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SEP 7, 2008 MONTEREY BAY PELAGIC TRIP REPORT

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  • Debra Shearwater
    Hello, Seabirders, Shearwater Journey s September 7, 2008 pelagic trip from Monterey Bay did not disappoint the many participants who traveled from near and
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      Hello, Seabirders,

      Shearwater Journey's September 7, 2008 pelagic trip from Monterey Bay
      did not disappoint the many participants who traveled from near and
      far in search of seabirds. Light fog, a relief from the hot days on
      shore, greeted the morning, but broke up early in the day. Seabirds
      were in view throughout the entire day� PINK-FOOTED, SOOTY, &
      BULLER'S SHEARWATERS, BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS, NORTHERN FULMAR, all
      three species of jaegers� POMARINE, PARASITIC, and LONG-TAILED, SOUTH
      POLAR SKUAS, RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, COMMON MURRES, RHINOCEROS
      AUKLETS, and more. Highlights included 1200 ASHY STORM-PETRELS in one
      large raft (in Santa Cruz County), a juvenile SABINE'S GULL at the
      Coast Guard Breakwater at the end of the day, and two ARCTIC TERNS.
      HUMPBACK WHALES put on a show, while RISSO'S DOLPHINS were actively
      feeding, and PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHINS made a brief appearance.
      The sea surface temperature was a warm, steady 60F throughout the
      day, with no temperature gradients. It was a very pleasant day on a
      very "birdy" Monterey Bay.

      UPCOMING PELAGIC TRIPS WITH SHEARWATER JOURNEYS: Spaces are still
      available on many trips. As soon as a trip is sold out, it will be
      listed as "Sold Out" on our web site. Please contact Debra Shearwater
      immediately for reservations. Email is preferred.

      MONTEREY (7 am until 3 pm)
      SEP 12 with leaders Clay Kempf, Brian Sullivan, Steve Howell, & Debra
      Shearwater.
      *SEP 14 with leaders Linda Terrill, Scott Terrill, John Sterling,
      Clay Kempf, David Vander Pluym, Don Doolittle, & Debra Shearwater.
      Chummer: Lauren Harter.
      SEP 22 with leaders David Vander Pluym, David Wimpfheimer, Luke Cole,
      Don Doolittle, & Debra Shearwater.
      *SEP 25 with leaders Jim Danzenbaker, Steve Howell, & Debra Shearwater.
      SEP 27 with leaders Linda Terrill, Scott Terrill, Steve Howell, Jim
      Danzenbaker, & Debra Shearwater.
      *SEP 28 with leaders Denise Wight, Steve Howell, Jennifer Green, &
      Debra Shearwater.
      *OCT 3 with leaders Clay Kempf, Jennifer Green, & Debra Shearwater.
      *OCT 4 with leaders Clay Kempf & Debra Shearwater.
      *OCT 11 leaders TBA.
      *OCT 18 with leaders Linda Terrill, Scott Terrill, Clay Kempf, &
      Debra Shearwater.

      MONTEREY (7 am until 4:30 pm)
      *SEP 15 with leaders Luke Cole, Clay Kempf, Steve Howell, Don
      Doolittle, & Debra Shearwater

      MONTEREY ALBACORE (5:30 am until 5:30 pm)
      *SEP 13 with leaders Linda Terrill, Scott Terrill, John Sterling,
      Brian Sullivan, David Vander Pluym, & Debra Shearwater. Chummer:
      Lauren Harter.
      *OCT 5 with leaders Linda Terrill, Scott Terrill, & Debra Shearwater.

      SANTA CRUZ (7 am until about 3:30 pm)
      SEP 26 with leaders Steve Gerow, David Suddjian, Jennifer Green,
      Steve Howell, Alan Hopkins, & Debra Shearwater. SOLD OUT- WAIT LIST
      ONLY.
      OCT 12 with leaders Clay Kempf, Linda Terrill, Scott Terrill,
      Jennifer Green, John Sterling, Don Doolittle, & Debra Shearwater.

      BODEGA BAY (6:30 am until about 4-5 pm)
      *OCT 9 with leaders Lisa Hug, John Sterling, Steve Howell, Jim
      Danzenbaker, & Debra Shearwater.
      *OCT 17 with leaders Lisa Hug, John Sterling, Steve Howell, Jennifer
      Green, & Debra Shearwater.

      *These trips are especially recommended for photographers.

      We thank all of the participants who helped make the September 7 trip
      a success. The complete species list follows:

      SEPTEMBER 7, 2008 MONTEREY BAY:

      EARED GREBE-1 summering in the harbor
      BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS- 48
      PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER- 330
      BULLER'S SHEARWATER- 12
      SOOTY SHEARWATER- 2400
      ASHY STORM-PETREL- 1200
      BROWN PELICAN- 35
      BRANDT'S CORMORANT- 140
      PELAGIC CORMORANT- 2
      BLACK TURNSTONE- 8
      RED-NECKED PHALAROPE- 1080
      SOUTH POLAR SKUA- 8
      POMARINE JAEGER- 4
      POMARINE/PARASITIC JAEGER- 2
      PARASITIC JAEGER- 3
      LONG-TAILED JAEGER- 1
      HEERMANN'S GULL- 55
      CALIFORNIA GULL- 115
      WESTERN GULL- 400
      SABINE'S GULL- 3
      ELEGANT TERN- 47
      ARCTIC TERN- 2
      FORSTER'S TERN- 1
      COMMON MURRE- 66
      CASSIN'S AUKLET- 1
      RHINOCEROS AUKLET- 62
      SEA OTTER- 5
      CALIFORNIA SEA LION- 100
      NORTHERN FUR SEAL- 1
      HUMPBACK WHALE- 10, breaching & pectoral flipper slapping
      RISSO'S DOLPHIN- 22
      PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN- 6
      OCEAN SUNFISH- 1
      BLUE SHARK- 2

      Shearwaters forever,
      Debra Shearwater




      Debra Shearwater
      Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
      PO Box 190
      Hollister, CA 95024
      831.637.8527
      debi@...
      www.shearwaterjourneys.com

      *Antarctica, South Georgia, & The Falkland Islands, January 5-24, 2010*
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