Upcoming Shearwater Journeys Pelagics
- Dear Calbirders,
There are several Shearwater Journeys Pelagics trips scheduled for
this winter. Few birders venture offshore in winter, but it can be
well worth the effort. The recent Monterey Pelagic X-mas count
recorded a Laysan ALbatross, as well as Ancient and Marbled
Murrelets. Short-tailed Shearwaters were seen in good numbers, and
these winter trips provide the best opportunities to see these dark
Shearwaters well. a Manx shearwater was also recorded.
In addition, the constant chumming brings in excellent assortments
of gulls, and Thayer's Glacous-winged, Bonapartes, and Kittiwakes
were all recorded this December, along with the commoner species.
Yellow-billed Loon has been recorded almost annually on Monterey
winter Pelagics, and will be looked for on all of the Monterey trips.
The protection afforded Monterey bay from the Santa Cruz mountains,
as well as the close proximity of deep water means these trips are
very unlikley to be weathered out.
There is a single winter trip from Bodega Bay. This trip is likely
to record multiple Laysan Albatrosses, as well as an excellent
assortment of other seabirds. The weather in Bodega is not as
reliable as Monterey, but these trips are worth the extra effort,
and over the years, a spectacular number of rarities has been
recorded on or near the Cordell Bank. Short-tailed Albatross has
been recorded in Monterey in the winter, and would be a rare but
possible bird in Bodega as well.
I hope you can join us on one of these winter trips this year.
For more information about these trips please call Debi Shearwater
at 831-637-8527 or contact her at Debiluv@..., and don't
fortget to visit the new website at www.shearwaterjourneys.com
Here is the Schedule:
From Monterey: Jan 19th, Feb 17th, March 24th
From Bodega Bay: Jan 21st
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There are upcoming Shearwater Journeys Pelagic trips from Monterey
on March 24th and May 5th, As well as a Bodega Bay trip on May 3rd.
Last May's Bodega Bay trip recorded a Murphy's Petrel, and spring
can be an excellent time for Albatrosses on the Cordell bank. Yellow-
billed Loon has been seen on 2 Monterey Bay trips this year, and
there have been recent reports of Manx shearwaters and a Flesh-
footed shearwater from Monterey.
Spaces are availbale on all trips, contact Debi Shearwater at 831-
637-8527 or at Debiluv@... for more information.
also visit the website www.shearwaterjourneys.com for more
information about the conplete 2002 schdule.
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- Pelagic News
This fall is shaping up to be a great season for some of the most
sought after seabirds, XANTUS' & CRAVERIS' MURRELETS; LEAST StORM-
PETRELS; BLACK-VENTED, MANX, and FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATERS, and who-
knows-what rarities. Signs of El Nino conditions are already showing
up in the Monterey Bay area. With this in mind, we have made some
major changes on some of our boat trips to enhance this golden
opportunity for searching for these species and to provide you with
We have upgraded both of our previously sold out albacore trips on
Sep 15 and Oct 5 from Monterey to a very large and comfortable
vessel, the "New Holiday". We now have openings on BOTH of these
trips. Both trips depart at 5:30 am and return at 5:30 pm from
Fishermans Wharf in Monterey. Leaders on Sep 15th include: Scott
Terrill, Linda Terrill, Mike Danzenbaker, & Debra Shearwater (others
may be added). Leaders on Oct 5 include: Jim Danzenbaker,Steve
Howell, Alan Hopkins, & Debra Shearwater. During prior El Nino years,
Mike Danzenbaker found RED-TAILED TROPICBIRD twice on the Sep trip.
On the October 6, 2001 albacore trip, Jim Danzenbaker found a
STREAKED SHEARWATER.The fee for this trip is $150.
We have also upgraded our trips from Bodega Bay to the Cordell Bank
on Aug 19 and Sep 13 & 29, and Oct 14 to a very comfortable 65'
vessel, the "New Aggressor". Our skipper on these trips will be
Vince Orsini, every seabirders favorite! This vessel has a full
galley that serves hot food. All trips depart at 6:30 am and return
at 6:30 pm. Cordell Bank is teaming with wildlife even as I post
thismany blue whales and lots of seabird activity, and in recent
weeks Craveris' Murrelets were found. We have a 100% track
record for finding blue whales in Aug and Sep at Cordell Bank. This
is an incredible time of year in an incredible area for seabirds.
Some of the rare seabirds that have been found on Shearwater
Journeys' trips in this time period include: SHY ALBATROSS (3
records!), SHORT-TAILED ALBATROSS, GREAT-WINGED PETREL, DARK-RUMPED
PETREL, & LONG-BILLED MURRELET. Leaders on the Aug 19 trip include:
Jim Danzenbaker, Mike San Miguel, Brian Sullivan, Debra Shearwater
(Jon Dunn may join us). Leaders on the Sep 13 trip include:
Alan Hopkins, Mike Danzenbaker, Jennifer Green, Lisa Hug (albatross
woman),& Debra Shearwater (Steve Howell may join us). Leaders on the
Sep 29 trip include: Steve Howell, Mike Danzenbaker, Lisa Hug, Linda
Terrill, Scott Terrill & Debra Shearwater. Leaders on the Oct 14
trip include: Alan Hopkins, Lisa Hug, Alvaro Jaramillo, Luke Cole &
Debra Shearwater (Steve Howell may join us). The fee for this trip
If you are just dying to get out there and see the action, our very
next trips with spaces available are: Aug 9 (Todd McGrath, Alvaro
Jaramillo, Jennifer Green, & Debra Shearwater, leaders); Aug 24 (Jim
Danzenbaker, Clay Kempf, Ted Chankik, John Sorensen, Debra
Shearwater, leaders); Sep 1 (Denise
Wight, Clay Kempf, Jennifer Green, Debra Shearwater, leaders); Sep 8
(Mike Danzenbaker, Scott & Linda Terrill, Luke Cole, Clay Kempf,
Debra Shearwater,leaders) all from Monterey; Aug 11 (Alan Hopkins,
Jim Danzenbaker, Debra Shearwater, leaders) from Sausalito to the
Farallon Islands. looking for those difficult little storm-petrels?
I would recommend the Santa Cruz trips on Sep 28 and Oct 13.
If you are a birder coming from out of state, it is always best to
do as many trips as possible while here. Our recommended combination-
weekends with spaces open are: Sep 27, 28, 29 and Oct 4, 5, 6; or
Oct 12, 13, 14.
We regret that we have a waiting list only for the following sold-
out trips: Aug 10 Bodega Bay, Aug 17 Fort Bragg, and Sep 14 Santa
Debra Shearwater and Peter Pyle will be co-teaching the first-ever
Institute for Field Ornithology workshop (IFO)," West Coast
Seabirds", from Aug 3 thru Aug 8. This workshop is sponsored by the
American Birding Association. She will be unavailable by phone
during that time, but will check her messages.
Register for any trip by sending a check or money order. You may
show up at the dock in Monterey on Aug 9th at 7 am for that tripdo
not send a check in the mail for that particular trip. Although we
have secured the larger vessels, we still anticipate that these
trips will sell out. For more information about our exciting fall
schedule, see our web site at www.shearwaterjourneys.com, or call
Debi at 831-637-8527.
Good seabirding & welcome to fall!
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