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7/26, 7/28, and 8/5 Shearwater Journeys Trip Reports

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    Fellow Pelagic Enthusiasts, The attached table lists the birds and other marine life recently recorded on Shearwater Journeys trips. Shearwater Triangle trips
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 6, 2001
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      Fellow Pelagic Enthusiasts,

      The attached table lists the birds and other marine life recently recorded on Shearwater Journeys trips. Shearwater Triangle trips leave from Moss Landing, CA and head for the very heart of Monterey Bay. Cordell Bank trips leave from Bodega Bay CA. Highlights from the 8/5 Shearwater Triangle Trip recorded our first South Polar Skua of the season, as well as good numbers of Sooty Shearwaters and Jaegers. Sabine's Gulls are starting to build, and several came in close to the boat. The non-bird highlight was a 7+ foot Leatherback Sea-turtle that spent a few minutes right next to the boat. The last two trips to the Shearwater Triangle have recorded Leatherbacks, so it appears as if it is a good year to see them in the Bay. Large numbers of Jellyfish (their food) were also observed, so perhaps the turtles will stay. Other non-bird highlights included great looks at Blue Whales, Humpbacks and Risso's Dolphins.

      Upcoming trips for August and September are as follows:

      Shearwater Triangle (Moss Landing) Aug 10, Sep 2, 30
      Cordell Bank and Bodega Canyon (Bodega Bay) Aug 12, 20 Sep 7, 29
      Farallon Islands -Tufted Puffin (Sausilito) Aug 19
      Fort Bragg -Noyo Canyon & Vizcaino (Fort Bragg) Aug 18, Sep 5,
      Monterey Bay (Monterey) Aug 25, Sep 15
      Monterey Seavalley (Monterey) Sep 9
      Albacore Grounds (Monterey) Aug 26 Sep 16(waitlist only)
      Santa Cruz: Storm-petrels & Murrelets (Santa Cruz) Aug 11, 24 Sep 8

      For more information about upcoming trips, visit www.shearwaterjourneys.com or call Debi Shearwater at 831-637-8527 to register.


      Species
      Recorded
      Shearwater
      Triangle
      7/26
      Cordell
      Bank
      7/28
      Shearwater
      Triangle
      8/5
      Black-footed Albatross
      25
      100
      30
      Sooty Shearwater
      24,000
      2,500
      24,600
      Pink-footed Shearwater
      11
      75
      12
      Buller's Shearwater

      2

      Flesh-footed Shearwater
      1


      Manx Shearwater
      1


      Northern Fulmar
      20
      20
      20
      Ashy Storm-petrel
      1
      24
      2
      Wilson's Storm-petrel

      1

      Fork-tailed Storm-petrel

      8

      Pomarine Jaeger
      7
      12
      17
      Pom/Parasitic Jaeger


      4
      Parasitic Jaeger
      1
      3
      9
      Long-tailed Jaeger
      1
      20

      South Polar Skua


      1
      Western Gull
      ++
      ++
      ++
      California Gull
      ++
      ++
      ++
      Heerman's Gull
      ++
      ++
      ++
      Sabine's Gull
      11
      40
      34
      Elegant Tern
      60
      4
      10
      Common Murre
      1,050
      200
      120
      Pigeon Guillemot

      28
      1
      Rhinoceros Auklet
      11
      2
      1
      Cassin's Auklet
      8
      150

      Tufted Puffin

      2

      Red-necked Phalarope
      1,500+
      8
      6




      Mammals and other life







      Leatherback Sea-turtle
      2

      1
      Blue Whale
      18
      7
      9
      Humpback Whale
      47
      25
      9
      Dall's porpoise
      5


      Pacific White-sided Dolphin
      22


      Risso's Dolphin
      45

      12
      Harbor Porpoise
      7

      1
      Bottle-nosed Dolphin


      2
      Northern Fur Seal

      1

      Northern Elephant Seal
      4


      Harbor Seal
      ++

      ++
      California Sea Lion
      ++
      ++
      ++
      Sea Otter
      2

      1



      Todd McGrath
      SKUA@...
      Marina Del Rey, CA


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