Recently back from "down under" on the Great Barrier Reef and I'm ready for
some California seabirding! Shearwater Journeys has two spring pelagic trips
coming up, both with spaces available: April 15 and May 27. Both trips
depart from Monterey and will head out to the Submarine Canyon. Spring is
probably the most underated season for seabirding. This is a great time of
the year to see the birds in "high" plumagethe Pomarine Jaegers are
Some of the species that we might encounter include: Black-footed and Laysan
(rare) Albatross; Sooty, Pink-footed, Manx (rare), and Flesh-footed
Shearwaters; Ashy and Fork-tailed Storm-Petrels (possible); Brandt's and
Pelagic Cormorants; Red and Red-necked Phalaropes; Pomarine Jaeger; Sabine's
Gull; Arctic and Elegant Terns; Common Murre; Pigeon Guillemot; Xantus'
Murrelet; Cassin's and Rhinoceros Auklets; Tufted Puffin (rare), and a
variety of marine mammals, especially Humpback Whales. We will, of course,
look for the reported Yellow-billed Loon.
Please make an advance reservation with Debra Shearwater at the details
below. Both trips depart from Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey at 7 am and
return about 3 pm.
Aside from the lovely Giant Clams and gorgeous tropical fish, the best bird
during two weeks on the Great Barrier Reef was a TAHITI PETREL for me! Best
bird on the Sydney pelagic trip was a GREY TERNLET. Have to admit, I loved
seeing all those GREAT-WINGED PETRELS, though!
Debi Shearwater <debiluv@...
P.O. Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024