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Bodega Bay and Fort Bragg Pelagics

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  • Todd McGrath
    Dear Calbirders: Many birders have taken part on a Monterey Bay pelagic trip, but there are several other exciting destinations that far fewer birders have
    Message 1 of 3 , Aug 3 10:29 PM
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      Dear Calbirders:

      Many birders have taken part on a Monterey Bay pelagic trip, but there
      are several other exciting destinations that far fewer birders have
      experienced. The Cordell Bank is a little over 20 miles off of Bodega Bay,
      and has produced some of the most spectacular rarities in CA, particularly
      in the summer. Great-winged Petrel, Shy Albatross (3 records on Shearwater
      Journey trips), Dark-rumped Petrel, Light-mantled Sooty Albatross, and
      Short-tailed Albatross have all been recorded in the summer season. While
      most birders tend to take trips in the September to October period, Summer
      often produces the best rarities, along with an excellent diversity of
      species. There are trips to the Cordell Bank August 12, 20 and September 7,
      29, all with space available.

      Even less well known are scheduled trips from Fort Bragg. These trips are
      a relatively new addition to the schedule, and there is still much to learn
      about the distribution of pelagics in these waters, but early results are
      encouraging. A Dark-rumped Petrel was found last August, along with a
      Markham's storm-petrel, and these trips generally record high numbers of
      albatross, so a rarity is a real possibility. Trips from Fort Bragg are
      scheduled for Aug 18 and Sep 5 and 19. The Sept 19 trip needs some
      additional participants in the next week or so to ensure its viability.

      I hope to see some of you on a pelagic this summer!

      For information about these and other trips, call Debi Shearwater at
      831-637-8527 or visit the new website at www.ShearwaterJourneys.com



      Todd McGrath
      Marina Del Rey CA
      Skua@...


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