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   Tristram's Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma tristrami) - TRSP (recent eBird sightings, view CBRC records)

  1. Aug 29 pelagic trip out of Ventura with Island Packers LINK
    DATE: Aug 11, 2018 @ 4:08pm, 3 month(s) ago
    I am pleased to announce that Island Packers is offering a
    pelagic trip out of Ventura on Wednesday, August 29 at 7 am. Island Packers has
    graciously freed up a boat and we plan to run a 12-hour trip out to the edge that
    had all the Cook's Petrels and storm-petrels in July. Our July 15 trip had a Tristram's Storm-Petrel, Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel, several Townsend's Storm-Petrels, 100+ Cook's Petrels, 2 Nazca Boobies, and a variety of other pelagic species including 1000s of shearwaters. There has been a
    persistent temperature break and favorable oceanic conditions in that
    area so it is likely there are still birds out there. There have been a lot of interesting birds offshore of southern California this summer including a number of Nazca Boobies, 2 Red-footed Boobies around San Diego this week, Craveri's Murrelets, Townsend's Storm-Petrels and more. One of our leaders was just on a fishing boat out
    of San Diego and said there are lots of Cook's Petrels and Leach's Storm-Petrels offshore, and he also had Black-footed and Laysan Albatrosses.
    The plan is to go
    directly to the spot where we had numbers of great birds in July (approximately 3 hours from Ventura) and spend our time working that edge for Cook's Petrels, storm-petrels, and whatever else might be out there. Last year we had numbers of Craveri's Murrelets
    in that same area and we have seen Townsend's Storm-Petrels there multiple times. Red-billed Tropicbird is also a possibility. To maximize our time in that productive area, we will not be stopping for common birds on the way out. We have a plan of attack and believe we have a chance of
    finding something good. Are we going to refind the Tristram's or
    Wedge-rumped I don't know, but we will be in the same area we found
    those birds and will spend hours there searching.
    
    If you are interested and able to make the trip, go to https://reserve.islandpackers.com/tab=special_trips
    and select the Wed Aug 29 pelagic bird trip, which is the last of the
    three special trips listed. It will be a 12-hour trip at a cost of $195 per adult. If you prefer to not use the web-based reservation
    system, you can call Island Packers during their business hours at (805)
    642-1393. We will need to fill this trip
    fast to make it a "go" so please sign-up quickly if you are interested. The trip will be on an ultra-fast catamaran that features a
    spacious and comfortable cabin, galley, and excellent viewing from both the
    upper and lower decks. A full contingent of outstanding seabird leaders will be
    present to make sure we see all that is out there. The Captain and crew know how to run birding
    trips and are enthusiastic and helpful.
    In addition, we work hard to creep up on birds and get them in the right
    light...photographers will not be disappointed!
    
    Hope to see you at sea
    
    Dave Pereksta
    Ventura
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  3. August 25 pelagic trip to Tanner and Cortez Banks LINK
    DATE: Aug 2, 2018 @ 2:16pm, 4 month(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    I have organized a pelagic trip to the Cortez and Tanner Banks at the end of this month. The basic details are: departure from Dana Point aboard the R/V Sea Explorer, leaving at 1 AM and returning at 9 PM on Saturday, August 25 (20 hours); there are NO bunks or full galley on board, but possibly enough room to sleep on the floor or benches inside (plenty of room outside). The per person cost is $200, and there are only TWO spaces remaining.
    
    This should be an excellent opportunity to see species like Black-footed Albatross, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Red-billed Tropicbird, Craveri's Murrelet, Arctic Tern, South Polar Skua, and Long-tailed Jaeger. It is also a good opportunity to look for rare species such as Cook's and Hawaiian Petrels, Townsend's Storm-Petrel, Least Storm-Petrel, and Guadalupe Murrelet. On July 15 a trip from Ventura to nearby waters recorded nearly 100 Cook's Petrels, Tristram's Storm-Petrel, Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel, two Nazca Boobies, Long-tailed Jaeger, South Polar Skua, Sabine's Gull, and Black, Ashy, and Leach's Storm-Petrels. Additionally, t hree Townsend's Storm-Petrels were photographed on a trip out of San Diego on July 29. <
    /div>
    
    If you are interested in going or have any questions, please email me back (off list) and I will send you additional details and/or payment information.
    
    Tom Benson
    San Bernardino, CA
    thomasabenson AT aol.com
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  5. Ventura pelagic trip report - 15 July 2018; multiple megas! LINK
    DATE: Jul 20, 2018 @ 7:32am, 4 month(s) ago
    I am finally getting a trip report out from Sunday's pelagic trip out of Ventura with Island Packers. We had some exceptional birds and photos of several storm-petrels have revealed that we had better birds than we knew. I will not go in to exhaustive detail of every segment of the trip, but will hit the highlights.
    
    We left Ventura on the Island Adventure and headed across the channel to Anacapa Island. Although there has not been any boobies on Anacapa yet in 2018, we had to look anyway and were stunned to find a Nazca Booby sitting on top of the arch! The bird sat there and preened in front of us for 20 minutes before we moved on. This is just the second Ventura County record (of a live bird) and one of less than 20 for California and North America. The day can't get any better than that...right Well maybe it did. We continued along the south shore of Anacapa Island where we found an American Oystercatcher in a place where we have seen them on past trips. Another California rarity and still before 9 am. You are welcome Logan.
    
    We then headed south of the islands to the areas we have been exploring on recent July trips. There were impressive numbers of Sooty and Pink-footed Shearwaters along the majority of the route and while riding a steep contour line to the south, the first scream of "Cook's Petrel!!" rang out for the day. Another was screamed out soon thereafter, but these first two were elusive and not seen by many. This is when the trip leader starts sweating bullets, but not to worry as we hit a steady stream of Cook's Petrels eventually getting some close passes and even small groups sitting on the water. Our ride south was littered with petrels and shearwaters. We also found a few late Scripps's Murrelets that Captain Jimmy expertly crept up on and allowed everyone on board to get great looks.
    
    After just crossing back into Ventura County waters, we found a large flock of storm-petrels sitting on the water (100+) that we crept up on. As we approached the flock a storm-petrel passed closely across the bow that I yelled out so the people in the bow could get on it. I shot a few photos since it was close and the verdict from the bow at the time was a dark-rumped Leach's Storm-Petrel. I will come back to this bird later. The flock flushed as we approached and the birds dispersed quickly. While the flock was primarily Ashy and Black Storm-Petrels, a small bird with a big white rump was seen briefly by only a few people before it disappeared. Some captured this bird in their photos of the flock and later analysis and consultation with experts proved it to be a Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel! This is only the 14th record for the state, but most of the boat including myself did not see it. Thankfully some managed to get photos. While going through my photos of the flock, I found an apparent Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel that also eluded detection.
    
    As we continued on we had more storm-petrels including a few Townsend's, and a steady stream of shearwaters and the occasional Cook's Petrel. Several Long-tailed Jaegers and a South Polar Skua were also highlights. We eventually turned east and headed towards Santa Barbara Island to check the status of Brown Boobies at this little visited island. After running across several more Cook's Petrels that were farther east than we have ever seen in the region, we were several miles off the island when someone on the boat shouted "booby!" While I expected to see our first Brown Booby of the day, I was shocked to see a large white booby flying straight for the boat...our second Nazca Booby of the day!! Second record for Santa Barbara County and a very happy cadre of SBCo listers. The island did not disappoint as we had 50 Brown Boobies at Sutil Rock with several pairs exhibiting courting behavior. Hard to believe this species was rare in the region until just a few years ago. Upon leaving the island we started our slog back to Ventura against the swell and although the birds dropped off late in the day, we did have stellar looks at several Long-tailed Jaegers. Other birds seen throughout the day included Northern Fulmar, Black-vented Shearwater, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Cassin's Auklet, Common Murre, Rhinoceros Auklet, Pigeon Guillemot, Sabine's Gull, Red Phalarope, and Red-necked Phalarope.
    
    After getting home and not looking at any of my photos until Monday, I found my photos of the storm-petrel that crossed our bow and nearly had a heart attack. The camera captures what the eye can't see in an instant, and the photos revealed a stocky storm-petrel with a deeply forked tail, pale rump and back, bright carpal bars, and a contrastingly dark head. The field marks suggested this bird was likely a Markham's or a Tristram's Storm-Petrel. Upon consulting with a few experts who are familiar with these species, the responses came back overwhelmingly that the bird in question was a Tristram's Storm-Petrel! If accepted, this would be the first record of a free-flying bird in North American waters. We saw one on a 2007 July trip that was rejected by the CBRC, and two have been captured in mist nets on the Farallon Islands in recent years. I already posted a photo on Facebook and will cross post it to several lists. Our team will work up a submission to the CBRC.
    
    This was an amazing trip and we could not do it without the unwavering support of Island Packers and their staff. Joel Barrett and his passion for birds makes these trips happen on their end and we could not do it without him. Captain Jimmy McWaters handled the boat and got us on birds like the seasoned expert he is. Thanks also go out to Leanne Kleinsmith and Sam the whale man for their support to passengers throughout the day. Our leaders/spotters did a spectacular job finding birds and getting people on them all day so special thanks to Todd McGrath, Adam Searcy, Peter Gaede, Hugh Ranson, Wes Fritz, and Bernardo Alps.
    
    Our next scheduled trip is Oct 6, 2018 although we are discussing a chase trip out to the area where we had Cook's Petrels and storm-petrels. If we can get something scheduled I will announce it out to the listserves. Stay tuned.
    
    Dave Pereksta
    Ventura, CA
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  7. 31 July Condor Express: Pterodromas, storm-petrels and ? LINK
    DATE: Jul 2, 2010 @ 8:10pm, 8 year(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    As of today there are still plenty of spaces for the 31 July 2010 Condor
    Express pelagic trip out of Santa Barbara, sponsored by Los Angeles
    Audubon. This is another record-setting year for Cook's Petrels and
    we'll be traveling the same waters that had 63 Cook's on 1 May and
    237(!) Cook's on 12 June. We'll be out 12-14 hours, covering about 250
    miles, much of it in deep water that holds promise for Pterodroma
    petrels and other highly pelagic species as well. July Condor Express
    trips in recent years have yielded Craveri's Murrelets and (in 2007) an
    almost-certain Tristram's Storm-Petrel; in addition they present a prime
    opportunity to study variation in Leach's Storm-Petrel (with three or
    more taxa, possibly represent two species, likely to be seen). And for
    normal people (i.e., non-birders) the cetaceans alone would make this
    trip worthwhile.
    
    See www.socalbirding.com for more information on this and other pelagic
    trips, along with excellent background information and links (including
    a link to the new Southern California Pelagic Page on Facebook).
    
    Trip leaders will be Dave Compton, Jon Feenstra, Kimball Garrett, Terry
    Hunefeld, Todd McGrath, and Dave Pereksta.
    Cost is $195 credit card or cash. Call Sea Landing in Santa Barbara at
    888-77WHALE [888-779-4253] to reserve your spot. We meet at 6:30AM for
    a 7:00AM departure.
    
    We're looking forward to a great trip at the end of this month.
    
    Kimball L. Garrett
    
    Ornithology Collections Manager
    
    Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
    
    900 Exposition Blvd.
    
    Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA
    
    213-763-3368
    
    kgarrett@...
    
    
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  9. Pelagics On Tap: Grande, Searcher, Condor Express LINK
    DATE: Jul 15, 2008 @ 10:26pm, 10 year(s) ago
    Out on the Pacific Ocean, under the sun, riding the swells with the
    clean fresh breeze on your face, days blur into a soft dream. Time
    slows, even stands still, as you become more and more disconnected
    from the hustle and bustle of the "real" world. No cell phones. No
    computers. No traffic. Nothing but sunshine, whales, birds, people
    who love birds and birding. THIS, is the real world.... the ultimate
    adventure. That "other" world, the one you left behind is.... so...
    far... away...
    
    It's that time again. We're coming into the tropicbird, petrel and
    Craveri's Murrelet season here in SoCal, when the weather is warm and
    the seas are flat. The sold-out SoCalBirding Deep Water Overnight
    Pelagic sails from San Diego Saturday evening on Grande. If you're
    registered, please click the following link and scroll down to "The
    Trip" for final preparation tips. If you have any questions about
    the trip, please telephone Point Loma Sportfishing at 619-223-1627
    between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m.
    
    Grande Trip Preparation: http://tinyurl.com/5znbg9
    
    The next opportunity for pelagic birding in SoCal is on the live-
    aboard Searcher, departing Labor Day. As so many pelagic birders have
    found, the first week of September is an incredible month to be at
    sea.
    
    Searcher is a spacious, luxurious 95-foot live-aboard with multiple
    birding observation decks. Trips are limited to 28 passengers and 4
    leaders to ensure plenty of room. Guests enjoy 4 clean bathrooms, 2
    hot showers and 14 air-conditioned cabins. Delicious meals, snacks
    and beverages are included.
    
    This year's Searcher trip is led by a trio of world famous seabirding
    connoisseurs: Todd "Skua" McGrath (Marina del Rey); Paul "Life is
    too short to drink bad beer" Guris (an east coast boy) and Dr.
    Jon "Birdly Goodness" Feenstra (New Jersey). Also on board will be
    the L.A. Audubon's champion "Tristiam's-Hauling chummer, Mr. Wesley
    Fritz, (the Flammulated Owl man of Ventura County).
    
    The first day we'll cruise north through from San Diego to the
    Channel Islands where we found two Red-billed Tropicbirds on the 2006
    Searcher voyage, the first just 9 miles off the coast of La Jolla!
    
    We'll spend the second day checking out the Channel Islands where
    rarities show up with some regularity. The cold water around the
    channel islands is rich in marine life, so whales, dolphins and
    seabirds are present in large numbers. We'll encounter thousands of
    Pink-footed Shearwaters plus hundreds of Sooty and Black-vented
    Shearwaters – and perhaps several rarer species of shearwater as
    well. Of course, all that rich marine life brings birds of prey, and
    we'll likely see South Polar Skua plus Pomarine, Parasitic and Long-
    tailed Jaegers on these days (The "Skua Slam").
    
    After departing the Channel Islands we'll make our way west and south
    to the edge of the Continental Shelf and follow it south. A Streaked
    Shearwater was seen near Santa Cruz Island on September 7, 2002
    between Santa Barbara and the San Juan Seamount. All aboard Searcher
    had killer views of a Hawaiian Petrel on September 6, 2006. A Red-
    TAILED Tropicbird was seen from Searcher in September, 2003. A
    Bulwer's Petrel was seen September 4, 2003 off San Clemente Island.
    The only North American record of Ringed (Hornby's) Storm-Petrel was
    well photographed on 2 Aug 2005 about 40 km ssw of Santa Rosa
    Island. http://tinyurl.com/6m8gux
    
    What else Well, the first California Short-tailed Albatross of the
    20th Century was seen in these waters 90 miles west of San Diego on
    28 Aug 1977. Records of Cook's Petrel in SoCal peak in August.
    Craveri's Murrelet are often seen on September Searcher voyages.
    http://tinyurl.com/6m8gux
    
    There are only 5 more berths available on the September 1-5 Searcher
    voyage. The September trip always sells out. For more information,
    please telephone Celia Condit at (619) 226-2403 or visit Searcher's
    website at http://www.bajawhale.com/birdingtrips.asp
    
    THE CONDOR EXPRESS
    
    If you can't take a week for Searcher, The September 6 Los Angeles
    Audubon Society deep-water pelagic trip heading out of Santa Barbara
    on the Condor Express is the place to be.
    
    The late fall/early summer is one of the best times year off Southern
    California for encounters with large numbers of birds and a high
    diversity. Species that have been seen out there in the past several
    years have included: Cook's Petrel (2005), Hawaiian Petrel (2006),
    Streaked Shearwater (2002), Buller's Shearwater (annual), Wilson's
    Storm-Petrel (2003), Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel (2003), Least Storm-
    Petrel, Red-billed Tropicbird, Long-tailed Jaeger (annual), Craveri's
    Murrelet, hypoleucus Xantus's Murrelet.
    
    Our plan is to depart Santa Barbara harbor, travel across the Santa
    Barbara Channel and south past Santa Rosa and San Miguel Islands. The
    ocean floor in the area south of Santa Rosa Island and east of the
    San Juan Seamount varies in depth from about 1000 feet to over 10000
    feet. This region has always been hot on past trips having hosted
    such stellar rarities as last summer's Tristram's Storm-Petrel and
    spring's Parakeet Auklets. The fast Condor Express is the only way
    to get to these places in a single day.
    
    Details about registration can be found on the Los Angeles Audubon
    website:
    http://tinyurl.com/67s2ta
    
    THE FUTURE OF SOCALBIRDING.COM
    
    SoCalBirding was started early this year to facilitate more pelagic
    trips in the Southern California Bight. We're off to a good start.
    To ensure the longevity of this informational service, the Buena
    Vista Audubon Society has generously agreed to take over the
    operation including chartering and promotion of SoCalBirding. A new
    website is now being built that will contain listings of all pelagic
    trips from San Diego to Santa Barbara. It's our goal to work with
    the Audubon Societies of SoCal to coordinate a rich variety pelagic
    trips in 2009 that compliment each other.
    
    --
    W. Terry Hunefeld
    Life is short.
    Bird often.
    
    http://www.SoCalBirding.com
    Pelagic Seabirding Trips From San Diego to:
    9-mile Bank
    Los Coronados Islands
    Cortes & Tanner Banks
    Channel Islands
    
    http://www.SeaBreeze-Inn.com
    4 lovely rooms from $130
    At Moonlight Beach, Leucadia
    Encinitas, North County San Diego
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  11. DATE: Apr 3, 2008 @ 4:14am, 11 year(s) ago
    Greetings, Adventure Lovers
    
    I just learned by email that the May 3 Los Angeles Pelagic Trip from
    Santa Barbara on Condor Express is in danger of being cancelled
    because of insufficient deposits. We can't let that happen! This is
    the ONLY pelagic trip that runs to the San Juan Seamount, an
    underwater "mountain" with a substantial life-zone around it
    attracting all sorts of seabirds.
    
    No, we won't see all the birds listed in the subject line in this one
    trip. But the only way to see any of them is to be on the Condor
    Express May 3, because that's how they're seen. Do you have Murphy's
    Petrel checked on your list yet How will you get it with out going
    with us to deep water
    
    The spring Condor Express pelagic trip has a record for finding
    rarities. For example: seven PARAKEET AUKLETS were enjoyed by
    dozens of birders on 21 Apr 2007 thanks to this trip. Amazingly,
    less than 3 months after a TRISTRAM'S STORM-PETREL was captured and
    photographed on Southeast Farallon Island 22 April 2007, we saw one
    from The Condor Express July 21, 2007. The only way to have seen
    this super-mega-rarity was to be on that boat that day.
    
    Led by Todd McGrath and his gang, there is not a better way put
    yourself in line with a rarity than to be on the Condor Express on
    May 3 and go with us to the San Juan Seamount. Todd knows how to
    SNIFF OUT BIRDS. I know because I've been there. I've watched him.
    He is a magician. In fact, he is so good, I offered him double the
    salary that the L.A. Audubon pays him (and his gang) to lead the deep-
    water pelagics out of San Diego.
    
    I will be on-board the Condor Express on May 3, having mailed my
    payment last week for both Condor Express trips. I hope you're
    there, too. If you've been procrastinating, please don't hesitate
    any longer, or we could lose this wonderful, comfortable, one-day
    rarity-finding trip.
    
    If you read the trip policy below, you'll see that the trip could be
    cancelled 4 weeks prior to the trip if there is not enough interest.
    We are running out of time! Please call the Audubon today at
    323.876.0202 or email peltrip@... and let them know you are
    sending your check.
    
    Here is the link to the LA Audubon Pelagic Trip Page with full
    details: http://tinyurl.com/25yt4v
    
    Mail your check for Reservations and note:
    1) The trip desired
    2) Names of people in your party
    3) Phone numbers: (a) usual and (b) evening before event, in case of
    cancellation.
    4) Separate check (no cash please) to LAAS for exact amount for each
    trip.
    5) Self-addressed stamped envelope for confirmation and associated
    trip information.
    
    Send to:
    Los Angeles Audubon - Reservations
    PO Box 931057
    Los Angeles, CA 90093-1057
    
    If there is insufficient response, the trip will be cancelled four
    weeks prior to the scheduled date. You will be so notified and your
    fee returned. Your cancellation after that time will bring a refund
    only if there is a paid replacement.
    
    Please call Audubon House at 323.876.0202 or email
    peltrip@...
    
    Terry Hunefeld, San Diego
    currently on board NOAA research ship Miller Freeman
    off the coast of Washington & Oregon
    counting birds, what else is there
    Life is short.
    Seabird often.
    
    http://www.SoCalBirding.com
    Pelagic Seabirding Trips From San Diego to:
    9-mile Bank
    Los Coronados Islands
    Cortes & Tanner Banks
    Channel Islands
    
    THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A BAD DAY AT SEA
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  13. Re: [CALBIRDS] CBRC adds Tristram's Storm-Petrel to California list LINK
    DATE: Feb 15, 2008 @ 1:18am, 11 year(s) ago
    On Wed, 13 Feb 2008 11:14:58 -0800, "Kimball Garrett"
    wrote:
    
    >The California Bird Records Committee has completed evaluation of the
    >record of a Tristram's Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma tristrami) captured on
    >Southeast Farallon Island, San Francisco Co., on 22 April 2006; the
    >record has been accepted unanimously.
    
    A photo of this bird by Russ Bradley is at:
    
    http://www.wfo-cbrc.org/cbrc/photos/trst042206.html
    
    --
    Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA 94044 jmorlan (at) ccsf.edu
    Birding Classes start Feb 5 in SF http://fog.ccsf.edu/~jmorlan/
    California Bird Records Committee http://www.wfo-cbrc.org/cbrc/
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  15. CBRC adds Tristram's Storm-Petrel to California list LINK
    DATE: Feb 13, 2008 @ 7:14pm, 11 year(s) ago
    Birders,
    
    The California Bird Records Committee has completed evaluation of the
    record of a Tristram's Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma tristrami) captured on
    Southeast Farallon Island, San Francisco Co., on 22 April 2006; the
    record has been accepted unanimously. This species should be placed on
    the California list between Black Storm-Petrel and Least Storm-Petrel,
    and of course is now added to the Review List as well. This record is
    also a first for the ABA area, if accepted by the ABA-CLC. Note that a
    sight record of another Tristram's Storm-Petrel at the San Juan
    Seamount, Santa Barbara Co., on 21 July 2007 is currently circulating
    through the CBRC.
    
    Acceptance of this species brings the California state list to 637
    species (ten of which are non-native).
    
    Kimball
    
    Kimball L. Garrett
    
    Ornithology Collections Manager
    
    Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
    
    900 Exposition Blvd.
    
    Los Angeles CA 90007
    
    (213) 763-3368
    
    (213) 746-2999 FAX
    
    kgarrett@...
    
    
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  17. Belated LA Audubon pelagic report and upcoming trip reminder LINK
    DATE: Aug 9, 2007 @ 11:26pm, 11 year(s) ago
    ...Sorry about the delay of this report...
    
    July 21 was the Los Angeles Audubon Society sponsored pelagic trip from
    Santa Barbara to the San Juan Seamount and the surrounding 2000 fathom
    waters off the continental shelf onboard the Condor Express.
    
    We left Santa Barbara harbor at 7AM and returned at about 9PM. The weather
    was mostly calm, cool, and overcast for the better part of the day with a
    little wind and chop as we sailed southwest out of the lee of the Channel
    Islands. The route took us to the north of the San Juan Seamount into
    1000-2000 fathoms of water. We drifted over the Seamount and then began
    working east and north along the escarpment, between Santa Cruz and Santa
    Rosa Islands and finally back to the harbor.
    
    Highlights of the trip included: 3 Black-footed Albatross, including one
    within 10 miles of the harbor on our way out, an adult Red-billed
    Tropicbird north of the San Juan Seamount, a South Polar Skua, and a
    sub-adult Long-tailed Jaeger.
    Sadly, what was certainly the most interesting bird of the trip got away
    from us: A very large gray/brown storm-petrel was seen by few and
    identified by Steve Howell as a Tristram's Storm-Petrel. Those who saw the
    bird are encouraged to submit whatever documentation that they may have
    recorded regarding the sighting to the California Bird Records Committee
    to at least get something on the books regarding the occurence of this
    species in CA.
    We were afforded excellent views of all the regular Storm-Petrels (Black,
    Leach's, Ashy) including interesting studies of the sub-species of
    Leach’s: white-rumped, dark-rumped, the various shades in between, and
    individuals of the smaller distinct subspecies breeding on Guadalupe
    Island. The full species list is below.
    
    Marine mammals were well represented with multiple Blue and Fin Whales,
    Dahl’s Porpoise, Long-beaked and Short-beaked Common Dolphin, Risso’s
    Dolphin, Northern and Guadalupe Fur Seals, Harbor Seal, Elephant Seal, and
    California Sea Lion. A great highlight of the trip was the pod of about 60
    Short-finned Pilot Whales we found north of the San Juan Seamount.
    
    The full species list:
    Black-footed Albatross – 3
    Northern Fulmar – 1
    Pink-footed Shearwater – 36
    Sooty Shearwater – 17
    Leach’s Storm-Petrel (white-rumped) – 160
    Leach’s Storm-Petrel (non-white-rumped) – 40
    Leach’s Storm-Petrel (Guadalupe) – 6
    Ashy Storm-Petrel – 31
    Black Storm-Petrel – 188
    ***Tristram’s Storm-Petrel – 1*** (see above)
    Red-billed Tropicbird – 1
    Brown Pelican – 52
    Brandt’s Cormorant – 7
    Red-necked Phalarope – 55
    Red Phalarope – 2
    Heermann’s Gull – 8
    California Gull - 3
    Western Gull – 7
    South Polar Skua – 1
    Long-tailed Jaeger – 1
    Common Murre – 7
    Pigeon Guillemot – 14
    Xantus’s Murrelet – 4
    Cassin’s Auklet – 357
    Rhinoceras Auklet – 18
    Hummingbird sp. – 1
    
    Thanks to the staff of the Condor Express, the other leaders Dave Compton,
    Kimball Garrett, Todd McGrath, Dave Pereksta, our chummer Wes Fritz, and
    Los Angeles Audubon for sponsoring the trip.
    
    The next LA Audubon pelagic trip, is the "Red-billed Tropicbird trip" on
    September 8, also aboard the Condor Express. In addition to the high
    probability of encountering Red-billed Tropicbird (only missed once in 15
    years), fall migration will swell the both the diversity and individual
    numbers of seabirds off Southern California. Getting off shore at this
    time of year provides the best chances of seeing such southern specialties
    as Least Storm-Petrel and Craveri’s Murrelet. The presence of warm water
    around the Cortez Banks also increases our chances of other southern
    rarities (Cook's Petrel in 2005) while seeing numbers of our regular
    pelagic species.
    
    Los Angeles Audubon's final pelagic trip of 2007 is on October 20, a
    shorter day, where time will be spent observing the shearwaters that stage
    around the Northern Channel Islands. In addition to possibly thousands of
    Sooty and Pink-footed Shearwaters we will likely encounter Sabine’s Gulls,
    Pomarine and Parasitic Jaegers, and Cassin’s and Rhinoceras Auklets. The
    shearwater flocks have produced some exciting rarities in the past several
    years including: Manx, Flesh-footed, and Streaked Shearwaters. The rocks
    around Anacapa Island have held Brown Booby and American Oystercatcher.
    
    Spaces are available on both trip. Signup information is available on the
    LA Audubon webpage: www.laaudubon.org
    
    Jon Feenstra
    Altadena, CA
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