Saturday, August 29, 2009

CORRECTION: Aug 28: Monterey Bay Pelagic Highlights


My apologies. It has been pointed out to me that I used the incorrect date on the previous post. The highlights reported below were for the AUGUST 28, 2009 trip from Monterey. I claim lack of sleep for this slip up.

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. 

Spaces are still available on the following Monterey trips: Aug 31; Sep 9, 11, 12, 24, 25, 26, 27; Oct 3, 4, 10, 11, 25; Nov 28.

Still looking for Cook's Petrels? We have 2 spaces available for the dedicated chase trip on Saturday, September 5th from Bodega Bay. To reserve, please email me. Spaces are still available on the Sep 16, 18, 20 and Oct 16 trips from Bodega Bay, as well as the Oct 18 trip from Fort Bragg.

Yesterday, August 28th the following seabirds were found on a transect count: 

LOTS of birds all over the place, from the N end of the Bank to the S end, with 10-12 Cook's Petrels scattered about (nice views), 10+ Fork-tailed Storm-Petrels, 100s of Ashy Storm-Petrels and Red Phalaropes, 100+ Long-tailed Jaegers, 1 South Polar Skua, 50+ Sabine's Gulls, 2000+ Cassin's Auklets, 3 Xantus' Murrelets, plus Blue and Humpback whales, Steller's Sea Lions, and usual Black-footed Albatrosses, Buller's Shearwaters, etc.

This was all simply on transect with no stopping and going to where the birds were!

Hope to see you out there!

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

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