Skipper Richard Ternullo called me this afternoon to report a HAWAIIAN
PETREL, actually he said Dark-rumped Petrel but this species was
recently split by the AOU into Galapagos and Hawaiian Petrels. For an
overview on the identification and distribution of these two species
and the records within California check out Don Roberson's web page at
The bird was seen in Monterey Bay initially 2 miles w of Moss Landing in
the course of a whale watch trip. Richard was unable to get photos
initially but relocated the bird about an hour later in the vicinity of
Pt. Pinos and was able to shoot off a couple of rolls of film.
If accepted this will be the second Monterey County record.
If only our Monterey Seabirds trip had been scheduled for today instead
of next Sunday!
By the way there are still plenty of spaces available for Sunday, May
11. Don Roberson and Dan Singer will be leading. Call 831 375-4658 or go
for reservations. Cost is $70 per person.
See you on the water,
Roger Wolfe for Monterey Seabirds