Just to keep you informed of what is happening out on Monterey Bay,
Shearwater Journeys' Cook's Petrel chase trip of yesterday, August 2
found the following:
91 COOK'S PETRELS IN THREE COUNTIES: MONTEREY, SANTA CRUZ & SAN MATEO
3 DARK-RUMPED PETRELS IN THREE COUNTIES: MONTEREY, SANTA CRUZ & SAN
11 XANTUS' MURRELETS IN THREE COUNTIES: MONTEREY, SANTA CRUZ & SAN
MATEO (all scrippsi, except one hypoleucus in Monterey County)
53 LONG-TAILED JAEGERS IN THREE COUNTIES: MONTEREY, SANTA CRUZ & SAN
48 RED PHALAROPES IN THREE COUNTIES: MONTEREY, SANTA CRUZ & SAN MATEO
� first of the fall season
4-5 BAIRD'S BEAKED WHALES
1 MESOPLODON SP.� probable HUBB'S BEAKED WHALE
We were 45 nm offshore at our farthest point. The seas were glassy-
smooth. Most of the tubenoses were not flying, making it more
difficult to find them, as they sat on the water. We did find small
flocks of Cook's Petrels, sitting on the water. We saw the first
Cook's Petrel of the day about 0930 and the last Cook's Petrel at
1515 hrs. There may have been one STEJNEGER'S PETREL. We are not
prepared to call this until we have a closer look at some
photographs. Even then, it may not be conclusive.
By anyone's standards, it was a knock-out day and a total success
story in terms of chasing the Cook's Petrels, with Dark-rumped Petrel
being a bonus bird! For county birders it was a dream trip! I will be
posting a full report today. In this post, I only include the
I would sincerely like to thank all of the birders who joined us on
this trip, including many who drove long distances to join us. We did
not have any "official" leaders. However, the following folks who
lead for Shearwater Journeys were on board: Scott Terrill, Linda
Terrill, John Sterling, David Vander Pluym, Don Doolittle, Matt
Brady, Oscar Johnsoon, Lauren Harter, Mike Rogers, Denise Wight, John
Hiles, Steve Rottenborn and Todd McGrath (Volcanic Seabirder). I
would especially like to thank the following people: Wes Fritz for
bringing his incredible chum machine; Skipper, David Lemon for
literally going many extra miles; Larry, our deckhand; and Chis of
Chris' Fishing Shop. Again, many thanks to the participants who
arrived on such short notice.
***COOK'S PETREL CHASE TRIP: AUGUST 6TH, THURSDAY***
Yes, we are going out, again! If you missed your chance to see these
birds, now is the time to jump on board!!
ARRIVAL: 5:30 AM AT CHRIS' FISHING SHOP, FISHERMAN'S WHARF, MONTEREY
DEPARTURE: BOAT LEAVES THE DOCK AT 6 AM, SHARP
RETURN TIME: VARIABLE- could be 4-6 pm. Not later than 6 pm.
BRING: lunch, drinks.
WEAR: Close-toed shoes and rain pants and jackets to protect from
spray. (It is not going to rain)
FORECAST: at this time, the marine forecast is very good for the
remainder of the week
COST: variable, depending on how long we stay out- $145-185, and how
many people sign up. Please bring cash to the dock, exact amount
appreciated. No discounts.
RESERVATIONS: are essential. Please contact Debra Shearwater by
email, or phone today until 9 pm: 650-401-7236. Please sign up as
soon as possible.
Mike Force on the NOAA vessel McArthur II, was more than 100 miles
away from where we were, much further offshore. Mike found one
Hawaiian Petrel. Our find of Dark-rumped Petrels matches well with
his findings! He seemed to run out of Cook's Petrels out there. So,
it is quite possible that they are concentrated closer to shore�
within reach of our one day trip from Monterey!
Pterodromas forever and ever,
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