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OCT 17 & 18, 2008 PELAGIC TRIP REPORTS

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  • Debra Shearwater
    Hello, Seabirders, Shearwater Journey s pelagic trips on October 17 from BODEGA BAY and October 18 from MONTEREY BAY were the last trips of the fall season.
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 21, 2008
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      Hello, Seabirders,

      Shearwater Journey's pelagic trips on October 17 from BODEGA BAY and
      October 18 from MONTEREY BAY were the last trips of the fall season.
      Both trips were excellent, with good sea conditions, and many
      seabirds and marine mammals. Highlights of the October 17th trip
      included: flocks of more than a 100 BULLER'S SHEARWATERS, and one
      Buller's Shearwater standing on wad of bull kelp; 3 FLESH-FOOTED
      SHEARWATERS; a small influx of NORTHERN FULMARS; possibly the last
      SOUTH POLAR SKUAS of the season; several MEW GULLS; and arriving
      BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES; a PALM WARBLER about 15 miles offshore in
      Sonoma County; and several STELLER'S SEA LIONS. County birders
      enjoyed adding many species to both their Sonoma and Marin County
      lists. Highlights of the October 18th trip from Monterey Bay
      included: a CACKLING GOOSE flying over the harbor; flocks of
      migrating PACIFIC LOONS; 2 or 3 SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATERS; 1 MANX
      SHEARWATER; 4 BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS; a FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER
      sitting on the water, providing knock out views and photo-ops;
      arriving BONAPARTE'S GULLS; good numbers of CASSIN'S AUKLETS; and
      half a dozen KILLER WHALES interacting with CALIFORNIA SEA LIONS and
      HUMPBACK WHALES. The heavy gale force winds from the northwest cooled
      the sea surface temperature down to about 55F and was probably part
      of the influx of fulmars, trickling of kittiwakes, and short-tailed
      shearwaters. A deep, red tide had formed inside and just outside of
      the Monterey harbor. Those folks who signed on for both trips
      accumulated quite a seabird/marine mammal species list!

      Our next trips from Monterey with spaces available are NOVEMBER 29
      with Clay Kempf, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Jennifer Green, Luke
      Cole, and Debra Shearwater leading, and JANUARY 17, 2009. Please
      email Debra Shearwater for a reservation/information.

      Many, many thanks to all of the participants who traveled from near
      and far to join us on our trips this year! We couldn't do it without
      you! The leaders for October 17th were: Lisa Hug, Jennifer Green,
      John Sterling, Alan Hopkins, David Vanderpluym, David Wimpfheimer,
      Steve Howell, and Debra Shearwater. The leaders for the October 18th
      trip were: Clay Kempf, Linda Terrill, Scott Terrill, David Vander
      Pluym, And Debra Shearwater. Lauren Harter was chummer on both trips.
      Many thanks, Lauren!

      The complete species list follows:

      OCTOBER 17 BODEGA BAY/OCT 18 MONTEREY BAY 2008:

      PACIFIC LOON- 3/40
      COMMON LOON- 2/2
      EARED GREBE- 5/25
      WESTERN GREBE- 5/6
      BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS- 9/5
      NORTHERN FULMAR- 13/12
      PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER- 171/220
      FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER- 3/2
      BULLER'S SHEARWATER-920/0
      SOOTY SHEARWATER- 41/75
      SOOTY/SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER- 3/3
      SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER- 0/2 or 3
      MANX SHEARWATER- 0/1
      BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER- 0/4
      BROWN PELICAN- 25/125
      BRANDT'S CORMORANT- 50/325
      PELAGIC CORMORANT- 3/0
      SURF SCOTER- 2/0
      CANADA GOOSE- 0/7
      CACKLING GOOSE- 0/1
      GREATER SCAUP- 4/0
      BRANT- 2/0
      NORTHERN PINTAIL- 0/3
      BLACK TURNSTONE- 1/4
      RED-NECKED PHALAROPE- 0/34
      SOUTH POLAR SKUA- 6/0
      POMARINE JAEGER- 15/6
      POMARINE/PARASITIC- 6/2
      PARASITIC JAEGER- 0/1
      BONAPARTE'S GULL- 0/8
      HEERMANN'S GULL- 81/200
      MEW GULL- 4/0
      CALIFORNIA GULL- 380/180
      HERRING GULL- 10/0
      WESTERN GULL- 250/370
      GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL- 3/0
      WESTERN/GLAUCOUS-WINGED- 10/0
      BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE- 2/0
      ELEGANT TERN- 0/27
      COMMON MURRE- 250/120
      PIGEON GUILLEMOT- 5/0
      CASSIN'S AUKLET- 33/60
      RHINOCEROS AUKLET- 35/225
      *PALM WARBLER- 1/0, about 15 miles offshore in Sonoma County. It flew
      toward land.
      PEREGRINE FALCON- 0/1, on the radio tower along Cannery Row.
      SEA OTTER- 0/12
      CALIFORNIA SEA LION- 2/225
      STELLER'S SEA LION- 7/0
      NORTHERN FUR SEAL- 1/2
      NORTHERN ELEPHANT SEAL- 1/1
      HARBOR SEAL- +/5
      HUMPBACK WHALE- 5/20
      KILLER WHALE- 0/6
      NORTHERN RIGHT WHALE DOLPHIN- 16/0
      RISSO'S DOLPHIN- 0/400
      PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN- 50/20
      DALL'S PORPOISE- 16/6
      OCEAN SUNFISH- 0/2
      BLUE SHARK- 1/2

      Shearwaters forever,
      Debra

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

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