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26 Aug Monterey pelagic last Sunday ["John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
26 Aug Monterey pelagic last Sunday [John Sterling ]
26 Aug MASKED/NAZCA BOOBY-San Mateo County ["'Batkin, Leonie F' lbatkin AT stanford.edu [CALBIRDS]" ]
25 Aug Monterey Bay Birding Festival Pelagic Opportunities ["DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
25 Aug Willow Flycatcher + other migrants in McKinleyville 25 Aug ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
24 Aug Mad River estuary highlights: BLACK TERN, American Redstart, etc. 24 Aug. ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
23 Aug Possible Stilt Sandpiper at Moss Landing ["kevin.enns.rempel AT fresno.edu [CALBIRDS]" ]
23 Aug Baird's Sandpiper, Forster's Tern 23 Aug ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
22 Aug Results of Island Packers pelagic trip, August 21 ["Peter Gaede pgaede AT earthlink.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
20 Aug AUG. 15, 16, 17 PELAGIC TRIP REPORTS ["DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
18 Aug Sept 14th - Optics & Nature Festival + ["sonomanature AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
16 Aug Lesser Black-backed continues, juv. Heermann's, etc. 16 Aug. ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
15 Aug Heermann's Gull update ["'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
14 Aug Pelagic Seabirding Trip News ["DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
13 Aug An Elegant time in Del Norte Co. ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
13 Aug n. jetty highlights 12 Aug, continuing Lark Bunting, etc. ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
11 Aug Ventura Pelagic Breakdown ["joelbsalty AT hotmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
11 Aug Island Packers, August 21st Pelagic trip ["joelbsalty AT hotmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
11 Aug Fwd: [MBB] CA Condor-Citizen science project ["John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
11 Aug Semipalmated Sandpiper, MRE 11 Aug. ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
8 Aug Re: Withdrawing Immature Heermann's Gull Post ["'tgmiko AT gmail.com'tgmiko@gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
08 Aug Withdrawing Immature Heermann's Gull Post ["orcorba AT cox.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
08 Aug Immature Heermann's Gulls ["orcorba AT cox.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
7 Aug No Green Sandpiper ["Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
7 Aug No Green Sandpiper ["Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
6 Aug Re: Any news about searching for the Green Sandpiper? ["'Tom Leskiw' tomleskiw AT suddenlink.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
6 Aug Any news about searching for the Green Sandpiper? ["'John Cant' jgcant AT sbcglobal.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
5 Aug Green Sandpiper in Humboldt ["Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
5 Aug Green Sandpiper in Humboldt ["Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
5 Aug Heermann's - no juveniles. ["'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
04 Aug Possibly breeding Mute Swans in Shasta County ["Bob & Carol Yutzy boby AT c-zone.net [nwcalbird]" ]
04 Aug Possibly breeding Mute Swans in Shasta County ["Bob & Carol Yutzy boby AT c-zone.net [shasta_birders]" ]
4 Aug Re: Mute Swans and eBird in NWCALI ["Elias Elias fabflockfinder AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
4 Aug Mute Swans and eBird in NWCALI ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
4 Aug Summer North American Birds report ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
3 Aug Lesser Black-backed Gull 3 August ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
3 Aug Fwd: Re: [nwcalbird] Eureka Gull--massive LBBG? ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
3 Aug RE: Re: [nwcalbird] Eureka Gull--massive LBBG? ["'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
3 Aug Re: [nwcalbird] Eureka Gull--massive LBBG? ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
3 Aug Re: Eureka Gull--massive LBBG? ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
3 Aug RE: Eureka Gull--massive LBBG? ["'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
3 Aug Eureka Gull--massive LBBG? ["Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
3 Aug Eureka Gull--massive LBBG? ["Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
2 Aug HAWAIIAN PETREL: HALF MOON BAY AUGUST 2 ["DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
2 Aug Wh.-thr. Swift date correction: ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
2 Aug Del Norte Co. shorebirds, including record Wilson's Phalarope numbers: ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
2 Aug Kelp Gull candidate in Eureka ["Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
2 Aug Kelp Gull candidate in Eureka ["Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
30 Jul Re: Salvin's Albatross photos etc. ["Glen Tepke g.tepke AT comcast.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
29 Jul Del Norte County 29 July ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
29 Jul Salvin's on TV today ["'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
29 Jul Salvin's on TV today ["'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [peninsula-birding]" ]
27 Jul Re: Swan ID ["Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" ]
27 Jul Del Norte Co. White-throated Swifts ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
27 Jul Correction: Salvin's Albatross chase trip? Wed JULY 30th ["'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
27 Jul Correction: Salvin's Albatross chase trip? Wed JULY 30th ["'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [peninsula-birding]" ]
27 Jul Salvin's Albatross chase trip? ["'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [peninsula-birding]" ]
27 Jul Salvin's Albatross chase trip? ["'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
27 Jul Salvin's Albatross- more pix ["Mark Rauzon mjrauz AT aol.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
27 Jul JULY 26 HALF MOON BAY: SALVIN'S ALBATROSS+ ["DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
26 Jul Surpising Albatross links ["Tom Grey tgrey AT law.stanford.edu [CALBIRDS]" ]
26 Jul Surpising Albatross links ["Tom Grey tgrey AT law.stanford.edu [peninsula-birding]" ]
26 Jul Another picture of the surprising albatross ["Tom Grey tgrey AT law.stanford.edu [peninsula-birding]" ]
26 Jul Another picture of the surprising albatross ["Tom Grey tgrey AT law.stanford.edu [CALBIRDS]" ]
26 Jul Surprising Albatross ["Tom Grey tgrey AT law.stanford.edu [peninsula-birding]" ]
26 Jul Surprising Albatross ["Tom Grey tgrey AT law.stanford.edu [CALBIRDS]" ]
26 Jul Albatross was in San Mateo County ["'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
26 Jul Salvin's Albatross photos etc. ["'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
26 Jul Salvin's Albatross ["Alvaro Jaramillo chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
23 Jul booby "invasion" off La Jolla ["Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
22 Jul July 20 Half Moon Bay Trip Report ["DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
21 Jul Del Norte Co. - Wh.-thr. Swifts still present and Elegant Terns ["Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" ]
21 Jul JULY 20 Half Moon Bay Pelagic trip ["DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
17 Jul early Buller's, Skuas, Long-taileds (plus 6 Hawaiians and 1 Murphy's) ["Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [CALBIRDS]" ]
16 Jul Northern Gannet continues on Alcatraz Island ["david_assmann AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" ]
15 Jul First Pelagic Trips of the Season + Photo Pelagic Trips [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]

Subject: Monterey pelagic last Sunday
From: "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:58:35 -0700
We had a nice day on the ocean on our Monterey Seabirds trip. A full boat full 
of happy birders including a few who saw their first albatross. We did not have 
a dead zone all day with shearwaters in sight the entire time....and albatross 
for 80% of the time. The bird highlight was a Manx Shearwater just off Pt. 
Pinos at the end of the day. But the main event was our capture and life-saving 
effort in freeing a female Northern Fur Seal that was wrapped tightly in a 
fishing net....so tight that the net was cutting into her. We released her 
after cutting the net free and I swear that she did a happy dance once back in 
the water. It was a sublimely good moment for all of us on board. 



We still have a few spots open for our Sept 5 (four hour trip) and our regular 
eight hour trips on Sept 21 and 28, Oct. 5 and 12. Hope to see you on our boat 
for some fun birding. 





John Sterling
VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV


26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695
530 908-3836
jsterling AT wavecable.com
www.sterlingbirds.com


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www.montereyseabirds.com
(831) 375-4658


Special Galapagos Birding Tour
9-19 July 2015




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Subject: Monterey pelagic last Sunday
From: John Sterling <jsterling AT wavecable.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:58:35 -0700
We had a nice day on the ocean on our Monterey Seabirds trip. A full boat full 
of happy birders including a few who saw their first albatross. We did not have 
a dead zone all day with shearwaters in sight the entire time....and albatross 
for 80% of the time. The bird highlight was a Manx Shearwater just off Pt. 
Pinos at the end of the day. But the main event was our capture and life-saving 
effort in freeing a female Northern Fur Seal that was wrapped tightly in a 
fishing net....so tight that the net was cutting into her. We released her 
after cutting the net free and I swear that she did a happy dance once back in 
the water. It was a sublimely good moment for all of us on board. 


We still have a few spots open for our Sept 5 (four hour trip) and our regular 
eight hour trips on Sept 21 and 28, Oct. 5 and 12. Hope to see you on our boat 
for some fun birding. 



John Sterling
VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV

26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695
530 908-3836
jsterling AT wavecable.com
www.sterlingbirds.com

Monterey Seabirds
www.montereyseabirds.com
(831) 375-4658

Special Galapagos Birding Tour
9-19 July 2015

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Subject: MASKED/NAZCA BOOBY-San Mateo County
From: "'Batkin, Leonie F' lbatkin AT stanford.edu [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 02:32:02 +0000
Hi Calbirders,
Forwarding a message regarding a Masked/Nazca Booby, see message below. Ron saw 
a juvenal-plumaged Masked/Nazca Booby pass by headed south from Moss Beach 
seawatch. 

Leonie for Ron

From: peninsula-birding AT yahoogroups.com 
[mailto:peninsula-birding AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Ronald- Thorn 
Tronthorn AT aol.com [peninsula-birding] 

Sent: Monday, August 25, 2014 7:12 PM
To: peninsula-birding AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [pen-bird] MASKED/NAZCA BOOBY



There was ( 8 ) mile visibility at Half Moon Bay early this morning. So, I was 
out the 

door to Moss Beach for a seawatch.

Time ( 07:00-09:30 ) Sky high overcast Visibility clear out to near the horizon 

Wind south 7 knots

At ( 07:50 ) I got on a booby coming in from the north. Passing straight out 
from 

where I was scoping it was a juvenal-plumaged MASKED/NAZCA BOOBY.
What I observed I was able to eliminate Brown Booby and Blue-footed Booby.
I noted the features of the Masked/Nazca Booby, but I could not get a good view
if it had a white collar or was lacking one. I watched it flying south until it 
was out 

of sight.

Other birds noted during the seawatch

( 3,000 ) Sooty Shearwaters were flying north. There were ( 52 ) Black-vented
Shearwaters with most flying with the Sooty Shearwaters. There was
( 1 ) Pink-footed Shearwater. ( 3 ) Adult pale morph Parasitic Jaegers were
trailing Elegant Terns south. Brandt's Cormorants flying north had a leucistic
individual standing out among the group. The only shorebirds southbound were
( 78 ) Red-necked Phalaropes.

Ron Thorn
Subject: Monterey Bay Birding Festival Pelagic Opportunities
From: "DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:56:12 -0700
Hello, Calbirders,

Shearwater Journeys is proud to be the provider of pelagic trips for the 
Monterey Bay Birding Festival, September 25 - 28, headquartered in Watsonville. 
Kenn Kaufman will present the keynote talk on Saturday, September 27th at 7 
p.m. Festival web site: 

http://montereybaybirding.org

Popular leaders, Scott & Linda Terrill will present a seabird workshop on 
Thursday, September 25 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. 


Pelagic birding opportunities for folks attending the festival include the 
trips listed below, including trips for folks arriving earlier than the 
festival dates. Trips are open to anyone whether attending the festival, or 
not. We have a great line up of leaders! Debi Shearwater will be co-leading on 
all trips. Book pelagic trips directly with Debi Shearwater; 
debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com. 


SEP. 19: BODEGA BAY: Steve Howell, Peter Pyle, Lisa Hug, Steve Tucker, Jennifer 
Green 

SEP. 21: HALF MOON BAY: Steve Hampton, Marisa Ortega-Welch, Will Brooks
SEP. 24: HALF MOON BAY: Jon Dunn, Peter Pyle, Jim Holmes, Jim Danzenbaker, 
Jennifer Green 

SEP. 25: MONTEREY BAY: Jon Dunn, Jim Danzenbaker, Nick Levendosky
SEP. 26: MONTEREY BAY: Kenn & Kimberly Kaufman, Scott & Linda Terrill
SEP. 27: MONTEREY BAY: Scott & Linda Terrill, Jim Danzenbaker, Jennifer Green
SEP. 28: MONTEREY BAY: Rick Fournier, Marissa Ortega-Welch, Courtenay Ray

See our latest trip report with Beth Hamel's images, for the Shearwater 
Journeys's August 22 Monterey pelagic trip at: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/silver-day-at-sea-monterey-bay-august.html 


Highlights were many: a leucistic BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER; great views of a 
SCRIPPS'S MURRELET; all three jaeger species, including a spectacular robbery 
of a fish from a SABINE'S GULL by a PARASITIC JAEGER; ocean sunfish sucking in 
by-the-wind-sailors; Risso's dolphin with a deformed dorsal fin, and more. It 
was quite a day! 


Our very next trip is this Monday, Labor Day, September 1 departing from Bodega 
Bay. And, storm-petrels are THERE! I've declared this trip a "Leader's Party" 
day! Go seabirding with your favorite leaders  Steve Howell, Lisa Hug, Scott 
Terrill, Linda Terrill, Tim Miller, Russ Bradley, Annie Schmidt, Al DeMartini 
and yours truly, will all be on board. Read about our epic September 20, 2013 
Bodega Bay trip with 17,325 storm-petrels: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2013/09/trip-report-september-20-2013-bodega.html 


Let's party with the storm-petrels on September 1at Bodega Bay! 
See you out there!
Debi Shearwater

DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
831.637.8527
debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com
www.shearwaterjourneys.com
www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com

Birding Down Under: SubAntarctic Islands, November 9 - 25, 2014 with Debi (2 
berths available) 

Pacific Odyssey:  April 6 - 23 and April 23-7 May
Russian Far East Voyages: May 27 - 8 June & June 9 - 20 with Debi









Subject: Willow Flycatcher + other migrants in McKinleyville 25 Aug
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:25:31 -0700
Hi all,
This morning I did my usual morning yard count here off of Fernwood Drive
and walked out to a nice number of birds active in the alders in the
retention basin right across the street from my yard. The highlight was a
WILLOW FLYCATCHER  (the first fall migrant of this species I've encountered
this season) and at least 4 BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERS.. I had one other
small and greenish warbler that got away that seemed to have white
undertail coverts. Moral of the story= passerine migration is in full
effect and it's time to go hit your local coastal migrant traps!

eBird list from the count this morning:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19569347

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Mad River estuary highlights: BLACK TERN, American Redstart, etc. 24 Aug.
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 10:55:46 -0700
Hi all,
This morning Cedric Duhalde, Gary Lester and myself met up and birded the
Mad River estuary from the Hiller Park entrance. It started out fine with
Gary spotting his year BAIRD'S SANDPIPER but was overall slow. We were all
getting ready to leave when all of a sudden one of us spots this small dark
bird flying along the estuary to the north of us. It turned around and then
started flying towards us and we all realized we were looking at a
basic-plumaged BLACK TERN!! The bird continued up the estuary and flew over
Mad River County Park and into the fog and out of sight. The bird was a
small tern that was very dark gray overall on the upperparts (including the
tail) had a small dark collar that continued onto the head. The sighting
was so brief that we didn't have time to make out the dark spot on the side
of the breast that separates it from White-winged Tern but overall the bird
was too dark to consider the latter species.

After that excitement (county bird for me!) a WANDERING TATTLER flew in and
landed and stayed for a couple of minutes before getting back up and
heading north out of sight. Otherwise we had 8 shorebirds total so quality
over quantity!

Cedric and I then birded the School Rd. trail where the excitement
continued. Walking along the trail we had 1 YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT (rare
migrant in McKinleyville), 1 MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER, and then I spotted an
adult male AMERICAN REDSTART. The redstart was in a chickadee flock right
where you come to the fenceline that borders the treatment ponds that are
adjacent to the riparia there. Yellow Warblers were thick with Wilson's
coming in second and a couple of Orange-crowneds being least common. We saw
some Yellows coming in off the ocean and landing in the riparian so it
seems like it was a good migration day!

Get out there,

Rob

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Possible Stilt Sandpiper at Moss Landing
From: "kevin.enns.rempel AT fresno.edu [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Aug 2014 21:30:06 -0700
Late this afternoon I birded along the road into Moss Landing State Beach. 
About a hundred yards in from highway 1 I saw what I believe to be a 
winter-plumage Stilt Sandpiper. I say "believe" because I have no previous 
experience with this species, and am far from an expert on unusual sandpipers. 
Still, after observing it for about 90 minutes (some of that with help from two 
other birders who also shared my sandpiper limitations), that's the only 
verdict I could reach. Here's what I can tell you: 

 
 Size: the bird was together with Least Sandpipers, Semipalmated Plovers, 
Dowitchers, and Black-bellied Plovers. It was markedly bigger than the first 
two of those, and smaller than the second two. As such, it seemed about 
perfectly sized for Stilt Sandpiper 

 

 Behavior: the bird spent most of its time in shallow water, probing the mud 
with a very rapid and irregular rhythm. Its posture was tilted quite far 
forward much of the time while feeding. It was not easily spooked, even when 
many of the other birds around it flushed. Because of that, I never got to see 
it in flight. 

 

 Field marks: the bird had pale gray upperparts, a strong white supercilium 
with a somewhat dark eyestripe, slightly drooping bill, long greenish legs, and 
light streaking on breast and neck. The belly and undertail coverts were white. 
It appeared to have a white rump visible between the folded wings. It raised 
its wings for a brief moment a few times, and I saw white underwings surrounded 
by gray. It was difficult to tell if the wing tips extended beyond the tail, 
though we finally decided that they did very slightly. Since it didn't fly, I 
can't say anything about those marks. 

 

 The other birders took a few photographs, and I asked them to email them to 
me. If they do so, I'll post a photo. 

 

 Kevin Enns-Rempel
 Fresno, CA

Subject: Baird's Sandpiper, Forster's Tern 23 Aug
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 17:28:10 -0700
Hi all,
After my hohum Shay Park eBird survey this morning I ventured to Eureka to
look for the Common Tern that Cedric Duhalde had found yesterday. Cedric
and Alexandra Lamb were present at the pilings off of Marina Way south of
the Wharfinger Building when I arrived but no Common Tern was present. One
juvenile FORSTER'S TERN was present however. Alex had 3 Forster's here the
other day and last Saturday (16 Aug.) I had 3 north of the Samoa Bridge
while on the Madaket on an employee cruise.

At Jacoby Creek mouth we had (+Samantha Bacon) one BAIRD'S SANDPIPER.

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Results of Island Packers pelagic trip, August 21
From: "Peter Gaede pgaede AT earthlink.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 09:28:35 -0700
Hello All:


The Islander spent from 8AM to 6:45PM in Ventura and Santa Barbara County 
waters yesterday. Our basic route involved heading out from the Ventura harbor 
to East Anacapa, then southeast over the Pilgrim Banks to Santa Barbara Island 
(SBI). After dropping off campers there, we circled the island (which included 
good coverage of the vertical cliff faces at Sutil Island off the SW corner of 
SBI), and then headed south to Osborn Bank. Our return trip skirted the eastern 
edge of the Santa Cruz Basin towards the "footprint" and through the Anacapa 
Passage. Overall, weather and sea conditions were excellent, and we had good, 
extended views of most species encountered. 



Highlights were 3 pairs of CRAVERI'S MURRELETS, a RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD, and a 
total of 11 BROWN BOOBIES. One subadult Brown was seen perched with cormorants 
on East Anacapa Island at the "traditional" booby roost there, and the 
remaining 10 were seen at Sutil Island. The Sutil bunch included one adult (or 
near-adult), with up to 7 individuals perched together on the same cliff face. 



Just outside the harbor, we spent time sorting through a very large raft of 
Black-vented Shearwaters, totaling at least 7,500 birds. Other mentionables 
were steady groups of Red-necked Phalaropes seen throughout the day and a 
single, heavily worn Northern Fulmar. Storm-petrels were in short supply (only 
a couple of Blacks seen), and we observed only 3-4 Sooty Shearwaters. 



Thanks to Joel Barrett and Island Packers for organizing and making this trip 
happen, Captain Lee, all the participants, and to co-leaders Joel Barrett, Wes 
Fritz, Matt Victoria and Greg Smith. 



Peter Gaede
Santa Barbara




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Subject: AUG. 15, 16, 17 PELAGIC TRIP REPORTS
From: "DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:28:17 -0700
Howdy, CalBirders,
 
Highlights of Shearwater Journeys's most recent three pelagic trips are as 
follows: 


August 15, Monterey (all birds for Monterey County): a massive feeding flock of 
SOOTY and BLACK-VENTED (450) SHEARWATERS along with as many as 30 Humpback 
Whales just outside of the harbor; offshore we found SOUTH POLAR SKUA and the 
first juvenile SABINE'S GULLS of the season, and one CRAVERI'S MURRELET. Marine 
mammals were terrific, ending the day with breaching Humpbacks. Full report: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/monterey-seabirds-august-15-2014.html 


August 16, Half Moon Bay was an incredibly amazing day at sea. Highlights: 
continuing good numbers of (129) BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES; continuing 
BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS, more BULLER'S SHEARWATERS (first found on our 26 July 
trip); WILSON'S (12), ASHY (13) and BLACK (450) STORM-PETRELS near the 100 
fathom edge (I have not found numbers of storm-petrels in such shallow water 
since the late 1970's to early 1980's); SOUTH POLAR SKUAS; SCRIPPS'S MURRELETS 
(2); and TUFTED PUFFINS (2). 


Marine mammals that favor more tropical areas were a surprise on this trip. 
This included 250 LONG-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHINS, one "presumed" offshore 
BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN and one DWARF/PYGMY SPERM WHALE. During the 39 years I've 
been doing pelagic trips, I've only seen Dwarf/Pygmy Sperm Whale once. (I have 
seen them on long range voyages in both the Atlantic and Pacific, though). I 
had views of this unique and little known cetacean five times on August 16th. 
Scott Terrill also saw this animal, but we were the only two on the trip who 
saw it. We prefer to identify it as Kogia, only, for want of a better view. 


A ten foot SALMON SHARK that swam around our vessel for about 10 minutes gave 
everyone great views however. The full trip report with images: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/half-moon-bay-pelagic-trip-jumping-with.html 


The central coast of California is teaming with food. We have, in abundance, 
anchovies, sardines, squid and juvenile rockfish, along with loads of 
zooplankton (see my report). Squid is of particular interest. The salmon shark 
and dwarf/pygmy sperm whale, as well as Risso's dolphins and albatrosses are 
feeding on the squid. I am loathe to make "predictions" because they are so 
often off the mark, but I think it is safe to say that just about anything that 
feeds on squid could turn up. That includes the nocturnal feeding 
Swallow-tailed gull. 


Our next trips from Monterey are August 22 with Scott Terrill, Rick Fournier, 
Jennifer Green and I co-leading, and from Half Moon Bay on August 23 with Scott 
Terrill, Linda Terrill, Steve Tucker, Will Brooks and I co-leading. Most (all) 
of Monterey Bay and Half Moon Bay are welling in warm water at 61 to 63 F. It 
is like one big bathtub out there. The "edge" is 70 miles off Half Moon Bay at 
this time. These things will, of course, change over the next several weeks. It 
seems likely to me that a lot of the birdlife is out at the edge, including 
most of the jaegers, Buller's shearwaters and Arctic and Common Terns. 


Departing from Bodega Bay, we have trips on September 1 with Steve Howell, Lisa 
Hug, Tim Miller, Al DeMartini and I co-leading and on September 19 with Peter 
Pyle, Steve Howell, Lisa Hug, Steve Tucker, Jennifer Green and I co-leading. 
The only 50-some degree water is out at Bodega Canyon. If this holds up and the 
area is not infiltrated by warm water, it could be a very interesting place for 
seabirds. 


And, loads more trips from Monterey and Half Moon Bay throughout September and 
October. See our full schedule at: 

http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.shtml

Squid Schools Forever,
Debi Shearwater

DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
831.637.8527
debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com
www.shearwaterjourneys.com
www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com

Birding Down Under: SubAntarctic Islands, November 9 - 25, 2014 with Debi- SOLD 
OUT 

Russian Far East Voyages: May/June 2016 with Debi- discounted cabins available 
now 










Subject: Sept 14th - Optics & Nature Festival +
From: "sonomanature AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Aug 2014 12:12:43 -0700
Sonoma Birding will host another festive day long event featuring most of the 
major binoculars and scopes companies in the USA along with extraordinary 
nature organizations and distinguished nature artists and authors from Northern 
California. Free family event and free parking at the beautiful Cornerstone 
Gardens http://www.cornerstonegardens.com/, 23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma 95476. 
(info -707-939-8007) 

 
 Visit - http://www.sonomabirding.com/ http://www.sonomabirding.com/ for fall 
lecture information. On Sept 10th Amaroq Weiss - with Return of the Wolf 
(Center for Biological Diversity) and on 10/8 - Sundance Director, Judy Irving 
discussing her new documentary on pelican. The movie "Pelican Dreams" will 
premiere in the North Bay on Oct. 31st at the Sebastini Theatre in Sonoma. 

 
 tom rusert & darren peterie
 
 sonoma,ca
 
Subject: Lesser Black-backed continues, juv. Heermann's, etc. 16 Aug.
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 17:25:24 -0700
Hi all,
I made a quick stop at the Elk River mouth to check and see if the LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL continued; it did. This was around 3:00 p.m. The bird is
pretty much missing it's whole tail still so it will probably be sticking
around for awhile until it grows a new one in. If you haven't seen this
bird yet it's still there for you.

A quick stop at the Wharfinger building area (Marina Way) yielded a
juvenile HEERMANN'S GULL which, according to Alvaro Jaramillo (see his post
to Calbirds ), have been
almost nonexistent along the CA coast this fall.

Lastly, I led the Arcata Marsh walk this morning and the major highlight
was a great study of a LONG-TAILED WEASEL that was right at the entrance to
the Brackish Pond trail. It seem like this animal is being reported more
often from the Marsh and this was the 3rd time I've seen one here in the
past couple of years. Very cool!

Photos of the weasel and Heermann's gull are at my flickr page:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/8695857 AT N04/14754167237/

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Heermann's Gull update
From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:42:37 -0700
Hi folks

 

   Essentially there are no juvenile Heermann's Gulls being seen on the West
Coast. Today I saw my first juvenile in Half Moon Bay after diligent looking
at hundreds on most days. There were 860 Heermann's on the beach here today,
which is a large number for our county, and the one juvenile. Birds from
last year, the uniform chocolate-brown birds, comprised about 20% of the
flock to give an idea of how few juveniles there are. Uniform
chocolate-brown birds molting primary feathers are young from last year.
Juveniles should look scaly (pale fringed) on the coverts, paler brown, than
the older birds. BJ Stacey sent me the only photo I have seen of a juvenile
this year from Sinaloa, Mex: 

http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/831139
   Guy McCaskie reports that he has not seen any Juvenile Yellow-footed
Gulls either this year (that was over a week ago, things may have changed).
Based on Half Moon Bay numbers, which may not be representative, right now
juvenile Heermann's are about 1 in a thousand! That is looooowwww. There is
a chance that the few that are out there have not pushed north yet, and we
will get an influx. But the overall pattern shows how bad the breeding
season for seabirds was in Baja this year!! Elegant Terns fared better as it
appears that a sizeable portion flew Baja, and re-nested in San Diego later
than usual, where conditions were better. 

BTW, Michael Force doing a research cruise had a couple of Juan Fernandez
Petrels 265 miles WSW of Pigeon Point, San Mateo County. As the petrel
flies, that is only a couple of hours flying to get to California waters!! 

 

Good birding

 

Alvaro

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com

 
Subject: Pelagic Seabirding Trip News
From: "DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:44:40 -0700
Howdy, Calbirders,

Shearwater Journeys has just completed the first six of thirty three pelagic 
seabirding trips this season. Highlights have been many, including: HAWAIIAN 
PETREL; SALVIN'S ALBATROSS; LAYSAN ALBATROSS; SCRIPPS'S and CRAVERI'S 
MURRELETS; first BLACK-VENTED, BULLER'S and FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATERS; first 
ASHY and BLACK STORM-PETRELS; a single LEACH'S STORM-PETREL; first SABINE'S 
GULLS; NORTHERN GANNET and BROWN BOOBY and TUFTED PUFFINS. 


This week, I posted quite a lot of new images on the blog:
HAWAIIAN PETREL:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/breaking-news-hawaiian-petrel-on.html 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/images-of-day-by-david-pavlik-august-2.html 

Bryan Hix's images:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/images-of-day-by-bryan-hix-august-2.html 


SALVIN'S ALBATROSS:
Images by Scott Terrill:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/images-of-day-by-scott-terrill-july-26.html 

Images by Todd McGrath:
http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014_07_01_archive.html

To read Three Pelagic Birding Trips: 33 Species of Seabirds:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/three-pelagic-birding-trips-33-species.html 


For a recap of the season to date: Loving Seabirds: A Snapshot in Time:
http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014_08_01_archive.html

Shearwater Journeys is a well established, internationally renown company with 
nearly four decades of offering pelagic seabirding trips from ports that span 
the entire length of California, from Eureka to San Diego. Currently, we offer 
trips departing from Monterey Bay, Half Moon Bay, and Bodega Bay. We've 
indoctrinated many, many boat captains to the world of seabirds and marine 
mammals, beginning in 1976 when such a thing as birders going out on boat trips 
was foreign to them. More than 65,000 folks have joined our trips over these 
many long years. 


Without a doubt the backbone of our trips is the leaders on board who are 
rejoice in seabirds, over and over again. How else could one explain Scott 
Terrill's presence on boat trips since the 1960's? 


Our leaders include: Peter Pyle, Steve Howell, Jon Dunn, Steve Rottenborn, 
Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Todd McGrath, Dave Pereksta, Sophie Webb, Brian 
Sullivan, Abe Borker, Lisa Hug, Steve Hampton, Tim Miller, Steve Tucker, Jim 
Holmes, Clay Kempf, Rick Fournier, Jennifer Green, Nick Levendosky, Dena Spatz, 
Jim Danzenbaker, Tom Johnson, John Garrett, Marisa Ortega-Welch, Courtenay Ray, 
Al De Martini, Gerry McChesney, Adam Searcy, Mary Gustafson, and other guest 
leaders and chummers. 

As one person exclaimed, "This list reads like 'Who's Who in Birding." To read 
more about our leaders and see their biographies: 

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/07/our-leaders.html

To date, though the most popular post (I guess because these people look so 
darn happy) has been: Dads Take Their Chicks to Sea: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/07/dads-take-their-chicks-to-sea-july-20.html 


With 27 trips still to go, we have a lot on offer this season. You can see our 
entire program here: 

http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.shtml

Monterey Bay is the classic seabirding location, great for beginners, but still 
able to turn up a rarity (I spotted a Hawaiian Petrel on August 2, 2013. So, 
the rare birds are still cranking out of Monterey. Half Moon Bay has had its 
share of rarities, too. It is easy to reach for folks who live in the Bay Area. 
And, no port in the entire USA has cranked out more rare and mega-rare seabirds 
than Bodega Bay (Trips onvSeptember 1, Labor Day and September 19). 


I hope you'll be on board when we call out, "Skuaaaaaa!" Once we saw so many 
South Polar Skuas, that I got the entire boat to call out, "Skuaaaa" as each 
and every one flew in to the wake! Such is life at sea! 


Shearwaters Forever, 
Debi Shearwater

DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
831.637.8527
debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com
www.shearwaterjourneys.com
www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com

Birding Down Under: SubAntarctic Islands, November 9 - 25, 2014 with Debi, SOLD 
OUT 

Russian Far East Voyages: May/June 2016 with Debi, berths available









Subject: An Elegant time in Del Norte Co.
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 09:32:58 -0700


Yesterday afternoon 420 Elegant Terns were resting on the small rock just off 
the parking lot at the base of the B Street Pier in the Crescent City Harbor. 

Alan D. Barron
Subject: n. jetty highlights 12 Aug, continuing Lark Bunting, etc.
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:37:02 -0700
Hi all,
Yesterday I did a seawatch on the north jetty of Humboldt Bay from
1015-1325 (this was after reading a report of a Masked Booby from San Mateo
County!). I didn't have any boobies but the diversity was decent.
Highlights were as follows:

BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS: 1 bird seen following the "Good News" trawler in.
It was maybe about 1.5-2 miles out when spotted. Probably this same bird
was seen again with Brad Elvert and Samantha Bacon around 1 p.m. and even
closer in this time..probably the closest I have ever seen albatross from
shore in HUM (about 1 mile or less). I saw albatross from the jetty back on
24 July and both times they were following commercial fishing boats (but
were over 3-4 miles out) that were coming back in to the bay so that helps
but of course really good far visibility also plays a factor.

BRANDT'S CORMORANTS: Many groups were seen flying from the north to the
south with around 70 tallied. I haven't seen that many from the jetty for
awhile.

PARASITIC JAEGER: Had 2 adults fly by; one harassed an Elegant Tern a bit.

ELEGANT TERN: It seems like this species has increased up here in the past
couple of days. About 35 were roosting on the Coast Guard breakwater while
driving in and over 40 were foraging around the jetty. David Fix told me he
has heard and seen ELTE in North Humboldt Bay this past week, which isn't
an annual occurrence.

MARBLED MURRELETS: You can pretty much get murrelets here most days but 2
were very close to the jetty today and were calling frequently.

Full list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19456979

The LARK BUNTING that Keith Slauson found on 12 August was seen by
new-to-Humboldt-birder Mathew McConnell yesterday and reported to eBird.
Checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19440401 I
went to go see if the bird was around in the evening but couldn't scrape it
up but it was late and quiet.

Around my house lately off of Fernwood Drive in McKinleyville I've had some
interesting birds like OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER (1-2 a year here from the
yard), SAVANNAH SPARROW (flyover migrants only in August/early-September
here), and a couple of WESTERN TANAGERS (1st fall migrants for me).


-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Ventura Pelagic Breakdown
From: "joelbsalty AT hotmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Aug 2014 22:13:47 -0700
Island Packers Pelagic Birding Trip, Thursday August 21st
 Departs: Ventura Harbor 8 am (check in from 7-7:30am)
 Returns: 5-6 pm
 Price $125
 Bring your own food, or select from our Galley snacks, beverages, and some 
microwave ready foods. 

 Contact: Island Packers  AT  IslandPackers.com
 or call us (805) 642-1393 to book your trip or to answer any of your 
questions. 

 

 Sorry for the lack of price detail on the original post!
 

 Joel Barrett
 Oxnard, Ca
 Island Packers
Subject: Island Packers, August 21st Pelagic trip
From: "joelbsalty AT hotmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 11 Aug 2014 21:45:43 -0700
 
 Hello Birders.
 
 I wanted to let everyone out there know about a special Pelagic Birding trip 
coming up on Thursday August 21st. The trip will run out of Ventura Harbor, 
departing at 8 am and returning to the Dock at approximately 5-6 pm. We have 
some spaces available still, and we at Island Packers didn’t want anyone to 
miss out on this trip for lack of knowledge of the event. Our trip is priced 
lower than many other pelagic trips for distance covered and time at sea, due 
to the fact that it is partially subsidized by a small group of hearty campers. 
The campers are being transported to Santa Barbara Island 55 miles away from 
the Harbor and 38 miles from the nearest point on the mainland. This will be 
aboard our high-speed power catamaran which usually reaches this destination in 
2.5 hrs. We will, however, be on the lookout for great birds that are notorious 
along this route, including rafts of Ashy and Black Storm-petrels. This gives 
us the added bonus of looking for rare birds that are sometimes found out on 
the Channel Islands. Around the Island we will search for birds such as 
American Oystercatcher, Brown Boobies, Blue-footed Boobies and perhaps the 
rarer Masked, or Red-footed Boobies. 

 
 The disembarkation process for the campers generally takes 30-60 minutes and 
then the rest of the trip is pure Pelagic Birding bliss. We will work with the 
weather (which is typically great late summer/fall) and try to tease out the 
best off shore areas to find those coveted birds. We have a lot to work with, 
deep basins, underwater ridges, and hotspots that seem to always hold some 
activity. The benefit of booking this trip is that Island Packers and the Crew 
have experience running these types of trips, and along with our hand selected 
leaders, we will be searching the horizons non-stop, even when you are tired 
and have gone into the galley to get refreshments and some lunch. 

 
 The vessel you will be riding on is a 64 foot, high-speed Catamaran. We 
generally cruise at 18-20 knots, but always slow for interesting groups of 
birds, whales, and whatever else is out there, or take some time to let out 
some chum and popcorn to bring the birds into us! We are licensed to carry over 
150 passengers but we have limited this trip to a fraction of our capacity to 
allow for a comfortable ride with plenty of space for everyone either on the 
upper deck or on the main deck from the bow to the stern. A select group of 
handpicked leaders will be aboard to help find and identify those tricky 
pelagic birds, and help train your eye on the ones you don’t see. 

 
 The other benefit of traveling with us is that we are literally out on the 
ocean every day and know what is currently being seen through the area and if 
interesting trends are occurring. Here is a rundown of some of the birds we 
have seen just this summer: 

 
 Ashy Storm petrel
 
 Black Storm-petrel
 
 Leach’s Storm-petrel
 
 Northern Fulmar
 
 Black-vented Shearwater
 
 Pink-footed Shearwater
 
 Sooty Shearwater
 
 Manx Shearwater
 
 Pomarine Jaeger
 
 South Polar Skua
 
 Brown Booby
 
 Blue-footed Booby
 
 Common Murre
 
 Craveri’s Murrelet
 
 Scripps’s Murrelet
 
 Pigeon Guillemot
 
 Cassin’s Auklet
 
 Rhinoceros Auklet
 
 Three types of Cormorant
 
 Western, Heermann’s, and California Gulls
 
 Least, Royal, Elegant, Black, Common, and Caspian Tern
 
  
 
 We will be searching for all of these and MORE on this trip…
 
 Hope to see you aboard,
 
 Joel Barrett
 
 Oxnard, Ca
 
 Island Packers
 
  
 
 Book your trip at WWW.ISLANDPACKERS.COM http://www.islandpackers.com/
 
 Or call us at (805) 642-1393
 
  
 
  
 
  
 
Subject: Fwd: [MBB] CA Condor-Citizen science project
From: "John Sterling jsterling AT wavecable.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:41:32 -0700
Sophie Webb asked me to forward this for her.


John Sterling
VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV

26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695
530 908-3836
jsterling AT wavecable.com
www.sterlingbirds.com

Begin forwarded message:

> From: Sophie Webb 
> Subject: [MBB] CA Condor-Citizen science project
> Date: August 11, 2014 at 7:15:36 PM PDT
> To: Monterey Bay Birds 
> 
> Hi All,
> 
> A friend of mine, Myra Finkelstein, who works on CA Condors, (she's a 
toxicologist), asked me to post the following citizen science project that some 
folks might want to participate in. 

>  
> Here's the press release:
>  http://news.ucsc.edu/2014/04/condor-watch.html
> 
> And here's more information:
> http://www.condorwatch.org/
> 
> If you have further questions you can contact Myra directly:
> 
>  Myra Finkelstein 
> 
> Cheers,
> 
> Sophie
> ⟡⟢⟢⟢⟢⟢⟢⟢⟢⟢
> Sophie Webb
> www.sophiewebb.com
> Sophie AT oikonos.org
> 
> 
> 
> _______________________________________________
> mbb mailing list
> mbb AT lists.pbsci.ucsc.edu
> http://lists.pbsci.ucsc.edu/mailman/listinfo/mbb
Subject: Semipalmated Sandpiper, MRE 11 Aug.
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 10:51:11 -0700
Hi all,
I checked the Mad River estuary this morning, accessed from Hiller Park.
Lot's of peeps were present and I found what I was looking for: a juvenile
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER. I usually get 1-3 different SESAs here every fall
and usually right around this time of year. If you bird this area I'd
recommend doing it when the low tide is in the morning and it's best when
it's a negative or near-negative tide.

I see in eBird that Matt Lau had the 1st Humboldt Semipalmated Sand of the
season on 4 August from Clam Beach. There have been numerous reports in Del
Norte County already, mostly from the Alexandre Dairy.

eBird list from this morning:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19412287

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Re: Withdrawing Immature Heermann's Gull Post
From: "'tgmiko AT gmail.com'tgmiko@gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2014 13:54:48 -0700
In that case, does this furthet reinforce Álvaro's hypothesis of breeding 
failure caused by warm El Niño waters??? 


Tom

Thomas Geza Miko
Claremont, Los Angeles County
Cell: 909.241.3300
http://www.tgmiko.com 

"Don't confuse age with rust, Mister Palmer." - Doctor Mallard

Connected by DROID on Verizon Wireless

-----Original message-----
From: "orcorba AT cox.net [CALBIRDS]" 
To: CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com
Sent: Fri, Aug 8, 2014 17:47:27 GMT+00:00
Subject: [CALBIRDS] Withdrawing Immature Heermann's Gull Post

Kimball Garrett has looked at my sequence of photos of this morning's Gull 
flock, and indicated that none of the brownish birds were hatch-year birds. 
Thus I'm withdrawing that earlier post. 


Thanks

Joel Weintraub
Dana Point, CA
 
Subject: Withdrawing Immature Heermann's Gull Post
From: "orcorba AT cox.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 08 Aug 2014 10:47:23 -0700
Kimball Garrett has looked at my sequence of photos of this morning's Gull 
flock, and indicated that none of the brownish birds were hatch-year birds. 
Thus I'm withdrawing that earlier post. 


Thanks

Joel Weintraub
Dana Point, CA
 

Subject: Immature Heermann's Gulls
From: "orcorba AT cox.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 08 Aug 2014 09:56:48 -0700
Alvaro posted a while ago that he was seeing at that time only adult Heermann's 
Gulls in northern California and requested information on flocks in southern 
California. There is usually a small flock of this species along Strand and 
Salt Creek Beaches in Dana Point, Orange County, CA. This morning at Strand 
Beach, in a flock of about 75 Heermann's Gulls, 7 chocolate brown immatures 
were counted. I don't think this ratio is unusual, but I've not been recording 
that information in the past. 


Joel Weintraub
Dana Point, CA
 

Subject: No Green Sandpiper
From: "Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2014 13:29:02 -0700
Folks,

We have not relocated the sandpiper, despite intensive efforts all over the
Arcata Bottoms and Marsh. Not being a big fan of single-observer first
state records (although I was once a strong advocate of putting Three-toed
Woodpecker on the list!), I won't be pushing this as the first record south
of Alaska. I am especially concerned with the prevalence of hybridization
in shorebirds, the less-than-perfect leg color, and the fact that I only
heard the alarm call (the bird was very agitated), not the typical flight
call described in all the books (xeno-canto.org has many examples of both).

Thanks for all the hard work everybody,
Tristan McKee
Arcata, CA
Subject: No Green Sandpiper
From: "Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2014 13:29:02 -0700
Folks,

We have not relocated the sandpiper, despite intensive efforts all over the
Arcata Bottoms and Marsh. Not being a big fan of single-observer first
state records (although I was once a strong advocate of putting Three-toed
Woodpecker on the list!), I won't be pushing this as the first record south
of Alaska. I am especially concerned with the prevalence of hybridization
in shorebirds, the less-than-perfect leg color, and the fact that I only
heard the alarm call (the bird was very agitated), not the typical flight
call described in all the books (xeno-canto.org has many examples of both).

Thanks for all the hard work everybody,
Tristan McKee
Arcata, CA
Subject: Re: Any news about searching for the Green Sandpiper?
From: "'Tom Leskiw' tomleskiw AT suddenlink.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2014 22:02:15 -0700
The bird was neither seen nor heard today, despite searchers spending many 
hours looking for it at Klopp Lake at the Arcata Marsh project. Nor was the 
bird detected by the party or two that searched further afield in Arcata 
Bottom. 


Tom Leskiw
Eureka, CA     

From: mailto:CALBIRDS-noreply AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Wednesday, August 06, 2014 7:41 PM
To: CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: [CALBIRDS] Any news about searching for the Green Sandpiper?

  

I assume some folks were out looking today. Negative data can be useful, 
especially for those who live at a distance. 




Thanks,



John Cant

Fremont, CA





-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 


From: nwcalbird AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:nwcalbird AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com [nwcalbird] 

  

Just before dusk this evening, I had good views of a persistently-calling Green 
Sandpiper at Klopp Lake , which is at the south end of I Street in Arcata. 



Subject: Any news about searching for the Green Sandpiper?
From: "'John Cant' jgcant AT sbcglobal.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2014 19:41:37 -0700
I assume some folks were out looking today. Negative data can be useful, 
especially for those who live at a distance. 

  
 Thanks,
  
 John Cant
 Fremont, CA
  
 
 From: nwcalbird AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:nwcalbird AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf 
Of Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com [nwcalbird] 

  

 Just before dusk this evening, I had good views of a persistently-calling 
Green Sandpiper at Klopp Lake , which is at the south end of I Street in 
Arcata. 

 
 
 
 


 
Subject: Green Sandpiper in Humboldt
From: "Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2014 23:55:51 -0700
Just before dusk this evening, I had good views of a persistently-calling
Green Sandpiper at Klopp Lake, which is at the south end of I Street in
Arcata.

A series of very unique "kleep" calls drew my attention to the bird as it
circled the lake. I had many good views of the striking dorsal surface in
flight, which showed a white band across the lower rump/tail base,
contrasting boldly with the all-dark upperparts and thick black tail band.
The bird landed on a log on an island in the lake, continuing to call
loudly. Standing, it just looked (but didn't sound!) like a Solitary
Sandpiper. The dull yellow (not greenish) legs threw me off at first, but I
see now that many Greens show this coloration (at least young birds).

See you all first thing in the morning!

Tristan McKee
Arcata, CA
Subject: Green Sandpiper in Humboldt
From: "Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2014 23:55:51 -0700
Just before dusk this evening, I had good views of a persistently-calling
Green Sandpiper at Klopp Lake, which is at the south end of I Street in
Arcata.

A series of very unique "kleep" calls drew my attention to the bird as it
circled the lake. I had many good views of the striking dorsal surface in
flight, which showed a white band across the lower rump/tail base,
contrasting boldly with the all-dark upperparts and thick black tail band.
The bird landed on a log on an island in the lake, continuing to call
loudly. Standing, it just looked (but didn't sound!) like a Solitary
Sandpiper. The dull yellow (not greenish) legs threw me off at first, but I
see now that many Greens show this coloration (at least young birds).

See you all first thing in the morning!

Tristan McKee
Arcata, CA
Subject: Heermann's - no juveniles.
From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2014 15:37:46 -0700
Hello all, 

 

    We are seeing good flocks of Heermann's Gulls in the Half Moon Bay area,
sometimes up to 400 or more birds on the beach. I have been looking
diligently here and so far there are no (0) juveniles! I expect that there
are some farther south, but so far nothing up here. It seems to me that they
had a disastrous breeding season. It is harder to look through large numbers
of Brown Pelicans, but the other day in Pillar Point Harbor in many hundreds
I saw two juveniles. Again, a very poor season. Elegant Tern juveniles are
plentiful however, and it seems that they were spared the same disastrous
breeding situations. I could not tell you if there are many less juvenile
terns than usual, but they are noticeable and plentiful. 

      

What are the reports from farther south? 

 

Alvaro

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com

 
Subject: Possibly breeding Mute Swans in Shasta County
From: "Bob & Carol Yutzy boby AT c-zone.net [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 04 Aug 2014 18:38:10 -0700
Hello all,

Mute Swans unfortunately appear to have breed here in the Anderson 
area.  Though there is no direct observation or evidence that I can 
remember, the repeated report of 2 birds for the last 2 years or so, has 
turned into 5 birds this year.  Some observers thought they were a 
family group.

Bob Yutzy
Shasta County


On 8/4/2014 3:01 PM, Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird] wrote:
>
>
> Hi all,
> With the recent reports of the Mute Swans up at Big Lagoon (mostly in 
> eBird) I thought I'd take a moment to note how this and other exotic 
> species are treated in eBird in the region. Mute Swans have become 
> established in many areas in the US, including many areas in 
> California to the south of us. Here in Northwestern California, 
> however, Mute Swans have thankfully never been documented nesting in 
> the area. Let's hope it stays that way and that pair that is up at Big 
> Lagoon moves on at some point.Â
>
> So with that, Mute Swan is still considered an introduced/exotic 
> species in the NW California region and I invalidate every report as 
> such since there is no hint of a self-sustaining population here. Now, 
> that does not mean you should stop entering Mute Swans in eBird. You 
> should as some day they may (unfortunately) start breeding in the 
> region. Also, know that if you entered Mute Swan in the region and it 
> was invalidated that it is not a record that is just gone and deleted. 
> Anything that is invalidated in eBird can be revalidated and will then 
> show up in the bar charts and point maps. If one day this species does 
> establish a self-sustaining population then the past records will be 
> rereviewed and then probably validated.
>
> Other examples of introduced exotics that are regularly invalidated 
> here in Northwestern California is those barnyard GRAYLAG GEESE, off 
> of V Street Loop in the Arcata Bottoms, RING-NECKED PHEASANT, MUSCOVY 
> DUCK, COMMON SHELDUCK, etc. Besides the Mute Swan reports, those 
> barnyard geese and Ring-necked Pheasant are really the only ones that 
> pops up occasionally and thankfully we here have few exotics to think 
> about!Â
>
> So, if you see Mute Swans....enter them into eBird still. Hopefully 
> this might explain why you might not see your reports of them in the 
> bar charts or range and point maps if you try and search for them.Â
>
> -- 
> Rob Fowler
> Humboldt, Trinity and Del Norte eBird reviewer
>
>
> 

-- 
Bob & Carol Yutzy
Shasta, CA
Subject: Possibly breeding Mute Swans in Shasta County
From: "Bob & Carol Yutzy boby AT c-zone.net [shasta_birders]" <shasta_birders-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 04 Aug 2014 18:38:10 -0700
Hello all,

Mute Swans unfortunately appear to have breed here in the Anderson 
area.  Though there is no direct observation or evidence that I can 
remember, the repeated report of 2 birds for the last 2 years or so, has 
turned into 5 birds this year.  Some observers thought they were a 
family group.

Bob Yutzy
Shasta County


On 8/4/2014 3:01 PM, Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird] wrote:
>
>
> Hi all,
> With the recent reports of the Mute Swans up at Big Lagoon (mostly in 
> eBird) I thought I'd take a moment to note how this and other exotic 
> species are treated in eBird in the region. Mute Swans have become 
> established in many areas in the US, including many areas in 
> California to the south of us. Here in Northwestern California, 
> however, Mute Swans have thankfully never been documented nesting in 
> the area. Let's hope it stays that way and that pair that is up at Big 
> Lagoon moves on at some point.Â
>
> So with that, Mute Swan is still considered an introduced/exotic 
> species in the NW California region and I invalidate every report as 
> such since there is no hint of a self-sustaining population here. Now, 
> that does not mean you should stop entering Mute Swans in eBird. You 
> should as some day they may (unfortunately) start breeding in the 
> region. Also, know that if you entered Mute Swan in the region and it 
> was invalidated that it is not a record that is just gone and deleted. 
> Anything that is invalidated in eBird can be revalidated and will then 
> show up in the bar charts and point maps. If one day this species does 
> establish a self-sustaining population then the past records will be 
> rereviewed and then probably validated.
>
> Other examples of introduced exotics that are regularly invalidated 
> here in Northwestern California is those barnyard GRAYLAG GEESE, off 
> of V Street Loop in the Arcata Bottoms, RING-NECKED PHEASANT, MUSCOVY 
> DUCK, COMMON SHELDUCK, etc. Besides the Mute Swan reports, those 
> barnyard geese and Ring-necked Pheasant are really the only ones that 
> pops up occasionally and thankfully we here have few exotics to think 
> about!Â
>
> So, if you see Mute Swans....enter them into eBird still. Hopefully 
> this might explain why you might not see your reports of them in the 
> bar charts or range and point maps if you try and search for them.Â
>
> -- 
> Rob Fowler
> Humboldt, Trinity and Del Norte eBird reviewer
>
>
> 

-- 
Bob & Carol Yutzy
Shasta, CA
Subject: Re: Mute Swans and eBird in NWCALI
From: "Elias Elias fabflockfinder AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2014 18:27:23 -0700
Thanks Rob for your efforts to keep eBird looking good and free from
misidentified birds. But I would hope to sway your thinking on this topic.
I think it is very important to not invalidate records of non established
exotics. Doing so makes it too hard to refind those records. I mean as long
as a species is correctly identified, it ought to be readily accessible
with the normal eBird.org query tools (for example the Bar Charts and
Maps). I strongly feel that one shouldn't have to resort to doing a
stab-in-the-dark query using the Avian Knowledge Network. First off you
have to ask permission to access those data. And it has taken days or even
weeks for me to be granted access. Second you can't just access the entire
database. You have to know what species to ask about. For example, who
would ever think to query about Common Myna. This species is not on any
list of birds of California that I have ever encountered. But yet there are
records for SoCal. I had a total fright upon seeing the first pair that I
found in Orange County. But because they don't show up in the Bar Charts
for California, one would think that there are no records what-so-ever. I
think this just feeds into a negative feedback loop (is that the proper
term) where if it is not on our lists, it is not in our bird books and
hence it is not in our awareness. Because it is not in our awareness, many
don't see them, count them, report them. And you commendably touch of this.
But please just take the dive and call all birds legit birds and don't
religate a disparaged subset of our avifauna to some dark recess of the
Avian Knowledge Network where they are practically impossible to extract.
Anyway I could go on and on because this is one of the few topics that I
get riled up about. In fact, I wrote a long and passionate essay for the
San Diego Listserv a while back that I will attach. But one final point.
Say you are about to travel to a new destination and you wanted to brush up
on the ID of the birds. Perhaps one of the Hawaiian islands and imagine if
the bar chart didn't have all the avian possibilities on the Bar Chart; you
wouldn't know how to prepare to ID what you might encounter.


Here is that essay: It was prompted by an appeal to remove an exotic
species from the San Diego County list. This species became extirpated
after having a breeding population:

Because many birders are listers I'm not too surprised that the focus of
the SD list has focused on countability and friendly competition. But I
would like to encourage us to retain Ring-necked Pheasant on our List of
Birds Species Known to Have Occurred within San Diego County forever. Lists
are the foundation of most bird books. Lists of a given geographical scope,
such as county lists, should inform us of what species were 1) noticed, 2)
agreed upon as correctly identified and 3) recorded for posterity. I view a
county list as a living scientific document written cooperatively by the
experts in their field.

When the next native bird (Gambel's Quail, anyone) becomes extirpated from
San Diego county, will there be a movement to remove it from the list?

We are fanatical about birds and my hope is that we will take an interest
in all birds.  After all the number of species on the planet is finite. For
me, it is really interesting that pheasants raised young here in this
climate. It is just as interesting that the Blue-gray Tanager persisted in
Florida for a number of years and that the Crested Myna did the same in
British Colombia. These extirpations can teach us interesting things about
ecology if we don't erase them from our lists--our awareness. Fast
forwarding to the distant future, I ponder the time when the European
Starling and the House Sparrow have sufficiently diverged from their parent
stocks. Will these new species be granted a place on the list of native
fauna? Will they eventually become worthy of protection under the
International Migratory Bird Treaty Act or the Endangered Species Act?
Similarly, when wild bird capture and transportation has been halted
because it is against the Rights of Nature Act of 2087 (we eventually
followed Ecuador's lead) and when SoCal's  Red-crowned Parrots and the
Lilac-crowned Parrots have formed a thriving homogeneous hybrid swarm and
that population has proceeded down its own ecological path to become a
third species distinct from its parent populations and has evolved to feed
on the seeds of a plant that today are Joshua Trees (hey who's to say what
might happen). Will our progeny be bummed that we didn't leave a more
complete record?

I try to think on larger time scales and my opinion is that our job
shouldn't be to filter knowledge. It should be to record it and steward it
by having expansive and complete lists.

I guess my ultimate goal is to sway birder culture. My hope is that
conditions will change to allow a rewriting of the bylaws of local, state
and national bird review committees. I advocate that all species that are
unprecedented or unpredictable components of our fauna (less than 4
documented sightings a year on average) should be reviewed by a review
committee.  That includes a Hyacinth Macaw winging over San Francisco. The
Black Swan that expired on Southeast Farallon Island. The Pink-backed
Pelican seen two Falls in a row by biologists on the Farallons. The ship
assisted Great Potoo. The Magelenic Penguin swimming off the Point Reyes
Lighthouse. The lost Golden-cheeked Warbler visiting the Farallons. The
Orange Bishops cavorting in the marshes of California. The Demoiselle Crane
traveling with a flock of Sandhills. Arguments over questions of provenance
are frequently unwinable. And in my view irrelevant. We may not ever know
the truth of how any given individual appeared in a given area. Sure let's
count that Gray Silky Flycatcher, Baikal Teal or Common Shelduck. I hope
that we can simply sidestep that futile exercise and move on the more
important issues like creating a more pervasive awareness of how introduced
biota impact and alter a novel ecosystem. Let us make this axiom a
household concept beginning with nature lovers and progressing to policy
makers. Perhaps then we will not be faced with an ecological Quagga-mires
at every turn. http://www.dfg.ca.gov/invasives/quaggamussel/



Flock on!

Elias Elias
Arcata CA/San Diego CA
walkie-talkie primero 707-633-8833
last ditch alternate 559-433-7254


On Mon, Aug 4, 2014 at 3:01 PM, Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com
[nwcalbird]  wrote:

>
>
> Hi all,
> With the recent reports of the Mute Swans up at Big Lagoon (mostly in
> eBird) I thought I'd take a moment to note how this and other exotic
> species are treated in eBird in the region. Mute Swans have become
> established in many areas in the US, including many areas in California to
> the south of us. Here in Northwestern California, however, Mute Swans have
> thankfully never been documented nesting in the area. Let's hope it stays
> that way and that pair that is up at Big Lagoon moves on at some point.
>
> So with that, Mute Swan is still considered an introduced/exotic species
> in the NW California region and I invalidate every report as such since
> there is no hint of a self-sustaining population here. Now, that does not
> mean you should stop entering Mute Swans in eBird. You should as some day
> they may (unfortunately) start breeding in the region. Also, know that if
> you entered Mute Swan in the region and it was invalidated that it is not a
> record that is just gone and deleted. Anything that is invalidated in eBird
> can be revalidated and will then show up in the bar charts and point maps.
> If one day this species does establish a self-sustaining population then
> the past records will be rereviewed and then probably validated.
>
> Other examples of introduced exotics that are regularly invalidated here
> in Northwestern California is those barnyard GRAYLAG GEESE, off of V Street
> Loop in the Arcata Bottoms, RING-NECKED PHEASANT, MUSCOVY DUCK, COMMON
> SHELDUCK, etc. Besides the Mute Swan reports, those barnyard geese and
> Ring-necked Pheasant are really the only ones that pops up occasionally and
> thankfully we here have few exotics to think about!
>
> So, if you see Mute Swans....enter them into eBird still. Hopefully this
> might explain why you might not see your reports of them in the bar charts
> or range and point maps if you try and search for them.
>
> --
> Rob Fowler
> Humboldt, Trinity and Del Norte eBird reviewer
>
>
> 
>
Subject: Mute Swans and eBird in NWCALI
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2014 15:01:34 -0700
Hi all,
With the recent reports of the Mute Swans up at Big Lagoon (mostly in
eBird) I thought I'd take a moment to note how this and other exotic
species are treated in eBird in the region. Mute Swans have become
established in many areas in the US, including many areas in California to
the south of us. Here in Northwestern California, however, Mute Swans have
thankfully never been documented nesting in the area. Let's hope it stays
that way and that pair that is up at Big Lagoon moves on at some point.

So with that, Mute Swan is still considered an introduced/exotic species in
the NW California region and I invalidate every report as such since there
is no hint of a self-sustaining population here. Now, that does not mean
you should stop entering Mute Swans in eBird. You should as some day they
may (unfortunately) start breeding in the region. Also, know that if you
entered Mute Swan in the region and it was invalidated that it is not a
record that is just gone and deleted. Anything that is invalidated in eBird
can be revalidated and will then show up in the bar charts and point maps.
If one day this species does establish a self-sustaining population then
the past records will be rereviewed and then probably validated.

Other examples of introduced exotics that are regularly invalidated here in
Northwestern California is those barnyard GRAYLAG GEESE, off of V Street
Loop in the Arcata Bottoms, RING-NECKED PHEASANT, MUSCOVY DUCK, COMMON
SHELDUCK, etc. Besides the Mute Swan reports, those barnyard geese and
Ring-necked Pheasant are really the only ones that pops up occasionally and
thankfully we here have few exotics to think about!

So, if you see Mute Swans....enter them into eBird still. Hopefully this
might explain why you might not see your reports of them in the bar charts
or range and point maps if you try and search for them.

-- 
Rob Fowler
Humboldt, Trinity and Del Norte eBird reviewer
Subject: Summer North American Birds report
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2014 13:08:46 -0700
Hi Humboldt and Del Norte Birders,

The brief North American Birds Summer Season has ended (1 June-31 July) and
I will be submitting a report of Humboldt and Del Norte County sightings
from the summer period to the Northern California regional editors and
wanted to take a moment to reach out to the Northwestern California birding
community for any bird sightings that have not been reported to the
Northwestern California Bird Alert, eBird, NWCALBIRD, Field Notes in the
RRAS Sandpiper, and the sightings list at the Arcata Marsh Interpretive
Center. I am interested in reports of rare species (including initial date
of discovery and last date of sighting, if possible), locally rare or
uncommon species, and notable numbers of common or expected species, and
notable absence of species and especially interesting breeding records
since it is the breeding season. It's important for written details,
photographs, or drawings/sketches to accompany reports of rare
species--especially species under review by the California Bird Records
Committee (see:http://californiabirds.org/review.asp
). If no documentation is
provided for CBRC review species then they won't be published in the fall
report. Thank you to those who have provided documentation thus far!

I try to glean as much information as I can from postings to this listserv,
the bird box and eBird entries, but it is very helpful to get summary
reports directly from you, the observers. Many times the dates of sightings
are often garbled in listserv posts, and documentation is frequently
lacking from such posts. I do download all the eBirdreports from each
reporting period but it has become more and more time consuming to search
through all of them to find records of interest since more and more people
are using eBird in Northwestern California (which is GREAT!).

So, please make my job easier by compiling your interesting sightings and
submitting them directly to me. If you are an eBird user and want some tips
on how to compile your records for NAB feel free to contact me for more
info on how to do that.

I'd prefer records be listed in the below format with species, date,
location and county, number of species reported, and observers all tab
separated. Below is an example:

Harris’s Sparrow     12/14/2013+            [Salmon Ave.] McKinleyville
HUM         1              Keith Slauson, m.ob.


Please get your sightings to me by *10 August or a couple of days after
that.*

Thanks in advance to all Humboldt and Del Norte birders!

Rob Fowler
HUM & DN NAB subregional editor
Subject: Lesser Black-backed Gull 3 August
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2014 18:01:14 -0700
Hi all,
I just wanted to make sure everyone knew that the LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL
was present today (is still present right now?) at the mouth of the Elk
River at the south end of Eureka. Many of us had very nice looks at the
bird today and it was well documented.

If you are so inclined to look for this bird I would recommend that you get
there early-afternoon. The bird didn't arrive to the gull roost just south
of the trestle until about 1:05 p.m. and hung around the whole time
preening and roosting with the hundreds of other gulls. All the gulls
started coming in from the south starting around 12:30 p.m. and all of a
sudden there was the Lesser Black-backed.

I put a photo album up from my pictures from yesterday and today:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/8695857 AT N04/sets/72157646085088186/

This is Humboldt County's first confirmed record and probably the first
August record for Northern California and maybe outside of the Salton Sea.

Thanks to Tristan McKee for finding the bird and from comments from Al
Jaramillo, Steve Tucker, and others regarding the true identity of it.

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Fwd: Re: [nwcalbird] Eureka Gull--massive LBBG?
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2014 11:19:25 -0700
Forwarding this post for Alvaro since he isn't on NWCALBIRD.

Rob

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Alvaro Jaramillo 
Date: Sun, Aug 3, 2014 at 10:38 AM
Subject: RE: [CALBIRDS] Re: [nwcalbird] Eureka Gull--massive LBBG?
To: Rob Fowler , Tristan McKee 
Cc: Northwest calbird , Calbirds <
calbirds AT yahoogroups.com>


Rob et al.



    Looking at the photos, structurally this bird looks pretty classic for
Lesser Black-backed, with a thin and parallel sided bill, very long winged
look, mean facial expression. A Kelp Gull looks more Western Gull like in
structure, although longer winged.

     Age is important. This is a bird molting from the first cycle to the
second cycle. Kelp Gull gets a smattering of blackish-grey on the mantle
very early on, during the summer of the first cycle. So by the time the
transition occurs from first to second cycle they look pretty blackish-grey
on the back.

     This is more difficult to get a handle on, the molt timing issue.
Kelps in the Pacific of South America are undergoing the transition from
first to second cycle beginning in November and ending Jan-Feb. If a lost
first cycle bird was up here it would have fledged in February – March, so
it would be relatively fresh still. Even if northern hemisphere seasonality
turned on the molt early in the bird you should see the older unmolted
primaries as being pretty fresh. If they showed a good amount of wear, then
it is a bird older than that. If they looked normal for state of wear of
other northern hemisphere gulls it was with – likely it is a northern
hemisphere gull. A southern hemisphere gull with a delayed molt from first
to second would have exceedingly worn feathering on the old primaries.



I don’t have access to NW Calbird if you want to forward this to them.



Alvaro



Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com



*From:* CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com] *On
Behalf Of *Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]
*Sent:* Sunday, August 03, 2014 9:59 AM
*To:* Tristan McKee
*Cc:* Northwest calbird; Calbirds
*Subject:* [CALBIRDS] Re: [nwcalbird] Eureka Gull--massive LBBG?





All,

Photos of the bird that I took yesterday can be seen here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/8695857 AT N04/sets/72157646085088186/



I didn't personally get good looks at the tail pattern but others said that
it had a black tail band and not a full black tail. I did get one photo of
part of the tail and the uppertail coverts, which also look spotted (better
for LBBG, I think?; should be barred in Kelp, right? I have very little
experience with LBBG and none with Kelp).



Cheers,





Rob Fowler





On Sun, Aug 3, 2014 at 8:35 AM, Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]
 wrote:



The Elk River gull has not turned up this morning, although gull numbers
are lower and it was present all day yesterday (gulls are out foraging
now). Current consensus is tending toward a very large male Lesser
Black-backed Gull. Barring two unreviewed records of Heuglin's-type gulls,
this would be Humboldt's first record (although it could be a
taxonomically-questionable Asian bird as well).

Tristan McKee
Arcata, CA





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Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA

www.fowleropebirding.com





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Subject: RE: Re: [nwcalbird] Eureka Gull--massive LBBG?
From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2014 10:38:52 -0700
Rob et al. 

 

 Looking at the photos, structurally this bird looks pretty classic for Lesser 
Black-backed, with a thin and parallel sided bill, very long winged look, mean 
facial expression. A Kelp Gull looks more Western Gull like in structure, 
although longer winged. 


 Age is important. This is a bird molting from the first cycle to the second 
cycle. Kelp Gull gets a smattering of blackish-grey on the mantle very early 
on, during the summer of the first cycle. So by the time the transition occurs 
from first to second cycle they look pretty blackish-grey on the back. 


 This is more difficult to get a handle on, the molt timing issue. Kelps in the 
Pacific of South America are undergoing the transition from first to second 
cycle beginning in November and ending Jan-Feb. If a lost first cycle bird was 
up here it would have fledged in February – March, so it would be relatively 
fresh still. Even if northern hemisphere seasonality turned on the molt early 
in the bird you should see the older unmolted primaries as being pretty fresh. 
If they showed a good amount of wear, then it is a bird older than that. If 
they looked normal for state of wear of other northern hemisphere gulls it was 
with – likely it is a northern hemisphere gull. A southern hemisphere gull 
with a delayed molt from first to second would have exceedingly worn feathering 
on the old primaries. 


 

I don’t have access to NW Calbird if you want to forward this to them. 

 

Alvaro

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com

 

From: CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS] 

Sent: Sunday, August 03, 2014 9:59 AM
To: Tristan McKee
Cc: Northwest calbird; Calbirds
Subject: [CALBIRDS] Re: [nwcalbird] Eureka Gull--massive LBBG?

 

  

All,

Photos of the bird that I took yesterday can be seen here: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/8695857 AT N04/sets/72157646085088186/ 


 

I didn't personally get good looks at the tail pattern but others said that it 
had a black tail band and not a full black tail. I did get one photo of part of 
the tail and the uppertail coverts, which also look spotted (better for LBBG, I 
think?; should be barred in Kelp, right? I have very little experience with 
LBBG and none with Kelp). 


 

Cheers,

 

 

Rob Fowler

 

 

On Sun, Aug 3, 2014 at 8:35 AM, Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com 
 [nwcalbird]  > wrote: 


  

The Elk River gull has not turned up this morning, although gull numbers are 
lower and it was present all day yesterday (gulls are out foraging now). 
Current consensus is tending toward a very large male Lesser Black-backed Gull. 
Barring two unreviewed records of Heuglin's-type gulls, this would be 
Humboldt's first record (although it could be a taxonomically-questionable 
Asian bird as well). 


Tristan McKee
Arcata, CA 





 

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Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA

www.fowleropebirding.com  


Subject: Re: [nwcalbird] Eureka Gull--massive LBBG?
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2014 09:59:21 -0700
All,
Photos of the bird that I took yesterday can be seen here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/8695857 AT N04/sets/72157646085088186/

I didn't personally get good looks at the tail pattern but others said that
it had a black tail band and not a full black tail. I did get one photo of
part of the tail and the uppertail coverts, which also look spotted (better
for LBBG, I think?; should be barred in Kelp, right? I have very little
experience with LBBG and none with Kelp).

Cheers,


Rob Fowler



On Sun, Aug 3, 2014 at 8:35 AM, Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]
 wrote:

>
>
> The Elk River gull has not turned up this morning, although gull numbers
> are lower and it was present all day yesterday (gulls are out foraging
> now). Current consensus is tending toward a very large male Lesser
> Black-backed Gull. Barring two unreviewed records of Heuglin's-type gulls,
> this would be Humboldt's first record (although it could be a
> taxonomically-questionable Asian bird as well).
>
> Tristan McKee
> Arcata, CA
>  
>



-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Re: Eureka Gull--massive LBBG?
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2014 09:59:21 -0700
All,
Photos of the bird that I took yesterday can be seen here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/8695857 AT N04/sets/72157646085088186/

I didn't personally get good looks at the tail pattern but others said that
it had a black tail band and not a full black tail. I did get one photo of
part of the tail and the uppertail coverts, which also look spotted (better
for LBBG, I think?; should be barred in Kelp, right? I have very little
experience with LBBG and none with Kelp).

Cheers,


Rob Fowler



On Sun, Aug 3, 2014 at 8:35 AM, Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]
 wrote:

>
>
> The Elk River gull has not turned up this morning, although gull numbers
> are lower and it was present all day yesterday (gulls are out foraging
> now). Current consensus is tending toward a very large male Lesser
> Black-backed Gull. Barring two unreviewed records of Heuglin's-type gulls,
> this would be Humboldt's first record (although it could be a
> taxonomically-questionable Asian bird as well).
>
> Tristan McKee
> Arcata, CA
>  
>



-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: RE: Eureka Gull--massive LBBG?
From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2014 08:49:09 -0700
Tristan, 

 

   The San Mateo Lesser BB was also a big huge one, it was found by Belgian
biologists who studied Lesser Black-backed Gull (one of them Peter Adriens).
They remarked about how big the bird was, but they thought it was a Lesser
Black-backed. I don't think that Peter thought it was a Heuglin's but I
could be wrong. Several of the CA Lessers have been big, not sure why. 

 

Alvaro

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com

 

From: CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:CALBIRDS AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]
Sent: Sunday, August 03, 2014 8:36 AM
To: nwcalbird AT yahoogroups.com; calbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [CALBIRDS] Eureka Gull--massive LBBG?

 

  

The Elk River gull has not turned up this morning, although gull numbers are
lower and it was present all day yesterday (gulls are out foraging now).
Current consensus is tending toward a very large male Lesser Black-backed
Gull. Barring two unreviewed records of Heuglin's-type gulls, this would be
Humboldt's first record (although it could be a taxonomically-questionable
Asian bird as well).

Tristan McKee
Arcata, CA 


Subject: Eureka Gull--massive LBBG?
From: "Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2014 08:35:49 -0700
The Elk River gull has not turned up this morning, although gull numbers are 
lower and it was present all day yesterday (gulls are out foraging now). 
Current consensus is tending toward a very large male Lesser Black-backed Gull. 
Barring two unreviewed records of Heuglin's-type gulls, this would be 
Humboldt's first record (although it could be a taxonomically-questionable 
Asian bird as well). 


Tristan McKee
Arcata, CA 

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Subject: Eureka Gull--massive LBBG?
From: "Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2014 08:35:49 -0700
The Elk River gull has not turned up this morning, although gull numbers are 
lower and it was present all day yesterday (gulls are out foraging now). 
Current consensus is tending toward a very large male Lesser Black-backed Gull. 
Barring two unreviewed records of Heuglin's-type gulls, this would be 
Humboldt's first record (although it could be a taxonomically-questionable 
Asian bird as well). 


Tristan McKee
Arcata, CA 

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Subject: HAWAIIAN PETREL: HALF MOON BAY AUGUST 2
From: "DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2014 20:41:34 -0700
Howdy, Calbirders,

The highlight of Shearwater Journeys's pelagic trip departing from Half Moon 
Bay today was a HAWAIIAN PETREL which was spotted by Scott Terrill as it flew 
up the wake to an awesome-sauce slick more than a mile long that I spent over 
an hour laying out. This gorgeous petrel flew up the side of the boat and off 
the bow, giving every single person on board excellent views! It was a life 
bird for many on board. 


Many other seabirds sparked a lot of excitement, including SCRIPPS'S and 
CRAVERI'S MURRELETS; BLACK and ASHY STORM-PETREL and SABINE'S GULLS. We missed 
the MARBLED MURRELETS in the morning, but LInda Terrill spotted two on the ride 
home! 


Many thanks to the dynamic duo leaders: Scott & Linda Terrill who've been 
leading trips with Shearwater Journeys for several decades, beginning with 
bringing their young children, Ryan and Jennifer, in tow! I'll make a full 
report with photographs next week. Tomorrow, I head out to the Farallon Islands 
from Sausalito. 


Amazingly, this is precisely the same date that I spotted a Hawaiian Petrel on 
our 2013 Monterey Bay pelagic trip. Dave Pavlik who was doing a Conservation 
Big Year was on that trip and today's trip. Perhaps he has "petrel luck." 


Our next trips from Half Moon Bay with spaces available are:
AUGUST 16, 17, 23 (limited spaces available)
SEPTEMBER 7, 8, 15, 21, 24
OCTOBER 5, 12

View our complete schedule with trips departing from Monterey and Bodega Bay, 
as well at: 

http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.shtml

Petrels Forever,
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Birding Down Under: SubAntarctic Islands, November 9 - 25, 2014 with Debi 
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Subject: Wh.-thr. Swift date correction:
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2014 18:44:55 -0700
Of course that last observation date for the swift should be 29 July, not 
August. 

Alan D. Barron
Subject: Del Norte Co. shorebirds, including record Wilson's Phalarope numbers:
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2014 18:40:07 -0700
At the Alexandre Dairy big pond along Lower Lake Road near Fort Dick, I saw 500 
or so shorebirds constantly dodging a small adult Peregrine Falcon all 
afternoon. Mostly peeps, many Least, some Western, 3 juvenile Semipalmated, a 
few Lesser and Greater Yellowlegs, Killdeer, and dowitchers. Remarkable though 
was 66 Wilson's Phalaropes, including many juveniles, this being the maximum 
number of this phalarope ever recorded in Del Norte County. 


And lately, Lucas Brug has not been seeing the Klamath bridge White-throated 
Swifts, so apparently the 29 August report by Rob Fowler may be the last for 
the season. 



Alan D. Barron
Subject: Kelp Gull candidate in Eureka
From: "Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2014 17:08:10 -0700
Today (2 Aug 2014) a number of Humboldt birders have been studying a striking 
1st/2nd cycle gull at the Elk River Mouth, Eureka (off Hillficker Drive). It 
appears to be a very strong Kelp Gull candidate. The overall appearance is 
reminiscent of a Lesser Black-backed Gull, but the bird is about the size of a 
Western, has broad wings, a largely dark tail, and boldly checkered wing 
coverts. Others took much better photos, but here are mine for now: 


https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/101791769 AT N08/

I'll post more discussion when I return from the field.

Tristan McKee
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Subject: Kelp Gull candidate in Eureka
From: "Tristan McKee atmckee AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2014 17:08:10 -0700
Today (2 Aug 2014) a number of Humboldt birders have been studying a striking 
1st/2nd cycle gull at the Elk River Mouth, Eureka (off Hillficker Drive). It 
appears to be a very strong Kelp Gull candidate. The overall appearance is 
reminiscent of a Lesser Black-backed Gull, but the bird is about the size of a 
Western, has broad wings, a largely dark tail, and boldly checkered wing 
coverts. Others took much better photos, but here are mine for now: 


https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/101791769 AT N08/

I'll post more discussion when I return from the field.

Tristan McKee
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Subject: Re: Salvin's Albatross photos etc.
From: "Glen Tepke g.tepke AT comcast.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:11:07 -0700
The 55th Supplement to the AOU Checklist published on-line today 
(http://aoucospubs.org/doi/full/10.1642/AUK-14-124.1) incorporates the 
split of Shy Albatross into White-capped, Salvin's and Chatham 
Albatrosses as proposed by Alvaro. The Supplement notes the following 
North American records of the three speces:

White-capped Albatross - "Accidental off the coast of Washington (lat. 
47°55′N. long. 125°37′W. ca. 39 miles west of the mouth of Quillayute 
River, 1 September 1951; specimen USNM; Slipp 1952); also Oregon 
(October 1996; photos; Hunter and Bailey 1997; and October 2001; 
photos), California (August-September 1999; photos), and Washington 
(January 2000; photos), these four records possibly of the same 
individual (Howell 2012)."

Salvin's Albatross - "Accidental in Hawaii (Midway Atoll, 8 April 2003; 
photos; Robertson et al. 2005) and off the coast of Alaska (18 km 
northwest of Kasatochi Island, Aleutians, 4 August 2003; photos; Benter 
et al. 2005)."

Chatham Albatross - "This species, formerly considered conspecific with 
T. cauta and T. salvini, breeds on the Chatham Islands, off New Zealand, 
and ranges at sea in the southern Pacific Ocean. It has been reported 
off the coast of central California (September 2000; photos; McKee and 
Erickson 2002; and July 2001; photos; Garrett and Wilson 2003). These 
records, probably of the same individual, were published as possible T. 
cauta salvini but were reidentified as T. eremita (Howell 2012) using 
the characters in Howell (2009). This species is placed in the Appendix 
pending reconsideration of these records by the California Bird Records 
Committee."

So, if that is all correct, and if the CBRC accepts the September 2000 
and July 2001 records as Chatham Albatross (or at least does not accept 
either as Salvin's Albatross), and if the CBRC accepts Saturday's record 
as Salvin's Albatross, then I believe this would be the first state 
record and only the second ABA Area record of Salvin's Albatross.

Thanks to Alvaro and the rest of the group for another great day on the 
water.

Article Citation:
R. Terry Chesser, Richard C. Banks, Carla Cicero, Jon L. Dunn, Andrew W. 
Kratter, Irby J. Lovette, Adolfo G. Navarro-Sigüenza, Pamela C. 
Rasmussen, J. V. Remsen, Jr., James D. Rising, Douglas F. Stotz, and 
Kevin Winker (2014) Fifty-Fifth Supplement to the American 
Ornithologists' Union Check-list of North American Birds. The Auk: 
October 2014, Vol. 131, No. 4, pp. CSi-CSxv.

Glen Tepke
Oakland


On 7/26/2014 8:53 PM, 'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS] 
wrote:
>
>
> For those interested in the images, some photos are here and I am sure 
> many more will surface. This bird was well documented:
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/alvarojaramillo/
>
> At just past 1 pm I was in the wheelhouse eating my sandwich when the 
> call of a Laysan Albatross went out. As the bird approached, it looked 
> off to me, I ran to the back of the boat and by this time the 
> albatross was closer. I threw my sandwich on a table and started 
> screaming that this is not a Laysan! Everyone get photos, while 
> leaders were getting folks on the bird. Fortunately this is a species 
> I get to see frequently, so after looking in the binos my thought was 
> that this is a Salvin’s Albatross. The Salvin’s is a member of the Shy 
> Albatross complex which is considered three species in most of the 
> world, and is currently being evaluated in North America by the AOU. I 
> was actually the one who wrote the proposals for the committees, to 
> separate the species into three. If anyone is interested here they are:
>
> http://www.museum.lsu.edu/~Remsen/SACCprop155.htm 
> 
>
> http://www.museum.lsu.edu/~Remsen/SACCprop255.html 
> 
>
> Currently then, the species is Shy Albatross in North America, but if 
> they are split into three species this one is the Salvin’s Albatross. 
> We are not clear but this could be the first California record, as the 
> previous one(s?) have been reevaluated to be Chatham Albatross from 
> what I recall. Although I not sure about that.
>
> In any case, the bird gave great views, flying by again and again and 
> sitting on the water several times. Debi Shearwater had a boat out 
> there too today, so we radioed in for them to come and see it. After a 
> while the bird flew off, and we figured not to be seen again. We 
> waited some time, but nothing. We learned that Debi was still a ways 
> away, so we decided we were not doing any good sitting here, so we 
> began to move on our course. Perhaps 15 minutes later, we found it 
> again by chance. This time we waited, and waited, and finally we could 
> see the other boat on the horizon, getting closer and closer. 
> Fortunately the bird stayed and everyone on both boats was able to see 
> it and photograph it to their hearts content.
>
> Identification – The dark back, white body, white rump all point to a 
> southern hemisphere Mollymawk type albatross. The underwing was very 
> white, with a narrow leading edge to the underwing, showing a slight 
> expansion at the base of the underwing, the “thumb mark” that is 
> diagnostic for the Shy complex. The extensive grey-brown neck and nape 
> with a white forehead is classic of Salvin’s, and paler, paler and 
> less extensive than on Chatham. The dark undersides of the primaries, 
> and the extensive dark on the head eliminated White-capped. The dark 
> bill with blackish tip, lacked any yellowish tones of Chatham, and it 
> was darker based than expected on Shy. The plumage and lack of molt 
> suggests this bird is a juvenile.
>
> Tired, I hope this makes sense.
>
> Alvaro Jaramillo
>
> alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com
>
> www.alvarosadventures.com
>
>
>
> 



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Subject: Del Norte County 29 July
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:28:46 -0700
Hi all,
Today I birded Del Norte County for a lot of the day with Logan Kahle from
San Francisco and Cedric Duhalde. We had a nice full day with 105 species
and 19 species of shorebird. The highlights were as follows in order of
appearance:

In the early am we had 1 continuing WHITE-THROATED SWIFT at the Klamath
River bridge off of Klamath Beach Rd. We did not stick around to see if it
entered any drain holes.

In the Crescent City harbor off of Anchor Way we had  1 imm. male BLACK
SCOTER (nice orange knob but had a paler face like a female). According to
Alan Barron this bird has been around most of the summer and is the hardest
scoter to find during this season.

At the end of Lakeview Drive on Lake Earl we had 2 juvenile SEMIPALMATED
SANDPIPERS, and 2 WILSON'S PHALAROPES (at least one was a juv.). One
juvenile SORA was nice to see, also, along with a juvenile BAND-TAILED
PIGEON.

The Alexandre Dairy was the best shorebirding with 9 species present. The
highlights being another juvenile SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER, 2 continuing
adult PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, 2 continuing WILSON'S PHALAROPES, and 7 juvenile
LESSER YELLOWLEGS.

Later at Pebble Beach Drive in Crescent City we had one adult WANDERING
TATTLER right below the 9th street overlook. This is a bird I still needed
for Del Norte County and was right where Alan recommended I looked.

I'll put some photos of some of the birds of interest later....

Nice day of birding in Del Norte County!

-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Salvin's on TV today
From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:17:46 -0700
Hi folks

 

   KPIX channel 5 CBS in the Bay Area is running a story on the Salvin's
Albatross. Might see Malia DeFelice, Captain Tom Mattusch or myself on there
talking about birding, rare birds and the albatross. 

 

Good birding, 

 

Alvaro

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com

 
Subject: Salvin's on TV today
From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:17:46 -0700
Hi folks

 

   KPIX channel 5 CBS in the Bay Area is running a story on the Salvin's
Albatross. Might see Malia DeFelice, Captain Tom Mattusch or myself on there
talking about birding, rare birds and the albatross. 

 

Good birding, 

 

Alvaro

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com

 
Subject: Re: Swan ID
From: "Rob Fowler migratoriusfwlr AT gmail.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:26:18 -0700
Jamye and Thomas,
Yes, that is a pair of Mute Swans. Thanks for documenting them with photos!

Rob Fowler


On Sun, Jul 27, 2014 at 7:15 PM, weseloh AT suddenlink.net [nwcalbird] <
nwcalbird-noreply AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> My husband and I were boating on Big Lagoon on Sunday, July 27. We saw
> these two swans we believe are Mute Swans. Can you confirm or id these
> swans for us?
> Thank you,
> Jamye and Thomas Weseloh
>  
>



-- 
Rob Fowler
McKinleyville, CA
www.fowleropebirding.com
Subject: Del Norte Co. White-throated Swifts
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:02:19 -0700


Around 3pm I saw the adult White-throated Swifts still entering their Klamath 
bridge nest hole to feed young. 

Alan D. Barron



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Subject: Correction: Salvin's Albatross chase trip? Wed JULY 30th
From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:47:22 -0700
My apology for wasting time and band width. Yes, Wed July 30th, this coming
Wednesday :)

 

Hello folks, 

 

   I have been contacted by several folks who are wanting to find out if we
could put on a chase trip for the Salvin's Albatross we found yesterday. The
next open day for the boat is Wednesday Aug 30th. Please let me know if you
are interested, in order to secure that the boat goes, I will start with a
price of $170 and with critical mass, I can decrease that price point.
E-mail me at alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com
 , or 650-504-7778

 

Thanks for the interest! 

 

Alvaro

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com

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Subject: Correction: Salvin's Albatross chase trip? Wed JULY 30th
From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:47:22 -0700
My apology for wasting time and band width. Yes, Wed July 30th, this coming
Wednesday :)

 

Hello folks, 

 

   I have been contacted by several folks who are wanting to find out if we
could put on a chase trip for the Salvin's Albatross we found yesterday. The
next open day for the boat is Wednesday Aug 30th. Please let me know if you
are interested, in order to secure that the boat goes, I will start with a
price of $170 and with critical mass, I can decrease that price point.
E-mail me at alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com
 , or 650-504-7778

 

Thanks for the interest! 

 

Alvaro

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com

 
Subject: Salvin's Albatross chase trip?
From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:26:15 -0700
Hello folks, 

 

   I have been contacted by several folks who are wanting to find out if we
could put on a chase trip for the Salvin's Albatross we found yesterday. The
next open day for the boat is Wednesday Aug 30th. Please let me know if you
are interested, in order to secure that the boat goes, I will start with a
price of $170 and with critical mass, I can decrease that price point.
E-mail me at alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com
 , or 650-504-7778

 

Thanks for the interest! 

 

Alvaro

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com

 
Subject: Salvin's Albatross chase trip?
From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:26:15 -0700
Hello folks, 

 

   I have been contacted by several folks who are wanting to find out if we
could put on a chase trip for the Salvin's Albatross we found yesterday. The
next open day for the boat is Wednesday Aug 30th. Please let me know if you
are interested, in order to secure that the boat goes, I will start with a
price of $170 and with critical mass, I can decrease that price point.
E-mail me at alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com
 , or 650-504-7778

 

Thanks for the interest! 

 

Alvaro

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com

 
Subject: Salvin's Albatross- more pix
From: "Mark Rauzon mjrauz AT aol.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 14:07:26 -0400 (EDT)


Hey Birders, 
Gotta share some photos of this amazing sighting made yesterday out of Half 
Moon Bay. 



Thanks to the discovery of the Salvin's Albatross by Alvaro Jaramillo and the 
call placed to Debi Shearwaters' boat and the coordination of all involved, 
some 50 or so lucky people had a pelagic trip of a lifetime. It was thrilling, 
to say the least, to hear of the discovery then to learn the bird had flown 
away, only to be refound. Debi's boat vibrated under speed to reach the 
location in time, but just in time. Not that long after we arrived did Salvin 
pick up and fly off. Still the sun peeked out and the swell abated and the 
albatrosses gathering held together to make this sensational encounter. 





http://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p873910623/h741ded4#h741ded4




WIth gratitude,
Mark Rauzon
Oakland








Subject: JULY 26 HALF MOON BAY: SALVIN'S ALBATROSS+
From: "DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:28:07 -0700
Hello, Calbirders,

Shearwater Journeys's pelagic trip from Half Moon Bay, July 26th was a great 
success even before the radio call from Alvaro's boat about the SALVIN'S 
ALBATROSS! We thank them for waiting while we blasted to the scene as we were 
some 10 miles away. This is the same area where we found a lot of albatrosses 
on our last trip, July 20th. Other highlights on this day included: LAYSAN 
ALBATROSS (1); BULLER'S SHEARWATER (1-first of the season for us), LONG-TAILED 
JAEGER (3- all three species seen); SABINE'S GULL (20); SCRIPP'S MURRELET (2); 
CRAVERI'S MURRELET (5). The Salvin's Albatross was just a splendid topping to 
another terrific day at sea. 


Our next trips departing from Half Moon Bay with spaces available are: August 
2, 16, 17, 23; September 7, 8, 15, 21, 24; October 5, 12. Please contact me by 
email for a reservation on this Saturday's trip, August 2. We will be birding 
the same area where the Salvin's Albatross and other albatrosses were found. 


Below, is our complete species list for July 26th. I'll post a trip report on 
my blog soon. Our leaders on this day included: Todd McGrath, Scott Terrill, 
Linda Terrill, Steve Tucker, Abe Borker, and Debi Shearwater. I have experience 
with Salvin's Albatrosses not only on many pelagic trips off the coast of 
Chile, but also at their breeding islands: Bounty, Snares and the Forty Fours. 
And, I'll be heading to those islands, again, at the end of this year! 



JULY 26, HALF MOON BAY with SHEARWATER JOURNEYS: SAN MATEO/SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY
*SALVIN'S ALBATROSS- 1/0
LAYSAN ALBATROSS- 1/0
BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS- 40/20
NORTHERN FULMAR- 1/5
PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER- 110/150
BULLER'S SHEARWATER- 0/1
SOOTY SHEARWATER- 160/30
ASHY STORM-PETREL -1/3
BROWN PELICAN- 40/0
BRANDT'S CORMORANT- 90/0
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT- 15/0
PELAGIC CORMORANT- 2/0
BLACK TURNSTONE- 20/0
SURFBIRD- 13/0
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE- 55/54
POMARINE JAEGER- 1/0
PARASITIC JAEGER- 1/0
LONG-TAILED JAEGER- 0/3
HEERMANN'S GULL- 40/0
CALIFORNIA GULL- 30/10
WESTERN GULL- 180/10
SABINE'S GULL- 19/1
ELEGANT TERN- 35/0
COMMON MURRE- 305/14
PIGEON GULLIMOT- 9/0
SCRIPP'S MURRELET- 2/0
CRAVERI'S MURRELET- 5/0
CASSIN'S AUKLET- 6/4
RHINOCEROS AUKLET- 1/1
CALIFORNIA SEA LION- 70
STELLER'S SEA LION- 2
NORTHERN FUR SEAL- 1
HUMPBACK WHALE- 4
KILLER WHALE- 1, ADULT MALE
NORTHERN RIGHT WHALE DOLPHIN- 40
RISSO'S DOLPHIN- 12
PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOPHIN- 120
HARBOR PORPOISE- 4
OCEAN SUNFISH- 60
BY-THE-WIND-SAILORS- ++
MOON JELLY- 6

Shearwaters Forever,
Debi Shearwater

DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
831.637.8527
debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com
www.shearwaterjourneys.com
www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com

Birding Down Under: SubAntarctic Islands, November 9 - 25, 2014 with Debi 
Russian Far East Voyages: May/June 2016 with Debi









Subject: Surpising Albatross links
From: "Tom Grey tgrey AT law.stanford.edu [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 23:00:05 -0700
It's been pointed out to me that I attached the photos to my posts rather
than posting links. True, and I apologize! Links:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/156749378
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/156749369

And a third one:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/156749380


-- 
Tom Grey
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tgreybirds.com
Subject: Surpising Albatross links
From: "Tom Grey tgrey AT law.stanford.edu [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 23:00:05 -0700
It's been pointed out to me that I attached the photos to my posts rather
than posting links. True, and I apologize! Links:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/156749378
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/156749369

And a third one:
http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/156749380


-- 
Tom Grey
www.pbase.com/tgrey
tgreybirds.com
Subject: Another picture of the surprising albatross
From: "Tom Grey tgrey AT law.stanford.edu [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:12:07 -0700
Here's another picture selected quickly from among the ones I took -- more
to come, from the hundreds taken by the many photographers present. The
bird was really cooperative. Now to bed, leaving the identification to
those with the expertise to justify it.

-- 
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tgreybirds.com


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Subject: Another picture of the surprising albatross
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Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:12:07 -0700
Here's another picture selected quickly from among the ones I took -- more
to come, from the hundreds taken by the many photographers present. The
bird was really cooperative. Now to bed, leaving the identification to
those with the expertise to justify it.

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Subject: Surprising Albatross
From: "Tom Grey tgrey AT law.stanford.edu [peninsula-birding]" <peninsula-birding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:42:02 -0700
The white-headed albatross in among the Black-footed Albatrosses in this
picture was seen by the participants in Alvaro Jaramillo's pelagic trip out
from Half Moon Bay in San Mateo County waters today, and later by those in
Debi Shearwater's trip. It was first called as a Laysan Albatross, but our
trip suddenly shifted into high gear when Alvaro came out from the front
cabin and told tthe assembled group "THAT IS NOT A LAYSAN ALBATROSS!"
Thereafter the bird gave extensive and varied views to our group and then
to Debi's.

Reports from Alvaro and knowledgeable others on this bird will be
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Subject: Surprising Albatross
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Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 21:42:02 -0700
The white-headed albatross in among the Black-footed Albatrosses in this
picture was seen by the participants in Alvaro Jaramillo's pelagic trip out
from Half Moon Bay in San Mateo County waters today, and later by those in
Debi Shearwater's trip. It was first called as a Laysan Albatross, but our
trip suddenly shifted into high gear when Alvaro came out from the front
cabin and told tthe assembled group "THAT IS NOT A LAYSAN ALBATROSS!"
Thereafter the bird gave extensive and varied views to our group and then
to Debi's.

Reports from Alvaro and knowledgeable others on this bird will be
forthcoming.

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Subject: Albatross was in San Mateo County
From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 20:57:15 -0700
I forgot this part! 

 

Alvaro

 

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Subject: Salvin's Albatross photos etc.
From: "'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 20:53:52 -0700
   For those interested in the images, some photos are here and I am sure
many more will surface. This bird was well documented: 

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/alvarojaramillo/

 

At just past 1 pm I was in the wheelhouse eating my sandwich when the call
of a Laysan Albatross went out. As the bird approached, it looked off to me,
I ran to the back of the boat and by this time the albatross was closer. I
threw my sandwich on a table and started screaming that this is not a
Laysan! Everyone get photos, while leaders were getting folks on the bird.
Fortunately this is a species I get to see frequently, so after looking in
the binos my thought was that this is a Salvin's Albatross. The Salvin's is
a member of the Shy Albatross complex which is considered three species in
most of the world, and is currently being evaluated in North America by the
AOU. I was actually the one who wrote the proposals for the committees, to
separate the species into three. If anyone is interested here they are: 

 

http://www.museum.lsu.edu/~Remsen/SACCprop155.htm

http://www.museum.lsu.edu/~Remsen/SACCprop255.html

 

Currently then, the species is Shy Albatross in North America, but if they
are split into three species this one is the Salvin's Albatross. We are not
clear but this could be the first California record, as the previous one(s?)
have been reevaluated to be Chatham Albatross from what I recall. Although I
not sure about that. 

 

In any case, the bird gave great views, flying by again and again and
sitting on the water several times. Debi Shearwater had a boat out there too
today, so we radioed in for them to come and see it. After a while the bird
flew off, and we figured not to be seen again. We waited some time, but
nothing. We learned that Debi was still a ways away, so we decided we were
not doing any good sitting here, so we began to move on our course. Perhaps
15 minutes later, we found it again by chance. This time we waited, and
waited, and finally we could see the other boat on the horizon, getting
closer and closer. Fortunately the bird stayed and everyone on both boats
was able to see it and photograph it to their hearts content. 

 

Identification - The dark back, white body, white rump all point to a
southern hemisphere Mollymawk type albatross. The underwing was very white,
with a narrow leading edge to the underwing, showing a slight expansion at
the base of the underwing, the "thumb mark" that is diagnostic for the Shy
complex. The extensive grey-brown neck and nape with a white forehead is
classic of Salvin's, and paler, paler and less extensive than on Chatham.
The dark undersides of the primaries, and the extensive dark on the head
eliminated White-capped. The dark bill with blackish tip, lacked any
yellowish tones of Chatham, and it was darker based than expected on Shy.
The plumage and lack of molt suggests this bird is a juvenile. 

 

Tired, I hope this makes sense.  

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com

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Subject: Salvin's Albatross
From: "Alvaro Jaramillo chucao AT coastside.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:12:56 -0700
We found a juvenile Salvin's Albatross in San Mateo county today. Still driving 
into harbor. Photos and commentary later. 


Alvaro Jaramillo

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Subject: booby "invasion" off La Jolla
From: "Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:05:41 -0700



Several birders were seawatching this early AM (Weds) at La Jolla and had a
total of 10 BROWN BOOBIES and 1 BLUE-FOOTED BOOBY between around 7-8 AM.
First came a flock of 3 adult Browns flying north, then a single adult
Brown circling around, then a flock of SIX boobies made up of 5 adult
Browns and the 1 Blue-footed (making for a good side-by-side comparison)
flying north, and finally came a single, diving immature Brown. Whether
these birds are all 'just' on local foraging runs up from the Los
Coronados Islands--where a recent visit by a group of birders counted
105 Browns and at least 4 Blue-footeds--or they are the vanguard of a
northward booby surge remains to be seen. But clearly observers farther
to the north--in ORA, LA, etc.--should be on the lookout.

Also 'streaming' north were very large numbers of Elegant Terns. Whether
these masses were actually a major northbound movement or merely
long-distance local foraging by some of the many thousands of nesters at
the south end of San Diego Bay is also uncertain.

The shearwater show was somewhat slow by comparsion--with just hundreds
of Black-venteds and a single Sooty--although some of the Black-vents
actually came well INside the kelp beds.

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Subject: July 20 Half Moon Bay Trip Report
From: "DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:02:33 -0700
Hello, Calbirders,

I've just published the trip report for Shearwater Journey's Half Moon Bay 
pelagic trip on July 20, with images at: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/07/dads-take-their-chicks-to-sea-july-20.html 


We had a terrific 11+ hour trip with nonstop seabird action. In addition to the 
many common murre chicks with their dads, four father/son pairs of birders were 
on board with us! The youngest of the bunch was Teddy, making his second 
pelagic trip. His first was three years ago when he was only six years old. 
Sandy Komito was on board and there was no knife wielding! Sandy has been doing 
trips with Shearwater Journeys for three decades! 


The long range marine forecast is good for this Saturday's Half Moon Bay trip, 
July 26th. We have space available. I wonder what we'll find? 


Shearwaters Forever,
Debi Shearwater

DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
831.637.8527
debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com
www.shearwaterjourneys.com
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Subject: Del Norte Co. - Wh.-thr. Swifts still present and Elegant Terns
From: "Alan Barron flockfinder AT yahoo.com [nwcalbird]" <nwcalbird-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:36:15 -0700


Checked by on the WHITE-THROATED SWIFT nest in Klamath today, arrived at 2pm 
and spent 40 minutes there and saw them come and go three times. At one point 
when an adult entered the nest hole I walked directly below it and could hear 
at least three young screeching for food. 

Also 66 ELEGANT TERNS in the Crescent City Harbor, and around 20 were at the 
Klamath River mouth also. 


Alan D. Barron



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Subject: JULY 20 Half Moon Bay Pelagic trip
From: "DEBRA SHEARWATER debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:10:32 -0700
HI, CALBIRDERS.

Shearwater Journeys's first pelagic trip of the season, July 20th departing 
from Half Moon Bay, produced some excellent surprises. Among these were: 3 
BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS the first one sighted early at 7:30 a.m.; 2 
FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATERS; 1 LEACH'S STORM-PETREL which our wonderful captain 
followed for a few minutes, offering excellent views for all on board; 3 
SABINE'S GULLS and 7 CRAVERI'S MURRELETS. 


July is early for black-vented shearwaters in central California, but not 
unprecedented in the region. Flesh-footed shearwaters have been recorded every 
month of the year, although we generally see them most often in late September 
and October (However, more trips operate during those months, skewing the 
data). I've not seen Craveri's murrelets for many years in northern California, 
but this date is not unprecedented, either, as I recorded two pairs on June 27, 
1992. Given Brian Sullivan's sighting of a fly-by Craveri's murrelet at Point 
Pinos within the past week, our sighting is on the mark. In my 39 year's of 
experience, Leach's storm-petrel is the most difficult species of storm-petrel 
to find on one day offshore trips, making this a "good find, " especially given 
that we did not encounter any rafts of storm-petrels. It is always nice to see 
the first Sabine's gulls of the season. In summary, these species were pleasant 
surprises, but not unprecedented. 


We had a nice showing of the "regular" species one "expects" to encounter at 
this time of year, including: 


235 BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES; 2 NORTHERN FULMARS; 605 PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS; 
1400 SOOTY SHEARWATERS; 4 ASHY STORM-PETRELS; 450 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES; 1 
POMARINE JAEGER; 1208 ELEGANT TERNS; 503 COMMON MURRES; 24 PIGEON GUILLEMOTS; 6 
MARBLED MURRELETS; 8 CASSIN'S AUKLETS; 12 RHINOCEROS AUKLETS. 


We saw a nice selection of marine mammals: including 4 species of pinnipeds, 10 
humpbacks, 6 bottlenose dolpins, harbor and Dall's porpoises. For the first 
time in a great many years, we saw by-the-wind-sailors (Velella velella). A 
grand time was had by all on this beautiful day at sea with very calm 
conditions, and many photographic images were made. 


Spaces are still available on the following Half Moon Bay trips: July 26; 
August 1, 16, 17, 23; September 7, 8, 15, 21, 24; October 5, 12. 

If you would like to make a reservation for any of these trips, please contact 
my by email: debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com; phone: 831-637-8527, as soon as 
possible. 


I'll make a full report with photographs, details on where we went and sea 
conditions on my blog tonight. 


Shearwaters Forever,
Debi Shearwater

DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
831.637.8527
debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com
www.shearwaterjourneys.com
www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com

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Subject: early Buller's, Skuas, Long-taileds (plus 6 Hawaiians and 1 Murphy's)
From: "Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:20:20 -0700
Several of us took another round-trip cruise-ship pelagic trip aboard a 
Princess cruise-ship from San Francisco to se. Alaska and back, July 
6-17. We had a total of 6 HAWAIIAN PETRELS and 1 MURPHY'S PETREL, and 2 
of the Hawaiians (July 7) and the one Murphy's (getting late; also July 
7) were a little south of 42N, thus is CA waters based on the OLD 
boundaries used, but not based on the current "closest point of land" 
method, which went to s. Oregon... We also had Hawaiian Petrel as far 
north as s. BC waters.

On July 16, in Humboldt County waters we had a somewhat early BULLER'S 
SHEARWATER ca. 66 km SW of Shelter Cove. Also 2 SOUTH POLAR SKUAS 64 km 
SW of Shelter Cove, and presumably southbound LONG-TAILED JAEGERS at 
both 73 km W of Eureka and 55 km WNW of Cape Mendocino, Arctic Tern ca. 
66 km W of Shelter Cove, and a total of 10 SABINE'S GULLS (plus one off 
Del Norte Co.).

--Paul Lehman,  San Diego


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Subject: Northern Gannet continues on Alcatraz Island
From: "david_assmann AT yahoo.com [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Jul 2014 19:13:51 -0700
The NORTHERN GANNET was perched on a wall on Alcatraz this morning in 
essentially the same spot as last week - about the middle of the south side of 
the island. Viewable with a scope from either the north side of Fort Mason, or 
from the pier at Aquatic Park. 

 

Subject: First Pelagic Trips of the Season + Photo Pelagic Trips
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 18:40:30 -0700
Howdy, Birders,

Our first pelagic trips of the season are coming up very soon and we at 
Shearwater Journeys, could not be more excited to get you out there! 

Meet our leaders: 
http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/07/our-leaders.html

Our leaders have deep knowledge of seabirds which they are delighted to share 
with you. Many of them have been with Shearwater Journeys for at least three 
decades. Most work in the the fields of biology, education and natural history 
interpretation. More than 40 leaders, spotters and chummers join our trips, 
working together more like a family than anything else. 


We have a stellar line up of leaders to start the season --

HALF MOON BAY TRIPS:
JULY 20: Peter Pyle, Jim Holmes, Al De Martini, Debi Shearwater
JULY 26: Todd McGrath, Abe Borker, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Steve Tucker, 
Debi Shearwater 

AUGUST 2: Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Abe Borker, Debi Shearwater
AUGUST 16: Jim Holmes, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Debi Shearwater
AUGUST 17: Steve Tucker, Steve Rottenborn, Jim Danzenbaker, Debi Shearwater
AUGUST 23: Steve Tucker, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Debi Shearwater


MONTEREY BAY TRIPS:
AUGUST 1: Nick Levendosky, Rich Fournier, Jennifer Green, Debi Shearwater
AUGUST 8: Rick Fournier, Jennifer Green, Debi Shearwater
AUGUST 15: Jim Danzenbaker, Jennifer Green, Debi Shearwater
AUGUST 22: Scott Terrill, Jennifer Green, Rick Fournier, Debi Shearwater

BODEGA BAY TRIPS:
SEPTEMBER 1: Steve Howell, Peter Pyle, Lisa Hug, Debi Shearwater
SEPTEMBER 19: Steve Howell, Peter Pyle, Lisa Hug, Steve Tucker, Debi Shearwater

To see the complete schedule of trips:
http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.shtml

More and more these days, photographers are taking to the seas. I've listed 
some trips that may be especially good for photographers in that there are 
fewer folks on board, allowing for more room, so essential for some 
photography. See: 
http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/07/pelagic-birding-photography-trips.html 


At the very least you'll want to enjoy the image of some 20 photographers with 
well over $30,000 worth of equipment! 


Shearwaters Forever,
Debi Shearwater


DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
831.637.8527
debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com
www.shearwaterjourneys.com
www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com

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