TOO MANY SEABIRDS!
- Hello, Seabirders,
Shearwater Journeys' pelagic trip from Bodega Bay on August 15, 2006
departed from Port O' Bodega about 7 am. Immediately, we were
surrounded by 150 migrating PIGEON GUILLEMOTS just outside the harbor
entrance! This was just the start of a day with thousands and thousands
of seabirds. It was an absolutely dizzying mass of swirling and feeding
seabirds which continued throughout the entire day. We went
approximately 29 miles offshore to the 900 fathom line. The sea surface
temperature was 56-57 F, perfect for the ASHY STORM-PETRELS. From the
harbor out to the furthest point offshore, the ocean was loaded with
bait fish, and seabirds and humpbacks feeding on them.
Highlights of this trip included: 3 LAYSAN ALBATROSSES (unusual at this
time of year), 75 BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES, the first sightings this
fall of FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER, a SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER (possibly a
record early date), small flocks of BULLER'S SHEARWATERS sitting on the
water, 1200 PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS, and more than 100,000 SOOTY
SHEARWATERS. Scattered, small flocks of ASHY STORM-PETRELS were found,
along with one fly-by WILSON'S STORM-PETREL. The jaeger show was good,
with all three species represented. SABINE'S GULLS numbers are now
increasing, and we found the first ARCTIC TERNS of the season.
Hundreds of COMMON MURRES were scattered from the shoreline, to well
offshore. A single TUFTED PUFFIN circled our vessel. The "darling" of
the trip was a newly fledged BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD, who entertained us
by picking at crumbs on the deck, catching kelp flies, and napping on
the toilet seat! Marine mammals put on quite a show, with bowriding
DALL'S PORPOISES, and lunge-feeding HUMPBACK WHALES, gulping huge
amounts of baby sardines.
The leaders on this very birdy day were Peter Pyle, Steve Howell, Lisa
Hug, and Debra Shearwater. The complete species list follows. Our next
trip from Bodega Bay to the Cordell Bank and Bodega Canyon is on
Monday, August 28th. This trip can be combined with the two trips from
Fort Bragg on August 25 & 26, and a day of landbirding along the
Highway 1 coastline on August 27th. Our next trip from Monterey is
Friday, August 18th. Please contact Jennifer Green at 831/479-3521
before 9 pm or greenotr@... for reservations for these trips.
Debra will return to the office on August 29th.
AUGUST 18, 2006 BODEGA CANYON & CORDELL BANK:
BROWN PELICAN-4 offshore
BRANDT'S CORMORANT-4 offshore
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT-1 offshore
PELAGIC CORMORANT-2 offshore
HEERMANN'S GULL-1 juv.
RING-BILLED GULL-1 offshore
PIGEON GUILLEMOT-150 & 1 offshore
CALIFORNIA SEA LION-300
STELLER'S SEA LION-5
NORTHERN FUR SEAL-5
Debra Love Shearwater
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024 USA
"Real birds eat squid."�Tony Marr
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