July 31 Half Moon Bay: Trip Report
- Howdy, Seabirders,
The full trip report for Shearwater Journeys' first pelagic trip of the fall season, July 31 departing from Half Moon Bay, can be found at:
Highlights included: 4 COOK'S PETRELS, 2 LAYSAN ALBATROSSES; 50 ASHY STORM-PETRELS; 2 SOUTH POLAR SKUAS; 45 LONG-TAILED JAEGERS; 15 SABINE'S GULLS and 14 ARCTIC TERNS. All of these species, including the Cook's Petrels were found in both SAN MATEO and SAN FRANCISCO COUNTIES! A MARBLED MURRELET and TUFTED PUFFIN were seen in San Mateo County, along with many other species for both counties. Marine mammal highlights included lunge-feeding BLUE and HUMPBACK WHALES.
Our next trip, with space available is Friday, August 6, departing from Monterey. The Farallon Islands trip on August 8th is sold out. The next trips with possibilities for finding Cook's Petrels are: August 11 from Bodega Bay (only 2 spaces open), and August 13 & 15 departing from Fort Bragg; September 11th albacore trip departing from Monterey; and September 13, 17 and 18 departing from Half Moon Bay. In addition, the Fort Bragg trips have at least a 50/50 chance of finding Hawaiian Petrel. The September 9 and 10 trips departing from Monterey have spaces available.
Many thanks to all of the participants and leaders. Special thanks to Wes for the excellent chumming� one Laysan Albatross followed our boat for over four hours! Great for the photographers on board!
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
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