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SEPTEMBER 15, 2008 MONTEREY BAY PELAGIC TRIP REPORT

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  • Debra Shearwater
    Hi, Seabirders, Shearwater Journey s pelagic trip on Monday, September 15th began the day with a juvenile SABINE S GULL in the harbor, spotted by the mother of
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 17, 2008
      Hi, Seabirders,

      Shearwater Journey's pelagic trip on Monday, September 15th began the
      day with a juvenile SABINE'S GULL in the harbor, spotted by the
      mother of two of the passengers on board! Knock out views, and great
      photo ops were had of this delightful small gull. The two HARLEQUIN
      DUCKS continued in the harbor. Offshore, a FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER
      sitting in a mixed flock of SOOTY, PINK-FOOTED, and BULLER'S
      SHEARWATERS also offered up prize views and more photo ops. Although
      the day was filled with seabirds and the marine mammal show was quite
      stupendous, we could not locate any flocks of storm-petrels, owing to
      the more choppy surface of the seas, or to the fact that they just
      plain moved somewhere else! Those glassy seas were so reminiscent of
      the mid-1980's when we had so many spectacular calm days. Still, the
      Beaufort was only 2, sea surface temperature was steady at 59F.

      The leaders for this trip were: Clay Kempf, Luke Cole, David Vander
      Pluym, Don Doolittle, Steve Howell, & Debra Shearwater. Lauren Harter
      chummed the seabirds to the stern. Many thanks to all who came!

      Spaces are available on our next trip, Monday, SEPTEMBER 22 with
      David Vander Pluym, David Wimpfheimer, Luke Cole, Oscar Johnson, &
      Debra Shearwater leading, and Lauren Harter chumming.

      Update on next weekend's trips: Jon Dunn will be joining the
      Shearwater Journey's leaders on the SEP 25, 26, and 28 trips. A few
      spaces are remaining on these trips. Jon Dunn will be the keynote
      speaker on Saturday, September 26th at the Monterey Bay Birding
      Festival. There's still time to join us!

      The complete species list for the SEPTEMBER 15, 2008 MONTEREY BAY
      PELAGIC TRIP follows:

      COMMON LOON- 1
      BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS- 18
      PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER- 750
      FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER- 2
      BULLER'S SHEARWATER- 70
      SOOTY SHEARWATER- 4500
      ASHY STORM-PETREL- 25
      BLACK STORM-PETREL- 1
      BROWN PELICAN- 20
      BRANDT'S CORMORANT- 250
      DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT- 2, on the CG jetty
      PELAGIC CORMORANT- 2
      HARLEQUIN DUCK- 2
      RUDDY TURNSTONE- 1
      BLACK TURNSTONE- 5
      RED-NECKED PHALAROPE- 125
      SOUTH POLAR SKUA- 11
      POMARINE JAEGER- 11
      PARASITIC JAEGER- 5
      JAEGER SP.- 4
      HEERMANN'S GULL- 100+
      WESTERN GULL- 100+
      SABINE'S GULL- 8
      ELEGANT TERN- 80
      FORSTER'S TERN- 2, over the kelp beds on Cannery Row
      COMMON MURRE- 95
      CASSIN'S AUKLET- 4
      RHINOCEROS AUKLET- 110
      SEA OTTER- 8
      CALIFORNIA SEA LION- 400+
      STELLER'S SEA LION- 1
      NORTHERN FUR SEAL- 1
      NORTHERN ELEPHANT SEAL- 1
      HARBOR SEAL- 6
      HUMPBACK WHALE- 24
      SHORT-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHIN- 2, cow/calf
      NORTHERN RIGHT WHALE DOLPHIN- 150
      RISSO'S DOLPHIN- 45
      PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN- 600+
      DALL'S PORPOISE- 14
      OCEAN SUNFISH- 2

      Shearwaters forever,
      Debra

      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*
      Shearwater Journeys' Exclusive Charter with leaders: Scott Terrill,
      Linda Terrill, John Sterling, Clay Kempf, Don Doolittle, & Debra
      Shearwater






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