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OCT 1, 2006 MONTEREY PELAGIC TRIP

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  • Debi Shearwater
    Hello, Seabirders, For the third day in a row, the seas were glassy-calm on Monterey Bay. Shearwater Journeys had a very delightful day at sea, even though
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      Hello, Seabirders,

      For the third day in a row, the seas were glassy-calm on Monterey Bay.
      Shearwater Journeys had a very delightful day at sea, even though very
      light sprinkles of rain (!) fell in the late afternoon. Once again, the
      ocean was so calm that it almost appeared to be oiled. The late
      afternoon sun was just breathtaking. Highlights of this trip included:
      5 species of shearwaters: 1 MANX SHEARWATER spotted by Steve Howell on
      our return to the harbor, as it was sitting on the water; 4
      FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATERS, some sitting on the water; 310 PINK-FOOTED
      SHEARWATERS; 60 BULLER'S SHEARWATERS; and 750 SOOTY SHEARWATERS. Three
      BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES were nice, as most have departed. We did find
      the storm-petrel flocks. They included 1 WILSON'S, 6000+ ASHYS, and
      175+ BLACKS. Also, one leucistic Ashy with a white collar was spotted.
      SOUTH POLAR SKUAS (7) put on a nice show, and flocks of POMARINE
      JAEGERS were everywhere. Three CASSIN'S AUKLETS, scarce this fall, gave
      us great views. The whale show continued, along with a spectacular
      dolphin show, too. The PEREGRINE FALCONS returned, with leader Clay
      Kempf spotting the first one while we were still on the dock. It
      perched on top of Wharf No. 2. The second Peregrine was on the radio
      tower along Cannery Row, its usual spot. The female HARLEQUIN DUCK,
      continues in the harbor.

      The leaders for this trip were: Clay Kempf, Steve Howell, Kirsten
      Lindquist, Jennifer Green, Matt Brady, Ryan Terrill, and Debra
      Shearwater. Many thanks to all who participated. Two fellows from New
      York went on every Shearwater Journeys' trip during the month of
      September. This was their final trip. They amassed a huge variety of
      seabirds and marine mammals, as well as many land birds.

      The species list follows:

      OCTOBER 1, 2006 MONTEREY (sea surface temperature 60.1F)

      COMMON LOON-1
      EARED GREBE-1
      BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS-3
      PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER-310
      FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER-4
      BULLER'S SHEARWATER-60
      SOOTY SHEARWATER-750
      MANX SHEARWATER-1
      WILSON'S STORM-PETREL-1
      ASHY STORM-PETREL-6000+
      BLACK STORM-PETREL-175
      BROWN PELICAN-+
      BRANDT'S CORMORANT-700
      PELAGIC CORMORANT-1
      HARLEQUIN DUCK-1 female in the harbor
      NORTHERN PINTAIL-1 offshore
      BLACK TURNSTONE-6
      DUNLIN-4 offshore
      RED-NECKED PHALAROPE-55
      SOUTH POLAR SKUA-7
      POMARINE JAEGER-45+
      POMARINE/PARASITIC-7
      PARASITIC JAEGER-3
      HEERMANN'S GULL-200
      CALIFORNIA GULL-1500+
      WESTERN GULL-400
      SABINE'S GULL-16
      FORSTER'S TERN-1
      ELEGANT TERN-30
      COMMON MURRE-130
      PIGEON GUILLEMOT-3
      CASSIN'S AUKLET-3
      RHINOCEROS AUKLET-50
      SEA OTTER-+
      CALIFORNIA SEA LION-500+
      HUMPBACK WHALE-15
      NORTHERN RIGHT WHALE DOLPHIN-750
      RISSO'S DOLPHIN-11
      PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN-250
      DALL'S PORPOISE-19
      OCEAN SUNFISH-4
      PEREGRINE FALCON-2

      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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