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  1. revised (upward) cruise-ship totals: 5 Short-tld Albatrosses, 187 Mottled Petrels, 8 Cook's, 45 Laysans LINK
    DATE: Dec 2, 2017 @ 8:29am, 4 month(s) ago
    The numbers I posted yesterday (01 Dec) for the "Star Princess"
    cruise-ship transect off OR (and earlier CA) were low, for the entire
    group; and careful, constantly-scoping birders added a lot more
    individuals for some species. So the "final" totals for the day for the
    more interesting species were:
    Short-tailed Albatross: 5  (all first-year and one probable
    second-year), including 3 together
    Laysan Albatross:  44  (all-time high from any birding boat Perhaps
    higher in past on one or two NOAA cruises)
    Mottled Petrel:  187  (crazy numbers once the first bird was seen off
    Cook's Petrel:  8  (as far north as off Tillamook)
    Buller's Shearwater:  3
    Views of a bunch of the albatrosses and many Mottleds were spectacular,
    and undoubtedly many full-frame photos will be posted with the
    appropriate eBird reports in a couple days or so.
    Alas, I am told that the return sailing southbound on the STAR PRINCESS
    two weeks from now from Vancouver to Los Angeles is FULL.
    --Paul Lehman,  San Diego
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  3. an epic cruise-ship day: 5 Short-tld Albatrosses, 91 Mottled Petrels, 4 Cook's, 18 Laysans LINK
    DATE: Dec 1, 2017 @ 5:20pm, 4 month(s) ago
    A slow Nov 30th off California (MTY to SON) aboard a northbound Princess
    cruise-ship from Los Angeles to Vancouver was highlighted by a mere 2
    LAYSAN Albatrosses, 3 Buller's Shearwaters, lots of fulmars, and single
    Fork-tailed, Leach's, and Ashy Storm-petrels. But Dec 1st, spent
    entirely off the Oregon coast from northern Curry Co. to the WA border
    was phenomenal, with 5 SHORT-TAILED ALBATROSSES (off Curry and Coos and
    Lincoln Cos.)--all young birds and 3 together associated with a single
    fishing boat, where many photos taken; a total of 91 MOTTLED PETRELS
    (from off Newport northwards), with many birds at point-blank distance
    from the ship and a bazzilion photos taken (and some people had even
    higher counts), with the last couple birds before dark being seen just
    inside Washington waters; at least 4 COOK'S PETRELS, very rare in OR
    waters and occurring well north up the coast as far as off Tillamook
    Co.; a very high count of 18 LAYSAN ALBATROSSES (including a single
    flock of 7 and flock of 5); and 2 BULLER'S SHEARWATERS (getting late).
    If anyone is interested in trying for some of these birds, the same
    Princess ship ("Star Princess")  is returning southbound from Vancouver
    to L.A. two weeks from now. Maybe some of them will have shifted south
    into CA waters by then.....
    --Paul Lehman
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  5. Another Cook's Petrel Year? LINK
    DATE: Jul 20, 2017 @ 8:06pm, 8 month(s) ago
    Howdy, Seabirders,
    Dave Pereksta’s awesome pelagic trip report from Ventura, July 16th, has many of us scratching our head’s and asking: Could this year be another COOK’S PETREL year similar to 2009
    In 2009, unprecedented numbers of COOK’S PETRELS were seen close to shore. It began in SoCal, but on Shearwater Journeys’ July 31, 2009 Monterey Bay pelagic trip, we also recorded a record 138 Cook’s petrels. The first sightings were only 13.3 miles offshore, Monterey. We haven’t see Cook’s Petrels like we did in 2009 since — think about that!
    I fully intend to put in a good search for Cook’s Petrels, and Hawaiian Petrels, too, on our upcoming trips. During this time period in 2009, a Stejneger’s Petrel and Short-tailed Albatross were also seen. We found a SHORT-TAILED ALBATROSS on our September 16, 2009 trip, as well.
    Here’s our program of trips: Spaces are available on all trips, except as noted below.
    MONTEREY: August 4* & 25*; September 1*, 7, 8, 10, 22, 23, 24, 30; October 8.
    Monterey trips run from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. *Trips may be extended an hour or so to search for petrels.
    ALBACORE GROUNDS: OFFSHORE MONTEREY: September 9: 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Limited spaces available)
    FARALLON ISLANDS: August 6 & 13 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
    HALF MOON BAY: August 12 (one space available); September 2, 3, 15, 16; October 7.
    Please see our web site for more information:
    To read more about the Cook’s Petrel Invasion of 2009, please see these reports:
    Cook’s Petrels off Point Pinos:
    Short-tailed Albatross seen on Shearwater Journeys’ September 16, 2009 trip:
    Farallon Islands reports:
    About the Albacore Trip:
    We shall be covering many Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, and San Francisco Counties offshore.
    One thing is for certain— there is an awful lot of food out there, even nearshore. Spotters on the Farallon Islands, counted over 250 whales in one day. There’s krill and schooling fish, everywhere, it seems. It couldn’t be better! Many folks hesitated to jump on board for the Cook’s Petrels trips in ’09 and regretted that later. August seems to be the best month, although early September could be good, too. Escape the heat and enjoy a cooling, salty breeze!
    As many have heard me say, “It’s all about food.”
    Living the Salt Life on this side of the Pacific now,
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    Celebrating 42 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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  7. Forty Years of California Seabirding LINK
    DATE: Jun 20, 2015 @ 6:10pm, 3 year(s) ago
    Howdy, CalBirders,
    Shearwater Journeys will celebrate its 40th year of seabirding this fall! And, we'd love to invite you to celebrate with us.
    Some 60,000+ birders and marine life enthusiasts have participated in thousands of Shearwater Journeys' pelagic trips over these past four decades. Participants, along with more than a hundred leaders over the years, have contributed an immense amount of data, advanced the progression of seabird field guides, fought for National Marine Sanctuaries collecting thousands of signatures, advocated for conservation laws, witnessed the return of the great whales from near decimation, seen the "return" of some seabirds such as Short-tailed Albatross and the decline of others, such as Sooty Shearwater and Ashy Storm-Petrel.
    We've discovered a long, long list "first" North American seabird records and found many rare-for-California seabirds. We've battled gill netting which killed thousands of Sooty Shearwaters and Common Murres, and won. We remember when Laysan Albatrosses did not nest on islands off Mexico! Marine mammals have not been neglected on our trips. We set the wheels in motion to rescue an entangled humpback whale only for the rescuers to be thwarted by the appearance of killer whales! We launched the first-ever in the world, blue whale tagging program with EarthWatch in mid-1980's. Beginning in the late 1970's, we collected the first of hundreds of killer whale images that would be used in ID catalogues. And, we're still at it today.
    And, we've been out there in the blue, at sea, during the biggest El Nino events of our lifetime, 1982-83 and 1998, during La Nina events and everything in between. The 1982-83 El Nino impacted every continent on Earth, and we saw events transpire in Monterey Bay that have never repeated. OH, wait a minute. I hear the red crabs are back, at least in SoCal:
    There's so much more. Indeed, I could write a book about the changes I've seen. Our roots are deep and vast much like a giant kelp forest moving with the currents. It has been a long and winding journey — and, we could not have done it without you! I am, personally, grateful and thankful for every one of you, many of whom continue to ride the seas with us, four decades later! THANK YOU!
    Shearwater Journeys' 2015 schedule of trips can be found on our web site:
    Photographs and brief biographies of our outstanding leaders can be found at:
    DISCOUNTS: To celebrate our 40th year, we are offering a $40 discount on all Monterey Bay trips, except the Albacore trip, September 12th. We offer a $20 discount on our Half Moon Bay, Bodega Bay and Farallon Islands trips. All discounted trips are non-refundable, unless weathered out (unlikely) and must be postmarked by July 1. Act now!
    MONTEREY BAY TRIPS: All trips depart from Fishermans' Wharf at 7 am and return at 3 pm.
    JULY 31; AUGUST 7, 21; SEPTEMBER 5, 8, 0, 1O, 11, 13, 16, 25, 26, 27; OCTOBER 3, 10.
    ALBACORE: OFFSHORE MONTEREY: SEPTEMBER 12 departs at 5:30 am and returns 5:30 pm.
    Parking vouchers available for all trips, saving you at least $10.
    All trips depart from Johnson's Pier, H dock, Pillar Point, Half Moon Bay at 7 am and return about 4 pm. Parking is free.
    AUGUST 2, 8, 16; SEPTEMBER 6, 15; OCTOBER 4, 11.
    FARALLON ISLANDS: Both trips depart from Clipper Yacht Harbor at 7:15 am, and return about 4 pm. Parking is $2/person.
    AUGUST 9: TUFTED PUFFINS & BREEDING SEABIRDS - limited spaces available
    Departs from Port O'Bodega at 7 am and returns about 4:30 pm. Parking is free.
    We track county lines and write eBird checklists for all of our trips. Most of our trips cover more than one county. For past trip reports including images and complete checklists, please see:
    August 2nd has proved to be an auspicious date for HAWAIIAN PETREL: August 2, 2014 at Half Moon Bay, this petrel flew right up our wake only a few miles out of the harbor. August 2, 2013 at Monterey Bay, I spotted this petrel without bins, flying alongside our vessel with a load of Sooty Shearwaters only 8 miles off Point Pinos! Most of the Hawaiian Petrels that I've seen in central California have been less than 10 miles offshore, including three in one day out of Fort Bragg. Where will you be on August 2, 2015
    Todd McGrath's post on CalBirds about predicting seabirds in this uncanny season are on the mark. Recalling the BULWER'S PETREL, July 26, 1998, Monterey Bay was an amazing find, especially for a boat load of non-birders who wanted to know why I kept stopping to look at the "little black and white birds" (54 Scripps's Murrelets that day), instead of the 50+ Fin and Blue Whales! The Bulwer's Petrel was photographed sitting on the water with a BULLER'S SHEARWATER! So, yep, Buller's arrived early that year. Who would have ever dreamed of finding Black Storm-Petrels in Monterey in December We did, in 1982. El Nino at work! There's no telling what we might find this season. Terrafin charts are showing plenty of cold water in many places. This is good. So, don't miss out this season! Celebrate!
    For me, there has never, ever been a dull moment. Never. If you sense a deep and abiding love of seabirds and marine mammals —
    Shearwaters Forever,
    Debi Shearwater
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    Celebrating 40 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
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  9. April 28-29 cruise totals: 57 Murphy's, 8 Hawaiians, etc.; plus general cruise-ship info LINK
    DATE: May 2, 2015 @ 9:26am, 3 year(s) ago
    The final totals for our April 28-29 cruise-ship pelagic off CA and OR
    for select species are as follows:
    LAYSAN ALBATROSS: 4 (all off Oregon)
    Black-footed Albatross: 170
    Northern Fulmar: 70
    MURPHY'S PETREL: 57 (4 off SLO, 2 off s. MTY, 1 off n. MRN, 18 SON 2+
    s. MEN; 29 off Oregon)
    DARK-RUMPED (HAWAIIAN) PETREL: 8 (1 n. SLO, 2 SON, 1 DN; 4 off s. Oregon)
    COOK'S PETREL: 4 (all SON)
    Pink-footed Shearwater: 75
    Sooty Shearwater: 1400
    Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel: 33
    Leach's Storm-Petrel: 50
    Ashy Storm-Petrel: 2
    Black Storm-Petrel: 25 (off San Diego, 4/27)
    BROWN BOOBY: 3 (off San Diego, 4/27)
    Red-necked Phalarope: 1100
    Red Phalarope: 12 (very low, all off n. Oregon; normally several
    Pomarine Jaeger: 45
    Parasitic Jaeger: 3
    LONG-TAILED JAEGER: 16 (1 SM; 15 off Oregon incl. a single tight flock
    of 14 long-tailed adults)
    Common Murre: 2000+
    Scripps's Murrelet: 10 (off San Diego, 4/27)
    Cassin's Auklet: 50
    Rhinoceros Auklet: 90
    Tufted Puffin: 3
    Sabine's Gull: 950 (large flocks heading north; a very good total)
    Arctic Tern: 6
    I wondered what we missed when we traversed the productive Mendocino and
    Humboldt waters at night.... Maybe we could have had triple-digit
    These late April trips seem to catch the near-peak of Murphy's numbers,
    whereas the May trips still get numbers of Murphy's and sometimes get
    larger numbers of Hawaiians and Cook's (but fewer Laysans and few or no
    Parakeet Auklets, which we have gotten in April, but none around this
    year) and more of the later spring seabird migrants.
    We took Holland America from San Diego to Victoria/Vancouver. Another
    group, from British Columbia, took Princess Cruises from Los Angeles to
    Vancouver one day ahead of us, and they had SIXTY MURPHY'S and 3
    HAWAIIANS off California. We both had fairly strong winds off CA, which
    helped boost our pterodroma numbers. And given the wind was its
    typical-in-spring, northwest direction, it is right on the bow and thus
    these cruise ships have a remarkably smooth ride and we all easily use
    our spotting scopes, whereas on a smaller pelagic boat one would have
    been hanging on for dear life, barfing, or probably would have wisely
    stayed in port. Clearly, cuise-ships are the best way to see the three
    "spring" pterodromas and Laysans fairly reliably and in comfort. And
    actually one does NOT want calm winds, as that hurts one's chances for
    the tubenoses, as many of them are becalmed and sitting on the water and
    difficult to see.
    A few words about these "repositioning" cruise-ship pelagics along the
    West Coast in spring and fall. THERE IS LIMITED GOOD TRIPOD SPACE ON
    windy and one needs to find the protected places. On this deck one is
    only about 40-45 feet above the water surface and views are often very
    good, and there are even reasonable photo opportunities. The Princess
    ships we take have a BETTER deck configuration for viewing than do most
    of the Holland America ships, as the former has more totally clear views
    all the way to the bow (which may be off limits, however, on days with
    strong head winds). I'd say that one would not want more than 15-20
    tripod-wielding birders on a Holland America ship, but up to 25-30 could
    work on most Princess ships. Therefore, large birding groups would
    simply overrun some of these boats for the best viewing. (Obviously this
    has nothing to do with the 2000 overall guests on the ship!) Typically,
    each cruise company has multiple sailings between late April and
    mid-May. Other companies such as Celebrity and Carnival offer similar
    trips, but we haven't taken those, as the viewing options aren't as good
    as on Princess, and the Carnival guest crowd tends to be a bit rowdier.
    Be aware that it is VERY EASY to MISS birds flying by quickly on these
    trips, and it helps to be good with a scope. Having several folks on
    board who are good spotters and know their pelagic birds really helps.
    Any one person misses a good number of birds, no matter how expert they are.
    Do NOT take trips with multiple CA and OR stops on the way, as that
    means you spend too much daylight in port rather than well offshore,
    plus it adds unwanted days and costs to the trip. Trips northbound on
    Holland America out of San Diego typically have daylight from n. Santa
    Barbara to San Mateo/San Francisco county waters the first full day, and
    off Humboldt and Del Norte the following morning before entering Oregon
    waters. (Although the trip I just took a few days ago ran 3-4 hours
    ahead of the usual timing and thus we lost all of Santa Barbara and
    Humboldt but gained Marin and Sonoma--which were very good the past two
    trips!) In contrast, the Princess trips out of L.A. typically get s.
    Monterey to Mendocino the first full day, but then are already off
    Oregon the next day at dawn. Fall schedules also vary a bit. Also, do
    NOT take these short trips up to BC departing from San Francisco if you
    want ANY good daylight time in California waters, plus you just plain
    have one fewer day offshore. But DO consider taking the 10-day
    round-trip Princess trip from San Francisco to se. Alaska and back,
    which spends several days WELL offshore both directions off n. CA, OR,
    WA, and BC and produces excellent pelagics (including pterodromas and
    lots of albatrosses), a few Alaska specialties such as Kittlitz's, and
    which is run continuously on one ship every year between mid-May and
    mid-Sep. I've taken that trip now 6 times and will take it again this
    year 2 more times.
    The price of these short, 3-day "Pacific Coastal" cruises is very
    reasonable. As low as $250-300 per person to share an interior room,
    obviously more for a verandah room from which you can do your own
    birding while sipping on wine. The price includes unlimited food and
    most ship-board activities (but who has time for those when birding all
    day long...). Obviously one has to add in airfare.
    And while many people refer to all these short trips as "repositioning"
    cruises, during which the ships are moved in spring and fall from summer
    Alaska schedules to winter tropical destinations, in actuality, many of
    these trips between CA and BC or vice versa are not actually
    "repositioning" but are short legs of longer trips between CA and
    Hawaii, for example, during which the ship has a U.S. legal requirement
    that every U.S. passenger visit at least one foreign port during
    whatever trip they take (thus why the stop(s) in BC)--look up the "Jones
    Act" for more information, if interested.
    Fall, southbound trips (mostly in Sep) are good for many of the standard
    fall pelagics one sees off CA in Sep/Oct, plus the occaisional rarity,
    but pterodromas are very tough then. But this coming November and
    December 2015, Princess Cruises is offering three unique for so late in
    the season such trips (presumably part of several Hawaii triangle trips)
    between L.A. and Vancouver or vice versa (with "visions" of Mottled
    Petrels and Short-tailed Albatrosses dancing in our heads... though
    certainly not to be 'expected,' but as good a chance as we'll probably
    ever have these days for Mottled--also should be reasonable for Cook's
    and Laysans--off CA).
    For pelagic lovers, also consider the cruise-ship trips between Chile
    and Argentina, around Cape Horn and via the Falklands, with several
    shore stops on the way, and which some also stop on the Antarctic
    Peninsula. These are run all winter long, back and forth, by multiple
    companies, and produce over 10 species of albatrosses and over 30
    species of tubenoses overall--in comfort. Also, the true
    "repositioning" trips from/to Chile from Los Angeles or San Diego are
    excellent as well.
    --Paul Lehman, San Diego
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  11. Winter Seabird Trip: Feb 22 LINK
    DATE: Jan 12, 2015 @ 2:11pm, 3 year(s) ago
    Howdy, Cal Birders,
    Shearwater Journeys will host a winter pelagic trip on Sunday, February 22 departing from Fishermans' Wharf, Monterey at 8 a.m. and returning at 1 p.m. for the annual meeting of the Pacific Seabird Group (PSG). PSG is a seabird conservation group that focuses entirely on seabirds. This pelagic trip is open to non-PSG members.
    Past winter pelagic trips have included: black-footed and Laysan albatrosses (short-tailed albatross, rarely); sooty, pink-footed and black-vented shearwaters; rhinoceros and Cassin's auklets; common murre; pigeon guillemot; ancient murrelet (big season for them, right now); pomarine jaeger and up to 13 species of gulls, including black-legged kittiwake; common, red-throated and Pacific loons (yellow-billed loon, rarely); Western and Clark's grebes; and red phalarope. A variety of marine mammals, including gray whales, may be observed. Winter pelagic trips can be quite productive. Great opportunity to add to one's year list!
    The leaders include: Abe Borker, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, and Debi Shearwater. The cost is $110 per person. For reservations, please send the payment, name, address, phone and email for each person in your party to: Debi Shearwater, PO Box 190, Hollister, CA 95024.
    Hope to see you out there!
    Shearwaters Forever,
    Debi Shearwater
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
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  13. Seabirding with Alvaro's Adventures LINK
    DATE: Jul 6, 2014, 4 year(s) ago
     A warm greeting to you all. I hope you are having a great summer, catching up with some breeding birds, and maybe starting to see shorebird migration in your local patch. Very soon we begin the late summer and fall schedule of pelagic trips out of Half Moon Bay, Monterey and Bodega Bay and we hope you can join us. We are sold out on our July 26th, but there is an Aug 9th Farallon trip, and Aug 16 trip to offshore San Francisco waters, both from Half Moon Bay. Here is our schedule:
    Why travel with us Well, we do it differently. We have a fun time out there, we educate, we see a heck of a lot of great birds, and we treat the beginner and expert with the exact same level of interest, compassion and attention. We get as excited about your lifer Hawaiian Petrel, as your first Sooty Shearwater! We are priced right, compare with other operations going out of the same ports on the very same boats. We never charge a fuel surcharge, once you pay you will never have an unpleasant surprise at the dock. You can book online using your credit card, simple as can be. Heck we even bring out treats and coffee.
    While we have been around but a few years, but we are chock full of experience, Alvaro has run pelagics in Chile, North Carolina, Hawaii, Easter Island to name a few. He has even helped to describe a new species of seabird, the Pincoya Storm-Petrel from Chile. Alvaro loves to teach. He teaches about seabirds for the American Birding Association IFO workshops, for the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory, and is guest lecturer for the Master Birder class offered by Golden Gate Audubon and the California Academy of Science. Our leaders include seabird experts from here and beyond, including well liked local birding teachers such as Bob Power, Lisa Myers, and Matthew Dodder. Names who have been around seabirding for years, like Dan Singer, Peter Metropulos, and the up and coming younger folks such as Logan Kahle and Alex Rinkert and transplanted east coast seabirder Zach Baer. These are enthusiastic folk, who point out the birds, and help you through the seabirding process. Being on a boat is not always the easiest of birding, so we try to make it a good day out for you. We see and find the goodies, from record numbers of Wilson’s Storm Petrels one day, to well-rounded trips of the expected seabirds on another, to superb finds like Great Shearwater, Yellow-billed Loon, Short-tailed Albatross, White-chinned Petrel, Hawaiian Petrel, Brown Booby, and more. And we have only been around a few years to accumulate these exceptional sightings! The next few years promise to be equally amazing and exciting, whether your quest is a Buller’s Shearwater, or a crazy rarity, we will be out there trying to get a good look for you.
    We are trusted by major organization that have partnered with us. Alvaro’s Adventures has worked with the American Birding Association, Sierra Club Outings, The Gay Birders of North America, San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory, Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, Sequoia Audubon Society, Monterey Audubon Society, Idaho Bird Observatory, Monterey Seabirds, and Brian Patteson of Seabirding Pelagic Trips in Hatteras, North Carolina among others. Alvaro is also on contract with National Audubon Society on a team that is devising a curriculum and program to train local birding guides in various Latin American countries as a way to conserve birds through the economic incentive of birding tourism.
    But the main reason of all, is because we have an amazingly high return rate by clients to our trips. This is why each year increase the number of trips we run. People leave with a smile on their face, and they return for more. Come on out, give it a try! Our only apology to you is we know we know you will be hooked and want to come back for more, sorry about that.
    See you at Sea!
    Alvaro Jaramillo
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  15. March 21 Monterey Bay Pelagic Trip LINK
    DATE: Feb 24, 2014 @ 1:21pm, 4 year(s) ago
    Howdy, CALbirders,
    Shearwater Journeys has added a pelagic trip to the 2014 schedule on FRIDAY, MARCH 21, departing from Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey at 7:30 a.m. and returning about 1:00 p.m. A limited number of spaces are available on this trip at $95 per person. If you would like to make a reservation, please send payment along with your name, address, phone/email to PO Box 190, Hollister, CA 95024. Limited spaces are available. Questions: I can be reached by email: debi@....
    March can be an excellent time to see black-footed albatross and possibly Laysan, more rarely, short-tailed albatross. We may pick up on some lingering winter seabirds, including short-tailed shearwater, ancient murrelet, Pacific fulmar and black-legged kittiwake. Alcids will be in full alternate (breeding) plumage, including rhinoceros auklet, Cassin's auklet, common murre and pigeon guillemot. We'll be focusing on marine mammals as well. These could include: gray and humpback whales, killer whale, Risso's, Northern right whale and Pacific white-sided dolphins; Dall's porpoise, sea otter and California sea lion.
    See you out there!
    Shearwaters Forever,
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    Disko Bay: Greenland, May 15-22, 2014 with Debi
    Birding Down Under: SubAntarctic Islands, November 9 - 25, 2014 with Debi
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  17. Trip Reports: Oct 6 & 7, 2012 LINK
    DATE: Oct 10, 2012 @ 3:22am, 5 year(s) ago
    Howdy, Birders,
    Trip reports and photographs for Shearwater Journeys's October 6 pelagic trip
    departing from Monterey and October 7 departing from Half Moon Bay can be found
    Abe Borker's images of the Monterey trip, Oct 6th, including images of the
    killer whale activity are at:
    Highlights were many! The marine weather was especially great with flat, calm,
    even glassy seas and warm temperatures. Hundreds of BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS
    have can be seen, nearshore in Monterey, while a few are outside of the harbor
    at Half Moon Bay. One highlight of the Monterey trip was KILLER WHALES eating a
    prey item, possibly a Dall's Porpoise that we had seen only minutes earlier.
    (More images to come!). Highlights on the Half Moon Bay trip included 3 MARBLED
    (clear day), fabulous flocks of BULLER'S and PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS, and two or
    three BAIRD'S BEAKED WHALES at the 1000 fathom line. We traveled 41 miles
    offshore to 60 degree water!
    Our last trips of the fall season are as follows:
    OCT 14 Monterey Bay
    OCT 26 Bodega Bay
    OCT 28 Half Moon Bay
    NOV 20 Half Moon Bay
    If weather/sea conditions permit, we hope to make if offshore on the Half Moon
    Bay trips, in particular, with hopes of finding Cook's or Mottled Petrels. This
    is also a good time of year to find other rare petrels, such as Parkinson's and
    White-chinnned. Late October is a good time for Short-tailed Albatross. Roll the
    For a glance back at our September 30th Farallones Islands trip, see Bruce
    Hallett's images at:
    Real birds eat squid,
    Debi Shearwater
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    Birding Down Under: SubAntarctic Islands, November 10 - 28, 2014 with Debi
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  19. Repositioning Cruise: intriguing dark pterodroma, Sh-tld Albatross, Brown Booby LINK
    DATE: Oct 4, 2012 @ 9:57pm, 5 year(s) ago
    David Sonneborn and Norm Budnitz just completed a short repositioning cruise
    from Vancouver to San Diego aboard a Holland America cruise ship. On 2
    October they were in deep water well off southern Oregon and northern
    California, and on 3 October they were off central/southern California.
    southern Oregon they had an immature SHORT-TAILED ALBATROSS with a
    Laysan and numbers of Black-foots. Will get exact location later.
    Off Mendocino County CA, also on the 2nd, they had:
    PTERODROMA SP.:  this intriguing bird came right close to the boat for
    over a minute, doing up-and-down rollercoaster arcing, with no flaps at
    all for virtually the entire time. They noted a pale 'patch' on the
    upperwing and a double light 'flash' on the underwing. They thought it
    best fit KERMADEC Petrel, though a couple other species (Solander's)
    might also be a possibility. Unfortunately, they did not obtain photos,
    so the bird will presumably remain an "intriguing dark pterodroma."
    Written field notes are available. Location was 39 46.105 N, 124 44.824
    BROWN BOOBY:  an adult landed on the bow of the boat (!) also off Mendocino
    County on 2 Oct @  39 41.270 N, 124 44.824 W.
    CA waters they had lots of Buller's Shearwaters, one Flesh-foot, 5
    South Polar Skuas off s. CA, very few storm-petrels, and a wayward
    OSPREY that landed on the boat on 3 Oct far offshore between Santa Rosa
    Island and the San Juan Seamount (33 23.415 N, 120 28.641 W). Birdlife
    was "spotty," with some stretches with lots of birds and some stretches
    with very few.
    Next repositioning cruise from Vancouver to San Diego, also on Holland America,
    to be attended by Lehman and Carlson, is from 23-27 October.
    --Paul Lehman, San Diego
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    DATE: Oct 3, 2012 @ 1:58am, 5 year(s) ago
    Howdy, Birders,
    You can find trip reports for four recent Shearwater Journeys's pelagic trips
    Highlights were many, including six species of shearwaters; five species of
    storm-petrels; all three jaegers and more. The mega seabirds were a light morph
    WEDGE-TAILED SHEARWATER and MANX SHEARWATER, both spotted by Peter Pyle on our
    Farallones Islands trip, September 30th. Images at the above link. The
    continuing NORTHERN GANNET was present on Saddle Rock.
    Join us on any of the following trips:
    October 6 from Monterey with Clay Kempf, Jennifer Green, Abe Borker, John
    Garrett, Jim Holmes and Debi Shearwater
    October 7 from Half Moon Bay with Gerry McChesney and Debi Shearwater
    October 14 from Monterey with Rick Fournier, Clay Kempf, John Garrett and Debi
    October 26 from Bodega Bay with Peter Pyle, Lisa Hug and Debi Shearwater
    October 28 from Half Moon Bay with Debi Shearwater and TBA
    November 20 from Half Moon Bay with Todd McGrath and Debi Shearwater
    October is a great month to get out there! Last year, we saw at least one, and
    as many as four, Flesh-footed Shearwaters on every October trip. It is also a
    great time to be able to pick out a mega— such as the Wedge-tailed Shearwater,
    or a Parkinson's or White-chinned Petrel. In past years, we've also seen
    Short-tailed Albatross during late October.
    Shearwaters forever,
    Debi Shearwater
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    Birding Down Under: SubAntarctic Islands, November 10 - 28, 2014 with Debi
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  23. Gumdrop & Pioneer Seamounts: Offshore LINK
    DATE: Sep 26, 2012 @ 2:39am, 5 year(s) ago
    Hello, Birders,
    Shearwater Journeys' September 23 trip departing from Half Moon Bay made it more
    than 40 miles offshore to the Gumdrop and Pioneer Seamounts— a place where few
    birders have been in at least a decade, or longer. Conditions were excellent
    with flat, calm seas. As expected, we found seabirds in patches. These patches
    were alive with wildlife, including hundreds of feeding dauphins with
    shearwaters. Highlights of this trip, which was entirely in SAN MATEO COUNTY,
    a BURROWING OWL some 26 miles offshore. The full trip report of this beautiful
    day is at:
    Bird images by Isaac Sanchez, , including the burrowing owl that tried to land
    in the boat antenna, can be found at:
    Images by Steve Howell of the thousands and thousands of storm-petrels on
    Shearwater Journeys' September 21 Bodega Bay trip can be found at:
    The full trip report for September 21, including images of the HAWAIIAN PETREL,
    can be found at:
    Spaces are available on the following trips:
    MONTEREY BAY: OCT 6 & 14
    October is a great month for Flesh-footed Shearwater. We recorded at least one,
    and as many as four, Flesh-foots on all of our 2011 October trips. It is a great
    time for some rare seabirds, as well, including Short-tailed Albatross,
    Parkinson's and White-chinned Petrels, Streaked and Wedge-tailed Shearwaters,
    and more. Join us!
    Shearwater Journeys is proud to be hosting the pelagic field trips for the
    Western Field Ornithologists' Meeting in Petaluma with trips on September 27
    from Bodega Bay, September 30 to the Farallon Islands and October 1 from Half
    Moon Bay. All of these trips are sold out. Hope to see you at the meeting.
    Shearwaters forever,
    Debi Shearwater
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    Birding Down Under: SubAntarctic Islands, November 10 - 28, 2014 with Debi
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  25. Short-tailed Albatross - MEN County Pelagic Trip LINK
    DATE: May 21, 2012 @ 12:50am, 6 year(s) ago
    Sun, 20 May, 2012 -- A 1st year SHORT-TAILED ALBATROSS was spotted
    by the sharp eyes of Todd Easterla on the Spring Mendocino Coast Audubon
    pelagic trip out of Fort Bragg (MEN).  This is the second year in a row that our
    May pelagic trip has had a STAL.  Some of us saw the bird last year, and this is
    a different individual.  It was less than 5 miles off shore from Fort Bragg.
    Todd also announced a TUFTED PUFFIN early in the trip.  Two most-likely
    ZANTUS's MURRELETs, and several SABINE's GULLs were also seen on the
    Thank you, Todd Easterla,
    Karen Havlena
    Fort Bragg, MEN, California
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  27. Short-tailed Albatross photos LINK
    DATE: Nov 22, 2011 @ 12:40am, 6 year(s) ago
    Hi all,
    I posted some photos of the juvenile Short-tailed Albatross seen 19 November
    2011 near Bodega Canyon, SON.
    Dan Singer
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  29. Bodega pelagic LINK
    DATE: Nov 21, 2011 @ 4:41am, 6 year(s) ago
    Hi birders,
    Yesterday during a private charter out of Bodega Bay we had a juvenile
    Short-tailed Albatross circle the boat several times. We were near the southern
    edge of Bodega Canyon at the time. Perhaps this is the same individual seen from
    Southeast Farallon Island on 6 November. We had a surprisingly nice day given
    recent and forecasted conditions. The morning was quite pleasant and sunny,
    though a south wind picked up by mid-day and the temperature fell dramatically
    by the time we reached port. Lots of Northern Fulmars and Cassin's Auklets, 5-6
    Short-tailed Shearwaters, a handful of Pink-footed and a getting-late Buller's
    Shearwater and 7 adult Black-legged Kittiwakes rounded out the day. Many thanks
    to Ken Petersen, Steve Howell, Martijn Verdoes, Ferenc Scheeren and Vince Orsini
    for their good company.
    Dan Singer
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