July 23 Condor Express Pelagic Results
Sorry for the delayed post, but wok and additional pelagics have kept me busy.
Our July 23rd Condor Express trip enjoyed great weather, better company and an excellent variety of birds. We went out past the San Juan Seamount and covered many of the hot spots that have produced good birds in the past, and we were not disappointed.
Highlights were a rare July sighting of Manx Shearwater (well seen and photographed) a single Laysan Albatross that sat near the boat and enertained us for quite a few minutes as well as two separate Red-billed Tropicbirds that buzzed the boat in deepwater near the San Juan Seamount.
Long-tailed Jaegers as well as a South Polar Skua were also highlights.
Xantus's muurelets were a treat, and we had nice views of multiple birds, all of the scippsi form.
2011 has featured cold nutrient rich water, and as a result we did not find Cook's Petrel despite spending a lot of time in deep waters.
It does appear that the pelagic birding this summer and fall will be excellent, and Debii Shearwater's results from her first few Half Moon Bay trips would indicate cold water vagrants may be in good supply this year.
The next Condor Express trip will be Oct 1, this 8-9 hour trip will hunt for rare shearwaters and storm-petrels in the waters past San Miguel or May go South of the Islands, depending on recent reports.
We have had some great trips this year on the Condor, I look forward to seeing many of you on October 1.
Cost is $125 call Sealanding at 888-77Whale to reserve your spot.
In addition there are full set of trips from San Diego this fall (see socalbirding.com) and Debi Shearwater has a full schedule of trips from Monterey Bay to Fort Bragg. I was lucky enough to lead three of Debi's July and early August Hlaf Moon Bay trips and all I can say is "WOW". It looks like a great year is shaping up off central and northern CA.
shearwaterjourneys.com will have the full schedule and information on signing up.
I will be up for Debi's Fort Bragg trips later in August, and surprisingly there is still some room on them. Hawaiian Petrel is a vagrant almost everywhere else pelagics are run in CA, but they are regular off FT Bragg in August. Recent satellite tracking has shown that the area around the CA -OR border is a regular feeding area for these birds. I have seen Hawaiian Petrel 3 of the four August Fort Bragg trip weekends I have done with Debi.
Here is the full species list from our July 23rd Condor Express Pelagic
Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis) 1
Black-footed Albatross (Phoebastria nigripes) 14
Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) 5
Pink-footed Shearwater (Puffinus creatopus) 106
Buller's Shearwater (Puffinus bulleri) 1
Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus) 744
Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus) 1
black-and-white shearwater sp. (Puffinus sp.) 1
Leach's Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa) 79
Ashy Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma homochroa) 19
Black Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma melania) 7
Red-billed Tropicbird (Phaethon aethereus) 2
Brandt's Cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) 300
Brown Pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) 62
Black Oystercatcher (Haematopus bachmani) 1
Wandering Tattler (Tringa incana) 1
Sanderling (Calidris alba) 1
peep sp. (Calidris sp.) 40
Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) 573
Red Phalarope (Phalaropus fulicarius) 46
phalarope sp. (Phalaropus sp.) 9
Sabine's Gull (Xema sabini) 7
Heermann's Gull (Larus heermanni) 47
Western Gull (Larus occidentalis) 112
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea) 1
Common/Arctic Tern (Sterna hirundo/paradisaea) 3
South Polar Skua (Stercorarius maccormicki) 2
Pomarine Jaeger (Stercorarius pomarinus) 5
Long-tailed Jaeger (Stercorarius longicaudus) 9
jaeger sp. (Stercorarius sp. (jaeger sp.)) 1
Common Murre (Uria aalge) 2
Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) 9
Xantus's Murrelet (Synthliboramphus hypoleucus) 15
Cassin's Auklet (Ptychoramphus aleuticus) 31
Rhinoceros Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata) 21