Breaking News: Storm-Petrels
- Hello, Birders,
Further to my morning post� I've just received the following news
from researchers on the Farallon Islands� For the first time since
1992, researchers have banded a FORK-TAILED STORM-PETREL on Southeast
Farallon Islands. And, more stunningly, they netted a GUADALUPE
LEACH'S STORM-PETREL at Lighthouse HIll, Farallon Islands! To our
knowledge, this is the first record for this "species" in this part
You can see images of the Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel in hand at Annie
Shearwater Journeys' pelagic trips departing from Half Moon Bay found
many rafts and flocks of storm-petrels on our 2010 trips. Naturally,
we will be targeting these flocks on our trips this coming weekend.
With the sea conditions forecast to be great, we may have a good
chance for storm-petrel flocks. Oddly enough, we rarely, if ever,
find storm-petrel flocks on our trip that actually goes to the
Farallon Islands. On the Half Moon Bay departures, if it is clear, we
usually see the islands in the distance. So, it must be that the
storm-petrel food concentrates in this area that is more approachable
from Half Moon Bay � or, at least that was my observation in 2010.
The September departures from Half Moon Bay could also prove
tantalizing. Those trips are filling up rapidly.
For the July 30, 31, and August 1 trips, we will have on board expert
chummer, Wes Fritz. We WILL be sitting and waiting for those seabirds
to fly in to the good stuff chum that only Wes can mix. Is there such
a thing as a "chum mixologist," as in bar tender-type mixologist? A
mixologist implies a special expertise and professionalism, someone
who creates special cocktails!
See you out there.
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
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