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All Birds & Mammals from 5/15 Pelagic Trip - Fort Bragg

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  • K A Havlena
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , May 22, 2011
      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

      [1] 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
      Mallard     2
      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
      Osprey     1
      Western Gull     50
      California Gull     1
      Pigeon Guillemot     15
      Rhinoceros Auklet     2
      Common Raven     1
      European Starling     6
      Song Sparrow     1

      [2] 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
      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
      Lion 1.
      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
          McKinleyville, CA

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