here, and more images by David Pavlik, here. David, pictured below, was on both trips, 2013 and 2014! What a lucky guy!
Does David look happy, or what? Actually, on this year's trip he ticked another Life Bird, CRAVERI'S MURRELET!
Many additional seabirds sparked a lot of excitement, including SCRIPPS'S and CRAVERI'S MURRELETS; BLACK and ASHY STORM-PETRELS and SABINE'S GULLS. Having missed the MARBLED MURRELETS in the morning, leader Linda Terrill (eagle-eye!) spotted two on the return to the harbor. It was a fabulous day! And, my new chumming technique really paid off in spades, er, I mean petrels! Although I am loathe to make seabird predictions, I did mention to a few of the leaders recently that the stationary offshore high pressure system was ideal for Hawaiian Petrel, a seabird dependent on mega-scale wind patterns.
HAWAIIAN PETREL images in this post by Scott Terrill. The Hawaiian Petrel is listed as ENDANGERED by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Although this species is rare in California, we now know from radio tracking that it is part of our "normal" offshore avifauna.
THE NEW FACES OF SEABIRDING, above.
Fifteen of the sixteen birders under the age of 35 celebrating the Hawaiian Petrel!
We thank all of the folks from near and far who joined us on this day, including at least one person who hitchhiked to meet up with this trip!
The leaders on this trip were:
SCOTT TERRILL, LINDA TERRILL, ABE BORKER & DEBI SHEARWATER
THE COMPLETE SPECIES LIST FOR 2 AUGUST 2014 FOLLOWS:
All birds were in SAN MATEO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA:
RED-THROATED LOON- 2
PACIFIC LOON- 1
BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS- 53
NORTHERN FULMAR- 9
**HAWAIIAN PETREL- 1
PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER- 310
SOOTY SHEARWATER- 1935
BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER- 3
ASHY STORM-PETREL- 1
BLACK STORM-PETREL- 1
BROWN PELICA- 335
BRANDT'S CORMORANT- 50
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT- 60
PELAGIC CORMORANT- 2
WANDERING TATTLER- 2
BLACK TURNSTONE- 12
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE- 17
PARASITIC JAEGER- 2
CALIFORNIA GULL- 12
WESTERN GULL- 100
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL- 1
SABINE'S GULL- 2
ELEGANT TERN- 290
COMMON MURRE- 280
PIGEON GUILLEMOT- 12
SCRIPPS'S MURRELT- 2
CRAVERI'S MURRELET- 6
MARBLED MURRELET- 2
CASSIN'S AUKLET- 5
RHINOCEROS AUKLET- 4
CALIFORNIA SEA LION- 30
HARBOR SEAL- 2
HUMPBACK WHALE- 6
HARBOR PORPOISE- 12
OCEAN SUNFISH- 10
EGG YOLK JELLY- 2
MOON JELLY- 4
UPCOMING HALF MOON BAY TRIPS & LEADERS:
AUG. 16: SCOTT TERRILL, LINDA TERRILL, TODD MCGRATH, JIM HOLMES, DEBI SHEARWATER (one space available, email Debi now)
AUG. 17: STEVE ROTTENBORN, STEVE TUCKER, JIM DANZENBAKER, DEBI SHEARWATER- SOLD OUT, WAIT LIST AVAILABLE
AUG. 23: SCOTT TERRILL, LINDA TERRILL, STEVE TUCKER, WILL BROOKS, DEBI SHEARWATER
SEP. 7: STEVE TUCKER, STEVE HAMPTON, WILL BROOKS, DEBI SHEARWATER
SEP. 8: DEBI SHEARWATER & TBA
SEP. 15: STEVE HAMPTON, NICK LEVENDOSKY, DEBI SHEARWATER
SEP. 21: STEVE ROTTENBORN, STEVE HAMPTON, MARISSA ORTEGA-WELSH, WILL BROOKS, DEBI SHEARWATER
SEP. 24: JON DUNN, JIM HOLMES, PETER PYLE, STEVE HAMPTON, JIM DANZENBAKER, JENNIFER GREEN, DEBI SHEARWATER
OCT. 5: STEVE TUCKER, STEVE HAMPTON, COURTENAY RAY, DENA SPATZ, DEBI SHEARWATER
OCT. 12: SCOTT TERRILL, LINDA TERRILL, STEVE HAMPTON, STEVE TUCKER, DEBI SHEARWATER
UPCOMING BODEGA BAY TRIPS:
SEP. 1: STEVE HOWELL, LISA HUG, DEBI SHEARWATER
SEP. 19: STEVE HOWELL, PETER PYLE, STEVE TUCKER, LISA HUG, JENNIFER GREEN, DEBI SHEARWATER
HOPE TO SEE YOU OUT THERE!