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Mendocino Audubon Pelagic on 5-18-08

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  • Ron LeValley
    Thanks to Kerry Ross for keeping such good notes for us. Here is the trip list and the totals. Location: Noyo Harbor, Mendocino Coast Audubon Pelagic trip
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      Thanks to Kerry Ross for keeping such good notes for us. Here is the trip
      list and the totals.



      Location: Noyo Harbor, Mendocino Coast Audubon Pelagic trip

      Observation date: 5/18/08

      Notes: Great sea conditions with a light wind and smaller swell but we

      were in the fog the entire trip. Visibility was ~ 1/4 mile for much of the

      trip and never exceeded 1 mile all day.

      Number of species: 22



      Surf Scoter - Melanitta perspicillata 14

      Pacific Loon - Gavia pacifica 3

      Common Loon - Gavia immer 1

      Western Grebe - Aechmophorus occidentalis 12

      Black-footed Albatross - Phoebastria nigripes 57

      Northern Fulmar - Fulmarus glacialis 3

      Pink-footed Shearwater - Puffinus creatopus 15

      Sooty Shearwater - Puffinus griseus 88

      Brown Pelican - Pelecanus occidentalis 3

      Brandt's Cormorant - Phalacrocorax penicillatus 6

      Double-crested Cormorant - Phalacrocorax auritus 1

      Pelagic Cormorant - Phalacrocorax pelagicus 9 (including two nests with
      chicks near the harbor breakwater)

      Red-necked Phalarope - Phalaropus lobatus 161

      Red Phalarope - Phalaropus fulicarius 78

      California Gull - Larus californicus 11

      Western Gull - Larus occidentalis 98

      Parasitic Jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus 1

      Sabine's Gull - Xema sabini 4

      Common Tern - Sterna hirundo 5

      Common Murre - Uria aalge 142

      Pigeon Guillemot - Cepphus columba 7

      Cassin's Auklet - Ptychoramphus aleuticus 8

      Rhinoceros Auklet - Cerorhinca monocerata 26



      Ocean Sunfish - Mola mola 1 very large one!

      Harbor Seal - Phoca vitulina 1

      California Sea Lion - Zalophus californianus 1 on the dock



      Notably absent were all cetaceans, including dolphin and porpoises, and
      absolutely no By the Wind Sailors (Velella velella), usually quite prevalent
      in the spring.



      This report was modified slightly from the one generated automatically by
      eBird v2(http://ebird.org)



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