For those of you not lucky enough to have been on the LAAS Audubon
trip that recorded Streaked Shearwater today, or the August 17th
Shearwater Journeys Ft Bragg trip, I have some advice:
sign-up for Shearwater Journeys Monterey Bay and Santa Cruz
Pelagics, especially those the last weekend in September and the
first weekend in October. There are 5 accepted records for Monterey
bay, and one pending that will be accepted (I know it will be
accepted because I took the photos). All of the CA records are
between August 13 and October 9.
Until these two birds this year, all of the accepted records were
from Monterey Bay, except for a bird found in a parking lot in Red
Bluff. If there is a mini-invasion of Streaked Shearwaters this
year, then my money would be on one of these Monterey trips.
The chances of finding a mega-rarity like Streaked Shearwater are
always small, but the odds of finding one sitting at home on the
couch is zero (unless your house looks out an a parking lot in Red
Bluff). Many other rarities (such as Wedge-tailed Shearwater) have
been recorded at this time of year, and the abundance and variety
seabirds helps soften the blow if that crippling rarity does not
Visit the Shearwater Journeys website at www.shearwaterjourneys.com
for a complete trip schedule or contact Debi Shearwater at
or call 831-637-8527 for more info.
marina Del Rey CA