OOPS-2005, not 2006
- Hi, Seabirders,
Sorry that I got the year incorrect in my earlier postShearwater Journey's
schedule for 2005, not 2006. I'm sure it was obvious to everyone.
I thought it might be of interest to list the seabirds which are rare to
California and/or North America that have been found on Shearwater Journey's
YELLOW-BILLED LOON- many records from our Monterey trips and one record from
"SHY" ALBATROSS- all three records for the state have been found on our
trips: two from Bodega Bay, and one near Fort Bragg.
LAYSAN ALBATROSS- formerly thought to be a very rare albatross in CA; seen
annually on our trips, most recently on our May 2005 Monterey trip.
SHORT-TAILED ALBATROSS- recorded on several of our trips, both Monterey and
GREAT-WINGED PETREL- first record for the Northern Hemisphere on our August
Bodega Bay trip, subsequently recorded on one of our Monterey trips, as
MURPHY'S PETERL- most recently recorded on our Bodgea Bay and Fort Bragg
"DARK-RUMPED PETREL"- in recent years, recorded on our Bodega Bay and Fort
Bragg trips; recorded last year on one of our September Bodega Bay trips.
COOK'S PETREL- first recorded decades ago on Shearwater trips from Morro
Bay; no firm recent records from our trips, suspected off Fort Bragg.
STEJNEGER'S PETREL- first recorded years ago on a Shearwater trip from Morro
Bay; no firm recent records from our trips.
BULWER'S PETREL- first record for North America recorded on one of our late
July trips from Monterey.
GREATER SHEARWATER- recorded several times on our Monterey trips.
WEDGE-TAILED SHEARWATER- recorded several times on our Monterey trips.
MANX SHEARWATER- recorded from our Monterey, Bodega Bay, and Fort Bragg
STREAKED SHEARWATER- recorded from several of our Monterey trips, from one
of our Fort Bragg trips, and most recently on one of our September 2004
Bodega Bay trips.
CORY'S SHEARWATER- recorded for the first time in the eastern Pacific from
one of our Bodega Bay trips.
LITTLE SHEARWATER- recorded for the first time from one of our mid-October
trips from Monterey.
WEDGE-RUMPED STORM-PETREL- recorded years ago in Monterey Bay on some of our
earliest trips there. Due to show up again.
RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD- recorded sporadically on our Monterey trips.
RED-TAILED TROPICBIRD- recorded twice on our September albacore trips from
MASKED BOOBY- recorded sproadically on our Monterey trips.
BROWN BOOBY- recorded sproadically on our Monterey trips, and on one of our
Fort Bragg trips.
MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD- recorded sproadically on our Monterey trips.
GREAT FRIGATEBIRD- recorded near Mulligan Hill on one of our earliest
Monterey trips. Due to show up again.
PARAKEET AUKLET- recorded from our winter Bodega Bay trips. None in recent
CRESTED AUKLET- recorded once nearshore on one of our Bodega Bay trips.
LONG-BILLED MURRELET- recorded once on one of our September Bodega Bay
This list attempts to list the various rarities that have been recorded on
Shearwater Journey's trips over the past 30 years. Some of these species
have been recorded on other trips, or by researchers on offshore transects,
some have not. These records have all been accepted by the California Bird
Records Committee (CBRC). A few species have not been added to this list,
since they have not been accepted, formally. These are seabirds that may
show up on future trips, or that need further documention. Nevertheless,
they are "seabird suspects", or should I say, "prospects" that should be
looked for: Markham's Storm-Petrel, Black/Parkinson's Petrel, and "Brown"
Hope you will be there when we add the next rarity to this list!
Debi Shearwater <debiluv@...>
P.O. Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024