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  • Debi Shearwater
    Hello, Mendo Seabirders, This is a post that I put on CalBirds and other lists. If you are looking for a pelagic trip from Fort Bragg this fall, you will need
    Message 1 of 1 , May 16, 2007
      Hello, Mendo Seabirders,

      This is a post that I put on CalBirds and other lists. If you are
      looking for a pelagic trip from Fort Bragg this fall, you will need to
      sign up on the Shearwater Journeys' email list in order to receive a
      discount. You must be on the list. For instance, if your friends are on
      the list, and sign you up for the boat trip, you cannot receive the
      discount. Only birders actually on the list will receive discounts.

      I will not be offering any discounts on the mendolist, only on the
      Shearwater Journeys' list. So, jump on there as fast as you can, if you
      are interested.

      Offshore reports are really looking great for this season!

      Shearwaters forever,
      Debra Shearwater

      > Hello, Birders,
      > Offshore waters are teeming with sooty shearwaters and migrating
      > phalaropes by the thousands! Seabirding trips available with Shearwater
      > Journeys depart from Monterey, Sausalito, Bodega Bay, and Fort Bragg.
      > This will be our 32nd year of operating trips from Monterey Bay!
      > Whether you are new to seabirds—albatrosses, shearwaters,
      > storm-petrels, jaegers, gulls, terns, phalaropes, and the alcids—or an
      > old salt, we welcome you to this fascinating world. Our team of
      > leaders, friendly and competent, have decades of seabirding experience
      > worldwide.
      > We still have spaces available on our Sunday, May 20th trip from
      > Monterey Bay. There is plenty of room for photographers. In fact, we
      > have had as many as fifteen or more photographers on our trips! Many
      > of them sporting the Canon 20D or now, 30D with the 100-400 IS lenses.
      > May can be a great time for seeing birds in "high" plumage. Leaders on
      > the May 20th trip are: Brian Sullivan, David Vander Pluym, Scott
      > Terrill, Linda Terrill, and Debra Shearwater. Please call/email Debra
      > at: 831/637-8527; debi@... for a reservation.
      > This year, I call your attention to the trips in late July: July 27
      > from Monterey; July 29 from Fort Bragg; and July 31 from Bodega Bay.
      > Late July is possibly the one of the best times for finding a southern
      > hemisphere rarity. Past Shearwater Journeys' trips have found North
      > America's first documented Bulwer's Petrel (Monterey) and North
      > America's second record of Shy Albatross (Bodega Bay). Dark-rumped
      > Petrel is a distinct possibility at this time, too. The trips are set
      > up to allow for driving/birding from one site to the next.
      > As always, our trip from Sausalito to the Farallon Islands is nearly
      > sold out. We run one trip a year to the islands to see the nesting
      > seabirds, and in particular, the Tufted Puffins. We have a 100% success
      > rate with finding the puffins, and usually getting some great
      > photographic moments. Two years ago, I photographed a young Northern
      > Elephant Seal, suspended mid-air, during an attack by Orcas! The Orca
      > was threefourths out of the water in the same frame! If weather
      > conditions are good, we will go beyond the islands to the edge of the
      > continental shelf to search for more seabirds. Please note that landing
      > on the islands is strictly prohibited, as it is a nesting site. We have
      > only a few spaces open on this trip. Join Alan Hopkins and myself for a
      > trip through the Golden Gate Bridge to the Farallon Islands, on Sunday,
      > August 5th.
      > Our Monterey trips remain the centerpiece of an extensive series of
      > pelagic trips off the central coast of California. We operated our
      > first trips from Monterey in 1976, thousands, maybe millions of
      > shearwaters ago! Dates of our upcoming trips that run from 7 am to 3 pm
      > include: Jul 27; Aug 4, 17, 24; Sep 8, 11, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28; Oct 5,
      > 7, 12, 13, 20. The Albacore Grounds trips from Monterey run from 5:30
      > am until 5:30 pm. Dates are: Sep 9, 29 and Oct 6. Two out of three of
      > these trips last year found Streaked Shearwater, and one albacore trip
      > in 2005 found a Streaked Shearwater. Our October 15, 2006 albacore trip
      > recorded a world record eight species of shearwaters! This tied our
      > previous world record, but with a different mix of shearwaters. One
      > additional trip on our fall schedule is Sep 10 from Monterey to the Sur
      > Canyon and offshore. It runs from 7 am until 4:30 pm.
      > Our Bodega Bay trips are scheduled for: Jul 31; Aug 14; Sep 7, 14, 30;
      > Oct 8, 19. Many rare seabirds have been found on these trips,
      > including: Shy Albatross (all 3 records for North America);
      > Short-tailed Albtross; Great-winged, Dark-rumped, Cook's, and Murphy's
      > Petrels; Cory's Shearwater; Crested Auklet; and Long-billed Murrelet.
      > Often times, storm-petrels can be found in rafts late July and in
      > August near the Cordell Bank.
      > From Fort Bragg on the north coast, we have trips scheduled for: Jul
      > 29; Aug 9, 10, 12, 26; and Sep 5, 16. Each one of these trips can be
      > planned to include a trip from Bodega Bay, with a day of birding the
      > coast in between trips. Birders have found this to be an extremely
      > delightful combination. Birding Highway 1, between the two locations
      > during fall migration has been just sensational. Almost every year,
      > some rarity has shown up on land in this region— Yellow Wagtail was but
      > one of them. By popular demand, I have scheduled the August trips to
      > maximize chances for Dark-rumped Petrel. We have had considerable
      > success in Fort Bragg finding this species (and from Bodega Bay) during
      > this time period. Last year, our captain was able to follow a
      > Dark-rumped Petrel for a record 17 minutes, as it flew off the bow,
      > just ahead of the boat. Photographers had a field day!
      > Peter Pyle and I will be teaching a Seabird Workshop for the Institute
      > of Field Ornithology (IFO) from October 22-27 in Monterey. The emphasis
      > on the workshop is learning about seabirds, their natural history and
      > life cycles, and not on rare birds. If you would like more information,
      > please contact the American Birding Association at 800/850-2473.
      > Shearwater Journeys is offering 36 dedicated seabirding trips from May
      > 20 to October 20th. This is the most extensive program of pelagic trips
      > in North America. Please contact me, if you would like to join us. We
      > welcome you. If you would like to join our email list, and receive
      > updates, trip reports, and discounts, please do so on the web site
      > immediately. Discounts are only offered once a year, and only to those
      > on the email list. Please check our web site,
      > www.shearwaterjourneys.com for the latest information. Trip reports for
      > all trips from 2006, along with many photographs, are on the site, too.
      > I hope to see you out there!
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