MAY 11, 2008 SHEARWATER JOURNEYS' MONTEREY PELAGIC TRIP
- Howdy, Seabirders,
Shearwater Journeys' pelagic trip from Monterey on May 11th was very
productive for both seabirds and marine mammals. Highlights included:
over 150 BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES, with counts as high as 60 birds at
once sitting behind the boat for great photo opportunities; good
numbers of returning shearwaters, including 50 PINK-FOOTED and 3000
SOOTY SHEARWATERS, mostly adults in molt, a surprising 25 ASHY STORM-
PETRELS; an out of this world showing of alternate plumaged RED and
RED-NECKED PHALAROPES; one knockout SABINE'S GULL showing breeding
pink suffusion; 2 ARCTIC TERNS; great views of COMMON MURRES, PIGEON
GUILLEMOTS calling under the dock before we even pulled away, 4
RHINOCEROS AUKLETS, and a spectacular display of BREACHING HUMPBACK
WHALES! One of the most incredible sights was the massive feeding
frenzies of a combination of species � shearwaters, BRANDT'S
CORMORANTS, COMMON MURRES, PACIFIC LOONS, along with the humpback
whales, and swarming, tightly formed masses of CALIFORNIA SEA LIONS �
all feeding on schooling anchovies in one giant ball of life!
We found one of the LONG-TAILED DUCKS in the Monterey harbor.
Hundreds of Brandt's Cormorant nests were on the Coast Guard
Breakwater, along with at least three nests under the red light at
the end of the breakwater. NEW, this year, are BRANDT'S CORMORANTS
NESTING ON A FISHING VESSEL that is tied up in the harbor! We counted
11 nests on this small boat! Several small flocks of BONAPARTE'S
GULLS were moving throughout the day, as were a few FORSTER'S TERNS
and a couple of CASPIAN TERNS. The Red and Red-necked Phalaropes put
on a brilliant display. I haven't seen such beautiful alternate
plumaged phalaropes since my visits to Longyerbyen, Spitsbergen, and
Grimsey Island, Iceland last summer. All in all, it was a pretty darn
We thank all of the participants who came from near and far, as well
as the leaders: Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Steve Howell, Jennifer
Green, Don Doolittle, Matt Brady, Debra Shearwater, and Oscar
Johnson, our chummer.
Our next trips from Monterey with spaces available are: June 27, July
25, August 15, 22, 29, and many trips during September and October.
Our next trips from Bodega Bay are scheduled for August 1 & 12, and
September 19. We offer one trip to the Farallon Islands on August 10
to see the Tufted Puffins. To date, we have a 100% success rate.
Finally, our two trips from Fort Bragg this season will be August 8 &
10th. Shearwater Journeys offers over 30 trips during the coming
season. Please see our web site for more details, and past trip reports.
The complete species list for MAY 11, 2008 follows:
CALIFORNIA SEA LION-500+
NORTHERN ELEPHANT SEAL-1
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
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