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August 11, 2006 Pelagic Trip

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  • Debi Shearwater
    Hello, Seabirders, Yesterday, Shearwater Journeys had a good pelagic trip from Monterey. Seas were a little choppy, but seabirds and marine mammals were
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 14, 2006
      Hello, Seabirders,

      Yesterday, Shearwater Journeys had a good pelagic trip from Monterey.
      Seas were a little choppy, but seabirds and marine mammals were
      abundant. Highlights included the first BULLER'S SHEARWATERS and
      SABINE'S GULLS reported in Monterey this season. BLACK-FOOTED
      ALBATROSSES put on a good show, and allowed for some great photography.
      Surprisingly, a single ASHY STORM-PETREL crossed the bow as we were
      only a few miles off Cypress Poing. The marine mammal show was
      outstanding, with SHORT-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHINS bowriding early in the
      day. This was followed by a mixed group of RISSO'S DOLPHINS, NORHTERN
      RIGHT WHALE DOLPHINS, and PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHINS�all performing
      aerial displays. The climax of the day was a feeding flock of 85,000
      SOOTY SHEARWATERS and newly fledged COMMON MURRES with their fathers.
      Many shearwaters could be seen carrying bait fish in their beaks.

      The leaders were Brian Sullivan, Jennifer Green, Don Doolittle, and
      Debra Shearwater. The sea surface temperature ranged from 59-61.7F. The
      complete species list follows:

      BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS-18
      PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER-210
      BULLER'S SHEARWATER-3
      SOOTY SHEARWATER- 85,000
      ASHY STORM-PETREL-1
      BROWN PELICAN-3-
      BRANDT'S CORMORANT-1500
      PELAGIC CORMORANT-3
      BLACK TURNSTONE-1
      WILLET-4
      RED-NECKED PHALAROPE-175
      RED PHALAROPE-2
      POMARINE JAEGER-16
      POMARINE/PARASITIC JAEGER-2
      PARASITIC JAEGER-2
      LONG-TAILED JAEGER-1
      CALIFORNIA GULL-45
      WESTERN GULL-300
      SABINE'S GULL-12
      ELEGANT TERN-30
      CASPIAN TERN-4
      COMMON MURRE-3500
      PIGEON GUILLEMOT-15
      CASSIN'S AUKLET-2
      RHINOCEROS AUKLET-5
      SEA OTTER-5
      CALIFORNIA SEA LION-80
      HARBOR SEAL-40
      HUMPBACK WHALE-9
      SHORT-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHIN-150
      NORTHERN RIGHT WHALE DOLPHIN-95
      RISSO'S DOLPHIN-250
      PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN-45
      OCEAN SUNFISH-1


      Our next boat trips with spaces available from Monterey are: Aug 18th
      and Sep 3; from Bodega Bay: Aug 15 and 28: and from Fort Bragg: Aug 25
      and 26. To make a reservation for any of these trips, please call
      Jennifer Green at 831/000-0000. Debra Shearwater will be out of the
      office until August 29. Please visit her at her booth at the British
      Bird Fair on August 18, 19, and 20th. Spaces are available on all
      Shearwater Journeys' trips this season.

      Shearwaters forever,
      Debi


      Debra Love Shearwater
      Shearwater Journeys
      www.shearwaterjourneys.com
      debi@...
      PO Box 190
      Hollister, CA 95024 USA
      831/637-8527

      "Real birds eat squid."�Tony Marr

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