28 January 2009 - With the recent sightings of Parakeet Auklets off
southern California there has been an interest in having a pelagic
boat trip (soon) off Mendocino County waters. Parakeet Auklets have
been recorded in Mendocino County waters ...3 in 1988 ...but they
were 75-98 nautical miles out. However the recent sightings down
south have been 50 miles or closer. Several of us have often
speculated that we may routinely have this species off our coast each
winter ...however there have only been one or to winter pelagic trips
for birders off our Mendo coast ever so opportunities have been
limited. Other winter possibilities might include: Laysan
Albatross, Short-tailed Shearwater, Black-vented Shearwater, Ashy &
Fork-tailed Storm Petrels, Black-legged Kittiwake, Ancient Auklet,
Cassin's Auklet, Rhino Auklet, Tufted Puffin, & Horned Puffin.
The Trek II is available for THIS Friday .... for a charter cost of
$2100. That means we would need to get at least 14 birders at $150
each (cost drops if more people go). It would probably be a long ten
to twelve hour day on the water. The seas conditions look very good:
Friday: NNW wind 6 to 9 kt increasing to between 15 and 18 kt. Sunny.
NW swell 4 feet. Wind waves 1 to 3 ft.
Friday Night: NNW wind 18 to 21 kt becoming N between 23 and 26 kt.
Mostly clear. WNW swell 4 feet. Wind waves 4 to 7 ft.
Please call or email me ASAP if you are interested and can commit to
such an adventure THIS Friday. Good Birding. Bob Keiffer
707-744-1424 (you can leave a message...leave name and contact info)
or call my cell 707-391-8190. I need to let Jason, the Trek II
captain, know by tomorrow morning.
Robert J. Keiffer
Principal Supt. of Agriculture
UC Hopland Research & Extension Center
4070 University Road
Hopland, CA 95449
(707) 744-1424 FAX (707) 744-1040
HREC website: http://danrrec.ucdavis.edu/hopland/home_page.html
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the strong person stumbles... or where the doer of deeds could have
done better. The credit belongs to the person who is actually in the
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