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Late Report: August 29, 2008 Monterey Pelagic Trip

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  • Debra Shearwater
    Hello, Seabirders, This is a late report for the August 29, 2008 Shearwater Journey s Monterey Bay pelagic trip, written by Linda Terrill. I thank all of the
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 11, 2008
      Hello, Seabirders,

      This is a late report for the August 29, 2008 Shearwater Journey's
      Monterey Bay pelagic trip, written by Linda Terrill. I thank all of
      the trip participants and the leaders who made this trip a success in
      my absence. The leaders for August 29 were: Linda Terrill, Scott
      Terrill, Clay Kempf, and Jennifer Green.

      Shearwater Journeys had another great day at sea on Friday, August
      29th, despite (again) a heavy marine layer limiting visibility much
      of the day. The Long-tailed Duck in the harbor cooperated for
      excellent viewing right out of the slip, as a Belted Kingfisher
      perched on a mast to seemingly check out what we were all looking at.
      Rounding the breakwater full of Brandt�s Cormorant�s and a few Black
      Turnstones, we headed out, where Sooty and Pink-footed Shearwater
      numbers were both up from recent trips, and Buller�s Shearwaters are
      increasing for their regular fall showing, with many graceful passes
      near the boat for the ooh�s and ahh�s these beautiful birds
      deservedly elicit. Our wonderful eclectic passenger group that had
      gathered from far and wide enjoyed the camaraderie of excitement for
      the first of almost 20 Black-footed Albatross of the day that made a
      rather quick but satisfying pass by the expert chumming at that back
      of the boat, to return shortly and sit for viewing and photo ops.
      The cry of �Laysan� refocused all a bit later, as i t cruised
      straight for the boat, sailed majestically around the boat a few
      times, then sat for all to enjoy. Ashy Storm-petrels in ones and
      twos kept largely to the edge of the fog, scattered through the day,
      and a group of Whimbrels flew over the boat on their search for land.
      A juvenile Black Tern was an unusual visitor out over the canyon, and
      one lone heavily-molting Pigeon Guillemot was spotted on the water on
      our way in. Red-necked Phalarope numbers were up, and a few scattered
      Red�s made a showing. Other highlights included a South Polar Skua
      harassing gulls in the wake for an extended show near the end of the
      day. The marine mammal show was fun and varied, with three Humpback
      Whales giving good viewing, and three species of dolphins bow-riding,
      plus a very nice show by Risso�s Dolphins. A young male Elephant
      Seal uncharacteristically popped his head up near the boat repeatedly
      � seeming to check us out, as much as we were him. The reciprocal
      curiosity was again displayed by a very cooperative (and yes,
      beautiful!) Blue Shark swimming on the surface next to the boat for
      extended viewing.

      Species list:

      Laysan Albatross � 1
      Black-footed Albatross � 19
      Pink-footed Shearwater � 180
      Buller�s Shearwater � 32
      Sooty Shearwater � 2750
      Ashy Storm-petrel � 47
      Brown Pelican � 12
      Brandt�s Cormorant � 400
      Pelagic Cormorant � 2
      Surf Scoter � 2
      Long-tailed Duck � 1
      Kingfisher � 1
      Whimbrel � 24
      Black Turnstone � 5
      Red-necked Phalarope � 590
      Red Phalarope � 6
      Sough Polar Skua � 1
      Pomarine Jaeger � 9
      Parasitic Jaeger � 2
      Parasitic/Long-tailed Jaeger � 1
      Heermann�s Gull � 32
      California Gull � 85
      Western Gull � 65
      Sabine�s Gull � 6
      Elegant Tern �f 17
      Common Tern � 1
      Black Tern � 1
      Caspian Tern � 1
      Common Murre � 165
      Pigeon Guillemot � 1
      Cassin�s Aucklet � 60
      Rhonoceros Aucklet � 78

      Marine Mammals:
      Sea Otters
      California Sea Lions
      Northern Elephant Seal � 1
      Harbor Seals
      Humpback Whale � 3
      Northern Right Whale Dolphon � 35
      Risso�s Dolphon � 45+
      Pacific White-sided Dolphon � 20
      Dall�s Porpoise � 25
      Blue Shark � 2
      Egg-yolk (many) and Moon (a few) Jellies

      Shearwaters forever,

      Debra Shearwater
      Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
      PO Box 190
      Hollister, CA 95024

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