Friday, August 28, 2009

Aug 21: Monterey Bay Pelagic Highlights

Howdy, Seabirders,

Seabird highlights found on today's Shearwater Journey's pelagic trip from Monterey Bay included: a gorgeous, near breeding plumage, TUFTED PUFFIN, that flew around the boat, and sat on the water for a great photo op; a raft of 1000 ASHY STORM-PETRELS (first of the fall for Monterey Bay), which included 1 BLACK STORM-PETREL, and 1 or 3 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS; good numbers of POMARINE, PARASITIC and LONG-TAILED JAEGERS; SOUTH POLAR SKUAS; and good numbers of SABINE'S GULLS. Most of the usual suspects were also found. We spent part of our day in Santa Cruz County, although most of it was in Monterey County.
A full trip report will be forthcoming, as well as some spectacular puffins images! The seas were very, very calm. We could see the smoke from the fire near Soledad. 

Shearwaters forever,

Debra Shearwater
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024

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