Re: Parakeet Auklets in Santa Barbara County waters
- Photos of Parakeet Auklets (and other Alcids) from today's Pelagic. I've
also included all GPS locations where the photographs were taken:
Thanks again to the leaders and Wes Fritz for organizing this! Looking
forward to future trips out of SB.
Marina del Rey, CA
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From: Dave Compton [mailto:davcompton@...]
To SB County Birding
Sent: Sunday, Mar 01, 2009 at 05:25 PM (PST)
Subject: [CALBIRDS] Parakeet Auklets in Santa Barbara County waters [1.9K]
Today, the Parakeet Auklet chase trip on the Condor Express out of Santa Barbara turned up two Parakeet Auklets approximately 21 nm WNW of San Miguel Island. We also saw more Rhinoceros Auklets, Cassin's Auklets, and Northern Fulmars than I can recall seeing in a day. The seas were improbably calm: little wind, barely noticeable swells.
Thanks much to Wes Fritz for organizing the trip, Todd McGrath for coming up with the game plan, Richard Jeffers for having the idea to do this in the first place, and Paul Lehman for actually finding two Parakeet Auklets when we were looking for them. Paul's calls of "Stop the boat! Stop the boat!" are still ringing in my ears.
A more complete trip report should be forthcoming.