Apologies for the very late posting. I have been out of town and
unable to get online since last week and just subscribed to the list.
Although outdated, it may be of interest to some.
Last tuesday 10/23 while in the area during a short visit from Tucson,
I excitedly jumped at the last minute birding opportunity to join a
squid fishing charter heading to Cordell Bank from Bodega Bay and was
greatly rewarded with a good mix of pelagic species while cruising
around for the elusive squid.
The main highlight was a juvenile BROWN BOOBY twice showing off its
spectacular low-angle plunge-diving antics.
A short list of notable birds seen is as follows:
Buller's Shearwater - 14
Pink-footed Shearwater - 11
Black-vented Shearwater - 3
Flesh-footed Shearwater - 2
Short-tailed Shearwater - 6
Sooty Shearwater - 16
Black-footed Albatross - 10
Northern Fulmar - 55
South Polar Skua - 2
Parasitic Jaeger - 2
Rhinoceros Auklet - 12
Cassin's Auklet - 21
Red Phalarope - 7
Glaucous-winged Gull - 3
Red-throated Loon - 13
Barrow's Goldeneye - 33
In and around Bodega Harbor and breakwaters were:
American White Pelican - 35
White-winged Scoter - 7
Common Loon - 10
Pacific Loon - 4
Red-throated Loon - 17
Brandt's Cormorant - 25
Pelagic Cormorant - 18
Common Murre - 41
Pigeon Guillemot - 8
A small group of Tricolored Blackbirds near the Tides Restaurant
capped off a great day's birding and desire for a return visit.