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MAY 10, 2009: MONTEREY BAY

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  • Debra Shearwater
    Howdy, Seabirders, Shearwater Journeys May 10th pelagic trip departing from Monterey Bay was nothing short of spectacular! Highlights included BLACK- FOOTED
    Message 1 of 1 , May 11, 2009
      Howdy, Seabirders,

      Shearwater Journeys' May 10th pelagic trip departing from Monterey
      Bay was nothing short of spectacular! Highlights included BLACK-
      FOOTED ALBATROS (116), PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER (170), SOOTY SHEARWATER
      (545), BRANT (214), BLACK TURNSTONE (18), RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
      (1200), FRANKLIN'S GULL (1), SABINE'S GULL (1), ARCTIC TERN (3),
      COMMON MURRE (85), PIGEON GUILLEMOT (12), RHINOCEROS AUKLET (9), and
      five HUMPBACK WHALES who were vertically lunge-feeding on big fat
      sardines along with over 150 PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHINS, and clouds
      of shearwaters, gulls, and albatrosses! It was an amazing day, with
      good sea conditions, as well.

      On offer in August, we have trips departing from five different ports
      which offer the seabirder a great opportunity to observe the best
      variety of seabirds along the central coast of California. The Tufted
      Puffin trip has a 100% success rate at finding puffins. On our Fort
      Bragg trip, last year, we found three Hawaiian Petrels! This is the
      single best port in North America for searching for this hoped-for
      rarity. Past August trips from Bodega Bay have found Great-winged and
      Hawaiian Petrels, and Shy Albatross. Monterey is no slouch, with a
      late July record of North America's first photographed Bulwer's
      Petrel, and August records on Short-tailed Albatross. Its always fun
      to see what shows up!

      Our summer schedule follows:

      JUL 31, Monterey Bay: Summer Seabirds & Albatrosses
      AUG 2, Farallon Islands: Tufted Puffins, departing from Emeryville
      AUG 7, Monterey Bay: Summer Seabirds & Albatrosses
      AUG 12, Bodega Canyon & Cordell Bank
      AUG 14, Fort Bragg: Offshore for Megararities
      AUG 16, Fort Bragg: Offshore for Megararities
      AUG 21, Monterey Bay: Fall Seabird Classic & Albatrosses
      AUG 28, Monterey Seavalley: Fall Seabird Classic & Albatrosses
      AUG 31, Fall Seabird Classic & Albatrosses departing from Santa Cruz

      We thank the folks who traveled with us on May 10th. The leaders
      were: Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Debra Shearwater. Chumming and
      spotting were: Oscar Johnson and Adam Searcy.

      The complete species list for MAY 10, 2009 MONTEREY BAY follows:

      RED-THROATED LOON-1
      PACIFIC LOON- 50
      COMMON LOON- 7
      WESTERN GREBE- 1
      BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS- 116
      PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER- 170
      SOOTY SHEARWATER- 545
      BROWN PELICAN- 27
      BRANDT'S CORMORANT- 265 (only a handful of nests on the Coast Guard
      Breakwater!)
      PELAGIC CORMORANT- 1
      BRANT- 214
      BLACK TURNSTONE- 18
      RED-NECKED PHALAROPE- 1200
      *FRANKLIN'S GULL- 1
      BONAPARTE'S GULL- 47
      HEERMANN'S GULL- 7
      CALIFORNIA GULL- 28
      HERRING GULL- 9
      THAYER'S GULL- 1
      WESTERN GULL- 950
      GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL- 3
      WESTERN/GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL- 3
      GLAUCOUS-WINGED/HERRING GULL- 1
      SABINE'S GULL-1
      COMMON TERN- 2
      ARCTIC TERN- 3
      FORSTER'S TERN- 2
      CASPIAN TERN- 2
      COMMON MURRE- 85
      PIGEON GUILLEMOT- 12
      RHINOCEROS AUKLET- 9
      SEA OTTER- +
      CALIFORNIA SEA LION- + (more than normal at this time of year)
      NORTHERN FUR SEAL- 1
      HARBOR SEAL- +
      HUMPBACK WHALE- 5
      PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN- 150
      SARDINES- GALORE! Let's hear for the sardine comeback!

      Sardines forever,
      Debra


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

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