Pelagic sightings (Streaked Shearwater, etc.) on behalf of Jay Withgott
- The following is from Jay Withgott (Oregon) who is not on this list
serve - it should be of interest to CA seabirders.
Hello Cal Birders --
A group of 11 birders from 3 states has just completed a pelagic birding
trip on the cruiseship Golden Princess, from Vancouver to Los Angeles,
25-28 Sept. The following three highlights occurred on 27 September in
* STREAKED SHEARWATER: 1 bird seen at close range by 4 of our group
about 45 miles west of Pt. Reyes at 38 02 27 N, 123 46 32 W. This would
put the bird either in Sonoma Co. or Marin Co. waters (I'm currently
still traveling and unable to make exact measurements to determine
* RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD: 1 adult seen by all 10 of our group present at
the time at a moderate-to-far distance for nearly 2 minutes in steady
flight. This bird was about 48 miles west of the Monterey Peninsula, at
36 34 30 N, 122 49 25 W, which would put it either in Monterey Co. or
Santa Cruz Co. waters (as with the shearwater, very near the county line
as determined by closest point of land). Photos of the Tropicbird were
taken by Owen Schmidt and may be viewed at:
* COOK'S PETREL: 1 bird seen at a great distance but exhibiting
distinctive field marks and behavior, about 50 miles west of the
Monterey Co. coastline between Carmel and Pt. Sur, in Monterey Co.
waters, at 36 25 24 N, 122 43 34 W.
Also seeming unusual to us were 3 White-faced Ibis flying over the ocean
a good 20 miles out from the Palos Verdes peninsula, L.A. Co., on 28
These sightings capped a trip in which the ship plowed through
gale-force winds and 16-foot seas off WA and OR, in which we largely
lost a morning in CA to fog, and in which the afternoon in CA saw
numbers of seabirds that were markedly lower than previous cruiseship
pelagic trips we have done at this time of year in these waters.
Anyone interested in our entire list may contact me
(withgott@...), and I will send it along in several days upon my
Observers on the ship were: Jeff Gilligan, Tim Janzen, Rachel Janzen,
Gerard Lillie, Judy Meredith, Owen Schmidt, Jay Withgott, and Sheran
Wright, all of Oregon; Catherine Waters and Robert Waters of California;
and Ron Martin of North Dakota.
Kimball L. Garrett
Ornithology Collections Manager
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA
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