All Birds & Mammals from 5/15 Pelagic Trip - Fort Bragg
- Sun, 15 May 2011 - Below is the wonderful eBird list that was
prepared by Rob Fowler, co-leader of the Spring MCAS Pelagic
trip. We motored south towards Navarro Canyon. Rob's lists
are in TWO sections with locations and notes. Enjoy! A big
thanks to Rob. -- Karen Havlena
 Location: Mendocino Pelagic--nearshore Observation date: 5/15/11
Notes: Nearshore portion of the pelagic trip organized by the Mendocino
Coast Audubon Society. All birds seen from Noyo harbor to about 4 miles
offshore. Three California Sea Lions and a 4 Harbor Seals were in the harbor.
Number of species: 17
Surf Scoter 80
Red-throated Loon 8
Pacific Loon 120
Common Loon 1
Brandt's Cormorant 4
Pelagic Cormorant 14 A couple of nests seen right outside of Noyo Harbor
were seen to have chicks.
Brown Pelican 11
Turkey Vulture 1
Western Gull 50
California Gull 1
Pigeon Guillemot 15
Rhinoceros Auklet 2
Common Raven 1
European Starling 6
Song Sparrow 1
 Location: Offshore pelagic (MEN Co.)
Observation date: 5/15/11
Notes: Mendocino Coast Audubon-organized pelagic trip. We headed to the
south towards Navarro Canyon but only got within about 5 miles of it due to us
constantly running into flocks of birds. We made it about 12-13 miles offshore
at the farthest point. It was a very busy day with seabirds being seen
throughout the day. Weather in the morning was overcast with regular showers and
wind from the south at about Beaufort 1-2. By the afternoon the wind had picked
up a bit turning from Beaufort 2-3. Highlights was the first-ever SHORT-TAILED
ALBATROSS to be found on a pelagic boat trip in Northwestern California (MEN 2nd
record), a MANX SHEARWATER, LEACH'S STORM-PETREL, and BLACK TERN. Ron LeValley
and Rob Fowler were the trip leaders. Mammals seen on the trip include: Humpback
Whale 6<br>Pacific White-sided Dolphin 5<br>Dall's Porpoise 12 California Sea
Number of species: 19
Pacific Loon 60
Black-footed Albatross 320
Northern Fulmar 10
Pink-footed Shearwater 170
Sooty Shearwater 400
Manx Shearwater 1 One spotted by Rob Fowler off of the back of the boat
on the way back in about 9 offshore south of Albion. Seen well by some of the
trip participants. Small black-and-white shearwater that flew with quick and
stiff wingbeats with blackish upperparts that sharply contrasted with the white
underparts. The undertail coverts were obviously white and the white crescent
that curves up behind the auriculars was well seen at close range.
Leach's Storm-Petrel 1 One spotted flying away from the boat by Ron
LeValley and seen by a few trip participants.
Red-necked Phalarope 900 Rough estimates for both phalarope species.
Red-necked seemed to be slightly less numerous than Reds today.
Red Phalarope 1100
Sabine's Gull 360 At most times of the day this species was being seen.
Good day for migration for this species. Most birds were adults.
Bonaparte's Gull 9
Western Gull 140
California Gull 30
Black Tern 1 1 alternate-plumaged bird seen with about 8 Common Terns.
Only about the 3rd record for Mendocino.
Common Tern 8 Fowler thought these birds were probably Arctic but photos
from LeValley proved otherwise and clinched the id. as Commons.
Common/Arctic Tern 1 One bird too far to id.
Pomarine/Parasitic Jaeger 1 One bird was spotted by Fowler was probably
a Parasitic but views too brief.
Common Murre 40
Pigeon Guillemot 1 One seen about 5 miles offshore.
Cassin's Auklet 18
Rhinoceros Auklet 120
-- Rob Fowler
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