Got Cook's Petrels?
- Howdy, Seabirders,
COOK'S PETRELS? Yup, 24 today, on Shearwater Journeys' 12 hour
Offshore to the Albacore Grounds trip. I'm jumping ahead of myself,
though. The HAWAIIAN PETREL was the first pterodroma of the day!
Linda Terrill spotted a large pterodroma, which was identified as a
Hawaiian Petrel by Wes Fritz. We tried to chase it with the boat, but
I decided to stop and have Wes lay his "magic slick." Then, I spotted
the first two Cook's Petrels of the day about 0930 over the slick. In
contrast to other days, most of the Cook's Petrels passed very close
to the boat, giving the photographers crippling opportunities. The
Hawaiian Petrel was also photographed. While we were on the slick, a
small whale repeatedly circled the boat, and was even tracked under
the boat on the fish finder. We saw the field marks of a STEJNEGER'S
BEAKED WHALE. A single LEACH'S STORM-PETREL flew over the slick while
110 Ashy Storm-Petrels sprinkled around throughout the day. The
jaeger show continued with Wes shouting, "Jaeger ball!" A total of 93
LONG-TAILED JAEGERS were tallied for the day. All species were in
Monterey County. A full trip report will follow.
Still looking for Cook's or Hawaiian Petrels? Your best bet might be
the trips departing from Bodega Bay: September 16, 18, & 20; October
16th. Our next Monterey trips are: September 24, 25, 26, & 27;
October 3, 4, 10, 11, 25; November 28.
Reservations: please email me: debi@...
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