- Hello, Seabirders,
Dust off your boots and jackets and get ready for the seabird season!
Shearwater Journeys will be offering 32 pelagic trips, beginning July
27th and continuing until October 20th. This is the single most
exhaustive offering of dedicated seabird trips on the west coast. This
year, we begin our 32nd year of trips from Monterey, 27th year from
Bodega Bay, and 8th year from Fort Bragg. We welcome beginner
seabirders, as well as those looking to add to their county lists or
those looking for the mega-rarities. Our leaders have decades of
unmatched, worldwide seabird experience�and, it shows by the records
that we have documented for North America and California.
The latest seabird reports from Cordell Bank and Bodega Canyon include
flocks of 40-60 Black-footed Albatrosses only 8-10 miles offshore,
numbers of Ashy Storm-Petrels, a few Wilson's Storm-Petrels and, of
course, Pink-footed, Sooty, and a few Buller's Shearwaters. Ten
Black-footed Albatrosses were radio-tagged at Cordell Bank last week.
Late July trips can be excellent for rarities. In past years,
Shearwater Journeys' trips have found Shy Albatross (Bodega Canyon) and
Bulwer's Petrel (Monterey Bay). We are offering an entire set of trips
from the northern coast�Fort Bragg and Bodega Bay in early August.
These trips have a good track record for finding Hawaiian Petrels.
Naturally, rare seabirds are not found on every trip, otherwise, they
would not be rare! So, we do hope that you will join us on one or more
of our trips this season. Who knows what will show up?
Upcoming trips include: July 27 from Monterey with Jennifer Green, Mike
Danzenbaker, and David Vander Pluym as leaders. July 29 from Fort Bragg
and July 31 from Bodega Bay with Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Lisa
Hug, Jon Dunn, David Vander Pluym, Don Doolittle, and Debra Shearwater
leading on both trips. Spaces are available on all of these July trips.
Please email Debra at debi@... for the Fort Bragg
and Bodega Bay trips. She will be cruising Alaska's Inside Passage
until July 27th, and not available by phone. Plenty of spaces are
available on all July trips.
Our trips from Monterey with spaces available include: August 4, 17,
and 24 (limited number of spaces); September 8, 9, 10, 11, 21, 22, 23,
24, 28, 29; October 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 20. Trips from Fort Bragg
include: August 9, 10 (limited number of spaces open), 26; September 5,
16. The August 12 Fort Bragg trip is SOLD OUT. Trips from Bodega Bay
include: August 14 (limited number of spaces open); September 7, 14,
30; October 8, 19. The August 5th trip to the Farallon Islands is SOLD
OUT (both boats are sold out).
County Listers: Our Albacore trips from Monterey (Sep 9, 29; Oct 6)
often go to Santa Cruz County, and sometimes to San Mateo County. We
also saw Streaked Shearwater on two of these trips in 2006 and one
albacore trip in 2005. Our Fort Bragg trips sometimes make it to
Humboldt County. And, our trips from Bodega Bay often cover both Sonoma
and Marin Counties. The trip to the Farallon Islands from Sausalito
(sold out, sorry) covers San Francisco County.
The August 9, 10, 12. 14 Fort Bragg/Bodega trips have been very
popular. (12th is sold out, with waiting list, and other dates have
only a limited number of spaces available). Leaders include: Aug 9 &
10- Clay Kempf, Lisa Hug, Steve Howell, Don Doolittle, Debra
Shearwater; Aug 12- Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Lisa Hug, Don
Doolittle, Debra Shearwater; Aug 14- Lisa Hug, Steve Howell, Don
Doolittle, and Debra Shearwater. Fort Bragg trips meet at 6:30 am in
Noyo Harbor at the Wharf Restaurant for boarding the TREK II. Bodega
Bay trips meet at 6:30 am at Port O' Bodega for boarding the NEW SEA
ANGLER. Parking is free at both ports. Bring lunch and dress warmly. We
hope that you will join us!
Here comes a brand new seabird season!
Debra Love Shearwater
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024 USA
"Real birds eat squid."�Tony Marr
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