Seabird Report: October 6, 2013
- Hello, Cal Birders,Shearwater Journeys' October 6, 2013 twelve hour pelagic trip departing from Half Moon Bay on a stunningly beautiful day recorded the following species in both San Mateo and San Francisco Counties: NORTHERN FULMAR (69- higher counts of recently arrived birds); PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER (1765), FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER (5), SOOTY SHEARWATER (498, low, numbers should be higher0, BULLER'S SHEARWATER (193, many on the Continental Shelf, close to shore), RED PHALAROPE (62), SOUTH POLAR SKUA (6), COMMON MURRE (1930), CASSIN'S AUKLET (134), RHINOCEROS AUKLET (85), TUFTED PUFFIN (2).Also seen in San Francisco County only: SABINE'S GULL (3). Seen in San Mateo County only: RED-NECKED PHALAROPE (95), POMARINE JAEGER (6), PARASITIC JAEGER (3), MARBLED MURRELET (9, photographed, eating anchovies), "XANTUS'S-type" MURRELET (2, flyaways).Marine mammals included: 24 BLUE WHALES, 49 HUMPBACK WHALES, 15 HARBOR PORPOISE, 10 DALL'S PORPOISE. Eight BLUE SHARKS were found on this glassy-smooth, warm and sunny day! What a pleasure!Spaces are available on our Oct 27 (Leaders: Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, John Garrett & Debi Shearwater) & Nov 16 Leaders: Todd McGrath, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Debi Shearwater) trips departing from Half Moon Bay which cover San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. Only two spaces are available on our Oct 20 trip (Leaders: Peter Pyle, Jim Holmes, Annie Schmidt, Debi Shearwater) departing from Sausalito to the Farallon Islands to search for seabirds and great white sharks, a trip that is 100% San Francisco County. Monterey trips Oct 13 (Leaders: Steve Rottenborn, Clay Kempf, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Rick Fournier, John Garrett, Debi Shearwater) and Oct 25 (Leaders: Jennifer Green, Clay Kempf, Debi Shearwater), and finally Oct 18 Bodega Bay (Leaders: Steve Howell, Lisa Hug, Jennifer Green, Farley Connelly, Debi Shearwater).Please email me for a reservation. Don't miss the possibility of a new albatross record for California and North America — October 18th, Bodega Bay! Be there, or be ----Shearwaters Forever,Debi ShearwaterP.S. One astute observe noticed that I left the #7 shearwater species off the list on the October 5th report. It was BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER. These Continental Shelf dwelling shearwaters are currently making a push northward along the California coast.