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September 2011 Pelagic Trips

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  • Debra Shearwater
    Howdy, Birders, Between September 8 and 26 Shearwater Journeys offered fifteen successful pelagic trips from three ports: Monterey, Half Moon Bay and Bodega
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 28, 2011
      Howdy, Birders,

      Between September 8 and 26 Shearwater Journeys offered fifteen
      successful pelagic trips from three ports: Monterey, Half Moon Bay
      and Bodega Bay. Some 552 birders participated in these trips,
      including the trips for the Monterey Bay Birding Festival, held this
      past weekend. Leaders on the September trips included: Clay Kempf,
      Jennifer Green, Rick Fournier, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Morten
      Joergensen, Kate Goldberg, Wes Fritz, Dena Spatz, Lisa Hug, Steve
      Howell, Peter Pyle, David Wimpfheimer, Tristan McKee, Abe Borker,
      Russell Bradley, Annie Schmidt, Joe Morlan, Dave Pereksta, Melinda
      Conners, Adam Fox, Adam Searcy and Debi Shearwater. Participants
      hailed from Canada, Belgium, The Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, England
      and 32 states.

      Highlights were many, with all of the usual fall seabirds observed
      during the period. The GREAT-WINGED PETREL was observed by a lucky
      few birders only 7 miles offshore on the September 17th Half Moon Bay
      trip in San Mateo County. This may well be the same individual Great-
      winged Petrel as seen on our August 26th Monterey Bay trip in Santa
      Cruz County. A beautiful adult BROWN BOOBY flew into the wake on the
      September 9th Monterey Bay trip. A MANX SHEARWATER was spotted,
      sitting amongst a raft of Sooty Shearwaters on the September 11th
      Monterey Bay trip. Two LAYSAN ALBATROSSES were found on the September
      14th Bodega Bay trip, along with 6 Wilson's, 150 Fork-tailed, 200
      Ashy and 12 Black Storm-Petrels. Another LAYSAN ALBATROSS was
      observed on the September 16th Half Moon Bay trip. "Bonus" TUFTED
      PUFFINS were spotted on several trips from Monterey and Half Moon
      Bay and the September 14th Bodega Bay trip. It was an incredible
      month for seabirds. Many of the Half Moon Bay departures enjoyed
      excellent views of MARBLED MURRELETS as well as close-up views of the

      Images by John Schwarz, who joined us on four trips can be found at:


      Fall migration continues throughout October which could shape up to
      be a very good month. Winter seabirds should be arriving by mid-
      October through November. Monterey trips often cover both Monterey
      and Santa Cruz Counties; Half Moon Bay trips often cover both San
      Mateo and San Francisco Counties; Bodega Bay trips cover both Sonoma
      and Marin Counties. Spaces are available on the following trips:
      MONTEREY: OCT 1, 8, 16; NOV 27
      HALF MOON BAY: OCT 2, 15; NOV 22
      BODEGA BAY: OCT 14

      For reservations, please contact Debi Shearwater, as below.
      Shearwaters forever,
      AKA "Annie Auklet" as played by Angelica Huston in the 20th Century
      Fox movie, "The Big Year" opening at a theater near you on October 14th!

      Debra Shearwater
      Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
      PO Box 190
      Hollister, CA 95024

      SVALBARD: High Arctic Seabirds & Polar Bears, Walrus: 28 June-8 July,

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