECKED PHALAROPE were encountered in both Monterey and Santa Cruz Co.  Another bird that showed up in both counties was COMMON LOON, a few of which were fairly far offshore. 
      Finally, seen during the trip were a BLUE SHARK, RISSO'S DOLPHNS, DAHL'S PORPOISES and a single MOLA MOLA.  
      
      Thanks again to all the spotters and to Sacramento Audubon for bringing such a great group. 
    
      We've got just a few more trips going out this season including one tomorrow OCT.1  that still has some space.  
      Our last trips are running Oct. 15 (8 hour) and Oct. 16 (12 hour).  If you want to join, call (831) 375-4658 or visit montereyseabirds.com
      I'll post photos on the eBird lists and at our facebook page very soon.
    https://www.facebook.com/montereyseabirdtours/
    
    Can't wait to do it again tomorrow. 
    
    Good Birding,
    
    Mark Kudrav
    Monterey Seabirds
    Pacific Grove
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  5. Morro Bay pelagic trip - 14 October LINK
    DATE: Sep 20, 2017 @ 3:33pm, 2 month(s) ago
    Birders -
    
    There are still spaces available for the Morro Coast Audubon October 14 boat trip out of Morro Bay. Weather permitting, our goal will be to reach the Santa Lucia Bank.  It is crunch time for this trip in that if we do not get enough participants to sign up in the next few days we may need to cancel or risk losing our deposit.  Please email Mike Stiles at < mstiles@... > if you are interesting in going. Or if you have already contacted Mike, please mail back your information and check.
    The cost is $122 for an 8-hour trip out of Morro Bay, which is a pretty good value relative to most trips offshore. Species that we can expect on this trip are Pink-footed and Buller’s Shearwaters, Black-vented and Sooty Shearwaters, Parasitic and Pomarine Jaegers, Red and Red-necked Phalaropes, Cassin’s and Rhinoceros Auklets, Common Murre, and Sabine’s Gull. Also a good possibility are both South Polar Skua and Flesh-footed Shearwater, and with luck, we may see Black-footed Albatross, Manx Shearwater, Ashy Storm-Petrel, Tufted Puffin, or even a Great Shearwater or something else totally unexpected.
    There are not many opportunities to take a fall pelagic trip off San Luis Obispo County, especially during October, so for those out there hoping for San Luis Obispo County birds, this trip will provide a good chance for new county birds. This trip is closer is comparatively inexpensive and we still have the ability to attract birds by chumming! Master chummer West Fritz will be attracting birds to the boat and one of the leaders . The other leaders will be Curtis Marantz, Peter Geade, and Tom Edell.
    Again, if you are interested, please email Mike Stiles at < mstiles@... > today !
    
    Tom Edell Cayucos, CA
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  7. SEP 9: MONTEREY, SANTA CRUZ, SAN MATEO PELAGIC BIRDS LINK
    DATE: Sep 12, 2017 @ 7:00pm, 2 month(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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  9. Monterey Seabirds-Trip Report 9/5 LINK
    DATE: Sep 8, 2017 @ 4:37pm, 3 month(s) ago
    All,   Monterey Seabirds went out on Tuesday for an 8 hour pelagic.  We were lucky enough to catch the seabird spectacle previously reported by others on eBird and these lists.
      SOOTY SHEARWATERS were racing into the bay by the tens of thousands as we started our trip.  Sorting through them was a blast and we found numerous PINK-FOOTED and BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS mixed throughout.  A real thrill was a MANX SHEARWATER that we spotted sitting on the water off of Point Pinos.  It sat long enough for folks to get some photos.  Several of us on the boat had encountered Manx shearwater before, but were delighted in getting our first decent photos!
      This trip stayed in Monterey County waters, where RHINOCEROS AUKLETS seemed to have really increased lately. CASSIN'S AUKLETS were a bit more scarce on this trip, but we found a few.
      In the northern region of the county, and fairly far offshore, we encountered another real treat-BLUE WHALES and there were gobs of them.  Some offered great looks close to the boat while others fed farther away.  It's difficult to count these whales, as they can stay down in a dive for a while, but our whale experts on board guessed about 20 Blues were in the immediate vicinity. One FIN WHALE also made a brief pass through the group. 
      When we encountered this group Blue Whales, we also found our first ASHY STORM-PETRELS.  Leading to even more excitement on board, a single BLACK STORM-PETREL flew through the area. 
      RISSO'S DOLPHINS, bow-riding PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN and breaching HUMPBACK WHALES also fed in these impressively productive waters.
      Also enjoyed by all were BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS, RED and RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, and both PARASITIC and POMARINE JAEGERS to name a few.
        MONTEREY SEABIRDS' next trip is SUNDAY Sept. 10 though it only has a couple spots left.  Our Monday Sept. 11 trip is a 12 hour trip where we hope to spend more time in deeper water.  There is space available on that trip.  
      See our complete list of trips at montereyseabirds.com or call (831) 375-4658 to make a reservation.  
      The season has had a fantastic start.  We hope to see you out on the bay soon.
    
    Good Birding,
    
    Mark Kudrav
    Monterey Seabirds
    Pacific Grove 
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  11. Offshore: SEP 3 HALF MOON BAY LINK
    DATE: Sep 5, 2017 @ 6:50pm, 3 month(s) ago
    Howdy, Birders,
    
    Shearwater Journeys just had three pelagic trips this past weekend: September 1 from Monterey and September 2 and 3 from Half Moon Bay. There has been a strong southerly flow happening offshore. We first detected this flow on our September 2 Half Moon Bay trip when BLACK STORM-PETRELS showed up. The current was coming up from the south. A somewhat lazy southerly wind blew up. On September 3, the breeze was still going in the morning, but died down while we were out by noon. Even though we were offshore, it was still a warm day. Sea surface temperatures exceeded 64 F!
    
    Oh, what a difference a day makes! The inshore rafts of SOOTY SHEARWATERS had moved up to Pacifica. So, we headed offshore straight away. The inshore waters have been army-green colored with lots of plankton. Offshore, the water color turned to deep aqua-blue— albacore water! Indeed, the fishermen who were already out some 35 miles, caught a fair amount of albacore. One fisherman even caught an opah, a beautiful fish also known as the “moonfish.” (There’s a sunfish and a moonfish!)
    
    One of the highlights of our day was a very splendid GUADALUPE MURRELET spotted by leader, Peter Pyle. Many photographs were made of this little gem. Of all the murrelets, this one is the most difficult to see in central and northern California. Later, we spotted two SCRIPPS’S MURRELETS. Again, all on board had excellent views. Many photographs were made. One person shot 2,700 images! All of the murrelets were in San Mateo County.
    
    Near the weather buoy we saw and smelled a fish oil slick. Slicks such as this are naturally made by sea lions when they kill fish. So, coming upon such a slick is all part of the natural offshore world and not at all mysterious. BLACK, ASHY (both San Mateo and San Francisco Counties) and WILSON’S STORM-PETRELS were feeding over this slick. Other offshore slicks I have observed involved killer whales killing a sea lion. That made a big, stinky oil slick!
    
    We recorded most of the seabirds typical of this season including: BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS; NORTHERN FULMAR; PINK-FOOTED, BULLER’S, SOOTY SHEARWATERS; POMARINE, PARASITIC and LONG-TAILED JAEGERS; RED and RED-NECKED PHALAROPES; SABINE’S GULL; ARCTIC and COMMON TERNS; CASSIN’S and RHINOCEROS AUKLETS. We recorded birds in both San Mateo and San Francisco Counties.
    
    It seemed that many of the whales had moved northward with the flow as well. Nevertheless, we managed to see BLUE, FIN, and many HUMPBACK WHALES and PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHINS very nicely.
    
    I forgot to report a very exciting observation of a drone at sea which we saw on September 2. This was Saildrone #1006 which was deployed from the San Francisco area on September 1. It is on a NOAA mission, heading to the Equator to monitor for El Nino!
    
    We have a lot of upcoming trips with spaces available! I hope you can join us! For a reservation, email me: debi@... .
    
    HALF MOON BAY TRIPS:
    SEP 15 with Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater
    SEP 16 with Steve Hampton, Tim Miller, Abe Borker, Debi Shearwater
    
    MONTEREY TRIPS:
    SEP 7 with Alex Rinkert, Jim Holmes, Mary Gustafson, Rick Fournier, Debi Shearwater
    SEP 8 with Jim Holmes, Mary Gustafson, Brad Keitt, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater
    SEP 9 with Alex Rinkert, Scott & Linda Terrill, Mary Gustafson, Todd McGrath, Nick Levendosky, Debi Shearwater (SEP 9 is sold out. Waiting list only)
    SEP 10 with Scott & Linda Terrill, Todd McGrath, Mary Gustafson, Ryan Terrill, Debi Shearwater
    SEP 14 with David & Patty Wimpfheimer, Debi Shearwater
    SEP 22 with Christian Schwarz, Hannah Nevins, Clay Kempf, Debi Shearwater
    SEP 24 with Jim Holmes, Nick Levendosky, Scott & Linda Terrill, Debi Shearwater
    SEP 30 with Alex Rinkert, Nick Levendosky, Scott & Linda Terrill, Clay Kempf
    OCT 8 with Alex Rinkert, Nick Levendosky, Scott & Linda Terrill, Clay Kempf
    
    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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  13. SEP 2: Half Moon Bay Pelagic Trip LINK
    DATE: Sep 3, 2017 @ 5:57am, 3 month(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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  15. Monterey Bay Pelagic Report 8/6 and Monterey Seabirds Pelagic Opportunities LINK
    DATE: Aug 9, 2017 @ 2:40pm, 4 month(s) ago
    All,   One Sunday 8/6, a hardy group of folks went on a 12-hour pelagic for whales and birds with Monterey Bay Whale Watch. We departed from Monterey Harbor at 7:30 and found conditions to be fairly calm the entire day. Water temperatures ranged; peaking right around 62 degrees.  We roamed the seas, spending time in both Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. 
      Just across the county line in Santa Cruz waters, a TUFTED PUFFIN buzzed the boat by a mere ten feet on it's initial pass.  For those who missed it the first time, it circled the boat twice before heading south towards Monterey Co.  Smiles were everywhere as folks checked their cameras.  As for the other alcids, CASSIN'S AUKLETS were numerous in both counties. We encountered RHINOCEROS AUKLETS in both counties as well. 
    
     RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were numerous all day and a few RED PHALAROPES seen. 
      Tubenoses included: BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS, SOOTY SHEARWATER and PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER but the highlight for many came farther offshore where BULLER'S SHEARWATERS (12) generated some excitement.  Their numbers were difficult to tell as they were sometimes clustered in groups of 4-5 sitting on the water and other times streaming by the boat individually.  A very conservative estimate would be a dozen.
      The cetacean show was impressive as well.  HUMPBACK WHALES (26) put on show after show of feeding, breaching, and sometimes getting quite friendly with the boat.  BLUE WHALE (7) and FIN WHALE (12) numbers were mind boggling. Currently, we studying photos of a probable SEI WHALE.  DALL'S PORPOISE (12) rode the bow at times and PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN (150) also showed up. 
      It was really a full day!  Highlights and photographs can be found at both Monterey Bay Whale Watch facebook page:
    
    https://www.facebook.com/gowha les/  
    
    as well as at Monterey Seabirds facebook:
    
    https://www.facebook.com/monte reyseabirdtours/
    
    Lastly, MONTEREY SEABIRDS is heading out on 13 more trips this season.  To see our complete schedule and to sign up go to:
    
    http://montereyseabirds.com/
    
    Hope to see you out there,
    
    Mark Kudrav
    Monterey Seabirds
    Monterey, CA
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  17. AUG 4 & AUG 6 PELAGIC TRIP REPORTS LINK
    DATE: Aug 7, 2017 @ 2:16pm, 4 month(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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  19. Ventura pelagic trip report - 16 July 2017, Cook's Petrels, Craveri's Murrelets, and more! LINK
    DATE: Jul 20, 2017 @ 5:21pm, 4 month(s) ago
    Hi all
    
    On Sunday July 16, Island Packers hosted a 12-hour pelagic trip from the Ventura Harbor. With a favorable forecast, our goal was to go southwest to waters west and south of San Nicolas Island. Upon leaving the Ventura Harbor, our first destination was Anacapa Island where we would look for boobies, shearwaters, and some of the local nesting species we were not likely to see farther offshore. En route we encountered several flocks of shearwaters feeding around dolphin schools that included numbers of Black-vented (which were earlier in the season than expected), Sooty, and a few Pink-footed Shearwaters. We also saw two Common Murres in this area, which was nearly all we saw of that species for the day. As we worked the flocks of shearwaters looking for something uncommon or rare, shouts of BOOBY! rang out. The feeding activity in the area attracted two Brown Boobies. One took off quickly, but the other stayed for extended looks and great photo ops as it flew right past the boat several times. After the booby left, we worked the shore of Anacapa Island where we saw numbers of Pigeon Guillemots and other breeders including a few Black Oystercatchers.
    
    From Anacapa Island we headed west to several underwater features and the Anacapa Passage where there were large flocks of the common shearwaters and a variety of other species including Northern Fulmar, Cassin's Auklet, and Rhinoceros Auklet; all of which allowed close views. After thoroughly checking this area, we headed south and west to the waters west of San Nicolas Island. We had a steady trickle of birds (shearwaters, Cassin's Auklets, Red-necked Phalaropes, etc.) along our route highlighted by several South Polar Skuas, Ashy and Black Storm-Petrels, Scripps's Murrelets, and the first of our 45 +/-Craveri's Murrelets seen on the day. Yes...45 Craveri's Murrelets!! Not a typo. The thrill of the day followed soon after as we were looking at a blue whale; a gray bird with an "M" pattern across its back and clean white undersides zipped through our view, which led to simultaneous cries of COOK'S PETREL!! This was the first we have seen off southern California since 2010. Traversing that area led to us finding several more Cook's and a variety of other life, including a fin whale.
    
    Crossing the deep waters south of San Nicolas yielded more Cook's Petrels, several dozen Craveri's Murrelets, a Black-footed Albatross, and three loggerhead turtles. The turtles were a rare treat as we almost never see them on our pelagic trips. I shared our sightings with NOAA today and they informed me that loggerheads have increased in the Southern California Bight over the last few years (perhaps due to warmer water), so maybe we will start to see more of them. From San Nicolas we plotted our course north back to Ventura where wecontinued to see a variety of birds throughout the rest of the day including another Brown Booby, Red Phalarope, Black and Ashy Storm-Petrels, and the usual pelagic species. In addition to the great diversity of birds, we saw three species of whales, mako shark, blue shark, mola mola, two swordfish, a very cooperative northern fur seal, and a variety of dolphins and pinnipeds. We encountered so much wildlife on this trip that it felt like someone had left the zoo door open. Remarkable day at sea!
    
    I would like to thank the people that made this trip such a success including the captain and crew from Island Packers. Captain Jimmy McWaters did an incredible job getting us views of all the wildlife, which occasionally included speeding after skuas and petrels. He was as enthusiastic as we were and really worked with us to get to the areas we wanted to explore. Joel Barrett balanced his duties on the boat with spotting birds all day. His enthusiasm for doing these trips should ensure that we will continue to have pelagic trips running to the areas around and beyond the northern Channel Islands. He and I are talking about a number of options for exploring some areas that birders are drooling to get to on a day trip...stay tuned! I also want to thank the leaders we had on board including Bernardo Alps, Wes Fritz, Peter Gaede, Dan Maxwell, Todd McGrath, Hugh Ranson, and Adam Searcy. These guys work tirelessly all day spotting birds and helping participants get on the species they are looking for...all while having fun and sharing their great depth of knowledge on seabirds and other creatures of the deep.
    
    We have a 10-hour trip scheduled for Oct 7 so check out Island Packers website if you are interested in joining us. Trips can be booked over the phone by calling (805) 642-1393 or online at www.IslandPackers.comby clicking the Reserve Trip tab, select the Special Trips tab, and select your desired departure. The cost of the Oct trip is $170 per person.
    
    Also check out our "Southern California Pelagic Bird Trips" Facebook page.Later this evening, I will post this trip report with a number of photos from Sunday.
    
    Cheers
    
    Dave Pereksta
    Ventura, CA
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  21. Documentation for Wedge-tailed Shearwater LINK
    DATE: Jul 17, 2017 @ 9:45am, 4 month(s) ago
    Birders,   Wedge-tailed Shearwater is a California Bird Records Committee (CBRC) review species, with only nine previously accepted records in the state. As such, I encourage anyone who saw this bird to please submit your photos or written descriptions
    to the CBRC . Thank you.   Tom   Thomas A. Benson Secretary, California Bird Records Committee secretary@...       
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  23. Wedge-tailed Shearwater - and otherwise good pelagic out of Half Moon Bay LINK
    DATE: Jul 16, 2017 @ 9:51pm, 4 month(s) ago
    Hello Birders, I posted some quickie info to penbirds yesterday, in case anyone could find the shearwater from shore. We found it at the start of our pelagic trip, very close to shore. Sadly no one did find it. But here is the full story. Minutes from exiting Pillar Point Harbor, we saw this shearwater coming towards the boat with bowed wings, looking almost red-footed booby like as it came in head on. It went by at a moderate distance along the starboard side of the boat. My mind went to Wedge-tailed Shearwater, but the view was just not that good. While I was on the loudspeaker I yelled to look at this bird, asking “what is this thing” The captain went to chase mode as we could see the bird heading towards surfers beach. Captain Tom Mattusch put full throttle on, and we raced chasing the bird while Logan Kahle and Chris Hayward kept the bird in view. Then we lost it…gone. Bird feeding frenzies were forming, and there were lots of birds around, so picking out a dark bird from lots of gulls and pelicans was a struggle. I communicated that I thought the bird looked like a Wedge-tailed Shearwater, but I knew that with that quick view and no photos, it would have to go down as a somewhat dodgy report for a bird this rare. Then, we got on it again, and were able to approach, the bird getting a little closer and closer and sure enough it gave an awesome and close fly by. The shutters were going, and we were able to document the bird really well. It was a Wedge-tailed Shearwater!! Photos available on our facebook site, thanks to the various photographers who were able to get superb photos in very low and gray light. https://www.facebook.com/Alvaros-Adventures-201287513297811/ This was a dark morph individual. Key identification features are that this shearwater is long winged, with a distinctive wing shape, holding the wings bowed down when seen head on, and forward and angled at the wrist. Although a larger shearwater in length, this is not a heavy shearwater, so light in wing loading. In flight it flaps little, gliding much more than you would see in a Sooty Shearwater. Unlike a Flesh-footed, the bill is thin and dark. Key is that the body is long, particularly behind the wings with a distinctively long tail, which is wedge shaped. This individual was ratty and molting, with old outer primaries and new inners. Given that at this time of year they should be breeding, my assumption is that this is a first year bird as the adults would molt after they breed. Needless to say while the rest of the pelagic trip was good, we all knew that it was likely that we had already seen the best bird of the day. In SF County a Wilson’s Storm-Petrel was a nice goody, in with several Ashy Storm-Petrels. It was a good day for Tufted Puffin, we saw them (4) in both San Francisco and San Mateo. But in SF we had a “friendly” Tufted Puffin that would swim feet away from the boat and actually followed, I would say chased us, for some time. That bird was a highlight, and great pictures were taken. Note that local fishermen have told me that this week two days in a row a Tufted Puffin was in with the murres off Pedro Point in Pacifica! We found good numbers of Black-footed Albatross in both counties, Northern Fulmar in SF, more Ashy Storm-Petrels, lots of Sooty and Pink-foots, as well as Common Murres (many youngsters), Rhino and Cassin’s Auklets. As it is early in the season only Red-necked Phalaropes were present. Three distant Pomarine/Parasitic jaegers were the first of the season. Most of the seabird activity was at the continental shelf edge and just outside but inside of the shelf there were few birds. Given the nice numbers offshore, the fact that we have found storm-petrels on both of our trips, and nice numbers of albatross and a rarity already – well it looks like it is building to be a great pelagic season. See you out there.     Good birding, Alvaro   Alvaro Jaramillo alvaro@alvar osadventures.com www.alvarosadventures.com  
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  25. Epic seabird flight at Point Pinos--6 May LINK
    DATE: May 7, 2017 @ 9:03am, 7 month(s) ago
    Birders
    
    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
    
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    Brian L. Sullivan
    
    eBird Project Leader
    www.ebird.org
    
    Photo Editor
    Birds of North America Online
    http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/BNA
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  27. Fork-tailed Storm Petrels & Phalaropes in Monterey Harbor continues 5/7/17 LINK
    DATE: May 7, 2017 @ 7:43am, 7 month(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
    
    --
    Katlyn Taylor Marine Biologist
    Discovery Whale Watch
    971-322-8425
    katlyn@...
    
    www.discoverywhalewatch.com
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  29. San Diego Pelagic May 21st, 2017 LINK
    DATE: Apr 30, 2017, 7 month(s) ago
    The first spring pelagic for Buena Vista Audubon and Grande
    Sportfishing is on May 21st. This is a 12hr. trip departing from San Diego Bay.
    We plan to visit the waters over the Nine Mile Bank, San Diego Trough, and the
    Thirty Mile Bank. The entire trip will be in U.S. waters, largely San Diego
    County, but we may cross briefly in to Los Angeles County waters.
    Some of the
    expected species are Pink-footed, and Sooty Shearwaters; Black, Ashy, and
    Leach's Storm Petrels; Brown Booby; Red and Red-necked Phalarope; Pomarine and
    Parasitic Jaeger; Scripps's Murrelet; Cassin's Auklet; Sabine's Gull; and Least,
    Common, and Elegant Terns.
    Some of the possible species include Black-footed
    Albatross, Northern Fulmar, Black-vented Shearwater, Red-billed Tropicbird, South
    Polar Skua, Common Murre, Long-tailed Jaeger, and Arctic Tern. This is the peak
    of the spring migration and often gives us a surprise or two, sometimes
    including land and shorebirds. Marine mammals are also expected, and may
    include several species of whales and dolphin. You should get some excellent
    photo opportunities on this trip. More trip details are available on our website www.sandiegopelagics.com .
    The regular price is $105. We have an "EARLY BIRD" Special at $95
    which ends TODAY, Sunday April 30th. Call Point Loma Sportfishing at 619
    223-1627 seven days a week to reserve your spot onboard.
    
    I hope to see you out there,
    
    Dave Povey Dulzura
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