Sep 15 & 17, 2006 Trip Reports
- Hi, Seabirders,
This is the trip report for Shearwater Journeys' Sep 15 and 17 pelagic
trips. The Sep 15th trip from Bodega Bay was weathered out at the port
the morning of the trip. Gale force winds had began blowing after
midnight on the 14th. It was impossible to take the boat out the next
morning. Although boat trips from Bodega Bay can be weathered out any
time of the year, usually September is our best weather month. We had
just had 45 days of very calm seas, so I guess it was bound to happen.
Many of the birders who had signed up for the trip on the 15th, were
also scheduled for the Fort Bragg trip on the 17th. So, those of us who
were, birded our way north along Highway 1 from Bodega Bay to Fort
Bragg on the 16th. Many out-of-state birders headed up to Mountain View
Road to successfully find MOUNTAIN QUAIL. A few lucky birders also
found NORTHERN PYGMY OWLS on this road, and in Van Damme State Park.
On Sep 17th the swells were still quite large, and winds were from the
northwest at 15-20 knots. Highlights of our trip included BLACK-FOOTED
ALBATROSS, MARBLED MURRELETS off Usal River mouth, and two BLUE WHALES.
Leaders on the 17th were: Lisa Hug, Jim Danzenbaker, Scott Terrill, &
Debra Shearwater. Our species list is unusually low due to the
difficult weather conditions.
Species recorded on Sep 17th from Fort Bragg:
SOUTH POLAR SKUA-1
PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN-2
VAUX'S SWIFTS flying over Noyo Bridge while the boat was at the dock.
Thank you, one and all,
Debra Love Shearwater
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024 USA
"Real birds eat squid."�Tony Marr
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