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   Tufted Puffin
Tufted Puffin
Fratercula cirrhata


   Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata) - TUPU (recent eBird sightings, view CBRC records, range map
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  1. Two back to back Farallons trips LINK
    DATE: Aug 12, 2017 @ 7:26pm, 5 day(s) ago
    Hello all,     Just a quick note after two back to back trips to the Farallon Islands on Friday and today. It was a bit choppy getting out there, but slow and steady did it and we arrived eager to see some birds and wildlife. On both days the Island was fantastic, with many Tufted Puffins, really great numbers of Cassin’s Auklets, Pigeon Guillemots and a few Rhinoceros Auklets amongst the larger numbers of Common Murres. The Blue-footed Booby was there on both days, and today we also saw a Brown Booby – Fantastic. Northern Fur Seals are going like gangbusters, I gather the best season they have had there. California Sea Lions, Steller’s Sea Lions, Harbor Seals and a couple of Grey Whales. The islands do not disappoint.     We are able to get out to deep water on the way back to port (Half Moon Bay) and it was fantastic on both days. Surrounded by Blue Whales and Humpback Whales! Yesterday apart from the Sooty and Pink-footed shearwaters, and Black-footed Shearwaters yesterday a group of 4 Wilson’s Storm-Petrels along with several Ashy Storm-Petrels were great to see. Today a real highlight was a super close fly by from a Laysan Albatross. It was close enough that the photos show a red color band which we will send in to determine where this albatross came from. Ashy Storm-Petrel showed up today, Northern Fulmars etc. Both were superb days, really, really fun birding. The Laysan was in SF County, Wilson’s SP in San Mateo County.    And as Alan Hopkins reported yesterday on SFBirds, he was able to get on a Cook’s Petrel which unfortunately none of us were able to see. It was choppy and difficult that that time. Pheew, I am tired, but happy tired! Lots more trips are happening this season, see you out there. Alvaro   Alvaro Jaramillo alvaro@... www.alvarosadventures.com  
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  3. Monterey Bay Pelagic Report 8/6 and Monterey Seabirds Pelagic Opportunities LINK
    DATE: Aug 9, 2017 @ 2:40pm, 8 day(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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  5. AUG 4 & AUG 6 PELAGIC TRIP REPORTS LINK
    DATE: Aug 7, 2017 @ 2:16pm, 10 day(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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  7. Farallon Report, YES Blue-footed Booby , NO Parakeet Auklet by boat LINK
    DATE: Jul 24, 2017 @ 11:53am, 24 day(s) ago
    Hi Birders,
    
    Yesterday ( Sunday) i made a last minute decision to join a Farallon Island tour with SF Whale Watch Tours ( 8-2 pm, $90) knowing that Captain Joe is birder friendly , i thought that he would oblige a request to return to Pier 39 by way of Homer Rock to spend time searching for the Parakeet Auklet, he said he would be happy to try conditions permitting, unfortunately weather and time constraints did not permit ( and i dipped on a subsequent search by land, missing the bird by 30 minutes). Seems like SFWT might be amenable to looking for PAAU on their daily general whale watch tours, and I was told it had been spotted by them from the boat already.
    
    Farallon is phenomenal this time of year, no doubt best to go with Alvaro's Adventures or Shearwater Journeys if you can, but Oceanic Society ( very good , went with them last year) and SF Whale Tour go out every weekend. SFWT has a knowledgable naturalist who is also a good birder ( Michael Pierson) , and they have a stable double hulled boat, but typically they don't go out to the Continental Shelf and i wished we could have spent more time going around the islands, but getting back by 2pm can be a advantage for some people as well. Farallons for me is an annual must. 200k Common Murres is a world class wildlife spectacle for the eyes, ears and nose, and the many chicks in downy fluffball plumage having just jumped off the cliff to join their calling fathers were extremely photogenic as were Rhinoceros Auklets ( one very relaxed bird next to the boat) and Tufted Puffins in peak breeding regalia, also Cassins Auklets and many Pigeon Guillemots. There have been 3 sulids hanging around the islands this summer, a BROWN and 2 BLUE-FOOTED BOOBIES, but we saw only one of the latter perched on Sugarloaf Rock. 5 Pinniped species were observed ( California and Steller's Sea Lions, Norther Fur, Northern Elephant and Harbor Seals) and 3 of Cetacea (resident Gray Whales, friendly and breaching Humpbacks, several pods Harbor Porpoise), Others: Pink-footed and Sooty Shearwater,
    
    David Diller
    
    Sent by Ipad
    
    Please disregard any typos
    
    925-998-8469 mobile/ text
    
    David Diller
    
    Sent by Ipad
    
    Please disregard any typos
    
    925-998-8469 mobile/ text
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  9. Documentation for Wedge-tailed Shearwater LINK
    DATE: Jul 17, 2017 @ 9:45am, 31 day(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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  11. Wedge-tailed Shearwater - and otherwise good pelagic out of Half Moon Bay LINK
    DATE: Jul 16, 2017 @ 9:51pm, 32 day(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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  13. Epic seabird flight at Point Pinos--6 May LINK
    DATE: May 7, 2017 @ 9:03am, 3 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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  15. Pelagic Trips for Everyone LINK
    DATE: May 3, 2017 @ 1:19pm, 4 month(s) ago
    Howdy, Birders,
    
    Spring migration is underway while it seems the heat of summer has already arrived. It’s not too early to plan your fall pelagic trips! Shearwater Journeys has 20 trips on offer this fall, beginning August 4 through October 8. We have trips departing from Monterey, Half Moon Bay, and from Sausalito to the Farallon Islands.
    
    As always, our two departures to the Farallon Islands on August 6 and 13, are booking up quickly. Departing from Sausalito, we sail under the iconic Golden Gate Bridge on a spotlessly clean, stable catamaran with excellent deck space to see the largest breeding seabird colony south of Alaska. Absolutely teeming with seabirds, the past few years we’ve also found a number of goodies. Our past trips have included three species of sulidae: Northern Gannet, Brown Booby, and Blue-footed Booby. We have a 100% success rate finding the amazing Tufted Puffins, up close and personal. Great photo ops of not only seabirds, but an unusual view of Golden Gate Bridge— from below. A trip report can be found here:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/farallon-islands-august-3-2014-trip.html
    
    Four over three decades we have offered the wildly successful Albacore trip departing from Monterey at 5:50 a.m. and returning at 5:30 p.m. Always a sell out, this year’s trip is scheduled for Saturday, September 9. This is the single hottest selling trip on our program at this time. Every Albacore trip is different, but many of these trips have turned up either incredible species lists, or outright records, including eight species of shearwaters in one day (a world record), and mega-rare seabirds such as Cook’s Petrel, Streaked and Great Shearwaters, Red-tailed Tropicbird, and most recently JOUANIN'S PETREL (September 12, 2014). To read more about Albacore trips, see:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2015/07/about-albacore-offshore-monterey-trip.html
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/07/albacore-grounds-offshore-monterey.html
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2009/09/trip-report-sep-12-2009-monterey.html
    
    We have 11 pelagic trips departing from Monterey this year in addition to the Albacore trip. These trips run from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and depart from Fisherman’s Wharf Monterey. Our Monterey departures typically cover both Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. And, we have 6 pelagic trips departing from Half Moon Bay this season. These trips run from 7 a.m. until at least 3:30 p.m., but as late as 6:30 p.m. and depart from H Dock, Johnson Pier, at Pillar Point, Half Moon Bay. HMB trips typically cover both San Mateo and San Francisco Counties.
    
    For RESERVATIONS and DISCOUNTS (booking prior to July 1) for the coming season, please see our web site:
    http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.html
    Please note: I will be out of the office from 10 June through 15 July, leading an expedition voyage in the Russian Far East. You can still send in your reservations during that period, however.
    
    Shearwater Journeys celebrated forty years of pelagic birding trips in 2015. I am grateful to the generations of thousands and thousands of birders, hailing from at least 47 different countries, who have joined our trips over these many decades. Seabirding really is for everyone— the age span on one trip last year was: age 9 to 92.
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2016/09/pelagic-birding-for-all-ages-9-to-92.html
    
    Equally as important are the world class leaders who work tirelessly to not only find seabirds and marine mammals but also to interpret the marine environment in a meaningful way. Our leader ratio is very high, averaging some six leaders per trips. Leaders include: Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Peter Pyle, Gerry McChesney, Mary Gustafson, Dave Pereksta, Todd McGrath, Steve Hampton, Jim Holmes, Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Abe Borker, Steve Tucker, Will Brooks, Christian Schwarz, Tim Miller, Annie Schmidt, Adam Searcy Dena Spatz, Lauren Harter, David Vander Pluym, Clay Kempf, John Garrett, and Debi Shearwater. Many leaders have worldwide seabirding knowledge and first hand experience across the oceans.
    
    Some birders have ticked as many as 25 life birds on one trip!
    We celebrated every one!
    
    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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  17. Upcoming Trips with Monterey Seabirds LINK
    DATE: Feb 25, 2017, 6 month(s) ago
    Hello Fellow Birders-   Upcoming Trip! March 11th 2017 Join us for our next 8 hour trip out in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary looking for Seabirds and other wildlife! We expect to see plenty of Black-footed Albatross, Red-necked Phalaropes, Sooty Shearwaters, Pink-footed Shearwaters, Cassin's Auklets, Rhinoceros Auklets, Sabine's Gulls & much more! We are also VERY likely to spend time observing marine mammals such as Humpback Whales, Gray Whales, Blue Whales, Fin Whales, dolphins, pinnipeds and sea otters! Some of our favorite species from 2016 were Laysan Albatross, Short-tailed Shearwater, Nazca Booby and Tufted Puffin!   Tickets are $125 per person for 8 hours. Check in is at 7am for a 7:30am departure. Please be prepared for all types of weather and bring your own lunch. Our primary vessel for the trips is the Pt. Sur Clipper which we send out with 30 passengers or less to allow for comfort and space for photographers. Call 831-375-4658 for more information and to sign up, or you can go online to montereyseabirds.com .   We have more 8 & 12 hour trips throughout the year – here is the list: Saturday 4/1/17 (8 hr)
    Saturday 6/10/17 (8 hr)
    Sunday 8/20/17 (8 hr)
    Tuesday 9/5/17 (8 hr)
    Sunday 9/10/17 (8 hr)
    Monday 9/11/17 (12 hr)
    Sunday 9/17/17 (8 hr)
    Monday 9/18/17 (12 hr)
    Thursday 9/21/17 (8 hr)
    Monday 9/25/17 (12 hr)
    Tuesday 9/26/17 (8 hr)
    Sunday 10/1/17 (8 hr)
    Monday 10/2/17 (12 hr)
    Sunday 10/15/17 (8 hr)
    Monday 10/16/17 (12 hr)
    
    Follow along with us online! Find us on Ebird:   http://ebird.org/ebird/profile/ODAzOTE2/US-CA-053 Like us on Facebook!   https://www.facebook.com/montereyseabirdtours Join our mailing list by emailing mbwwassistant@... .
    
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    Katlyn Taylor
    Marine Biologist
    Monterey Bay Whale Watch
    971-322-8425
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  19. 2017 Trips with Monterey Seabirds LINK
    DATE: Jan 6, 2017 @ 5:05pm, 7 month(s) ago
    Hello Fellow Birders-
    We are pleased to announce our 2017 calendar! We are also looking for trip leaders and spotters this year. If you are interested, please send an email to mbwwassistant@... .
    
    Saturday 3/11/17 (8 hr)
    Saturday 4/1/17 (8 hr)
    Saturday 6/10/17 (8 hr)
    Sunday 8/20/17 (8 hr)
    Tuesday 9/5/17 (8 hr)
    Sunday 9/10/17 (8 hr)
    Monday 9/11/17 (12 hr)
    Sunday 9/17/17 (8 hr)
    Monday 9/18/17 (12 hr)
    Thursday 9/21/17 (8 hr)
    Monday 9/25/17 (12 hr)
    Tuesday 9/26/17 (8 hr)
    Sunday 10/1/17 (8 hr)
    Monday 10/2/17 (12 hr)
    Sunday 10/15/17 (8 hr)
    Monday 10/16/17 (12 hr)
    
    Join us for 8 & 12 hour trips out in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary looking for Seabirds and other wildlife! We expect to see plenty of Black-footed Albatross, Red-necked Phalaropes, Sooty Shearwaters, Pink-footed Shearwaters, Cassin's Auklets, Rhinoceros Auklets, Sabine's Gulls & much more! We are also VERY likely to spend time observing marine mammals such as Humpback Whales, Gray Whales, Blue Whales, Fin Whales, dolphins, pinnipeds and sea otters! Some of our favorite species from 2016 were Laysan Albatross, Short-tailed Shearwater, Nazca Booby and Tufted Puffin!
    
    Tickets are $125 per person for 8 hours and $160 per person for 12 hours. Check in is at 7am for a 7:30am departure. Please be prepared for all types of weather and bring your own lunch. Our primary vessel for the trips is the Pt. Sur Clipper which we send out with 30 passengers or less to allow for comfort and space for photographers.
    Call 831-375-4658 for more information and to sign up, or you can go online to montereyseabirds.com - trips should be available for selection starting Tuesday January 10th.
    
    Follow along with us online!
    Find us on Ebird: http://ebird.org/ebird/profile/ODAzOTE2/US-CA-053
    Like us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/Monterey-Seabirds-1420685978212542/
    
    Join our mailing list by emailing mbwwassistant@... .
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    Katlyn Taylor
    Marine Biologist
    Monterey Bay Whale Watch
    971-322-8425
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  21. Albacore fishing and migratory seabirds LINK
    DATE: Sep 29, 2016, 11 month(s) ago
    Debi,
    
    I am picking up on something that you said that is perhaps confusing As you note there are a bunch of seabird species that associate with the habitat of albacore, that warmer nutrient poor, very blue and clear water. However, several of the species that you mention are migrants that move through here irrelevant of where the albacore are, such as the jaegers, Sabine’s Gull, terns. I think the issue about detection through our area, is how far out they are and how concentrated the pulses of migration are. If they are moving through closer to shore, pelagic trips see more of them, if they are offshore we see fewer. But they are going through irrelevant of where the albacore and the fishing for albacore is going on. Obviously they capitalize on the resource of bait fish (often Pacific Saury) brought to the surface by foraging albacore, and may linger in areas where feeding is good, but the migration goes on. For some of these the migratory peak has passed already through our latitude in central California, such as for Long-tailed Jaeger, Common and Arctic terns. Tail end of fall migration is difficult to get a good grip on, as there are fewer trips in October, and even fewer in November. But for those that peak in September I think the data are pretty clear, the larger pulse is likely south of us.
    
    Buller’s Shearwaters are kind of a mystery, a fickle species with definite good years and bad years. They are associated with that offshore blue water, but their numbers and seemingly their distribution shifts radically from year to year. This also applies to the migratory pulse in Chile during February – March, where it appears that some years they are much easier to find than in others, although with fewer eyes out there that is difficult to determine with much confidence thus far. But so far, 2016 is a year where pelagic trips in California and farther north are not finding Buller’s in numbers anywhere it seems. Even in Washington State if you look at eBird data for 2016 vs pre 2016, birds per hour or any other metric, they are down this year, similarly so for Oregon. Now caveat is that October could bring in a big pulse and we are back to normal, and that is what I am certainly hoping for. But September numbers appear to be low compared to pre 2016 September numbers too. Birds per party hour in 2016 maxes out at 1/pph in early September, pre 2016 max is near 14, and in early September it is 4. It is a tad coarse to look at numbers like this, but I think a solid argument can be made that within the range of pelagic birding boats, this is a bad year for them thus far anywhere along the US coast. Perhaps they are just farther offshore this year Who knows
    
    Here are the links of eBird data to compare.
    
    Buller’s Shearwaters per hour Washington State – Pre 2016
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/GuideMespeciesCodes=bulshe < http://ebird.org/ebird/GuideMespeciesCodes=bulshe&reportType=species&bMonth=01&bYear=1900&eMonth=12&eYear=2016&parentState=US-WA&countries=US&states=US-WA&getLocations=states&continue.x=53&continue.y=3 > &reportType=species&bMonth=01&bYear=1900&eMonth=12&eYear=2016&parentState=US-WA&countries=US&states=US-WA&getLocations=states&continue.x=53&continue.y=3
    
    Buller’s Shearwaters per hour Washington State 2016
    
    http://ebird.org/ebird/GuideMesrc=changeDate < http://ebird.org/ebird/GuideMesrc=changeDate&speciesCodes=bulshe&getLocations=states&states=US-WA&parentState=US-WA&reportType=species&monthRadio=on&bMonth=01&eMonth=12&bYear=2016&eYear=2016&continue.x=74&continue.y=10 > &speciesCodes=bulshe&getLocations=states&states=US-WA&parentState=US-WA&reportType=species&monthRadio=on&bMonth=01&eMonth=12&bYear=2016&eYear=2016&continue.x=74&continue.y=10
    
    Good birding,
    
    Alvaro
    
    Alvaro Jaramillo
    
    alvaro@...
    
    www.alvarosadventures.com
    
    From: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com [mailto: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of DEBRA SHEARWATER debi@... [CALBIRDS]
    
    Sent: Thursday, September 29, 2016 7:23 PM
    
    To: Calbirds < CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com >
    
    Subject: [CALBIRDS] Pelagic Trips: Sep 23, 24, 25 & Upcoming Trips
    
    Howdy, CALBirders,
    
    Shearwater Journeys held three successful pelagic trips in conjunction with the Monterey Bay Birding Festival on September 23, 24, and 25. Each day was a little bit different. At least one new species was added each day.
    
    On Sunday, we found a huge feeding aggregation of Brandt’s Cormorants, gulls, and Black-vented Shearwaters. They appeared to be feeding on small anchovies. It was quite a frenzy as the cormorants drove the fish in front of the flock with gulls noisily calling and swirling overhead, providing visual and auditory cues for seabirds in the surrounding areas. Like magic, hundreds of Black-vented Shearwaters began streaming toward the frantically feeding flock. However, another cue was provided by the pungent smell of fish— an olfactory cue! Using all three cues, birds flew in from all directions. Once the feeding was over a large fish oil slick was all that was left on the sea. This is something that I have witnessed several times over the past four decades.
    
    Now that the albacore fishing is winding down off Washington, the seabirds associated with that industry are showing up in numbers along our coast. All three jaeger species, South Polar Skuas, and Sabine’s Gulls, along with a trickle of Arctic Terns were the first ones to show up. Buller’s Shearwater numbers have increased in the past ten days. Flesh-footed Shearwaters are sure to follow. Scripps’s and Craveri’s Murrelets which also associate closely with albacore could show up, if there is any clear, blue water in our area. Albacore changed their migration pattern about a decade ago and now head to Oregon and Washington, mostly bypassing central California. The seabirds associated with them tend to follow, if conditions are right.
    
    Our upcoming trips departing from Monterey with spaces available are:
    
    OCTOBER 1 with Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Jim Holmes, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater.
    
    OCTOBER 8 with Alex Rinkert, Tim Miller, Clay Kempf, Debi Shearwater
    
    OCTOBER 16 with Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Debi Shearwater
    
    And, from Half Moon Bay:
    
    OCTOBER 2 with Steve Tucker, Steve Hampton, Jim Holmes, Debi Shearwater
    
    Reservations: debi@...
    
    The birders who did all three trips (September 23, 24, 25) recorded the following species:
    
    PACIFIC LOON
    
    COMMON LOON
    
    BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS
    
    PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER
    
    BULLER’S SHEARWATER
    
    SOOTY SHEARWATER
    
    BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER
    
    ASHY STORM-PETREL
    
    BROWN PELICAN
    
    BRANDT’S CORMORANT
    
    PELAGIC CORMORANT
    
    DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
    
    BLACK OYSTERCATCHER
    
    WHIMBREL
    
    BLACK TURNSTONE
    
    SURFBIRD
    
    RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
    
    SOUTH POLAR SKUA
    
    POMARINE JAEGER
    
    PARASITIC JAEGER
    
    LONG-TAILED JAEGER
    
    HEERMANN’S GULL
    
    CALIFORNIA GULL
    
    WESTERN GULL
    
    SABINE’S GULL
    
    ELEGANT TERN
    
    FORSTER’S TERN
    
    COMMON MURRE
    
    PIGEON GUILLEMOT
    
    CASSIN’S AUKLET
    
    RHINOCEROS AUKLET
    
    TUFTED PUFFIN
    
    BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON
    
    PEREGRINE FALCON
    
    GREAT EGRET
    
    SNOWY EGRET
    
    HUMMINGBIRD SP.
    
    Marine mammals recorded on all three trips included:
    
    SEA OTTER
    
    CALIFORNIA SEA LION
    
    NORTHERN ELEPHANT SEAL
    
    NORTHERN FUR SEAL
    
    HARBOR SEAL
    
    HUMPBACK WHALE
    
    SHORT-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHIN
    
    RISSO’S DOLPHIN
    
    PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN
    
    BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN
    
    Also:
    
    OCEAN SUNFISH
    
    BLUE SHARK
    
    Many thanks to all of the birders who joined us. The leaders on these trips were: Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Dena Spatz, Tim Miller, Abe Borker, Christian Schwarz, Clay Kempf, and Debi Shearwater. All trips were entered into eBird following pelagic protocol.
    
    A recap of Shearwater Journeys’ September pelagic trips can be found here:
    
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2016/09/september-2016-pelagic-bonanza_11.html
    
    Living the Salt Life,
    
    Debi Shearwater
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    
    PO Box 190
    
    Hollister, CA 95024
    
    831.637.8527
    
    debi@...
    
    < http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com > www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    
    < http://www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com > www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 41 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
    
    Siberia’s Forgotten Coast Voyage: 27 June -10 July with Debi & nesting Spoon-billed Sandpipers
    
    Russia’s Ring of Fire: 30 May - 11 June
    
    Sea of Okhotsk: 12 - 23 June
    
    
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  23. Pelagic Trips: Sep 23, 24, 25 & Upcoming Trips LINK
    DATE: Sep 29, 2016, 11 month(s) ago
    Howdy, CALBirders,
    
    Shearwater Journeys held three successful pelagic trips in conjunction with the Monterey Bay Birding Festival on September 23, 24, and 25. Each day was a little bit different. At least one new species was added each day.
    
    On Sunday, we found a huge feeding aggregation of Brandt’s Cormorants, gulls, and Black-vented Shearwaters. They appeared to be feeding on small anchovies. It was quite a frenzy as the cormorants drove the fish in front of the flock with gulls noisily calling and swirling overhead, providing visual and auditory cues for seabirds in the surrounding areas. Like magic, hundreds of Black-vented Shearwaters began streaming toward the frantically feeding flock. However, another cue was provided by the pungent smell of fish— an olfactory cue! Using all three cues, birds flew in from all directions. Once the feeding was over a large fish oil slick was all that was left on the sea. This is something that I have witnessed several times over the past four decades.
    
    Now that the albacore fishing is winding down off Washington, the seabirds associated with that industry are showing up in numbers along our coast. All three jaeger species, South Polar Skuas, and Sabine’s Gulls, along with a trickle of Arctic Terns were the first ones to show up. Buller’s Shearwater numbers have increased in the past ten days. Flesh-footed Shearwaters are sure to follow. Scripps’s and Craveri’s Murrelets which also associate closely with albacore could show up, if there is any clear, blue water in our area. Albacore changed their migration pattern about a decade ago and now head to Oregon and Washington, mostly bypassing central California. The seabirds associated with them tend to follow, if conditions are right.
    
    Our upcoming trips departing from Monterey with spaces available are:
    OCTOBER 1 with Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Jim Holmes, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater.
    OCTOBER 8 with Alex Rinkert, Tim Miller, Clay Kempf, Debi Shearwater
    OCTOBER 16 with Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Debi Shearwater
    And, from Half Moon Bay:
    OCTOBER 2 with Steve Tucker, Steve Hampton, Jim Holmes, Debi Shearwater
    Reservations: debi@...
    
    The birders who did all three trips (September 23, 24, 25) recorded the following species:
    
    PACIFIC LOON
    COMMON LOON
    BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS
    PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER
    BULLER’S SHEARWATER
    SOOTY SHEARWATER
    BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER
    ASHY STORM-PETREL
    BROWN PELICAN
    BRANDT’S CORMORANT
    PELAGIC CORMORANT
    DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
    BLACK OYSTERCATCHER
    WHIMBREL
    BLACK TURNSTONE
    SURFBIRD
    RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
    SOUTH POLAR SKUA
    POMARINE JAEGER
    PARASITIC JAEGER
    LONG-TAILED JAEGER
    HEERMANN’S GULL
    CALIFORNIA GULL
    WESTERN GULL
    SABINE’S GULL
    ELEGANT TERN
    FORSTER’S TERN
    COMMON MURRE
    PIGEON GUILLEMOT
    CASSIN’S AUKLET
    RHINOCEROS AUKLET
    TUFTED PUFFIN
    BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON
    PEREGRINE FALCON
    GREAT EGRET
    SNOWY EGRET
    HUMMINGBIRD SP.
    
    Marine mammals recorded on all three trips included:
    SEA OTTER
    CALIFORNIA SEA LION
    NORTHERN ELEPHANT SEAL
    NORTHERN FUR SEAL
    HARBOR SEAL
    HUMPBACK WHALE
    SHORT-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHIN
    RISSO’S DOLPHIN
    PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN
    BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN
    
    Also:
    OCEAN SUNFISH
    BLUE SHARK
    
    Many thanks to all of the birders who joined us. The leaders on these trips were: Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Dena Spatz, Tim Miller, Abe Borker, Christian Schwarz, Clay Kempf, and Debi Shearwater. All trips were entered into eBird following pelagic protocol.
    
    A recap of Shearwater Journeys’ September pelagic trips can be found here:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2016/09/september-2016-pelagic-bonanza_11.html
    
    Living the Salt Life,
    Debi Shearwater
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 41 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
    Siberia ’s Forgotten Coast Voyage: 27 June -10 July with Debi & nesting Spoon-billed Sandpipers
    Russia ’s Ring of Fire: 30 May - 11 June
    Sea of Okhotsk: 12 - 23 June
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  25. Upcoming Pelagic Trips with Monterey Seabirds LINK
    DATE: Sep 28, 2016, 11 month(s) ago
    Hello- I am writing to you on behalf of Monterey Seabirds, an organization that offers pelagic birding trips in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. We are announcing our calendar for the rest of the year (2016). We have 8 hour excursions planned for the following dates: October 1 (Blake Matheson as trip leader) October 15 (Blake Matheson as trip leader) October 23
    Trips depart at 7:30am and check in is at 7am. Tickets are $130 per person. Please bring your own lunch and be prepared for any type of weather while onboard. We are also very likely to see marine mammals and possibly a variety of fishes including sharks in addition to birds. More information can be found, and reservations can be made at montereyseabirds.com or by calling 831-375-4658.
    We have been sighting up to 5 different species of shearwaters, all three species of jaegars, cassin's and rhino auklets, tufted puffin, black-footed albatross and a variety of other species. This also the time of year when more winter birds are coming to the area.
    We are also looking for potential trip leaders and spotters, if you are interested please email Katlyn Taylor at  mbwwassistant@... .  Thank you, Katlyn Taylor Monterey Bay Whale Watch & Monterey Seabirds
    
    --
    Katlyn Taylor
    Marine Biologist
    Monterey Bay Whale Watch
    971-322-8425
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  27. Pelagic News LINK
    DATE: Sep 22, 2016 @ 6:21am, 11 month(s) ago
    Howdy, CALBirders,
    
    Shearwater Journeys had a wildlife filled pelagic trip September 18th from Half Moon Bay covering both San Mateo and San Francisco Counties. Highlights were many: BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS; NORTHERN/PACIFIC FULMAR; PINK-FOOTED, BULLER’S and SOOTY SHEARWATERS; one good view of a WILSON’S STORM-PETREL and 53 ASHY STORM-PETRELS; the NORTHERN GANNET was on sail rock; 165 SABINE’S GULLS; ARCTIC and COMMON TERNS; COMMON MURRE, CASSIN’S and RHINOCEROS AUKLETS; one TUFTED PUFFIN. A Hawaiian Petrel was called out on the trip, but due to short, distant views by only a couple (excellent) birders on the trip, we have decided not to include this species on the list. The Black-vented Shearwaters either continued north along the coast (but no reports from shore), or did a U-turn and went south. Monterey Bay still had a few when we were last out.
    
    The cetacean show was outstanding: 5 BLUE WHALES; 45 HUMPBACK WHALES; 5 COMMON DOLPHINS and 10 DALL’S PORPOISES. The feeding whales were quite amazing! Still lots of food around.
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    
    Our next trip departing from Half Moon Bay is OCTOBER 2 with Steve Tucker, Jim Holmes, Steve Hampton and Debi Shearwater co-leading. This weekend, we have trips departing from Monterey on SEPTEMBER 23, 24, 25. Spaces are available on all trips. I can be reached by email: debi@...
    
    Living the Salt Life,
    Debi Shearwater
    
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
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  29. Pelagic Little Gull today! Out of Half Moon Bay. LINK
    DATE: Sep 11, 2016 @ 11:17pm, 11 month(s) ago
    Hi all,     We had a fantastic pelagic trip out of Half Moon Bay today. We thought we were doing well when we saw the Northern Gannet and then found a Tufted Puffin in the second hour of our trip. But on our third hour transect, I could not believe my eyes when I saw a young Little Gull in front of the boat. In the end we could see it was a juvenile, in with a great flock of Sabine’s Gulls, and a few Arctic and Common terns. This is the first in San Mateo county since 2004. Needless to say it was the first we have seen on our trips. The bird never allowed close approach, but we had good views largely as we were able to keep up with it for almost 10 minutes. A very, very cool bird! It was about 13 miles offshore from Bean Hollow in southern San Mateo County. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31540976     Lots of Sabine’s Gulls out today, all three jaegers, lots of shearwaters (3 species), and good looks at Ashy Storm-Petrels as we found some areas with small concentrations. Black-footed Albatrosses showed well, as well as the expected alcids. Unfortunately no offshore murrelets were out there, we had great viewing conditions so I think they just were not around. For part of the trip whales stole the show, we were surrounded by Humpbacks, while Blues and a couple of Fin Whales came up in front of the boat. All while multiple Pink-footed shearwaters, and more Sabine’s Gulls fed in the area. Short-beaked Common Dolphins were out there, although they did not get up close to the boat. All in all, an outstanding day out with some very nice surprises.     Still room on our trip next Sunday, Monterey on the 25 th , and our two October dates. http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/   Stoked! Alvaro Alvaro Jaramillo alvaro@... www.alvarosadventures.com  
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