August 11, 2006 Pelagic Trip
- 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:
SOOTY SHEARWATER- 85,000
CALIFORNIA SEA LION-80
SHORT-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHIN-150
NORTHERN RIGHT WHALE DOLPHIN-95
PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN-45
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.
Debra Love Shearwater
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024 USA
"Real birds eat squid."�Tony Marr
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