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17 Jun Amazing New Hampshire Pelagic - Sei Whales [Emmalee Bowers Tarry ]
25 Mar Address book hacked [Tony Pym ]
6 Jan Re: [Birdingperu] Puerto Lomas Pelagic Results [Gunnar Engblom ]
6 Jan Re: [Birdingperu] Puerto Lomas Pelagic Results [Gunnar Engblom ]
29 Dec Fwd: [Birdingperu] Puerto Lomas Pelagic Results [Gunnar Engblom ]
29 Dec Fwd: [Birdingperu] Puerto Lomas Pelagic Results [Gunnar Engblom ]
1 Nov North Sea (Northumberland, UK) pelagic trips 2014 ["Martin Kitching" ]
31 Oct Re: New Source of Pelagic Trip Info - San Diego California ["judy" ]
31 Oct New Source of Pelagic Trip Info - San Diego California []
23 Sep Pelagic Trip Report: Half Moon Bay Sep 22, 2013 [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
23 Sep SJ: TRIP REPORT SEP 20, 2013 BODEGA BAY [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
2 Aug Images of Hawaiian Petrel [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
2 Aug MONTEREY BAY: HAWAIIAN PETREL [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
17 Jul Pelagic Trips 2013 [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
18 Dec Oregon pelagic trip report: December 8, 2012: MOTTLED PETREL, PARAKEET AUKLET ["thebirdguide" ]
9 Oct Trip Reports from Shearwater Journeys: Oct 6 & 7, 2012 [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
8 Oct RFI: colour marked Great Shearwater [Andy Paterson ]
8 Oct RFI: colour marked Great Shearwater [Andy Paterson ]
2 Oct Pelagic Trip Report: Sep 27, 30, Oct 1, 2012 [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
25 Sep Seamount Pelagic Birding [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
20 Sep FYI : pelagics to Conception Bank, Lanzarote, Canary Islands [Andy Paterson ]
14 Sep Final SoCal Overnight Pelagic of 2012 is a “go” Oct 13-14 ["thunefeld" ]
7 Sep Northern Gannet Chase Boat []
26 Aug Epic pelagic out of Half Moon Bay! Hawaiian Petrel ["Alvaro Jaramillo" ]
26 Aug Epic pelagic out of Half Moon Bay! Hawaiian Petrel ["Alvaro Jaramillo" ]
17 Aug SoCal Pelagic Trip Report (including marine mammals) Aug 13-15, 2012 ["thunefeld" ]
4 Aug Northumberland (UK) pelagics ["Martin Kitching" ]
19 Jul SoCal Pelagic Trips include the newly minted species Guadalupe Murrelet ["thunefeld" ]
6 Jun Pelagic Trips For All [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
04 Jun Late Summer - Fall SoCal Pelagic Trips: A Sneak Peek ["thunefeld" ]
01 Jun Labor Day Week Pelagic Trip Off Southern California ["thunefeld" ]
02 May April 29th Pelagic Trip Report ["Paul" ]
19 Mar Vancouver Island Pelagic Trip April 29th ["Paul" ]
5 Mar Iberian Sea Bird Group (GIAM) publications [Andy Paterson ]
5 Mar Iberian Sea Bird Group (GIAM) publications [Andy Paterson ]
20 Feb BLACK-BROWED ALBATROSS off Hatteras Feb. 18! ["J. BRIAN PATTESON" ]
7 Feb Gr. Skuas on Feb. 4; Space on Feb. 11 pelagic trip ["J. BRIAN PATTESON" ]
7 Jan Take Two: Steve Howell's Tubenose Book Available ["J. BRIAN PATTESON" ]
15 Dec Dec. 27(28) Hatteras, NC Pelagic Trip Added ["J. BRIAN PATTESON" ]
15 Dec Preciosa filmación !!! HISTORIA DE UN NIDO American robin (Turdus migratorius) [Andrés Requejo de las Heras ]
25 Oct CREATE A BACK YARD WILDLIFE SANCTUARY [Fransisca Caitlin ]
17 Oct Re: OCT 29 Bodega Bay Emergency Pelagic Trip - oops, delete all [Mary Gustafson ]
17 Oct Re: OCT 29 Bodega Bay Emergency Pelagic Trip [Mary Gustafson ]
14 Oct Tropicbirds, Skua, Buller's, Sea Otter off San Diego - Oct 8 2011 Trip Report ["thunefeld" ]
23 Sep Southern California White-chinned Petrel, 12 tropicbirds ["thunefeld" ]
15 Sep SOCAL WHITE-CHINNED PETREL ["thunefeld" ]
9 Sep Next Oregon Inlet, NC trip on Sept. 17 (18) from Wanchese ["J. BRIAN PATTESON" ]
03 Sep SOCAL tropicbirds; Laysan; Cook’s & Dark-rumped Petrels ["thunefeld" ]
31 Aug Pelagic Trip on Sept. 3 or 4 from Wanchese (Oregon Inlet), NC ["J. BRIAN PATTESON" ]
30 Aug Pelagic Trip Sat 9/3 from Wanchese, NC [Brian Patteson ]
19 Aug SoCal Trip Report: 7 tropicbirds, Laysan, Cook’s & Dark-rumped Petrels ["thunefeld" ]
10 Aug Recent and Upcoming Pelagic Trips from Hatteras and Oregon Inlet, NC ["J. BRIAN PATTESON" ]
01 Aug August Grande Pelagic SOLD OUT ["thunefeld" ]
30 Jul Re: Macaronesian Shearwater [Michael Force ]
29 Jul Re: Breaking News: Storm-Petrels []
28 Jul Re: Update: July 30, 31, August 1 Half Moon Bay []
27 Jul Re: New seabird book []
26 Jul Re: Kishfisher - Mobile uploads []
25 Jul Kishfisher - Mobile uploads [Chelsie Chelsie liz mesina ]
24 Jul Re: Petrels, Tropicbirds, and Upcoming NC Pelagic Trips []
24 Jul Petrels, Tropicbirds, and Upcoming NC Pelagic Trips ["J. BRIAN PATTESON" ]
22 Jul Re: naturalist's color guide [Andy Paterson ]
22 Jul Re: Deep sea Pelagics off Lima, Peru suspended. []
21 Jul Re: naturalist's color guide []
21 Jul Re: Seabird adventures from the South seas []
19 Jul Re: Re: Hand Feeding Birds in My Locality []
19 Jul Re: Hand Feeding Birds in My Locality ["John Hansen" ]
19 Jul Re: Re: Hand Feeding Birds in My Locality []
19 Jul Re: Hand Feeding Birds in My Locality [Andy Paterson ]
19 Jul Re: Hand Feeding Birds in My Locality []
19 Jul Hand Feeding Birds in My Locality [Chelsie Chelsie liz mesina ]
11 Jul The Ultimate North America Live-Aboard Seabirding Pelagic Trip ["thunefeld" ]
06 Jul MD birding history - 1973 announcement of first winter pelagic trip [Phil Davis ]
03 Jul 48-Hour California Pelagic for petrels, tropicbirds, murrelets ["thunefeld" ]
20 Jun Recent and Upcoming Pelagic Trips from NC, USA ["J. BRIAN PATTESON" ]
17 Jun Vancouver Island Pelagic Trip 18th Sept ["Paul" ]

Subject: Amazing New Hampshire Pelagic - Sei Whales
From: Emmalee Bowers Tarry <emmaleet AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 18:32:33 +0000
I participated in the NH Audubon spring pelagic on the Granite State out of 
Rye, NH on Memorial Day May 25, 2015. Bird wise it was a little slow because 
this trip was about a week earlier than usual due to Memorial Day coming early 
this year. 



Here is Steve Mirick’s account published on the NH Birds list and copied by 
me. 



NH Audubon sponsored an all day pelagic trip yesterday aboard the 
"Granite State" out of Rye Harbor, NH. We cruised northeast directly up 
to the "Three Fingers" area of Jeffrey's Ledge in Maine where there was 
a lot of bird and whale activity last weekend. Nothing there!!! So we 
cruised south, following the ledge until we ran into an absolute 
bonanza, first of the very rare SEI WHALES. They were everywhere! Skim 
feeding along the surface with whales all around the boat. A 
magnificent show and one that is very rarely seen! As we slowly moved 
past the Sei Whales we encountered a huge group of Humpback Whales! 
Many were mother-calf pairs. Not quite as many birds as we hoped for, 
but there were some nice views of Fulmars and Red-necked Phalaropes. 
Thanks to Jon Woolf for organizing this trip and to Captain Pete 
Reynolds for skillfully navigating through the "carpet" of whales 
without hitting any!
 
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Partly cloudy
SW winds 10-15 mph. Seas about 1-3'
Birders - 40




My account:




What made the trip absolutely amazing were 20+ Sei Whales. (Pronounced Sigh not 
say as in seismograph). At times there were so many Sei Whales around the boat 
the captain was unable to move for fear of hitting one. I remember 4 whales in 
view on one side of the boat at one time. 





The Sei Whales were skimming along the surface feeding on copepods and other 
plankton with their mouths open so that the baleen was in full view. They also 
seemed to be turning to one side while their mouth was open. Some of the 
pictures show the throat pleats and the baleen at the same time. 



Sei Whales make very erratic appearances. The last time we had Sei Whales on 
this trip was 2010 and that was the first time I ever saw a Sei Whale. The 2010 
whales hung around for some time but no promises. 





Two photographers have posted pictures from the trip on Flicker. Take a look at 
these amazing pictures. 





Here is a link to photographs by Jim Besada. 




https://www.flickr.com/photos/jbesada/sets/72157651317665814





Thanks to Len Medlock, here are some cool photos from the day:
 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/lmedlock/sets/72157653052920968



Emmalee Tarry

Nashua, NH 













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Subject: Address book hacked
From: Tony Pym <tony_pym AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:37:59 +0000














It appears the address book in my Hotmail Email account was hacked today. I 
believe I've sorted the problem but apologise if you've received unwanted spam, 
purporting to come from me.... 

RegardsTony




 		 	   		  
Subject: Re: [Birdingperu] Puerto Lomas Pelagic Results
From: Gunnar Engblom <kolibriexp AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Jan 2014 22:46:29 -0500
As a suggestion from John Shemilt, we've put together a 5 day Peru Pelagic
Bonanza. Between Jan 27-Feb 1. John thought, that no pelagicfanatic would
come down to Lima for just one pelagic.

Let me know what you think. Anyone wants to try this out. It shall be
unbelievably good.


http://www.kolibriexpeditions.com/Birding/Peru_Tours.aspx?TOUR=Peru-pelagic-Bonanza&idtourk=212 


Saludos

Gunnar

Gunnar Engblom-Lima, Peru.
*Director - Guide*
Kolibri Expeditions 
Gunnar's Blog  ´
Birdingblogs.com  - fabulous bloggers and me.
Twitter 
Facebook 





On Sun, Dec 29, 2013 at 11:04 PM, Gunnar Engblom wrote:

> Hi all
>
> Here is a recent report from the site I mentioned that we shall visit in
> the end of January. The site is called Puerto de Lomas and is just south of
> Nazca in Arequipa department.  I gave Jacob the tip to check it out, and he
> just published a mouthwatering report of some possibilities. The biggest
> surprises were Kermadec Petrel and Galapagos Petrel. Also a yet un-ID
> cookilaria.
> That Hornby's Storm-Petrel is numerous here I already knew from my two
> trips.
>
> It is worth mentioning that there are no comfortable boats. Only sturdy
> fishing boats.
>
> below follows Jacob's full report.
>
> Saludos
>
> Gunnar
>
>
> Gunnar Engblom-Lima, Peru.
> *Director - Guide*
> Kolibri Expeditions 
> Gunnar's Blog  ´
> Birdingblogs.com  - fabulous bloggers and me.
> Twitter 
> Facebook 
>
>
>
>
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Jacob Drucker 
> Date: Sun, Dec 29, 2013 at 4:01 PM
> Subject: [Birdingperu] Puerto Lomas Pelagic Results
> To: Birdingperu AT yahoogroups.com
>
>
>
>
> Hi All,
>
> Justin Baldwin and I managed to get onto a fishing boat out of Puerto
> Lomas (Arequipa), leaving late morning of the 27th and arriving back into
> port at 4:30am on the 29th, giving us a solid chunk of birding time, which
> was well worth it!
>
> We ended up heading for the first canyon visible on google earth strait
> offshore from Lomas. The boat was slow, taking about 6 hours to get there,
> but on the way we had a number of cool things. Within 6km from shore the
> best things were 50 (exact count) Peruvian Diving-Petrels, mostly
> roosting/foraging in small flocks on the water. A few Humboldt Penguins
> were out here as well.
>
> Things started getting good about 20km from shore, with highlights being
> GALAPAGOS PETREL, KERMADEC PETREL (Is this species still unphotographed in
> Peru? I managed some IDable pics of one individual), BULLER'S ALBATROSS,
> HORNBY'S and BLACK-STORM PETRELS, CHILEAN SKUA, etc.  Below is the full
> species list with numbers from both days, generated with eBird, and the
> links to the individual checklists:
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S16115284
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S16115611
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S16115664
>
> Good Birding,
> Jacob Drucker
> MA, USA
>
> Humboldt Penguin (*Spheniscus humboldti*)5-- ----------Buller's Albatross
> (*Thalassarche bulleri*) --2-------- --Salvin's Albatross (*Thalassarche
> salvini*)33 ----------small albatross sp. (*Thalassarche sp.*) 
6------------Kermadec 

> Petrel (*Pterodroma neglecta*)--3 ----------Galapagos Petrel (*Pterodroma
> phaeopygia*) 11-------- --Cookilaria petrel sp. (*Pterodroma sp.
> (Cookilaria sp.)*)49 ----------White-chinned Petrel (*Procellaria
> aequinoctialis*) 94-------- --Pink-footed Shearwater (*Puffinus creatopus*
> )254 ----------Sooty Shearwater (*Puffinus griseus*) 223-------- --Elliot's
> Storm-Petrel (*Oceanites gracilis*)1241 ----------Ringed Storm-Petrel 
(*Oceanodroma 

> hornbyi*) 751-------- --Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel (*Oceanodroma tethys*)1
> 29 ----------Black Storm-Petrel (*Oceanodroma melania*) --3-------- 
--Black/Markham's 

> Storm-Petrel (*Oceanodroma melania/markhami*)1 7 ----------Peruvian
> Diving-Petrel (*Pelecanoides garnotii*) 48---------- --Peruvian Booby (*Sula
> variegata*)60-- ----------Red-legged Cormorant (*Phalacrocorax gaimardi*)
> 2---------- --Guanay Cormorant (*Phalacrocorax bougainvillii*)156-- ------
> ----Peruvian Pelican (*Pelecanus thagus*) 68---------- --Cattle Egret 
(*Bubulcus 

> ibis*)1---- --------Turkey Vulture (*Cathartes aura*) 14---------- --American
> Oystercatcher (*Haematopus palliatus*)27-- ----------Blackish
> Oystercatcher (*Haematopus ater*) 2---------- --Whimbrel (*Numenius
> phaeopus*)68-- -- --------Ruddy Turnstone (*Arenaria interpres*) 10------
> ---- --Red Phalarope (*Phalaropus fulicarius*)5-- ----------Chilean Skua 
(*Stercorarius 

> chilensis*) 12-------- --Pomarine Jaeger (*Stercorarius pomarinus*)--1 --
> --------Parasitic Jaeger (*Stercorarius parasiticus*) 1---------- 
--Long-tailed 

> Jaeger (*Stercorarius longicaudus*)--4 ----------jaeger sp. (*Stercorarius
> sp. (jaeger sp.)*) 11-------- --Swallow-tailed Gull (*Creagrus furcatus*)1
> 2 ----------Gray Gull (*Leucophaeus modestus*) 44---------- --Belcher's
> Gull (*Larus belcheri*)40-- ----------Kelp Gull (*Larus dominicanus*) 10--
> -------- --Peruvian Tern (*Sternula lorata*)1719 ----------Inca Tern 
(*Larosterna 

> inca*) 8---------- --Black Tern (*Chlidonias niger*)--21 ----------Royal
> Tern (*Thalasseus maximus*) 1---------- --Elegant Tern (*Thalasseus
> elegans*)10-- ----------Black Skimmer (*Rynchops niger*) 8---------- 
--Peregrine 

> Falcon (*Falco peregrinus*)1-- ----------House Sparrow (*Passer
> domesticus*) 12--
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Subject: Re: [Birdingperu] Puerto Lomas Pelagic Results
From: Gunnar Engblom <kolibriexp AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 6 Jan 2014 22:46:29 -0500
As a suggestion from John Shemilt, we've put together a 5 day Peru Pelagic
Bonanza. Between Jan 27-Feb 1. John thought, that no pelagicfanatic would
come down to Lima for just one pelagic.

Let me know what you think. Anyone wants to try this out. It shall be
unbelievably good.


http://www.kolibriexpeditions.com/Birding/Peru_Tours.aspx?TOUR=Peru-pelagic-Bonanza&idtourk=212 


Saludos

Gunnar

Gunnar Engblom-Lima, Peru.
*Director - Guide*
Kolibri Expeditions 
Gunnar's Blog  ´
Birdingblogs.com  - fabulous bloggers and me.
Twitter 
Facebook 





On Sun, Dec 29, 2013 at 11:04 PM, Gunnar Engblom wrote:

> Hi all
>
> Here is a recent report from the site I mentioned that we shall visit in
> the end of January. The site is called Puerto de Lomas and is just south of
> Nazca in Arequipa department.  I gave Jacob the tip to check it out, and he
> just published a mouthwatering report of some possibilities. The biggest
> surprises were Kermadec Petrel and Galapagos Petrel. Also a yet un-ID
> cookilaria.
> That Hornby's Storm-Petrel is numerous here I already knew from my two
> trips.
>
> It is worth mentioning that there are no comfortable boats. Only sturdy
> fishing boats.
>
> below follows Jacob's full report.
>
> Saludos
>
> Gunnar
>
>
> Gunnar Engblom-Lima, Peru.
> *Director - Guide*
> Kolibri Expeditions 
> Gunnar's Blog  ´
> Birdingblogs.com  - fabulous bloggers and me.
> Twitter 
> Facebook 
>
>
>
>
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Jacob Drucker 
> Date: Sun, Dec 29, 2013 at 4:01 PM
> Subject: [Birdingperu] Puerto Lomas Pelagic Results
> To: Birdingperu AT yahoogroups.com
>
>
>
>
> Hi All,
>
> Justin Baldwin and I managed to get onto a fishing boat out of Puerto
> Lomas (Arequipa), leaving late morning of the 27th and arriving back into
> port at 4:30am on the 29th, giving us a solid chunk of birding time, which
> was well worth it!
>
> We ended up heading for the first canyon visible on google earth strait
> offshore from Lomas. The boat was slow, taking about 6 hours to get there,
> but on the way we had a number of cool things. Within 6km from shore the
> best things were 50 (exact count) Peruvian Diving-Petrels, mostly
> roosting/foraging in small flocks on the water. A few Humboldt Penguins
> were out here as well.
>
> Things started getting good about 20km from shore, with highlights being
> GALAPAGOS PETREL, KERMADEC PETREL (Is this species still unphotographed in
> Peru? I managed some IDable pics of one individual), BULLER'S ALBATROSS,
> HORNBY'S and BLACK-STORM PETRELS, CHILEAN SKUA, etc.  Below is the full
> species list with numbers from both days, generated with eBird, and the
> links to the individual checklists:
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S16115284
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S16115611
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S16115664
>
> Good Birding,
> Jacob Drucker
> MA, USA
>
> Humboldt Penguin (*Spheniscus humboldti*)5-- ----------Buller's Albatross
> (*Thalassarche bulleri*) --2-------- --Salvin's Albatross (*Thalassarche
> salvini*)33 ----------small albatross sp. (*Thalassarche sp.*) 
6------------Kermadec 

> Petrel (*Pterodroma neglecta*)--3 ----------Galapagos Petrel (*Pterodroma
> phaeopygia*) 11-------- --Cookilaria petrel sp. (*Pterodroma sp.
> (Cookilaria sp.)*)49 ----------White-chinned Petrel (*Procellaria
> aequinoctialis*) 94-------- --Pink-footed Shearwater (*Puffinus creatopus*
> )254 ----------Sooty Shearwater (*Puffinus griseus*) 223-------- --Elliot's
> Storm-Petrel (*Oceanites gracilis*)1241 ----------Ringed Storm-Petrel 
(*Oceanodroma 

> hornbyi*) 751-------- --Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel (*Oceanodroma tethys*)1
> 29 ----------Black Storm-Petrel (*Oceanodroma melania*) --3-------- 
--Black/Markham's 

> Storm-Petrel (*Oceanodroma melania/markhami*)1 7 ----------Peruvian
> Diving-Petrel (*Pelecanoides garnotii*) 48---------- --Peruvian Booby (*Sula
> variegata*)60-- ----------Red-legged Cormorant (*Phalacrocorax gaimardi*)
> 2---------- --Guanay Cormorant (*Phalacrocorax bougainvillii*)156-- ------
> ----Peruvian Pelican (*Pelecanus thagus*) 68---------- --Cattle Egret 
(*Bubulcus 

> ibis*)1---- --------Turkey Vulture (*Cathartes aura*) 14---------- --American
> Oystercatcher (*Haematopus palliatus*)27-- ----------Blackish
> Oystercatcher (*Haematopus ater*) 2---------- --Whimbrel (*Numenius
> phaeopus*)68-- -- --------Ruddy Turnstone (*Arenaria interpres*) 10------
> ---- --Red Phalarope (*Phalaropus fulicarius*)5-- ----------Chilean Skua 
(*Stercorarius 

> chilensis*) 12-------- --Pomarine Jaeger (*Stercorarius pomarinus*)--1 --
> --------Parasitic Jaeger (*Stercorarius parasiticus*) 1---------- 
--Long-tailed 

> Jaeger (*Stercorarius longicaudus*)--4 ----------jaeger sp. (*Stercorarius
> sp. (jaeger sp.)*) 11-------- --Swallow-tailed Gull (*Creagrus furcatus*)1
> 2 ----------Gray Gull (*Leucophaeus modestus*) 44---------- --Belcher's
> Gull (*Larus belcheri*)40-- ----------Kelp Gull (*Larus dominicanus*) 10--
> -------- --Peruvian Tern (*Sternula lorata*)1719 ----------Inca Tern 
(*Larosterna 

> inca*) 8---------- --Black Tern (*Chlidonias niger*)--21 ----------Royal
> Tern (*Thalasseus maximus*) 1---------- --Elegant Tern (*Thalasseus
> elegans*)10-- ----------Black Skimmer (*Rynchops niger*) 8---------- 
--Peregrine 

> Falcon (*Falco peregrinus*)1-- ----------House Sparrow (*Passer
> domesticus*) 12--
>
>  
>
>
Subject: Fwd: [Birdingperu] Puerto Lomas Pelagic Results
From: Gunnar Engblom <kolibriexp AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 29 Dec 2013 23:04:57 -0500
Hi all

Here is a recent report from the site I mentioned that we shall visit in
the end of January. The site is called Puerto de Lomas and is just south of
Nazca in Arequipa department.  I gave Jacob the tip to check it out, and he
just published a mouthwatering report of some possibilities. The biggest
surprises were Kermadec Petrel and Galapagos Petrel. Also a yet un-ID
cookilaria.
That Hornby's Storm-Petrel is numerous here I already knew from my two
trips.

It is worth mentioning that there are no comfortable boats. Only sturdy
fishing boats.

below follows Jacob's full report.

Saludos

Gunnar


Gunnar Engblom-Lima, Peru.
*Director - Guide*
Kolibri Expeditions 
Gunnar's Blog  ´
Birdingblogs.com  - fabulous bloggers and me.
Twitter 
Facebook 





---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jacob Drucker 
Date: Sun, Dec 29, 2013 at 4:01 PM
Subject: [Birdingperu] Puerto Lomas Pelagic Results
To: Birdingperu AT yahoogroups.com




Hi All,

Justin Baldwin and I managed to get onto a fishing boat out of Puerto Lomas
(Arequipa), leaving late morning of the 27th and arriving back into port at
4:30am on the 29th, giving us a solid chunk of birding time, which was well
worth it!

We ended up heading for the first canyon visible on google earth strait
offshore from Lomas. The boat was slow, taking about 6 hours to get there,
but on the way we had a number of cool things. Within 6km from shore the
best things were 50 (exact count) Peruvian Diving-Petrels, mostly
roosting/foraging in small flocks on the water. A few Humboldt Penguins
were out here as well.

Things started getting good about 20km from shore, with highlights being
GALAPAGOS PETREL, KERMADEC PETREL (Is this species still unphotographed in
Peru? I managed some IDable pics of one individual), BULLER'S ALBATROSS,
HORNBY'S and BLACK-STORM PETRELS, CHILEAN SKUA, etc.  Below is the full
species list with numbers from both days, generated with eBird, and the
links to the individual checklists:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S16115284
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S16115611
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S16115664

Good Birding,
Jacob Drucker
MA, USA

Humboldt Penguin (*Spheniscus humboldti*)5-- ----------Buller's
Albatross (*Thalassarche
bulleri*) --2-------- --Salvin's Albatross (*Thalassarche salvini*)33 ------
----small albatross sp. (*Thalassarche sp.*) 6---------- --Kermadec
Petrel (*Pterodroma
neglecta*)--3 ----------Galapagos Petrel (*Pterodroma phaeopygia*) 11------
-- --Cookilaria petrel sp. (*Pterodroma sp. (Cookilaria sp.)*)49
----------White-chinned
Petrel (*Procellaria aequinoctialis*) 94-------- --Pink-footed
Shearwater (*Puffinus
creatopus*)254 ----------Sooty Shearwater (*Puffinus griseus*)
223----------Elliot's
Storm-Petrel (*Oceanites gracilis*)1241 ----------Ringed Storm-Petrel
(*Oceanodroma
hornbyi*) 751-------- --Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel (*Oceanodroma tethys*)129--
--------Black Storm-Petrel (*Oceanodroma melania*) --3--------
--Black/Markham's
Storm-Petrel (*Oceanodroma melania/markhami*)1 7 ----------Peruvian
Diving-Petrel (*Pelecanoides garnotii*) 48---------- --Peruvian Booby (*Sula
variegata*)60-- ----------Red-legged Cormorant (*Phalacrocorax gaimardi*) 2
---------- --Guanay Cormorant (*Phalacrocorax bougainvillii*)156-- --------
--Peruvian Pelican (*Pelecanus thagus*) 68---------- --Cattle Egret (*Bubulcus
ibis*)1---- --------Turkey Vulture (*Cathartes aura*) 14---------- --American
Oystercatcher (*Haematopus palliatus*)27-- ----------Blackish Oystercatcher
(*Haematopus ater*) 2---------- --Whimbrel (*Numenius phaeopus*)68-- -- ----
----Ruddy Turnstone (*Arenaria interpres*) 10---------- --Red
Phalarope (*Phalaropus
fulicarius*)5-- ----------Chilean Skua (*Stercorarius chilensis*)
12----------Pomarine
Jaeger (*Stercorarius pomarinus*)--1 ----------Parasitic Jaeger (*Stercorarius
parasiticus*) 1---------- --Long-tailed Jaeger (*Stercorarius longicaudus*)
--4 ----------jaeger sp. (*Stercorarius sp. (jaeger sp.)*) 11--------
--Swallow-tailed
Gull (*Creagrus furcatus*)12 ----------Gray Gull (*Leucophaeus modestus*) 44
---------- --Belcher's Gull (*Larus belcheri*)40-- ----------Kelp Gull (*Larus
dominicanus*) 10---------- --Peruvian Tern (*Sternula lorata*)1719 --------
--Inca Tern (*Larosterna inca*) 8---------- --Black Tern (*Chlidonias niger*
)--21 ----------Royal Tern (*Thalasseus maximus*) 1---------- --Elegant
Tern (*Thalasseus elegans*)10-- ----------Black Skimmer (*Rynchops niger*) 8
---------- --Peregrine Falcon (*Falco peregrinus*)1-- ----------House
Sparrow (*Passer domesticus*) 12--

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Subject: Fwd: [Birdingperu] Puerto Lomas Pelagic Results
From: Gunnar Engblom <kolibriexp AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 29 Dec 2013 23:04:57 -0500
Hi all

Here is a recent report from the site I mentioned that we shall visit in
the end of January. The site is called Puerto de Lomas and is just south of
Nazca in Arequipa department.  I gave Jacob the tip to check it out, and he
just published a mouthwatering report of some possibilities. The biggest
surprises were Kermadec Petrel and Galapagos Petrel. Also a yet un-ID
cookilaria.
That Hornby's Storm-Petrel is numerous here I already knew from my two
trips.

It is worth mentioning that there are no comfortable boats. Only sturdy
fishing boats.

below follows Jacob's full report.

Saludos

Gunnar


Gunnar Engblom-Lima, Peru.
*Director - Guide*
Kolibri Expeditions 
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---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jacob Drucker 
Date: Sun, Dec 29, 2013 at 4:01 PM
Subject: [Birdingperu] Puerto Lomas Pelagic Results
To: Birdingperu AT yahoogroups.com




Hi All,

Justin Baldwin and I managed to get onto a fishing boat out of Puerto Lomas
(Arequipa), leaving late morning of the 27th and arriving back into port at
4:30am on the 29th, giving us a solid chunk of birding time, which was well
worth it!

We ended up heading for the first canyon visible on google earth strait
offshore from Lomas. The boat was slow, taking about 6 hours to get there,
but on the way we had a number of cool things. Within 6km from shore the
best things were 50 (exact count) Peruvian Diving-Petrels, mostly
roosting/foraging in small flocks on the water. A few Humboldt Penguins
were out here as well.

Things started getting good about 20km from shore, with highlights being
GALAPAGOS PETREL, KERMADEC PETREL (Is this species still unphotographed in
Peru? I managed some IDable pics of one individual), BULLER'S ALBATROSS,
HORNBY'S and BLACK-STORM PETRELS, CHILEAN SKUA, etc.  Below is the full
species list with numbers from both days, generated with eBird, and the
links to the individual checklists:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S16115284
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S16115611
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S16115664

Good Birding,
Jacob Drucker
MA, USA

Humboldt Penguin (*Spheniscus humboldti*)5-- ----------Buller's
Albatross (*Thalassarche
bulleri*) --2-------- --Salvin's Albatross (*Thalassarche salvini*)33 ------
----small albatross sp. (*Thalassarche sp.*) 6---------- --Kermadec
Petrel (*Pterodroma
neglecta*)--3 ----------Galapagos Petrel (*Pterodroma phaeopygia*) 11------
-- --Cookilaria petrel sp. (*Pterodroma sp. (Cookilaria sp.)*)49
----------White-chinned
Petrel (*Procellaria aequinoctialis*) 94-------- --Pink-footed
Shearwater (*Puffinus
creatopus*)254 ----------Sooty Shearwater (*Puffinus griseus*)
223----------Elliot's
Storm-Petrel (*Oceanites gracilis*)1241 ----------Ringed Storm-Petrel
(*Oceanodroma
hornbyi*) 751-------- --Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel (*Oceanodroma tethys*)129--
--------Black Storm-Petrel (*Oceanodroma melania*) --3--------
--Black/Markham's
Storm-Petrel (*Oceanodroma melania/markhami*)1 7 ----------Peruvian
Diving-Petrel (*Pelecanoides garnotii*) 48---------- --Peruvian Booby (*Sula
variegata*)60-- ----------Red-legged Cormorant (*Phalacrocorax gaimardi*) 2
---------- --Guanay Cormorant (*Phalacrocorax bougainvillii*)156-- --------
--Peruvian Pelican (*Pelecanus thagus*) 68---------- --Cattle Egret (*Bubulcus
ibis*)1---- --------Turkey Vulture (*Cathartes aura*) 14---------- --American
Oystercatcher (*Haematopus palliatus*)27-- ----------Blackish Oystercatcher
(*Haematopus ater*) 2---------- --Whimbrel (*Numenius phaeopus*)68-- -- ----
----Ruddy Turnstone (*Arenaria interpres*) 10---------- --Red
Phalarope (*Phalaropus
fulicarius*)5-- ----------Chilean Skua (*Stercorarius chilensis*)
12----------Pomarine
Jaeger (*Stercorarius pomarinus*)--1 ----------Parasitic Jaeger (*Stercorarius
parasiticus*) 1---------- --Long-tailed Jaeger (*Stercorarius longicaudus*)
--4 ----------jaeger sp. (*Stercorarius sp. (jaeger sp.)*) 11--------
--Swallow-tailed
Gull (*Creagrus furcatus*)12 ----------Gray Gull (*Leucophaeus modestus*) 44
---------- --Belcher's Gull (*Larus belcheri*)40-- ----------Kelp Gull (*Larus
dominicanus*) 10---------- --Peruvian Tern (*Sternula lorata*)1719 --------
--Inca Tern (*Larosterna inca*) 8---------- --Black Tern (*Chlidonias niger*
)--21 ----------Royal Tern (*Thalasseus maximus*) 1---------- --Elegant
Tern (*Thalasseus elegans*)10-- ----------Black Skimmer (*Rynchops niger*) 8
---------- --Peregrine Falcon (*Falco peregrinus*)1-- ----------House
Sparrow (*Passer domesticus*) 12--

 
Subject: North Sea (Northumberland, UK) pelagic trips 2014
From: "Martin Kitching" <Martin.Kitching1 AT btopenworld.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Nov 2013 15:02:18 -0000
Northern Experience North Sea (Northumberland, UK) Pelagic Trip Programme 2014 
(in association with the Northumberland and Tyneside Bird Club) 


 

4-hour evening pelagics departing Royal Quays Marina, 18:00 and Mill Dam (South 
Shields), 18:10. Cost £32.50/person. Target species; Storm Petrel, skuas, 
shearwaters, cetaceans 


Friday 11th July

Friday 18th July

Saturday 19th July

Friday 25th July

Friday 1st August

Wednesday 6th August

 

8-hour pelagics departing Royal Quays Marina at 09:00 and Mill Dam (South 
Shields), 09:10. Cost £50.00/person. Target species; skuas, shearwaters, 
cetaceans 


Saturday 6th September

Saturday 13th September

 

10-hour pelagic to the Farne Deeps departing Royal Quays Marina, 08:00 and Mill 
Dam (South Shields) 08:10. Cost £70.00/person. Target species; White-beaked 
Dolphin, Common Dolphin, Minke Whale 


Tuesday 12th August

Thursday 28th August

 

4-hour pelagic to the Farne Deeps on a high-speed RIB, departing Seahouses 
Harbour, 17:00. Cost £70/adult, £35/child. Target species; White-beaked 
Dolphin, Common Dolphin, Minke Whale 


Wednesday 30th July

Saturday 9th August

 

3-hour coastal cruise on a high-speed RIB, departing Seahouses Harbour, time 
tbc. Cost £45/adult, £25/child. Target species; skuas, shearwaters, cetaceans 


Wednesday 16th July

Saturday 2nd August

 

4-hour Whale and Dolphin Cruise departing Seahouses Harbour at 10:00. Cost 
£40/adult, £20/child. Target species; White-beaked Dolphin, Minke Whale, 
Harbour Porpoise. 


Saturday 30th August

 

 

Our pelagic trips from Royal Quays in 2014 will take place on the JFK2, a 10m 
catamaran which is replacing the converted lifeboat SarahJFK which we've 
chartered for our pelagic trips for the last thirteen years. The new vessel 
offers an outstanding vantage point for observation of wildlife. All of our 
Royal Quays pelagics are limited to a maximum of 12 participants, allowing all 
on board a good opportunity to see any birds or cetaceans which are found. Some 
truly outstanding opportunities for photography occur on our pelagic trips as 
well, with many birds and cetaceans approaching very close to the boat. 


 

Our Whale & Dolphin Cruise from Seahouses will be on Glad Tidings V.

 

Our RIB trips from Seahouses will be on Ocean Explorer.

 

Our pelagic trips have proved very successful and they are an excellent way to 
enjoy our offshore wildlife in the company of other birders who are always 
willing to help any less experienced participants. More experienced birders may 
well find that the North Sea is a new frontier for their birding. Pelagic 
birding is very unpredictable but highlights of our trips have included the 1st 
British North Sea Wilson's Petrel (2002), Long-tailed Skua (2002), Sabine's 
Gull (2005), Great Shearwater (2007), Balearic Shearwater (2007, 2013), 
Pomarine Skua (2007, 2012), Grey Phalarope (2010, 2012), Red-necked Phalarope 
(2013), excellent views of Sooty Shearwater in each of the last twelve years, 
Harbour Porpoise (2006), Minke Whale (2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013), Orca 
(2013) and several very close encounters with White-beaked Dolphin, most 
recently on our evening pelagics in late July 2013, Whale and Dolphin Cruise in 
late August 2013 and our final Royal Quays pelagic on the SarahJFK, in late 
September 2013. 


 

Participants should bring their own food and drink and warm/waterproof 
clothing. 


 

To reserve a place on any of these trips, please contact Martin Kitching 
martin AT newtltd.co.uk or (01670) 827465 and send a deposit of £10 per person per 
trip (cheque payable to 'Northern Experience Wildlife Tours Ltd', 
non-refundable if you cancel at a later date) to NEWT Ltd, 18 Frances Ville, 
Scotland Gate, Northumberland, NE62 5ST. The balance of payment is due 2 weeks 
before sailing. 


Martin Kitching
Subject: Re: New Source of Pelagic Trip Info - San Diego California
From: "judy" <jmeredit AT bendnet.com>
Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2013 21:37:36 -0700
Thanks, and I will spread it around central Oregon where we have a lot of 
pelagic trippers. Judy, jmeredit AT bendnet.com 



From: thunefeld AT gmail.com 
Sent: Thursday, October 31, 2013 9:28 PM
To: pelagics AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: [pelagics] New Source of Pelagic Trip Info - San Diego California



Today the San Diego Field Ornithologists (SDFO) launched a Rare Bird Alert and 
birding discussion group for San Diego County, including Pelagic Birding 
Events. 


The new SDFO listserv is completely open-access so non-members can view the 
information, members are free to post to eBird or the SDFO listserv or both... 
without fear of being banned, moderators are expert birders and members of the 
SDFO, information will be made available to everyone and all organizations so 
that the ABA and http://digest.sialia.com/ can publish what’s happening in 
San Diego without restriction. 


Please help us spread the word by forwarding this to anyone you know interested 
in birding in San Diego. We've been banned from SDBirds and CalBirds so we 
can't publish the information to the birding community. 


http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SanDiegoRegionBirding


Terry Hunefeld
Borrego Springs, California


Subject: New Source of Pelagic Trip Info - San Diego California
From: <thunefeld AT gmail.com>
Date: 31 Oct 2013 21:28:28 -0700
Today the San Diego Field Ornithologists (SDFO) launched a Rare Bird Alert and 
birding discussion group for San Diego County, including Pelagic Birding 
Events. 


The new SDFO listserv is completely open-access so non-members can view the 
information, members are free to post to eBird or the SDFO listserv or both... 
without fear of being banned, moderators are expert birders and members of the 
SDFO, information will be made available to everyone and all organizations so 
that the ABA and http://digest.sialia.com/ http://digest.sialia.com/ can 
publish what’s happening in San Diego without restriction. 


Please help us spread the word by forwarding this to anyone you know interested 
in birding in San Diego. We've been banned from SDBirds and CalBirds so we 
can't publish the information to the birding community. 


http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SanDiegoRegionBirding 
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SanDiegoRegionBirding 

 

 Terry Hunefeld
 Borrego Springs, California
Subject: Pelagic Trip Report: Half Moon Bay Sep 22, 2013
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2013 21:38:15 -0700
Hello, Pelagic Birders,

Shearwater Journeys' trip report for September 22, 2013 for San Mateo and San 
Francisco Counties with images by Mark Rauzon, is available at: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2013/09/trip-report-september-22-2013-half-moon.html 


Highlights included 2 different FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATERS, one in each of the 
counties; one LAYSAN ALBATROSS; a grand slam on the jaegers, SOUTH POLAR SKUAS 
and most of the fall seabirds. It was great to see seven MARBLED MURRELETS, 
including 2 calling juveniles, return to the area just outside of the harbor. 
Recent squid fishing activity seems to have impacted these small alcids. Now, 
the squid fishermen have moved elsewhere. 


Our next trips departing from Half Moon Bay with spaces available are: Sep 28 & 
29; Oct 6 & 27 and Nov 16. We plan to go to both counties, as we have done on 
all of our trips this season. 


Please note: I mistakenly listed our next Bodega Bay trip with an incorrect 
date. The correct date is Oct 18. We will be departing from Sausalito for the 
Farallon Islands on Oct 20, in search of seabirds and great white sharks. 


Spaces are still available on our Monterey departures: Oct 5, 13 and 25.

See you out there!
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: SJ: TRIP REPORT SEP 20, 2013 BODEGA BAY
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2013 17:45:04 -0700
Hello, Pelagic Birders,

Shearwater Journeys' pelagic trip offshore from Bodega Bay was simply awesome! 
We recorded incredible numbers of storm-petrels, as reported by co-leader, 
Peter Pyle. This spectacular sighting of 17,325+ storm-petrels of four species: 
ASHY, FORK-TAILED, BLACK and WILSON'S dominated our thoughts and put us nearly 
speechless at times. While Peter Pyle, Steve Howell and I each have close to 
four decades of looking at and counting storm-petrel rafts off Central 
California, this day was a stunner and one for the pelagic history books. We 
also saw a GRAND SLAM on the jaegers with POMARINE, PARASITIC, LONG-TAILED and 
several SOUTH POLAR SKUAS. Most of the usual fall seabirds were sighted 
throughout the day. However, with so many BLUE WHALES around, indicating that 
they were likely feeding on krill, the question in my mind was: Where are all 
of the CASSIN'S AUKLETS? We spent most of the day in MARIN COUNTY. Marine 
mammals put on a good show with 5 species of cetaceans and 5 species of 
pinnipeds recorded. The complete trip report, along with images by Steve 
Howell, can be found at: 


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


Our next trip departing from Bodega Bay is OCT 20th. Spaces are also available 
on our departures from Half Moon Bay, easily accessible from the Bay area, on 
SEP 28 & 29; OCT 6 & 27; NOV 16. Don't forget our trip to the Farallon Islands, 
departing from Sausalito on OCT 20 to look for Great White Sharks and seabirds. 
Spaces are available on all of these trips. Contact me for a reservation and 
details. 


We can take you out there!
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: Images of Hawaiian Petrel
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com>
Date: Fri, 2 Aug 2013 18:22:17 -0700
Images of the HAWAIIAN PETREL seen on the August 2, 2013 Shearwater Journeys, 
Monterey Bay trip can be viewed at: 

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2013_08_01_archive.html

A full trip report will follow.

Shearwaters & Petrels Forever,
Debi

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: MONTEREY BAY: HAWAIIAN PETREL
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com>
Date: Fri, 2 Aug 2013 16:20:00 -0700
Howdy, Seabirders,

This is a quick report from Shearwater Journeys' pelagic trip departing from 
Monterey Bay today. Highlights were: 


HAWAIIAN PETREL- which I spotted without binoculars about 10 miles off Pt 
Pinos. It flew within 50 feet of our boat., identified by Brian Sullivan. Seen 
by all on board (some folks making their first-ever pelagic trip). Photographs 
will follow. We are uncertain if the bird was in Monterey or Santa Cruz County. 
We'll have to map it out, as it was right on the borderline. 


MANX SHEARWATER- 1, flyby. 

Other seabirds included: BULLER'S SHEARWATER -1, FORK-TAILED STORM-PETREL- 1, 
TUFTED PUFFIN- 1, POMARINE, PARASITIC and LONG-TAILED JAEGERS and the usual 
assortment of seabirds typical for early August. However, this trip was 
anything but typical. 


Spaces are available on many of our trips. For the full schedule please see: 
http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.shtml

More details to follow when I have time and a better internet connection.
Shearwaters forever,
Debi

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: Pelagic Trips 2013
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Jul 2013 21:37:59 -0700
Howdy, Seabirders,

This is an update for Shearwater Journeys' pelagic trip season which begins 
with trips on 27 & 28 July departing from Half Moon Bay. 


The August 4 trip departing from Sausalito to the Farallones Islands is SOLD 
OUT. You can get your name on the waiting list by emailing Debi, address in 
signature. A limited number of spaces are still available on the October 20 
trip to the Farallones. For more details see: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2013/06/wanted-tufted-puffin-great-white-shark.html 


Spaces are available on all other trips. The complete schedule can be found at:
http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.shtml

Trips departing from Half Moon Bay are coming up soon. You can still jump on 
board with us for the July trips! 

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2013/06/half-moon-bay-pelagic-trips.html

Trips departing from Monterey begin with the August 2 trip. Last year, we saw 
an unusual number of Leach's Storm-Petrels in early August. 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2013/06/monterey-seabirds-with-shearwater.html 


Don't forget the albacore, offshore trip departing from Monterey:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2013/06/albacore-grounds-offshore-monterey.html 


Our trips departing from Bodega Bay have wracked up the highest number of 
"mega" rare seabirds, anywhere in the USA. For variety, we offer three trips, 
one each month during fall migration: August 30, September 20 and October 18. 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2013/06/cordell-bank-bodega-canyon-seabird-trips.html 


Who knows what rare seabird lurks out there?
Hope to see you on board,
Debi, just back from Svalbard Voyage.

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: Oregon pelagic trip report: December 8, 2012: MOTTLED PETREL, PARAKEET AUKLET
From: "thebirdguide" <greg AT thebirdguide.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 22:44:55 -0000
We scheduled a "Laysan Albatross search trip" in mid November with a weather 
date in December. The weather date trip went out December 8 in fairly decent 
seas. 


Besides finding the target LAYSAN ALBATROSS and SHORT-TAILED SHEWARWATERS we 
also found several species more typical of winter, including THAYER'S GULLS and 
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES. 


Several rarities were possible, including short-tailed albatross (which we did 
not see). However, we got great photos of a fly-by MOTTLED PETREL. 
Additionally, we spotted two PARAKEET AUKLETS. 


Full trip report: 
http://thebirdguide.com/pelagics/archive/12082012.htm

Photos from the trip: 
http://www.pbase.com/gregbirder/20121208_newport

Mottled Petrel status in Oregon and NA: 
http://oregonseabirds.blogspot.com/2012/12/mottled-petrel-status-in-oregon.html

Oregon pelagic birding 2012 review: 
http://oregonseabirds.blogspot.com/2012/12/pelagic-birding-2012-in-review.html

Greg Gillson
The Bird Guide, Inc.
Oregon
http://thebirdguide.com/pelagics/



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Subject: Trip Reports from Shearwater Journeys: Oct 6 & 7, 2012
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2012 20:24:31 -0700
Howdy, Birders,

Trip reports and photographs for Shearwater Journeys's October 6 pelagic trip 
departing from Monterey and October 7 departing from Half Moon Bay can be found 
at: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2012/10/trip-report-october-6-monterey-bay.html 


Abe Borker's images of the Monterey trip, Oct 6th, including images of the 
killer whale activity are at: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2012/10/images-of-day-by-abe-borker-october-6.html 


Highlights were many! The marine weather was especially great with flat, calm, 
even glassy seas and warm temperatures. Hundreds of BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS 
have can be seen, nearshore in Monterey, while a few are outside of the harbor 
at Half Moon Bay. One highlight of the Monterey trip was KILLER WHALES eating a 
prey item, possibly a Dall's Porpoise that we had seen only minutes earlier. 
(More images to come!). Highlights on the Half Moon Bay trip included 3 MARBLED 
MURRELETS, LEATHERBACK SEA TURTLE, a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH 31 miles offshore 
(clear day), fabulous flocks of BULLER'S and PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS, and two 
or three BAIRD'S BEAKED WHALES at the 1000 fathom line. We traveled 41 miles 
offshore to 60 degree water! 


Our last trips of the fall season are as follows:
OCT 14 Monterey Bay
OCT 26 Bodega Bay
OCT 28 Half Moon Bay
NOV 20 Half Moon Bay

If weather/sea conditions permit, we hope to make if offshore on the Half Moon 
Bay trips, in particular, with hopes of finding Cook's or Mottled Petrels. This 
is also a good time of year to find other rare petrels, such as Parkinson's and 
White-chinnned. Late October is a good time for Short-tailed Albatross. Roll 
the dice! 


For a glance back at our September 30th Farallones Islands trip, see Bruce 
Hallett's images at: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2012/10/images-of-day-by-bruce-hallett.html 


Real birds eat squid,
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: RFI: colour marked Great Shearwater
From: Andy Paterson <andy.birds AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2012 13:12:25 +0200
Hi:

Last Saturday, 06 October, a Great Shearwater was seen with a blue plastic
patagial type marker some 20 nautical miles N of San Sebastian, northern
Span (photo attached) by Javier Ferreres *et al*. Javier, who is a vet.,
has asked me to enquireq if I can help find the source of this marker, or,
as he says, if it was put on by some clod, but a clod who knew what they
were doing as it was fitted properly and was definitely not any sort of
accidental hook-up. The bird was perfectly healthy and competing normally
for sardines with other Great Shearwaters.

If anyone can help or give a lead, Javier and myself would be more than
grateful.

Good seabirding,

Andy Paterson

*Torremolinos, España

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Fuente de Piedra; 03/10 : Sierra de María; 03/10 : La Janda

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Subject: RFI: colour marked Great Shearwater
From: Andy Paterson <andy.birds AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2012 13:12:25 +0200
Hi:

Last Saturday, 06 October, a Great Shearwater was seen with a blue plastic
patagial type marker some 20 nautical miles N of San Sebastian, northern
Span (photo attached) by Javier Ferreres *et al*. Javier, who is a vet.,
has asked me to enquireq if I can help find the source of this marker, or,
as he says, if it was put on by some clod, but a clod who knew what they
were doing as it was fitted properly and was definitely not any sort of
accidental hook-up. The bird was perfectly healthy and competing normally
for sardines with other Great Shearwaters.

If anyone can help or give a lead, Javier and myself would be more than
grateful.

Good seabirding,

Andy Paterson

*Torremolinos, España

*http.//birding-the-costa.blogspot.com*   NEW**   06/10 : Laguna Dulce &
Fuente de Piedra; 03/10 : Sierra de María; 03/10 : La Janda

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Subject: Pelagic Trip Report: Sep 27, 30, Oct 1, 2012
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Oct 2012 18:56:41 -0700
Howdy, Birders,

You can find trip reports for four recent Shearwater Journeys's pelagic trips 
at: 

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2012_10_01_archive.html

Highlights were many, including six species of shearwaters; five species of 
storm-petrels; all three jaegers and more. The mega seabirds were a light morph 
WEDGE-TAILED SHEARWATER and MANX SHEARWATER, both spotted by Peter Pyle on our 
Farallones Islands trip, September 30th. Images at the above link. The 
continuing NORTHERN GANNET was present on Saddle Rock. 


Join us on any of the following trips: 
October 6 from Monterey with Clay Kempf, Jennifer Green, Abe Borker, John 
Garrett, Jim Holmes and Debi Shearwater 

October 7 from Half Moon Bay with Gerry McChesney and Debi Shearwater 
October 14 from Monterey with Rick Fournier, Clay Kempf, John Garrett and Debi 
Shearwater 

October 26 from Bodega Bay with Peter Pyle, Lisa Hug and Debi Shearwater
October 28 from Half Moon Bay with Debi Shearwater and TBA
November 20 from Half Moon Bay with Todd McGrath and Debi Shearwater

October is a great month to get out there! Last year, we saw at least one, and 
as many as four, Flesh-footed Shearwaters on every October trip. It is also a 
great time to be able to pick out a mega— such as the Wedge-tailed Shearwater, 
or a Parkinson's or White-chinned Petrel. In past years, we've also seen 
Short-tailed Albatross during late October. 


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: Seamount Pelagic Birding
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2012 19:18:57 -0700
Hello, Birders,

Shearwater Journeys' September 23 trip departing from Half Moon Bay made it 
more than 40 miles offshore to the Gumdrop and Pioneer Seamounts— a place where 
few birders have been in at least a decade, or longer. Conditions were 
excellent with flat, calm seas. As expected, we found seabirds in patches. 
These patches were alive with wildlife, including hundreds of feeding dauphins 
with shearwaters. Highlights of this trip, which was entirely in SAN MATEO 
COUNTY, included: FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER, TUFTED PUFFIN, three SCRIPPS'S 
MURRELETS and a BURROWING OWL some 26 miles offshore. The full trip report of 
this beautiful day is at: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2012/09/trip-report-september-23-2012-half-moon.html 


Bird images by Isaac Sanchez, , including the burrowing owl that tried to land 
in the boat antenna, can be found at: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2012/09/images-of-day-by-isaac-sanchez.html 


Images by Steve Howell of the thousands and thousands of storm-petrels on 
Shearwater Journeys' September 21 Bodega Bay trip can be found at: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2012/09/images-of-day-by-steve-howell-september.html 


The full trip report for September 21, including images of the HAWAIIAN PETREL, 
can be found at: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2012/09/hawaiian-petrel-september-21-2012.html 


Spaces are available on the following trips:
HALF MOON BAY: OCT 7 & 28; NOVEMBER 20.
MONTEREY BAY: OCT 6 & 14
BODEGA BAY: OCT 28

October is a great month for Flesh-footed Shearwater. We recorded at least one, 
and as many as four, Flesh-foots on all of our 2011 October trips. It is a 
great time for some rare seabirds, as well, including Short-tailed Albatross, 
Parkinson's and White-chinned Petrels, Streaked and Wedge-tailed Shearwaters, 
and more. Join us! 


Shearwater Journeys is proud to be hosting the pelagic field trips for the 
Western Field Ornithologists' Meeting in Petaluma with trips on September 27 
from Bodega Bay, September 30 to the Farallon Islands and October 1 from Half 
Moon Bay. All of these trips are sold out. Hope to see you at the meeting. 


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: FYI : pelagics to Conception Bank, Lanzarote, Canary Islands
From: Andy Paterson <andy.birds AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2012 19:30:07 +0200
Hi,

Below on the English language link, a brief report with photos of a two day
pelagic to the Cobception bank, 60 miles N of Lanzarote, Canary Islands.

Saludos,

Andy Paterson

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Subject: Final SoCal Overnight Pelagic of 2012 is a “go” Oct 13-14
From: "thunefeld" <thunefeld AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2012 03:59:00 -0000
Greetings,

The annual autumn (Oct 13-14) 48-hour Buena Vista Audubon Society pelagic trip 
aboard GRANDE to the San Clemente Basin, Cortes Bank, Butterfly Bank (San Diego 
and Los Angeles Counties) is a FOR SURE "go." 


Now that Xantus's Murrelet has been split, this is one of the best trips to see 
the "newly minted" species "Guadalupe (Xantus's) Murrelet" in ABA Area waters. 
Xantus's Murrelet (Synthliboramphus hypoleucus) has finally been split by the 
AOU into Scripps's Murrelet (S. scrippsi) and Guadalupe Murrelet (S. 
hypoleucus). July-Oct is the best season for Guadalupe Murrelet in ABA waters. 
30 miles is the minimum distance offshore it can be reasonably expected. 


This weekend double-overnight trip has only one purpose: to spend an entire 
day, from sunrise to sunset about 80 miles offshore, just north of the Mexican 
Border, zig-zagging along the banks and seamounts that cause upwellings and 
pockets of life. Our targets are rarities like Flesh-footed Shearwater, 
expected species such as Red-billed Tropicbird, Buller's Shearwater, Sabine's 
Gull, South Polar Skua and Long-tailed Jaeger, three subspecies of Leach's 
Storm-Petrel and Craveri's Murrelet. 


Special Early Bird pricing expires Sept 22.
Details:  http://www.socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/sandiegooct131548hr.html

Peace on earth.

W. Terry Hunefeld, Encinitas
Life is short.  Seabird often. 
In memory of Michelle "Shellie" Matson and Mike San Miguel
"Come on out with us to see what's out there."

Southern California Seabirding Trips 
by: Buena Vista Audubon Society
http://www.SoCalBirding.com
Los Coronados Islands & Nine Mile Bank
all the way to the edge of the Continental Shelf





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Subject: Northern Gannet Chase Boat
From: Coddlers AT aol.com
Date: Fri, 7 Sep 2012 17:06:20 -0400 (EDT)
Seabirders
 
We are putting together a boat from Half Moon Bay, organised by Alvaro  
Jaramillo, to go for the gannet. Specifically, we plan to stay at the islands  
until the gannet comes to roost in the afternoon, rather than the usual 
route  which tends to leave the islands too early, before the bird arrives.

The  potential dates are next Monday or Wednesday next week.

Anyone interested  should contact Alvaro directly at
_alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com_ (mailto:alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com) 

Thanks

Bruce  Barrett

San Jose

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Subject: Epic pelagic out of Half Moon Bay! Hawaiian Petrel
From: "Alvaro Jaramillo" <chucao AT coastside.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2012 19:47:24 -0700
Hello seabirders, 

 

    Today we started off the day with a dream, that all things could come
together - good weather, warm water, getting off the shelf, and tuna - and
that something surprising might show up in this confluence of parameters.
Often all seems lined up, and things don't pan out, this time they did! 

    Our trip headed to warm water offshore, but what was surprising for a
boat trip was that we found a high concentration of storm petrels but inside
of the shelf. This was wonderful, the first big concentration of storm
petrels we had seen this fall. But also odd was that the storm petrels were
foraging, not sitting on the water, they were actively feeding - something
they tend to do at night. But more surprising was that in this flock of 800
or so Ashy, there were plenty of Blacks, and amazingly a large number of
Wilson's Storm-Petrels. We were seeing them right and left, which is
incredibly unusual, as a good day for Wilson's is just a handful. Instead
that first flock had over 30 individuals, as well as a few Fork-tailed
Storm-Petrels for our fourth Storm-Petrel of the day. An even larger flock a
few miles off had a greater proportion of Ashy, but our Wilson's number
climbed to at least 44, although we felt that there were likely over 50 of
them in the area. This needs confirmation but seemed like potentially a
record breaker number for California. 

    Farther along we picked up South Polar Skua, Black-footed Albatross, our
first of TWO (yes 2) Laysan Albatross (one color banded and reported to
BBL), and by now three shearwaters (Sooty, Pink-footed, and a few Buller's).
Then we hit luck catching an Albacore tuna which of course was quite
exciting. But then Matthew Dodder spotted the bird of the day - HAWAIIAN
PETREL! We had good views behind the boat, before the bird flew closer and
beside us - this is a first record for San Mateo County, California. Here
are photos from Mark Rauzon: 

 

http://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p873910623/h40203d80#h40203dc0

 

also from Cedric Duhalde here: 

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jugglerboy/7869197164/in/photostream 

 

There were also many Common Murre, good numbers of Rhinoceros Auklets, just
2-3 Cassin's Auklets, Pigeon Guillemots, Northern Fulmar, both pelagic
phalaropes, all three jaegers, and both Arctic and Common Terns amongst
others! 

 

We will be looking near the same area next week -
http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/ 

Visit my web site or phone 650-504-7779 to book for Sept 2 or Sept 8th.
Right now warm water conditions are set to hold, so it is the time to go! It
was SOOO much fun out there today, what a super day out. 

 

Take care, 

 

Alvaro

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com

 



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Subject: Epic pelagic out of Half Moon Bay! Hawaiian Petrel
From: "Alvaro Jaramillo" <chucao AT coastside.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2012 19:47:24 -0700
Hello seabirders, 

 

    Today we started off the day with a dream, that all things could come
together - good weather, warm water, getting off the shelf, and tuna - and
that something surprising might show up in this confluence of parameters.
Often all seems lined up, and things don't pan out, this time they did! 

    Our trip headed to warm water offshore, but what was surprising for a
boat trip was that we found a high concentration of storm petrels but inside
of the shelf. This was wonderful, the first big concentration of storm
petrels we had seen this fall. But also odd was that the storm petrels were
foraging, not sitting on the water, they were actively feeding - something
they tend to do at night. But more surprising was that in this flock of 800
or so Ashy, there were plenty of Blacks, and amazingly a large number of
Wilson's Storm-Petrels. We were seeing them right and left, which is
incredibly unusual, as a good day for Wilson's is just a handful. Instead
that first flock had over 30 individuals, as well as a few Fork-tailed
Storm-Petrels for our fourth Storm-Petrel of the day. An even larger flock a
few miles off had a greater proportion of Ashy, but our Wilson's number
climbed to at least 44, although we felt that there were likely over 50 of
them in the area. This needs confirmation but seemed like potentially a
record breaker number for California. 

    Farther along we picked up South Polar Skua, Black-footed Albatross, our
first of TWO (yes 2) Laysan Albatross (one color banded and reported to
BBL), and by now three shearwaters (Sooty, Pink-footed, and a few Buller's).
Then we hit luck catching an Albacore tuna which of course was quite
exciting. But then Matthew Dodder spotted the bird of the day - HAWAIIAN
PETREL! We had good views behind the boat, before the bird flew closer and
beside us - this is a first record for San Mateo County, California. Here
are photos from Mark Rauzon: 

 

http://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p873910623/h40203d80#h40203dc0

 

also from Cedric Duhalde here: 

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jugglerboy/7869197164/in/photostream 

 

There were also many Common Murre, good numbers of Rhinoceros Auklets, just
2-3 Cassin's Auklets, Pigeon Guillemots, Northern Fulmar, both pelagic
phalaropes, all three jaegers, and both Arctic and Common Terns amongst
others! 

 

We will be looking near the same area next week -
http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/ 

Visit my web site or phone 650-504-7779 to book for Sept 2 or Sept 8th.
Right now warm water conditions are set to hold, so it is the time to go! It
was SOOO much fun out there today, what a super day out. 

 

Take care, 

 

Alvaro

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro AT alvarosadventures.com

www.alvarosadventures.com

 

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Subject: SoCal Pelagic Trip Report (including marine mammals) Aug 13-15, 2012
From: "thunefeld" <thunefeld AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2012 18:30:11 -0000
The entire trip report (including marine mammals) 
of the Buena Vista Audubon 56-hour deep water pelagic 
out of San Diego aboard GRANDE is now posted at:
http://socaltripreports.com/?p=458

Upcoming summer and early fall pelagic 
trips out of SoCal can be viewed at:  
http://www.socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips.html

Terry Hunefeld, Encinitas
Buena Vista Audubon
www.SoCalBirding.com




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Subject: Northumberland (UK) pelagics
From: "Martin Kitching" <Martin.Kitching1 AT btopenworld.com>
Date: Sat, 4 Aug 2012 10:38:38 +0100
Northern Experience Wildlife Tours, in association with the Northumberland and 
Tyneside Bird Club - Northumberland Pelagics 2013 


We sold out all of our evening pelagics from the River Tyne, and both of our 
all-day September pelagics are fully booked, but we still have a few spaces on 
our 10hr Farne Deeps pelagic from Royal Quays on Wednesday August 15th. The 
Farne Deeps is an area of deeper water off the Northumberland coast where we've 
been 3 times in the last 2 years as part of our pelagic programme. Most 
recently we were there on July 25th when we had ~100 White-beaked Dolphins 
around our boat, and we found White-beaked Dolphins there in 2010 and 2011 as 
well (and a bonus Grey Phalarope in 2010). This is a real exploration of a 
little-studied area so you can let your imagination run riot with the 
possibilities. Places on this exciting pelagic are £75/person and you can get 
more details, or book your space, by e-mailing martin AT newtltd.co.uk or calling 
01670 827465. 


best wishes
martin kitching
www.northernexperiencepelagics.co.uk

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Subject: SoCal Pelagic Trips include the newly minted species Guadalupe Murrelet
From: "thunefeld" <thunefeld AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2012 15:31:27 -0000
Greetings,

Late summer/early fall in Southern California is a magical time. The southern 
(Mexican) species range northward (thus making this the best time of year to 
potentially bag one in ABA waters). The southern hemisphere birds are returning 
south. You simply NEVER know what you'll see, but there's always a surprise. 
This year's slate of trips offers a wonderful variety of trips and are destined 
to add more rarities to our lists. 


And now that Xantus's Murrelet has been split, SoCal trips are THE best bet for 
the "newly minted" species "Guadalupe (Xantus's) Murrelet" in ABA Area waters. 
Xantus's Murrelet (Synthliboramphus hypoleucus) has finally been split by the 
AOU into Scripps's Murrelet (S. scrippsi) and Guadalupe Murrelet (S. 
hypoleucus). July-Oct is the best season for Guadalupe Murrelet in ABA waters. 
30 miles is the minimum distance offshore it can be reasonably expected. 


Five classic SoCal trips are coming up; all have diverse itineraries; all have 
sold out in past years; all have seen phenomenal birds. One is sold out 
already. Two are nearing sell-out. The October trips are steadily filling. 


July 19:  CONDOR EXPRESS.  Santa Barbara.  SOLD OUT. 

August 13-15:  GRANDE.  San Diego.  56-hours.  5 SPOTS LEFT. 
http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/sandiegoaug201256hr.html
Past sightings: Tropicbirds, Cook's Petrels, Long-tailed Jaegers, Sabine's 
Gulls, Arctic Terns, Murrelets. Guadalupe (Xantus's) Murrelet 

Last year's 2011 August 56-hr trip had an awesome trip list that included 
DARK-RUMPED PETREL, COOK'S PETREL, 7 RED-BILLED TROPICBIRDS, WILSON'S STORM 
PETREL. 


September 3-7:  SEARCHER.  San Diego.  4 days.  7 SPOTS LEFT.  
http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/searchersep372012.html
The most luxurious pelagic birding live-aboard in the world. An unforgettable 
experience. Bring your spouse! Marine Mammals and seabirds galore. San Diego to 
the Channel Islands to the shelf edge. 2011: WHITE-CHINNED PETREL. Guadalupe 
(Xantus's) Murrelet. 

2010: Cook's Petrel, Wilson's Storm-Petrel, Flesh-footed Shearwater. 2009: 
Craveri's Murrelet, Brown Booby. 


October 6.  Saturday.  GRANDE.  13-hours to the Thirty Mile Bank.
http://www.socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/sandiegooct613hr.html
All San Diego, all the time (okay, we MAY stick our nose into LA County for an 
hour or two if there is an enormous raft of storm-petrels out there. Past 
one-day early Oct trips have found (in San Diego County) Red-billed Tropicbird, 
Guadalupe (Xantus's) Murrelet, Craveri's Murrelet, Black-footed Albatross, 
Flesh-footed Shearwater, Buller's Shearwater, South Polar Skua, 3-jaeger 
species, Sabine's Gulls. The Storm-Petrel list includes: Black, Least, Ashy, 
Leach's, Wilson's, Wedge-rumped. 


October 13-14.  GRANDE.  San Diego.  48-hours.  
http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/sandiegooct131548hr.html
Past sightings: Black-footed Albatross, Craveri's Murrelet, Red-billed 
Tropicbird, Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel, Flesh-footed Shearwater, Brown Booby, 
Wilson's Storm-Petrel, Guadalupe (Xantus's) Murrelet. 


If you've been wondering what it's like on a pelagic trip from SoCal, you can 
get a "sneak peek" inside and onboard our three primary vessels: SEARCHER, 
GRANDE, and CONDOR EXPRESS. http://tinyurl.com/pelagics-sneak-peek 


Better yet, come on out and ride along with us in real life. It's loads of fun 
and we never know for-sure what to expect out there. Every trip begins as a 
blank canvas. By the time we return to the harbor, a rich tapestry of unique 
sights, sounds and experiences has been woven - and it's always a surprise. 


Summer and fall are exciting months for pelagic birding in Southern California 
with the arrival of various species like tropicbirds and storm-petrels and the 
late-summer and fall migration of tubenoses and pterodromas. 


The entire SoCal pelagic birding trip schedule with details, trip reports, and 
video montages can be found at www.socalbirding.com. 


Won't be in SoCal on any of these dates? Debi Shearwater's extensive 
mid-California schedule is at www.shearwaterjourneys.com/ 


Come on out with us to see what's out there..

Terry Hunefeld, Encinitas
Life is short.  Seabird often. 
In memory of Michelle "Shellie" Matson, Mike San Miguel and Luke Cole.

Southern California Seabirding Trips 
by: Buena Vista Audubon Society
http://www.SoCalBirding.com
Los Coronados Islands & Nine Mile Bank
all the way to the edge of the Continental Shelf





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Subject: Pelagic Trips For All
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Jun 2012 20:46:13 +0300
Howdy, Seabirders,

If you long to hear the "beep" of a pink-footed shearwater as it lands in the 
wake, or witness the dynamic soaring of a black-footed albatross — Shearwater 
Journeys has some 36 trips on offer this year, spanning July 28 through 
November 20, the most extensive offering of pelagic trips on the West coast. We 
welcome newcomers and regulars alike. The friendly, inclusive atmosphere of our 
trips, legendary leaders and a host of "rare" seabird records for both 
California and North America, has contributed to over three decades of success. 


Continuing the tradition of offering pelagic trips from Monterey since 1976, 
the Shearwater Journeys' full schedule can be found at: 

http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.shtml
Note that spaces are currently available on all trips, except for the September 
30th Farallon Islands trip which is SOLD OUT. 

Limited spaces are available on some trips. Please book early. 

Shearwater Journeys' trips cover the following California Counties: Monterey, 
Santa Cruz, San Mateo, San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma, Mendocino, and sometimes, 
Humboldt. Some trips cover two counties in one day. 


For more information on our Monterey Bay, Monterey Seavalley and Albacore 
trips, please see: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2012/06/monterey-seabirds-with-shearwater.html 


For more information about our departures from Half Moon Bay, which are very 
convenient for folks who live in the San Francisco, East Bay and San Jose 
areas, please see: 

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2012/05/half-moon-bay-seabird-trips.html

For more information about our August 5th trip to the Farallon Islands, 
departing from Sausalito, please see: 

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2012_02_01_archive.html
Limited spaces are still available on this departure.

Since 1980, we have offered outstanding trips departing from Bodega Bay. Please 
see this link for information: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2012/05/cordell-bank-bodega-canyon-seabird.html 


For more information about our departures from Fort Bragg, targeting the 
Hawaiian Petrel, please see: 

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2012/05/fort-bragg-seabird-trips.html

Whether you are a beginner, or an old salt, there is something for everyone. 
Every year is different. Let's see what's out there this fall. Its crazy, but I 
dreamed we saw a light-mantled albatross last night! 


Shearwaters forever,
Debi

DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190 

Hollister, CA 95024831.637.8527
debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com
www.shearwaterjourneys.com
www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com

High Arctic: Polar Bears, Walrus & Seabirds: 8 - 18 July 2013, charter with 
Debi 









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Subject: Late Summer - Fall SoCal Pelagic Trips: A Sneak Peek
From: "thunefeld" <thunefeld AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 04 Jun 2012 18:14:49 -0000
Greetings,

Summer is just beginning, but California pelagic trips for the early fall 
migration are now taking reservations. Four classic SoCal trips are coming up; 
all have diverse itineraries; all have sold out in past years; all have seen 
phenomenal birds. 


If you've been wondering what it's like on a pelagic trip from SoCal, you can 
get a "sneak peek" inside and onboard our three primary vessels: SEARCHER, 
GRANDE, and CONDOR EXPRESS. http://tinyurl.com/pelagics-sneak-peek 


Come on out and ride along with us in real life. It's loads of fun and we never 
know for-sure what to expect out there. Every trip begins as a blank canvas. By 
the time we return to the harbor, a rich tapestry of unique sights, sounds and 
experiences has been woven - and it's always a surprise. 


Summer and fall are exciting months for pelagic birding in Southern California 
with the arrival of various species like tropicbirds and storm-petrels and the 
late-summer and fall migration of tubenoses and pterodromas. 


Starting in July there will be at least one trip a month from San Diego or 
Santa Barbara into the mysterious deep through October. Debi Shearwater's 
awesome trips from central California also kick into gear July - October. 


July 19:  CONDOR EXPRESS.  Santa Barbara.
Past sightings: Tristram's Storm Petrel, 136 Cook's Petrels in 2009, Red-billed 
Tropicbird 

http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/santabarbarajuly21.html

August 13-15:  GRANDE.  San Diego.  56-hours.  
Past sightings: Tropicbirds, Cook's Petrels, Long-tailed Jaegers, Sabine's 
Gulls, Arctic Terns, Murrelets. 

http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/sandiegoaug201256hr.html

September 3-7:  SEARCHER.  San Diego.  4 days.
The most luxurious pelagic birding live-aboard in the world.  
2011: White-chinned Petrel. 2010: Cook's Petrel, Wilson's Storm-Petrel, 
Flesh-footed Shearwater. 2009: Craveri's Murrelet, Brown Booby. 

http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/searchersep372012.html

October 13-14.  GRANDE.  San Diego.  48-hours.  
Past sightings: Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel, Flesh-footed Shearwater, Brown 
Booby, Wilson's Storm-Petrel, Craveri's Murrelet. 

http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/sandiegooct131548hr.html

The entire SoCal pelagic birding trip schedule with details, trip reports, and 
video montages can be found at www.socalbirding.com. Debi Shearwater's schedule 
is at www.shearwaterjourneys.com/ 


Come on out with us to see what's out there..

Terry Hunefeld, Encinitas
Life is short.  Seabird often. 
In memory of Michelle "Shellie" Matson, Mike San Miguel and Luke Cole.

Southern California Seabirding Trips 
by: Buena Vista Audubon Society
http://www.SoCalBirding.com
Los Coronados Islands & Nine Mile Bank
all the way to the edge of the Continental Shelf





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Subject: Labor Day Week Pelagic Trip Off Southern California
From: "thunefeld" <thunefeld AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 01 Jun 2012 16:18:59 -0000
Greetings,

Reservations are now being taken for five days at sea off the coast of southern 
California aboard the world's most luxurious pelagic birding vessel: SEARCHER, 
sailing from San Diego on Labor Day, 2012. 


This California Channel Islands and Deep Water Pelagic finds rarities or 
mega-rarities on nearly every trip (WHITE-CHINNED PETREL in 2011). The diverse 
array of birds seen from SEARCHER is a result of a diverse itinerary - from 
near-shore to inter-Channel-islands to the edge of the Continental Shelf. 


Labor Day Week SEARCHER trips from 2003-2010 have amassed an amazing list of 
species: WHITE-CHINNED PETREL (2011); BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS, Northern Fulmar, 
MURPHY'S PETREL, COOK'S PETREL, HAWAIIAN PETREL, FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER, 
Buller's Shearwater, Pink-Footed Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, Black-vented 
Shearwater, LEAST STORM-PETREL, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Ashy Storm-Petrel, Black 
Storm-Petrel, RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD, Red-necked Phalarope, Red Phalarope, South 
Polar Skua, Pomarine Jaeger, Parasitic Jaeger, Long-tailed Jaeger, Sabine's 
Gull, Arctic Tern, Pigeon Guillemot, Common Murre, Xantus's Murrelet, Craveri's 
Murrelet, Cassin's Auklet, Rhinoceros Auklet. 


Both the bird life and marine mammal sightings are exceptional on this annual 
pelagic. 5 species of whales and 5 species of dolphin would not be considered 
unusual during this Labor Day week excursion. Add to that flying fish, mola 
mola, an assortment of shark and a little deep sea fishing, and the trip is fun 
for everyone, especially a birding enthusiast and a spouse. 


The SEARCHER pelagic consists of 4 solid days at sea, departing on Labor Day 
(Monday) morning, returning the following Friday morning at dawn. There is 
nothing quite like being on such a luxurious vessel with like-minded people, 
all sharing an interest in the wonders of life over the ocean. 


Many birders come from Europe or the east coast of the U.S. to participate in 
these trips, and many of them do additional birding in SoCal while they're out 
here. This year SEARCHER has teamed up with the Buena Vista Audubon Society to 
sponsor a field trip to the Salton Sea led by Todd McGrath on Saturday 
September 2. This trip is limited exclusively to Searcher registrants. 


SEARCHER departs San Diego on Labor Day morning. We spend the day birding our 
way up San Diego's famous Nine Mile Bank and other underwater banks, ridges and 
canyons. The morning of our second day at sea finds us in the northern Channel 
Islands where Todd McGrath found our White-Chinned Petrel in 2011. From there 
we travel north and west to the deeper waters, west past Point Conception to 
Arguello Canyon and perhaps the Rodriguez Dome in search of rarities and marine 
life. 


The third day finds us in two-mile deep waters where we explore the known 
pterodroma corridors beyond the San Juan Seamount and other seamounts at and 
beyond the edge of the Continental Shelf. 


Please join us for a week of fun and adventure while being pampered by the crew
of SEARCHER.  Lots more information on the links below.

Details & reservation for the SEARCHER Labor Day Week Live-aboard Pelagic:
http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/searchersep372012.html

Details of Todd McGrath's "Pre-Pelagic Trip To The Salton Sea" Trip on Sept 2:
http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/saltonseasep22012.html


The SEARCHER trip logs contain more detailed information of past trip 
sightings: 

http://www.bajawhale.com/wildlife-tours/pelagic-birding-tours

The Status & Distribution of SoCal Pelagic Birds can be viewed at:
http://socalbirding.com/seabirdreference.html


Peace on earth.

W. Terry Hunefeld, Encinitas
Life is short. Seabird often.
In memory of Luke Cole and Mike San Miguel
"Come on out with us to see what's out there."

Southern California Seabirding Trips
by: Buena Vista Audubon Society
http://www.SoCalBirding.com
Los Coronados Islands & Nine Mile Bank
all the way to the edge of the Continental Shelf

Our SoCal Pelagic "e-Newsletters"
http://www.facebook.com/SoCalPelagics
and
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SoCalBirding

A Few Of Our Seabird & Marine Mammal Adventures:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC4qRYFdjXo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABXQwF2vD2w
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8UdCYAOax0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyb8fBCsP0s




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Subject: April 29th Pelagic Trip Report
From: "Paul" <tuff-puffin AT shaw.ca>
Date: Wed, 02 May 2012 18:27:05 -0000
Hello,

The trip report for last Sunday's pelagic trip from Ucluelet British Columbia 
is now on the WildReseach webpage:http://www.wildresearch.ca/index.html 

Check it out!

Thanks,
Paul Levesque
Vancouver



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Subject: Vancouver Island Pelagic Trip April 29th
From: "Paul" <tuff-puffin AT shaw.ca>
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2012 00:32:14 -0000
Hello,

There are still seats available on the WildResearch Pelagic Birding trip out of 
Ucluelet April 29, 2012. We will depart from Ucluelet on the MV Frances Barkley 
(a 129 ft coastal freighter) for a seven-hour trip that will take us 37km 
offshore to La Perouse Bank. There have been very few pelagic birding trips at 
this time of year in BC, and this will be a good opportunity to see seabirds 
not normally seen on fall trips. 


The pelagic birding trips are WildResearch's main fund raising event and 
membership drive. Funds raise by the pelagic trip will be used for 
WildResearch's monitoring projects ie. Iona Island Bird Observatory. Our next 
pelagic trip is planned for the fall 2013. 


For more details on the 29th April trip visit: www.wildresearch.ca

Participants that book BEFORE April 1st will receive $50 off the price of the 
trip! 



Thanks,
Paul Levesque
Vancouver, BC.




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Subject: Iberian Sea Bird Group (GIAM) publications
From: Andy Paterson <andy.birds AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2012 17:47:23 +0100
Hi:

Apologies for cross posting, but the *Iberian Sea Bird Group* (*Grupo
Ibérico de Aves Marinas*) has just published bulletins* 34* and *35* and
which are available only in pdf format.

*Bulletin 34* is devoted to the proceedings of two conferences (admittedly
late in publication but at least done). The first section is devoted to the
*International Worskshop on the ecology of storm-petrels and shearwaters in
southern Europe*, celebrated in Cariño (Galicia) in November 2007 whilst
the second is devoted to the *VI Congress of the Iberian Sea Bird Group
(GIAM)*, celebrated in Algeciras in April 2009. There are 35 articles with
the main texts in Spanish but with English summaries, texts of tables,
etc..  http://www.seo.org/media/docs/Bol_GIAM_34_2011.pdf

*Bulletin 35* is devoted to the *Proceedings of the International Workshop
on the European Shag ecology in southern Europe*, celebrated in Baiona
(Galicia) in March 2010.. As with Bulletin 34, the main texts are in
Spanish with summaries in English.
http://www.seo.org/media/docs/Bol_GIAM_35_2012.pdf



Saludos,

Andy Paterson

Torremolinos, España
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Subject: Iberian Sea Bird Group (GIAM) publications
From: Andy Paterson <andy.birds AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2012 17:47:23 +0100
Hi:

Apologies for cross posting, but the *Iberian Sea Bird Group* (*Grupo
Ibérico de Aves Marinas*) has just published bulletins* 34* and *35* and
which are available only in pdf format.

*Bulletin 34* is devoted to the proceedings of two conferences (admittedly
late in publication but at least done). The first section is devoted to the
*International Worskshop on the ecology of storm-petrels and shearwaters in
southern Europe*, celebrated in Cariño (Galicia) in November 2007 whilst
the second is devoted to the *VI Congress of the Iberian Sea Bird Group
(GIAM)*, celebrated in Algeciras in April 2009. There are 35 articles with
the main texts in Spanish but with English summaries, texts of tables,
etc..  http://www.seo.org/media/docs/Bol_GIAM_34_2011.pdf

*Bulletin 35* is devoted to the *Proceedings of the International Workshop
on the European Shag ecology in southern Europe*, celebrated in Baiona
(Galicia) in March 2010.. As with Bulletin 34, the main texts are in
Spanish with summaries in English.
http://www.seo.org/media/docs/Bol_GIAM_35_2012.pdf



Saludos,

Andy Paterson

Torremolinos, España
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Subject: BLACK-BROWED ALBATROSS off Hatteras Feb. 18!
From: "J. BRIAN PATTESON" <patteson1 AT embarqmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2012 10:56:39 -0500
It's been a slow winter for alcids this far south, but we have seen 
Great Skuas on all of our seabird trips so far this winter from 
Hatteras, NC.  We were almost back to port on our last trip when we we 
encountered the biggest rarity that we have seen here yet in winter. 
Less then two miles east of Hatteras Inlet, an adult BLACK-BROWED 
ALBATROSS joined our flock of gulls and gannets, which was fighting over 
the last few scoops of the two hundred plus pounds of chum we had 
dispensed for the day.  We were able to observe the bird for over 45 
minutes, mostly at point blank range beside our boat, the Stormy Petrel 
II.  This was only the second sighting of Black-browed Albatross off the 
NC coast, nearly 40 years after the first, which was on August 19, 1972! 
Needless to say, thousands of photos were taken, but this is one of just 
a few photographically documented encounters from the Western North 
Atlantic.

We have posted some photos of Saturday's albatross here, along with a 
trip report- http://seabirding.blogspot.com/

We will probably add a few more shots later today.

Some people have asked about the possibility of another winter trip, so 
we have decided to try one on Feb. 25 or 26.  We should have a better
idea about the weather for the weekend in a couple of more days.  We 
will need about ten people to run a trip, and it will be limited to 
twenty participants.
This has not been much of an alcid year, but it has been good for Great 
Skua and Manx Shearwater so far.  For what it's worth, there were also
not many alcids around when we saw the Yellow-nosed Albatross here in 
2000.

More information about our trips can be found here- www.seabirding.com/

Brian Patteson
Hatteras, NC
brian AT patteson.com




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Subject: Gr. Skuas on Feb. 4; Space on Feb. 11 pelagic trip
From: "J. BRIAN PATTESON" <patteson1 AT embarqmail.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Feb 2012 10:41:24 -0500
We ran a pelagic trip from Hatteras on Saturday, Feb. 4 and had a very 
pleasant day offshore.  Water temps have been running higher than usual 
this winter so alcids were scarce and we only saw Razorbills- no 
Dovekies or puffins yet.  We did, however, see three Great Skuas in the 
usual places.  There are also some fulmars offshore.  Last year they did 
not show until late February.  We still have a couple of spaces open on 
this weekend's pelagic trip, and on a trip the following Sunday or 
Monday.  I'm not sure if we will have any more winter trips this year 
after Feb. 20.

For more information about our trips, see www.seabirding.com/ and to see 
a report from Feb. 4, see http://seabirding.blogspot.com/

Brian Patteson
Hatteras, NC
brian AT patteson.com 



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Subject: Take Two: Steve Howell's Tubenose Book Available
From: "J. BRIAN PATTESON" <patteson1 AT embarqmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Jan 2012 19:13:18 -0500
I messed up the link first time around, so here it is again-

Seabirders,

I just got the word that Steve Howell's latest book,
Petrels, Albatrosses, and Storm-Petrels of North America:
A Photographic Guide
is now available for purchase! I have not yet seen the finished
product, but based on what I saw of the draft, it should be hands down
the best reference for tubenoses in the Western North Atlantic and the
Eastern North Pacific. It has been a long time in the making, and Steve
has helped guide many dozens of trips with us here off Cape Hatteras
over the course of nine or ten years as part of his research for this
book. Steve has put in much more sea time off California and Mexico,
and there are few people so qualified to comment on these seabirds. I
look forward to the arrival of what will be the indispensable seabird
book for the waters surrounding this continent.

Read more or order from the Princeton website-
http://press.princeton.edu/titles/9534.html

Brian Patteson
Hatteras, NC
brian AT patteson.com
www.seabirding.com/



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Subject: Dec. 27(28) Hatteras, NC Pelagic Trip Added
From: "J. BRIAN PATTESON" <patteson1 AT embarqmail.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2011 19:54:39 -0500
It is fairly short notice, but we have added one more pelagic trip to
our 2011 schedule.

We are planning to run a trip from Hatteras on Dec. 27, with a weather
date the following day.  It is not a weekend departure, but maybe it 
will
work for some birders who are teachers or students or otherwise have
some time off then.  We have set the trip up as an effort to help John
Vanderpoel find a Great Skua for his North American Big Year.  As of
Dec. 13, John was at 740 species, so he has a real chance to beat the
record, which is 745.  We would love to see John break the record, which
was set by Sandy Komito in 1998, when you could still get to Attu.

I have not been to sea off Hatteras for over a week, but nine days ago
there were still plenty of Great Shearwaters around, so maybe there is a
chance for a late one on the 27th.  The 27th is also the day of the Cape
Hatteras CBC, so if we can find a Great Skua or Great Shearwater close
enough to shore, there is the chance to add a new species to the all
time CBC list.  We will certainly be heading out past the circle for
much of the day, but we did coax a Sooty Shearwater in bounds three
years ago.  Other possibilities for the day include Northern Fulmar,
Manx Shearwater, Red Phalarope, various rare and uncommon gulls,
Black-legged Kittiwake, Pomarine Jaeger, Parasitic Jaeger, Dovekie,
Razorbill, Atlantic Puffin, and perhaps even a Common or Thick-billed
Murre.  There was a Thick-billed Murre a couple of miles from Hatteras
Inlet late last December, and there were a few Common Murres around in
January.  December and January are good months to see Red Phalaropes and
kittiwakes off the coast here, generally much better than February, 
which is when
we run most of our trips.  Manx Shearwater has also been known to make a
strong showing off the NC Outer Banks during early winter.

Winter trips will continue in 2012 and include the following dates:
Jan. 14(15)
Feb. 4(5)
Feb. 11(12)
Feb. 18 (19)
Feb. 19 (20)
Feb. 25 (26)

Winter trips off Cape Hatteras are a lot of fun because there are so
many birds from start to finish.  These trips focus on birding in the
cold water, not the Gulf Stream, so the biodiversity and the biomass can
be quite impressive.  There are sometimes thousands of gulls and gannets
to go along with the less common, more highly sought "pelagic" species.
Photographers should have a field day, as our chum brings the birds
close to the boat.  More information about the trips, incuding past
results, can be found at our website-
www.seabirding.com/

I hope that some of you can join us.

Brian Patteson
Hatteras, NC
brian AT patteson.com
www.seabirding.com/




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Subject: Preciosa filmación !!! HISTORIA DE UN NIDO American robin (Turdus migratorius)
From: Andrés Requejo de las Heras <arequejoh AT telefonica.net>
Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2011 21:30:10 +0100
 

 

Un amigo me ha enviado esta preciosa filmación con una música colosal.
Disfrutarla
 

 


 






  

 

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=9479342

&server=vimeo.com&show_title=0&show_byline=0&show_portrait=0&color=00ADEF&fu
llscreen=1



 

Qué podemos decir ante imágenes como éstas? 

Solamente podemos agradecer a quien tuvo la paciencia de registrar y
hacernos participar de esa belleza. 

Y la vida continúa, y el ciclo se repite inexorablemente!! 

Salud,  

 

Andrés Requejo de las Heras.

 



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Subject: CREATE A BACK YARD WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
From: Fransisca Caitlin <fransiscacaitlin AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Oct 2011 17:49:11 -0700 (PDT)

Link to the website:                        bit.ly/ueId3W




How to Attract Birds to Your Yard

CREATE A BACK YARD WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Attract birds to even the smallest yard by following these simple steps that 
will turn your backyard into a bird sanctuary. Creating your own bird sanctuary 
takes some time, but the creation itself is half the pleasure. 

Native plants will thrive so will be cost effective and will attract songbirds 
right to your home. 

Of the many beautiful birds I've seen out in the field, none has been so 
thrilling as the birds I've seen in my own back yard. My husband keeps a bird 
list, and he has seen 78 different types of birds in our small yard! 

One morning, sitting on my back porch with a cup of coffee, I spotted a Rose 
Breasted Grossbeak at the bird feeder - a gorgeous creature whose vivid colors 
and unexpected visit coincided with the purchase of a plate with a picture of 
that very bird at a Good Will store. It was a magic plate! 

Now, I'm not suggesting that you run out and comb flea markets for bird plates 
as a method of attracting some feathered friends, just saying that your own 
private bird sanctuary can seem like a magical place. Like the time I was 
sitting out on the porch (again) reading and a Carolina wren came to perch on 
the toe of my shoe. Or the Coopers hawk that landed 6 feet above me in the oak 
tree. 

The appearance of a bird you've never seen before can feel like magic, can make 
your whole day. That is the day you realize that you've succeeded in creating a 
real backyard bird sanctuary. 

Chow Time - Offer Foods that Birds Want to Eat


HOW TO FEED THE BIRDS AND THWART SQUIRRELS


The easiest way to attract birds is by placing a bird feeder somewhere visible 
from the house. Make sure the feeder stands in a sheltered location or under a 
tree as hawks cruise backyards shopping for a meal. You may not care to provide 
lunch for a hungry hawk, that can frighten the children and leave quite a 
disgusting mess. 

Buy a spring loaded feeder to thwart squirrels. You may think squirrels are 
cute but their appeal wears thin as they gobble up bird seed by the pound. A 
spring loaded feeder closes off access to bird seed as the weight of the 
squirrel pull it closed. Store birdseed in a metal container as squirrels, 
rats, and other unwanted critters can tear into a plastic tub. 

Black sunflower seed is popular with birds and has the high fat content birds 
need, especially in winter. It's cheaper than striped sunflower seed and has a 
softer shell. Thistle or niger seed is a tiny black seed best offered in a 
special feeder. It attracts chickadees, goldfinch, titmice, and other small 
songbirds. 

Do not buy the cheap bags of mixed seed. The red millet goes largely uneaten 
and the white safflower seed attracts pesky birds like starlings and grackles. 

A hummingbird feeder consists of an upended bottle with several feeding ports. 
Filled with commercial or homemade nectar, it will attract those amazing little 
creatures and keep them coming back. 

Suet Feeders are small wire cages to hold suet (a blend of fats and seeds) that 
attract Downy woodpeckers. Unfortunately, they also attract nuisance birds like 
Grackles and Starlings. 

WHITE BREASTED NUTHATCH AND HOUSE SPARROW ON FEEDER



DOWNY WOODPECKER ON A SUET FEEDER


Water


ATTRACT BIRDS TO A YARD BY OFFERING WATER
Of course, all living creatures need water which can be hard to come across in 
many urban and suburban neighborhoods. No back yard bird sanctuary can be 
without a water feature. 

You can go whole hog and dig a pond, buy an attractive bird bath, or merely 
keep a shallow basin filled with water. A fountain or waterfall in a pond 
provides the soothing sounds of splashing, so peaceful for you and attractive 
to birds. 

 If you decide on a pond, first do your research and do it right to avoid 
frustrating and costly mistakes. Check with local government to see if fences 
or permits are necessary for your area. In my domain, any pond over 2 feet deep 
needs to be sited in a fenced yard. In areas with cold winters, you need a 
depth of 3 feet so that fish and frogs can overwinter. 

Site the pond so that it gets some shade to avoid algae build-up. a fountain or 
waterfall moves the water and a filter cleans the water. You dont' want a 
stagnant pond stinking up your sanctuary. So do your homework. 

If you don't want the hard work or headaches of a pond, consider a bird bath or 
basin. Dont' set the water below a bird feeder as seed debris and bird 
droppings will quickly foul the water. Change the water frequently, every day 
in warmer months to avoid mosquitoes. Occasionally clean the bird bath with a 
scrub brush - it can get yucky. 

GARDEN POND - WATER ATTRACTS BIRDS


My niece put a pond in her yard and attracted one vary impressive bird. The 
Great blue heron is a magnificent creature, but the little girls became upset 
when the heron flew off with their goldfish and frogs. They eventually filled 
in the pond because my niece could not stand the screaming and crying every 
time the Great blue heron stopped by for lunch. 





Research and Plan




ATTRACT BIRDS BY OFFERING SHELTER
Your back yard bird sanctuary must offer shelter and natural food to attract 
birds. Stick to the native species which birds prefer. Native trees, shrubs, 
and plants long adapted to your region will thrive in local conditions. 

Native plants vary with the area you live in. consider planting zones as well 
as regional differences. Complete a list of the types of areas on your own 
property in order to select appropriate plants to match each site. think of 
several aspects of your property. 

	* Plant zone
	* Altitude
 * Are you on a slope? a rocky area? Is your yard in a large, field-like area, 
or are you surrounded by woods? 

	* Soil conditions - clay, sandy loam, acidic, alkaline
 * Moisture. Is there a low point on your property that is usually damp? Is 
there good dranage? does your local weather pattern fluctuate between a rainy 
season and drought? 

	* Sun, shade, or partial shade.
Do you have established plants on your property? If you have a mature tree or 
two, use these as the basis of your plan. consider the shade they cast and 
adapt your plans around the trees. 


Trees




Your first purchase should be trees. Trees provide you shade n summer so locate 
your tree in the most advantageous spot for maximized summer shade. You'll save 
money on the air conditioning and be able to enjoy time outdoors when it's hot. 

Locate large growing trees at the greatest distance from your home that your 
property allows. Threes will be the background of your masterpiece and enhance 
the beauty of your home. birds love trees for shelter, food, nesting, and just 
hanging out. 

Study available native species that offer year round interest to you and the 
birds alike. Many trees produce seeds and berries that attract birds. Mix in 
some evergreens for winter shelter and a lovely splash of green in grey winter 
months. 

Here are some trees to consider:
 * Birch trees vary in the type appropriate for your area. the beautiful white 
birch grows best in northern climates. River birches fare well in warmer areas. 
with their lovely, peeling, salmon colored bark, river birches provide year 
round interest and can grown to 75'. They will tolerate both spring flooding 
and summer drought. Yellow bird at 80' is attractive year round and prefers 
cool, moist conditions. 

	* Beech trees with their smooth silver bark are large trees for a large lot.
 * Ash (green, red, and swamp) grow up to 75' and tolerate both flooding and 
drought. White ash (50' - 100') is a fast grower with good fall color. 

 * Sycamores with their patchy peeling bark are beautiful trees that are 
adaptable to a variety of conditions. These are large growing trees for year 
round interest. 

 * Elms grow into tall, vase shaped trees perfect for shade. In the 1960's 
Dutch Elm disease destroyed these lovely trees and many still be considered a 
threat. Locate Dutch elm resistant specimens. 

 * Eastern Redbud is a small 20' - 30' tree with lovely heart shaped leaves and 
pink to lavender spring blossoms. 

 * Willow trees are beautiful and fast growing. They are the first to leaf out 
in spring and the last to hold their green in fall. Willows love moisture so if 
you have a wet spont, a willow would be perfect. However, fast growing trees 
die young so may break your heart. I'll never forget when our beautiful 
Wisconsin willow suddenly died - how my son and I sat on the back porch crying 
as the tree man tore it down. 

 * Oak trees are tall, long lived, noble trees with a great variety of types 
including the spectacular live oaks of the south, tall red oaks, and wide 
spreading white oaks. 

 * Maples come in a vast array of shapes, colors, and sizes. Sugar maples turn 
vibrant colors in fall and grow up to 100 feet tall. Silver, white, river, and 
soft maples become huge trees as well, but don't produce a spectacular fall 
display. 

	* American hornbeam is a slow grower up to 40' but can be short-lived. 
 * White fringetree is a small up to 35' tree with good fall color, and flowers 
in spring. 

 * Dogwoods are small trees, 25' - 30'. Pagoda produces spring flowers and 
enjoy some shade. The fruits attract birds. 

 * Cockspur hawthorn is another small tree that appreciates dry rocky places or 
low, rich slopes. 

 * Crab-apple (10' - 30') produces beautiful, fragrant spring flowers and sour 
little apples popular with birds. 

 * Evergreens provide year round color and year round shelter for birds. There 
are so many types of evergreens, it's easy to find several suitable types for 
your yard. White pine with its long, soft needles is a large, wide spreading, 
aromatic tree, attractive to birds for winter cover and food. Pitch pine (50' - 
75') provides food for birds and lives on slopes as well as moist 
areas. Virginiapine or Jersey pine is tolerant of moisture, grows 70' - 90' 
tall and provides food for birds. 



Shrubs




Native shrubs are attractive and adapted to your climate. they provide food and 
shelter for birds and beautify your property. Shrubs offer privacy and a wide 
variety of texture and color to your masterpiece. Shrubs can grow large as a 
small tree or be low growing. shrubs can be evergreen or flowering or have 
interesting color variations and leaf shapes. consider shrubs that offer 
berries that birds can eat during colder months. 

Some native shrubs for consideration:
 * American beautyberry or French mulberry is a tall shrub that flowers in 
summer and produces lavender berries in fall. 

 * New Jersey Tea bush is a small, tough shrub with white summer flowers and 
black fall fruits. 

 * Buttonbush, a tall shrub, needs sun to produce fragrant flowers. It 
tolerates both drought and flooding. 

 * Sweet pepperbush is another tall shrub that produces fragrant flowers. It is 
somewhat salt tolerant. 

 * Huckleberry, raspberry, blueberry, and blackberry are medium sized bushes 
that offer fruit to both birds and humans. 

 * Witch hazel can grow tall as a small tree and is noted for its fall color 
and winter blooms. 

 * Wild hydrangea grows 3' - 6' and flowers throughout the summer. Its leaves 
are poisonous to humans. 

 * Inkberry grows 6' - 10' and flowers n late spring. It produces black colored 
berries in winter and tolerates some salt flooding. 

 * Winterberry grows up to 12' tall and provides winder fruit for birds but the 
fruit is poisonous to humans. 

Plants




Many of our favorite perennials and ornamental flowers are native plants. 
Carefully select plants with a variety of blooming tines so that you will 
always have flowers. 

Flowers attract beneficial insects, bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.
If you dead-head flowers to encourage new blooms, end this practice as fall 
approaches. Allow flowers to go to seed, which provides food for smaller birds. 
some seeds that fall to the ground will propagate and spread your native 
flowers, growing your garden and saving money on plant purchases. 

Native flowering plants differ depending on your area of the country. But many 
area are home to several attractive flowering plants. 

 * Solidago, also called goldenrod is beautiful and adaptive to many 
conditions. there are many varieties of solidago. they make a great filler in 
floral arrangements and attract butterflies. 

 * Asters. there are many types of asters from the tiny white September aster 
to the tall growing, vividly purple New England Aster. the 6' New England aster 
can be trimmed back in summer so that the plants don't flop over from the wight 
of the fall flowers. Asters generally bloom from late summer into fall. 

 * Indigo or baptista is a shrub like plant that prefers sun to partial shade 
and produces blue to violet flowers in spring. 

 * Meadow rue come in both early blooming small and tall late blooming 
varieties. 

 * Columbine is a delicate 3' plant that enjoys sun to partial shade and bloom 
in a variety of colors in spring. 

 * Iris.The wild kind are smaller than the large hybrid irises and like 
moisture. 

 * Joe Pye Weed is a tall (6') showy plant with dark stems that contrast with 
bright, green leaves. It flowers a violet or pink fluffy bloom in late summer 
or early fall. 

 * Cone-flowers bloom yellow, white, and violet or purple. They prefer bright 
sunshine and spread easily. Goldfinch love the seeds in fall. 

 * Queen Anne's lace is a 3' plant with fern like leaves and a lovely round 
white, many bloomed flower. 

	* Phlox come in many sizes and produce tiny white to purple flowers.
 * Obedient plant or dragon-head is a tall lant with pink to purple flowers in 
summer. 

 * Prickly pear cactus, the only cactus native east of the Mississippi, 
produces luminous yellow flowers in June. 

	* Sundrops are small plants with yellow flowers.
 * Lobelia is a delphinium like blue flowering plant that blooms late summer to 
mid fall. 

	* Lupine produces flowers on spikes from May to June
 * Liatris is a tall, feathered spike that blooms white, pink, or purple and is 
popular in floral arrangements. 

 * Butterfly weed likes dry areas and is a bushy plant whose orange flowers 
attract butterflies. 

 * Snakeroot is a shade loving plant that produces spiky white flowers from 
June to September. 

 * Solomons seal is a shade loving plant with white edged leaves that dangles 
tiny white blooms in early spring. 

 * Robin's plantain grows a little over a foot tall, prefers partial shade and 
flowers all summer in shades of flue, pink, and white. It likes open woods, 
meadows, and roadsides. 





The Sanctuary


Going native is an involvement with your local environment and community. You 
can find native plants at some area nurseries. environmentally friendly 
organizations often have spring plant sales that offer native plants grown in 
your region. Clubs and organizations have sprung up around streams and 
watersheds as well as area parks and arboretums and encourage the use of native 
plants by holding plant fairs and sales. 

For most folks, going native all at once is an impossible task due to the cost 
and labor involved. Instead, replace dead or invasive, and non-native plants 
slowly over the years. Introduce a new plant or two every season. With an ever 
changing palette, your backyard masterpiece will evolve over the years 
providing ongoing interest. 

The joy of turning a blank canvas into a natural garden is an involement in the 
act of creation that leads to a spiritual connection with nature. 


Please spend a few moments of your busy life while browsing through the 
following website. Leave a comment to motivate 

me. thanx 
regards.

Link to the website:                        bit.ly/ueId3W

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Subject: Re: OCT 29 Bodega Bay Emergency Pelagic Trip - oops, delete all
From: Mary Gustafson <live4birds AT aol.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2011 13:27:10 -0400 (EDT)
Sorry, that was meant just for Debi. 


Mary Gustafson 
Mission, Texas



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Subject: Re: OCT 29 Bodega Bay Emergency Pelagic Trip
From: Mary Gustafson <live4birds AT aol.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2011 13:25:03 -0400 (EDT)
Holy cow, I think I can actually make this date. Hold me a seat while I check 
flights! 



Mary Gustafson 
Mission, Texas



-----Original Message-----
From: Debra Shearwater 
To: Debi Shearwater 
Sent: Mon, Oct 17, 2011 12:00 pm
Subject: [pelagics] OCT 29 Bodega Bay Emergency Pelagic Trip


 

Howdy, Birders,

For the second time in just a few months, Todd McGrath has found a 
WHITE-CHINNED PETREL. The most recent sighting was near CORDELL BANK 
on Sunday, October 16th. It was sitting on the water with a flock of 
Northern Fulmars. Excellent images were made, both in flight and on 
the water. Todd told me last night that this is not the same 
individual that he found on the September 6 Searcher trip:

http://socaltripreports.com/?p=331

Given these two WHITE-CHINNED records, and the two sightings of GREAT- 
WINGED PETREL (found by Abe Borker on August 26, Monterey Bay and 
Phil Hansbro on September 17, Half Moon Bay, both on Shearwater 
Journeys' trips), and reports by fishermen at Bodega Bay of recent 
sightings of SHORT-TAILED ALBATROSS, I've determined that an 
"emergency" pelagic trip at Bodega Bay is in order. In addition, 
seabirds were abundant at Bodega Canyon and Cordell Bank this past 
weekend. Late October and November are really great times to get out 
on the ocean. Most of the southern hemisphere breeders have departed, 
making the unusual or rare seabird stand out more readily, i.e. every 
one of Shearwater Journeys' October pelagic trips, from every port, 
found at least one FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER. Our Half Moon Bay trip on 
October 16th found four Flesh-footed Shearwaters and a LAYSAN ALBATROSS.

You do need a reservation. Here's the drill:

Date: SAT, OCT 29
Places of departure: PORT O'BODEGA
Meeting time: 6:30 am, sharp
Return time: about 5 pm
Boat fee: $230 per person
To make a reservation: Email your name, home address, cell phone to 
debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com and put your check in the mail, 
immediately. Reservations on a first-come, first-served basis. You 
will need to have a reply from me for a firm reservation.
Preparation: Dress very warmly, bring all food & drinks for the day. 
You must wear close-toed shoes.

I will be out of the office today and tomorrow. The best way to reach 
me is by email. Please watch my blog for updates, images and more 
information. See below, for Great-winged Petrel images:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2011_08_01_archive.html
http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2011/08/great-winged-petrel- 
additional-images.html
http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2011/08/breaking-news-great- 
winged-petrel.html

Jump on board!
Shearwaters and Auklets Forever,
Debi Shearwater

AKA: Annie Auklet in the movie, "The Big Year" now playing at a 
theater near you!

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

SVALBARD: High Arctic Seabirds & Polar Bears, Walrus: 28 June-8 July, 
2013

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Subject: Tropicbirds, Skua, Buller's, Sea Otter off San Diego - Oct 8 2011 Trip Report
From: "thunefeld" <thunefeld AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Oct 2011 19:26:57 -0000
Greetings,

The all day (13hour) Oct 8, 2011 Buena Vista Audubon Society GRANDE pelagic 
trip report is up with a few of Tom Blackman's photos and links to the Union 
Tribune article and the Channel 8 video/news report of the Sea Otter spotted by 
Dave Povey just off the Zuniga Jetty on our return home. 

	
http://socaltripreports.com/?p=401

The trip was a great success and an awful lot of fun. Buller's Shearwater, 
Least & Ashy Storm-petrels, South Polar Skua and 3 Red-billed Tropicbirds made 
it all the more fun. 


We're off again tomorrow morning to the edge of the Continental Shelf to hunt 
pterodromas on a 56 hour adventure on GRANDE courtesy of the Buena Vista 
Audubon Society. Wish us luck! 


http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/sandiegooct151756hr.html


Peace on earth.

W. Terry Hunefeld, Encinitas
Life is short.  Seabird often. 
In memory of Luke Cole and Mike San Miguel
"Come on out with us to see what's out there."

Southern California Seabirding Trips 
by: Buena Vista Audubon Society
http://www.SoCalBirding.com
Los Coronados Islands & Nine Mile Bank
all the way to the edge of the Continental Shelf

Our SoCal Pelagic "e-Newsletters"
http://www.facebook.com/SoCalPelagics
and
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SoCalBirding

A Few Of Our Seabird & Marine Mammal Adventures:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC4qRYFdjXo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABXQwF2vD2w
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8UdCYAOax0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyb8fBCsP0s





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Subject: Southern California White-chinned Petrel, 12 tropicbirds
From: "thunefeld" <thunefeld AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2011 02:20:00 -0000
(San Diego) The Trip Report, photos and video are now posted for the Labor Day 
week Southern California pelagic trip aboard SEARCHER featuring Todd McGrath's 
WHITE-CHINNED PETREL plus 12 Red-billed Tropicbirds and a pod of well 
photographed Baird's Beaked Whales. 


Full trip report, photos, video:  http://socaltripreports.com/?p=331 

The video only is posted at:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0a-c4tZz7M

So far in SoCal this summer we've seen Cook's Petrel, Dark-rumped Petrel and 
lots of tropicbirds near the shelf edge. The final pelagic trip this year to 
the shelf edge is aboard the Buena Vista Audubon Society charter of GRANDE on 
Oct 15-17. The 2010 October trip recorded Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel and 
Flesh-footed Shearwater. This trip is a "for sure" go, room for 8 more. 
http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/sandiegooct151756hr.html 


White-chinned Petrel   3:22 p.m.    6 Sept 2011
34°10'4.47"N      120°22'19.07"W
5.5 n  (10.5 km) miles N of San Miguel
17 n. miles . (31.7 km) S of Pt Conception

W. Terry Hunefeld, Encinitas
Life is short.  Seabird often. 
In memory of Luke Cole and Mike San Miguel
"Come on out with us to see what's out there."

Southern California Seabirding Trips 
by: Buena Vista Audubon Society
http://www.SoCalBirding.com
Los Coronados Islands & Nine Mile Bank
all the way to the edge of the Continental Shelf 




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Subject: SOCAL WHITE-CHINNED PETREL
From: "thunefeld" <thunefeld AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2011 17:22:53 -0000
(San Diego) SEARCHER returned from its Labor Day week pelagic from San Diego to 
the Channel Islands off Santa Barbara then out to the Shelf Edge, Rodriguez 
Dome and Bell Bank. 


The trip was full of Black-footed Albatrosses, Long-tailed Jaegers (65) and 
Red-billed Tropicbirds (12) but the big news came on Tuesday afternoon as we 
were departing the Channel Islands for the continental shelf… a WHITE-CHINNED 
PETREL came into the slick. 


Todd McGrath obtained awesome photos (one of them seen in this video) and I 
obtained some fuzzy video footage seen in this 40 second sneak-peek "movie 
trailer." The full trip report & video are currently in production as we await 
participants to process and email us some of their best photos. 


WHITE-CHINNED PETREL MOVIE TRAILER: 
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDathWSjSxo

So far in SoCal this summer we've seen Cook's Petrel, Dark-rumped Petrel and 
lots of tropicbirds near the shelf edge. The last trip this year to these 
waters is aboard the Buena Vista Audubon Society charter of GRANDE on Oct 
15-17. Last year we saw a Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel and Flesh-footed Shearwater 
on the October trip. The price is $325 but an early bird special through next 
Wednesday saves you $30. 
http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/sandiegooct151756hr.html 



W. Terry Hunefeld, Encinitas
Life is short.  Seabird often. 
In memory of Luke Cole and Mike San Miguel
"Come on out with us to see what's out there."

Southern California Seabirding Trips 
by: Buena Vista Audubon Society
http://www.SoCalBirding.com
Los Coronados Islands & Nine Mile Bank
all the way to the edge of the Continental Shelf




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Subject: Next Oregon Inlet, NC trip on Sept. 17 (18) from Wanchese
From: "J. BRIAN PATTESON" <patteson1 AT embarqmail.com>
Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2011 07:59:38 -0400
Seabirders,

Thanks to all who came on short notice so that we could run a pelagic 
trip from Wanchese, NC on Sunday, Sept. 4.  It was a beautiful day at 
sea, with the highlight being an adult Sabine's Gull that joined us for 
several minutes (photo on our trip report at www.seabirding.com/) .  We 
also saw two Long-tailed Jaegers, another seasonal specialty. 
Shearwaters were in lower numbers than they had been pre-Irene, but we 
almost always had some Great and Cory's around while we were in the Gulf 
Stream.  We also found a nice variety of non-avian sea life, including 
Pilot Whales, Leatherback and Loggerhead Sea Turtles, and a couple of 
Yellowfin Tuna, which joined us for the ride back to shore.

I have always liked September for pelagic birding off the Outer Banks, 
but we do not always schedule trips because attendance is hard to 
predict.  We have had a few more inquiries than usual this year about 
mid-September though, so I would like to run at least one more trip next 
weekend, Saturday, September 17, with a weather date that Sunday. 
Hatteras Island is still not acessible by road, so we are returning to 
Wanchese on Roanoke Island, where we are close to Oregon Inlet (a little 
closer than Manteo.)

The list of birds that we have seen on past NC September trips is long 
and varied. Trindade Petrel, Fea's Petrel, Black-capped Petrel, Bermuda 
Petrel, Cory's Shearwater, Great Shearwater, Manx Shearwater, Audubon's 
Shearwater, Wilson's Storm-Petrel, White-tailed Tropicbird, Red-billed 
Tropicbird, Masked Booby, Brown Booby, Red-necked Phalarope, Red 
Phalarope, Sabine's Gull, Sooty Tern, Bridled Tern, South Polar Skua, 
Pomarine Jaeger, Parasitic Jaeger, and Long-tailed Jaeger have all been 
recorded in mid to late September.  It is prime time for Sabine's Gull, 
a real rarity off the East Coast, and it is also peak time for juvenile 
Long-tailed Jaegers moving south.  Though we have not yet seen a 
White-faced Storm-Petrel on our trips off NC in September, they are 
annual visitors, and we have seen them before in September off southern 
Virginia.

Except for Band-rumped Storm-Petrels, which clear out in late August, 
pretty much all of the summer birds are still around in September, and 
it is cooler and less crowded on the Outer Banks, with post-summer motel 
rates.  Wanchese is just a few miles south of Manteo on Roanoke Island.

Please feel free to pass this along to interested parties.  This is as 
good time as any for a first pelagic trip.

Brian Patteson
Hatteras, NC
brian AT patteson.com
www.seabirding.com/



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Subject: SOCAL tropicbirds; Laysan; Cook’s & Dark-rumped Petrels
From: "thunefeld" <thunefeld AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 03 Sep 2011 16:19:29 -0000
The TRIP TRAX (showing exact locations of the Cook's & Dark-rumped Petrels, 
Laysan Albatross, Townsend's Storm-petrels, 7 Red-billed Tropicbirds) off 
Southern California is now posted along with the TRIP VIDEO of the August 15-16 
Buena Vista Audubon Society annual late summer 48-hour pelagic trip. Click on 
http://socaltripreports.com/?p=278 


The last deep water trip to the shelf edge from SoCal this season with space 
remaining (seen in previous years: Least, Leach's, Black and Ashy 
Storm-petrels, Laysan & BF Albatrosses, Flesh-footed and Buller's Shearwaters, 
RB Tropicbirds, Xantus's & Craveri's Murrelets, Cook's & Hawaiian Petrels) is 
sponsored by Buena Vista Audubon Society aboard GRANDE Oct 15-17: 

http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/sandiegooct151756hr.html

W. Terry Hunefeld, Encinitas
Life is short.  Seabird often. 
In memory of Luke Cole and Mike San Miguel
"Come on out with us to see what's out there."

Southern California Seabirding Trips 
by: Buena Vista Audubon Society
http://www.SoCalBirding.com
Los Coronados Islands & Nine Mile Bank
all the way to the edge of the Continental Shelf

Our SoCal Pelagic "e-Newsletters"
http://www.facebook.com/SoCalPelagics
and
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SoCalBirding

A Few Of Our Seabird & Marine Mammal Adventures:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC4qRYFdjXo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABXQwF2vD2w
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8UdCYAOax0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyb8fBCsP0s




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Subject: Pelagic Trip on Sept. 3 or 4 from Wanchese (Oregon Inlet), NC
From: "J. BRIAN PATTESON" <patteson1 AT embarqmail.com>
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2011 19:59:04 -0400
Finally got online w/ this computer for the first time since Saturday 
morning.  We need to make some sort of decision about running a pelagic 
trip this weekend by Thursday afternoon or evening.  I had proposed this 
trip a week ago to make up for what we lost last weekend, but loss of 
communications down here on the island ruined getting the word out.  I'm 
looking at the forecast, and it looks good for both Saturday and Sunday. 
I was hoping to go Saturday, but if for some reason there are more 
people who could go on Sunday, we will entertain that option, as we are 
presently underbooked for Saturday.  I went to Wanchese Monday and we 
put the boat back in the water, so as to be ready to run.  We had some 
great birding before the storm.  Many birds were no doubt displaced by 
the storm (tropicbirds in Delaware Bay on Sunday morning!), but 
hopefully they are making their way back down here on the cool 
northeasterly winds.  September is one of the best months of the year to 
go offshore but it is so often cursed w/ low bookings we don't run as 
many trips as we used to.  It is prime time for tropical terns and 
Long-tailed Jaegers.  We have seen nearly all of the rarities that occur 
here from June to August on trips in September.  And it will be much 
cooler than mid summer!

Wanchese is on Roanoke Island south of Manteo, so the trip gets to sea 
through Oregon Inlet, which was recently deepened and widened by Irene. 
Most of the White-faced Storm-Petrels seen off North Carolina have been 
found in late summer off Oregon Inlet.  Calm weather greatly increases 
the chances to spot one.   Getting out to sea also greatly helps your 
chances to see any of the pelagic seabirds off our coast.  It's exciting 
to look for these poor exhausted pelagic birds when they are driven 
inland by storms, but it is much nicer to see them feeding and doing 
well on the ocean.

Contact me ASAP if you are able to join us, so that we can settle on a 
date and confirm the trip.  It would be a shame to miss out on such a 
pretty weekend.  Hopefully e-mail is up for a while; if it goes down 
here, I should be able to get it nearby on my laptop.  The land line 
went down again but voice mail is working on  it at 252-986-1363, and my 
cell is up now at 252-216-9163.

Brian Patteson
Hatteras, NC
brian AT patteson.com
www.seabirding.com 



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Subject: Pelagic Trip Sat 9/3 from Wanchese, NC
From: Brian Patteson <patteson1 AT embarqmail.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2011 12:25:59 -0400
We are trying to run a pelagic trip from Wanchese, NC this Saturday, Sept. 3 
aboard our boat, the Stormy Petrel II, but we need a few more people to make it 
happen. We were just out from Wanchese on August 20, 22, 23, and 24 and we 
amassed a nice list of birds including Black-capped Petrel, Cory's, Great, 
Sooty (!), Manx, and Audubon's Shearwaters, Wilson's and Band-rumped 
Storm-Petrels, Masked Booby (two trips!), Red-necked Phalarope, Bridled and 
Sooty Terns, Pomarine and Long-tailed Jaegers, and South Polar Skua. We also 
saw some dark skuas which might have been one year old Great Skuas, but we need 
to do a bit more research on that. Overall there were good numbers of birds, 
especially shearwaters. 


Obviously, we need to know ASAP from interested parties so we can see if there 
are enough participants to run the trip. Unfortunately, I don't have internet 
at my house b/c of the recent storm, but my phone is working and I do have 
voice mail at 252-986-1363. So please call, do not reply to this e-mail as 
power is up and down and I might not be able to get e-mail for extended 
periods. Cell phones are not working down here in Hatteras, but should work in 
the Wanchese area when the time comes. 


The weather forecast is for light winds and slight seas this Saturday and with 
northeasterly winds over the next three or four days, so that should be good 
for the return of storm-shuffled birds and the arrival of fall migrants, such 
as juvenile Long-tailed Jaegers. Late summer is an excellent time to see a wide 
variety of species on a trip, and it is the best time to see Bridled and Sooty 
Terns. There is always a long shot chance for White-faced Storm-Petrel on trips 
from Oregon Inlet, where the water is a bit cooler than it is off Hatteras. 


For more information and to make a reservation, call me at 252-986-1363.

Brian Patteson
Hatteras, NC
brian AT patteson.com
www.seabirding.com
 

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Subject: SoCal Trip Report: 7 tropicbirds, Laysan, Cook’s & Dark-rumped Petrels
From: "thunefeld" <thunefeld AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2011 17:27:45 -0000
Greetings:

Following is the summary report of leader Paul Lehman re the sold-out (44 
birders) Buena Vista Audubon Society annual late summer 48-hour pelagic trip on 
the live-aboard GRANDE from San Diego to the shelf edge approx 135 n. miles off 
shore. The complete trip report, species lists and photos are in production and 
will be posted in about a week. 


There are two remaining live-aboard deep water trips from SoCal this season 
with spaces remaining (both of these annual trips are noted for their records 
of Least, Leach's, Black and Ashy Storm-petrels, Laysan & BF Albatrosses, 
Flesh-footed and Buller's Shearwaters, RB Tropicbirds, Craveri's Murrelets, 
Cook's & Hawaiian Petrels): 


SEARCHER Sept 5-9:
http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/searchersep592011.html

GRANDE  Oct 15-17:  
http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/sandiegooct151756hr.html

Terry Hunefeld, San Diego
Life is short.  Seabird often. 

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++


2011  Aug 15-17 GRANDE TRIP SUMMARY BY PAUL E. LEHMAN

The double-overnight pelagic trip aboard "Grande" from 7AM Mon to 7AM Weds 
(15-17 Aug) to the edge of the continental shelf well southwest of San Diego 
(in both San Diego and, mostly, Los Angeles County waters) recorded some 
excellent birds. Inshore it was calm and with just a light breeze; out at the 
edge of the shelf there was a 15-20mph NW wind (good for pterodromas!) and 
moderate swell and chop. Highlights included: 


As we left port Monday AM, there were THREE AMERICAN-type OYSTERCATCHERS (2 
Americans and 1 hybrid-type is our best guess!) and 1 Black Oystercatcher at 
Ballast Point. 


Inshore, Monday, we birded 9-Mile Bank and 30-Mile Bank, then headed SW. At the 
shelf-edge, Tuesday, we worked a ca. 44-nm line from NW to SE, mostly 87-95+nm 
south of San Clemente Island or 130-140nm SW of Point Loma. 


DARK-RUMPED PETREL: around mid-day Tuesday, one flew by the bow and quickly 
away, seen adequately by only several on board, and as a "large pterodroma" by 
most others. 


COOK'S PETREL: one seen well by almost everyone near the back of the boat early 
on Tuesday. 


LAYSAN ALBATROSS: one came in to the boat with Black-foots on Tuesday. 

RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD: total of SEVEN (!) seen on trip, one late Monday near 
Butterfly Bank, 5 in one relatively short stretch along shelf-edge on Tuesday 
AM, and one on the way back in late Tues; excellent views of several of them 
right around boat 


WILSON'S STORM-PETREL: one made a single pass past the bow and continued away 
in San Diego County waters on Monday, 17.5nm W of Point Loma 


OTHER SPECIES SEEN INCLUDE:

Western Grebe:  1 swimming in ocean 17.5 miles offshore (!) on Monday

Black-footed Albatross: ca. 7 total, though difficult to determine total due to 
constant presence of birds behind the boat on Tues 


Leach's Storm-Petrel:  150+ total, including many dark-rumped; 2 in SD Co.

Ashy Storm-Petrel:  3 SD waters, 3 LA waters

1600 Black Storm-Petrels: 1500 of which in one raft on 9-Mile Bank

Least Storm-Petrel:  1 briefly seen by few in the large BLSP raft

Xantus's Murrelet: 3 scrippsi near 30-mile Bank and 2 HYPOLEUCUS at shelf edge

Rhinoceros Auklet:  3 unseasonal birds total, 2 SD, 1 LA

Sabine's Gull: 15, including several birds starting only 2-3 miles off Pt Loma

Long-tailed Jaeger: 11 total, with 4 in SD Co. waters

Arctic Tern: 4

and….. the usual Pink-foots, Sooties, Pomarines, phalaropes, Cassin's, 15 
Common Terns, etc…. two land birds landed on board--Eurasian Collared-Dove and 
Brown-headed Cowbird.... the dove rode with us all the way back to Point Loma 
after consuming several dishes of water and some French Toast. 


In all, good numbers of birds at 9-Mile and 30-Mile Banks and then the usual 
long stretches with relatively few birds as one got well offshore, but there 
certainly was fine quality!!! 


--Paul Lehman,  San Diego




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Subject: Recent and Upcoming Pelagic Trips from Hatteras and Oregon Inlet, NC
From: "J. BRIAN PATTESON" <patteson1 AT embarqmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2011 10:52:40 -0400
Seabirders,

We just had a couple of more good pelagic trips from Hatteras on August 
6 and 7.  On August 6 we saw hundreds of shearwaters and several 
jaegers, as well as the regular deep water birds- Black-capped Petrel 
and Band-rumped Storm-Petrel.  I had high hopes for South Polar Skua as 
we had seen a few in the area on Friday during a fishing trip on our 
boat, but no such luck.  The wind breezed up a bit by Sunday morning, 
and the shearwater flocks had dispersed.  We started chumming near the 
shelf break and at 8:48 a light morph Trindade Petrel came zipping in 
the sniff the slick.  It remained in view for a couple of minutes.  For 
the next three hours or so we tacked offshore, chumming along the way 
and stopping occasionally.  Birds were sparse at times, but Band-rumped 
Storm-Petrels were with us most of the time, along with just a few 
Wilson's.  Black-capped Petrels also made several visits to the slick, 
and around 11:15 another Trindade Petrel, darker than the first but not 
as dark as some, came in and made a nice pass.  This one stayed in view 
for a few minutes as it circled around with a small flock of shearwaters 
a few hundred yards out.  The inshore tack was still good for 
Band-rumps, and we had them all the way back to the shelf waters.  What 
a difference from the previous weekend when there were hundreds of 
Wilson's but hardly any Band-rumped Storm-Petrels!  I was a bit 
surprised not to see any Bridled or Sooty Terns all weekend, but we did 
not see much flotsam in the scatterd Gulf Weed, and that is a big factor 
for Bridled Terns.  We did see a few Bridleds on Friday, August 5, and 
there should some moving northward now, both adults and young of the 
year.

Our next pelagic trips are set for August 13 and 14 from Hatteras. 
Space is available on those trips.  Last year we saw a mega-rarity on 
August 14- Black-bellied Storm-Petrel!  For what it's worth, birders on 
a boat trip  from Madeira just saw a Black-bellied Storm-Petrel there 
TWO DAYS AGO.  Looking ahead to the forecast, the winds are going to be 
from the northeast tomorrow, from the east Friday, from the southeast 
and south on Saturday, and then southwest on Sunday.  Shifting winds 
generally make for interesting pelagic birding here, and it is not much 
different from the set-up for last weekend.  We had light easterlies 
last Friday and a moderate sou'wester on Sunday, when we saw the 
Trindade Petrels.  The list of seabird species seen here in mid to late 
August over past years is long and includes many rarities, as well as 
seasonal specialties such as the tropical terns.

On August 19, we are heading up to Wanchese, NC.  From there we will be 
running pelagic trips off Oregon Inlet on several days from August 20 to 
August 27 or 28, depending on bookings.  So far, we have five days 
confirmed- August 20 (weather date next day), and August 22, 23, 24 
(weather date Aug 25), and August 27 (weather date 28.)  Details are 
available on our website- www.seabirding.com/; because there is still 
space, we are offering single day bookings for the "Free Range 
Adventure" 3 day set weekday trips- Aug. 22-25.  It is worth noting that 
these trips could spend more time in White-faced Storm-Petrel habitat, 
but we do not plan to go there every day unless there are good numbers 
and diversity of birds to the east and northeast of the inlet.  Last 
year there there was great birding east of Oregon Inlet in late August, 
but we did not find a White-faced.  Perhaps this year will be better. 
We are limiting the trips on August 22 to 25 to 18 passengers max.  At 
this point, these are our last pelagic trips planned for this summer, 
although we could add a trip or two if there is sufficient demand.

Brian Patteson
Hatteras, NC
brian AT patteson.com
www.seabirding.com/ 



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Subject: August Grande Pelagic SOLD OUT
From: "thunefeld" <thunefeld AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 01 Aug 2011 00:51:47 -0000
Greetings,

The fourth annual Buena Vista Audubon Society Summer 48-hour Live-aboard 
Pelagic trip aboard Grande to the edge of the Continental Shelf on Aug 15-16 
has SOLD OUT for the fourth year. Point Loma Sportfishing is maintaining a 
backup list. 

http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/sandiegoaug151648hr.html

There are still some spots available on North America's most luxurious birding 
live-aboard, SEARCHER, embarking on its eighth annual 4-day Labor Day week trip 
through the Channel Islands then out to the edge of the Continental Shelf. 
Rarities and mega-rarities are found on nearly every Labor Day week trip 
because we cover so much territory for such a prolonged period of time – and do 
it all in luxury with the amazing Chef Chaz doing his best to ensure that we 
gain weight. This wonderful trip featuring whales, dolphins and rare seabirds 
is an amazing experience for birders and non-birders alike and is a 
once-in-a-lifetime experience. 


Details of the SEARCHER Labor Day Week Live-aboard Pelagic: 
http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/searchersep592011.html

If you've been wondering what it's like on a pelagic trip from SoCal, you can 
get a "sneak peek" inside and onboard our three primary vessels: SEARCHER, 
GRANDE, and CONDOR EXPRESS. 

http://tinyurl.com/pelagics-sneak-peek

The Status & Distribution of SoCal Pelagic Birds can be viewed at: 
http://socalbirding.com/seabirdreference.html

Peace on earth.

W. Terry Hunefeld, Encinitas
Life is short.  Seabird often. 
In memory of Luke Cole and Mike San Miguel
"Come on out with us to see what's out there."

Southern California Seabirding Trips 
by: Buena Vista Audubon Society
http://www.SoCalBirding.com
Los Coronados Islands & Nine Mile Bank
all the way to the edge of the Continental Shelf

Our SoCal Pelagic "e-Newsletters"
http://www.facebook.com/SoCalPelagics
and
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SoCalBirding

A Few Of Our Seabird & Marine Mammal Adventures:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC4qRYFdjXo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABXQwF2vD2w
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8UdCYAOax0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyb8fBCsP0s




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Subject: Re: Macaronesian Shearwater
From: Michael Force <pagodroma AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2011 10:00:56 -0700 (PDT)
Thanks to those who pointed out my error. For the record, the bird was seen 165 
nautical miles EAST of Nantucket, not west. Furthermore, depending on what one 
thinks regarding nomenclature, it could also be Barolo Shearwater. 

 
Michael Force
currently aboard NOAA ship Henry B. Bigelow
about 140 nautical miles ESE of Nantucket

pagodroma AT yahoo.com

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Subject: Re: Breaking News: Storm-Petrels
From: jmarcos AT seo.org
Date: 29 Jul 2011 00:21:46 +0200
Seré fora de l'oficina fins el 24 d'agost 

Estaré fuera de la oficina hasta el 24 de agosto

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Subject: Re: Update: July 30, 31, August 1 Half Moon Bay
From: jmarcos AT seo.org
Date: 28 Jul 2011 18:04:55 +0200
Seré fora de l'oficina fins el 24 d'agost 

Estaré fuera de la oficina hasta el 24 de agosto

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Subject: Re: New seabird book
From: jmarcos AT seo.org
Date: 27 Jul 2011 00:10:14 +0200
Seré fora de l'oficina fins el 24 d'agost 

Estaré fuera de la oficina hasta el 24 de agosto

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Subject: Re: Kishfisher - Mobile uploads
From: jmarcos AT seo.org
Date: 26 Jul 2011 02:49:19 +0200
Seré fora de l'oficina fins el 24 d'agost 

Estaré fuera de la oficina hasta el 24 de agosto

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Subject: Kishfisher - Mobile uploads
From: Chelsie Chelsie liz mesina <chelsiechelsielizmesina AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2011 17:49:04 -0700 (PDT)
I was lucky to have shot this picture. This picture is of last august and i 
dedicated to my late girl friend debby. She was there with my that day when i 
took this picture with my mobile. 


                                      
  http://mobile-uploads-kingfisher.notlong.com 


Peace


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Subject: Re: Petrels, Tropicbirds, and Upcoming NC Pelagic Trips
From: jmarcos AT seo.org
Date: 24 Jul 2011 20:54:33 +0200
Seré fora de l'oficina fins el 24 d'agost 

Estaré fuera de la oficina hasta el 24 de agosto

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Subject: Petrels, Tropicbirds, and Upcoming NC Pelagic Trips
From: "J. BRIAN PATTESON" <patteson1 AT embarqmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2011 14:54:04 -0400
Seabirders,

After having a great winter and an excellent spring pelagic season, 
summer is shaping up nicely off Hatteras.  We were out both days last 
weekend (July 16 and 17) and had a most memorable trip on Sunday seeing 
12 species of pelagic seabirds, including two Trindade Petrels, two Manx 
Shearwaters (a good midsummer find), and four or five White-tailed 
Tropicbirds!  Although we had not been out for a few weeks prior to 
that, it has been a record setting summer for tropicbirds and Trindade 
Petrels out in the deep, based on survey reports from a NOAA ship 
running transects off NC in early July.  The tropicbirds have been more 
numerous than usual since late May and early June, when we saw the most 
we have ever seen in spring.

It remains to be seen how long the tropicbird and Trindade Petrel summer 
will continue, but if this is anything like previous tropicbird 
incursions during the mid 1990's, we should have more encounters through 
August.  Our next trips are planned for July 30, July 31, and August 1. 
Although there are just a few spaces left on July 30, we still have 
plenty of room on the next two trips.  We also have plenty of room on 
all of our August trips at this point, with trips scheduled for every 
weekend next month.  The latter trips tend to be better for Bridled and 
Sooty Terns, as they are just beginning to disperse northward after 
nesting.  Shearwaters were abundant on the trips we have run so far this 
summer, with many Cory's and Great Shearwaters around this month. 
Juvenile Audubon's Shearwaters are starting to show up here, and we were 
able to find Manx Shearwaters in the larger mixed species flocks on both 
of the last two trips.  We also saw South Polar Skuas on two of three 
trips we ran this month.  Photo ops have been excellent, with good 
set-ups for no less then ten species of pelagic seabirds (not counting 
local terns) on the last trip.

To find out more about these trips, please visit our website, where we 
have a wealth of information and many helpful photos taken right from 
the deck of our boat.  Kate Sutherland has been keeping the site up to 
date, and you can read about last weekend's trips in more detail in her 
trip report.  There is also an extensive set of daily reports from the 
trips we ran this spring.  Those were some good trips, but the summer 
trips can be just as good, often better, for some species of interest. 
There are no juvenile Bridled or Sooty Terns around during spring, and 
with the exception of this year, we seldom see White-tailed Tropicbirds 
before June.  Numbers of large tubenoses are almost always higher in 
summer, and some of our biggest counts of Black-capped Petrels ever were 
made in July and August.  Likewise for Band-rumped Storm-Petrel.  There 
have also been some shocking mega-rarities in July and August, including 
Swinhoe's and Black-bellied Storm-Petrels, and Cape Verde Shearwater. 
While it is true that vagrants such as those are few and far between, 
the only way to ever see them in the Western North Atlantic is to get 
out on a trip, and Cape Hatteras is the closest point to the action.

Brian Patteson
Hatteras, NC
brian AT patteson.com
www.seabirding.com/ 



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Subject: Re: naturalist's color guide
From: Andy Paterson <andy.birds AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Jul 2011 10:57:08 +0200
I think not, sorry. In any case, in the pelagic realm the Kodak scale or
similar would be much more adequate, with perhaps the browns and
grey-browns. Further, there is always the problem of indvividual perception
of colours to take in to account and the feasibility of lugging such a time
around in the field.

Regards

Andy Paterson

Torremolinos, España
*
*


On 21 July 2011 23:49, Ian Paulsen  wrote:

> **
>
>
> HI ALL:
> I've been talking with a publisher about the marketable of doing a NEW
> naturalist's color guide like Ridgway's (1912) and Smithe's (1974-1981)
> guides. If you're not familiar with these guides, a sample page from
> Smithe's guide can be found here:
>
>
> 
http://birdbookerreport.blogspot.com/p/sample-page-from-smithes-naturalists_21.html 

>
> Would you be interested in such a guide?
>
> sincerely
> --
>
> Ian Paulsen
> Bainbridge Island, WA, USA
> Visit my BIRDBOOKER REPORT blog here:
> http://birdbookerreport.blogspot.com/
>  
>



-- 
Andy

Torremolinos, España
*
*****
** 
http://birding-the-costa.blogspot.com* NEW  01/07:* ***GUADALHORCE*

http://guiri-pajarero-suelto.blogspot.com  *NUEVO 01/07: GUADALHORCE *


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Subject: Re: Deep sea Pelagics off Lima, Peru suspended.
From: jmarcos AT seo.org
Date: 22 Jul 2011 10:34:58 +0200
Seré fora de l'oficina fins el 24 d'agost 

Estaré fuera de la oficina hasta el 24 de agosto

I'll be out of office till August 24th




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Subject: Re: naturalist's color guide
From: jmarcos AT seo.org
Date: 21 Jul 2011 23:47:23 +0200
Seré fora de l'oficina fins el 24 d'agost 

Estaré fuera de la oficina hasta el 24 de agosto

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Subject: Re: Seabird adventures from the South seas
From: jmarcos AT seo.org
Date: 21 Jul 2011 19:48:39 +0200
Seré fora de l'oficina fins el 24 d'agost 

Estaré fuera de la oficina hasta el 24 de agosto

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Subject: Re: Re: Hand Feeding Birds in My Locality
From: jmarcos AT seo.org
Date: 19 Jul 2011 23:15:17 +0200
Seré fora de l'oficina fins el 24 d'agost 

Estaré fuera de la oficina hasta el 24 de agosto

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Subject: Re: Hand Feeding Birds in My Locality
From: "John Hansen" <majorhart AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2011 15:55:55 -0500
This is true and this list is reserved for Pelagics only.

Would the person that posted this take it to my 
birdworld_international AT yahoogroups.com (14 members) or 
birdworld AT yahoogroups.com. (110 members) 


Thanks

John Hansen  -list owner

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Andy Paterson 
  To: pelagics AT yahoogroups.com 
  Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2011 3:29 PM
  Subject: Re: [pelagics] Hand Feeding Birds in My Locality


    
  These photos may well have been taken in southern Spain or northern Morocco
  from the species variety. There is no way that any of these have been
  feeding from the hand and they have all obviously been mist-netted.

  Moderator, this person has no place in this group as none of these are
  pelagic spp.

  Regards,

  Andy Paterson

  Torremolinos, España
  *
  *****
  ** 
  http://birding-the-costa.blogspot.com* NEW 01/07:* ***GUADALHORCE*

  http://guiri-pajarero-suelto.blogspot.com *NUEVO 01/07: GUADALHORCE *

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Subject: Re: Re: Hand Feeding Birds in My Locality
From: jmarcos AT seo.org
Date: 19 Jul 2011 22:30:04 +0200
Seré fora de l'oficina fins el 24 d'agost 

Estaré fuera de la oficina hasta el 24 de agosto

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Subject: Re: Hand Feeding Birds in My Locality
From: Andy Paterson <andy.birds AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2011 22:29:42 +0200
These photos may well have been taken in southern Spain or northern Morocco
from the species variety. There is no way that any of these have been
feeding from the hand and they have all obviously been mist-netted.

Moderator, this person has no place in this group as none of these are
pelagic spp.

Regards,


Andy Paterson

Torremolinos, España
*
*****
** 
http://birding-the-costa.blogspot.com* NEW  01/07:* ***GUADALHORCE*

http://guiri-pajarero-suelto.blogspot.com  *NUEVO 01/07: GUADALHORCE *


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Subject: Re: Hand Feeding Birds in My Locality
From: jmarcos AT seo.org
Date: 19 Jul 2011 21:58:29 +0200
Seré fora de l'oficina fins el 24 d'agost 

Estaré fuera de la oficina hasta el 24 de agosto

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Subject: Hand Feeding Birds in My Locality
From: Chelsie Chelsie liz mesina <chelsiechelsielizmesina AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2011 12:58:06 -0700 (PDT)
Me, my father and others went on this tour near our locality and fed the birds 
in our locality. The tour was great and for someone who enjoys the company of 
birds - i really enjoyed it. i truly hope that you all will love this 
compilation of pictures. 

http://hand-feeding-birds.notlong.com


PS: 
Since it's my first post to the group-members.......so feedback would be highly 
helpful.....give me ideas ........anything. 



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Subject: The Ultimate North America Live-Aboard Seabirding Pelagic Trip
From: "thunefeld" <thunefeld AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2011 16:54:11 -0000
Greetings,

The Channel Islands and Deep Water Pelagic Week aboard North America's most 
luxurious birding live-aboard, SEARCHER, find rarities and mega-rarities on 
nearly every trip. The diverse array of birds seen from SEARCHER is a result of 
a diverse itinerary - from near-shore to inter-islands to the edge of the 
Continental Shelf. 


September SEARCHER trips from 2003-2010 have amassed an amazing list of 
species: Black-footed Albatross, Northern Fulmar, Murphy's Petrel, Cook's 
Petrel, Hawaiian Petrel, Flesh-footed Shearwater, Buller's Shearwater, 
Pink-Footed Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, Black-vented Shearwater, Least 
Storm-Petrel, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Ashy Storm-Petrel, Black Storm-Petrel, 
Red-billed Tropicbird, Red-necked Phalarope, Red Phalarope, South Polar Skua, 
Pomarine Jaeger, Parasitic Jaeger, Long-tailed Jaeger, Sabine's Gull, Arctic 
Tern, Pigeon Guillemot, Common Murre, Xantus's Murrelet, Craveri's Murrelet, 
Cassin's Auklet, Rhinoceros Auklet. 


Both the bird life and marine mammal sightings are exceptional on this annual 
pelagic. 5 species of whales and 5 species of dolphin would not be considered 
unusual during this Labor Day week excursion. Add to that flying fish, mola 
mola, an assortment of shark and a little deep sea fishing, and the trip is fun 
for everyone, especially a birding enthusiast and a spouse. 


The SEARCHER pelagic consists of 4 solid days at sea, departing on Labor Day 
morning, returning the following Friday morning at dawn. There is nothing quite 
like being on such a luxurious craft with like-minded people, all sharing an 
interest in the wonders of life over the ocean. 


Many birders come from Europe or the east coast of the U.S. to participate in 
these trips, and many of them do additional birding in SoCal while they're out 
here. This year SEARCHER has teamed up with the Buena Vista Audubon Society to 
sponsor a field trip to the Salton Sea led by Todd McGrath on Saturday 
September 4. This trip is limited exclusively to Searcher registrants. 


SEARCHER departs San Diego on Labor Day morning. We spend the day birding our 
way up San Diego's famous Nine Mile bank and other underwater banks, ridges and 
canyons. The morning of our second day at sea finds us in the northern Channel 
Islands. From there we travel north and west to the deeper waters, west past 
Point Conception to Arguello Canyon and perhaps the Rodriguez Dome. 


The third day finds us in two-mile deep waters where we explore the known 
pterodroma corridors beyond the San Juan Seamount and other seamounts at and 
beyond the edge of the Continental Shelf. 


Please join us for a week of fun and adventure while being pampered by the crew 
of SEARCHER. 


Details of the SEARCHER Labor Day Week Live-aboard Pelagic: 
http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/searchersep592011.html

The SEARCHER trip logs contain more detailed information of past trip 
sightings: 

http://www.bajawhale.com/wildlife-tours/pelagic-birding-tours

The Status & Distribution of SoCal Pelagic Birds can be viewed at: 
http://socalbirding.com/seabirdreference.html

Details of the Salton Sea Day Trip: 
http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/saltonseasep42011.html

Peace on earth.

W. Terry Hunefeld, Encinitas
Life is short.  Seabird often. 
In memory of Luke Cole and Mike San Miguel
"Come on out with us to see what's out there."

Southern California Seabirding Trips 
by: Buena Vista Audubon Society
http://www.SoCalBirding.com
Los Coronados Islands & Nine Mile Bank
all the way to the edge of the Continental Shelf

Our SoCal Pelagic "e-Newsletters"
http://www.facebook.com/SoCalPelagics
and
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SoCalBirding

A Few Of Our Seabird & Marine Mammal Adventures:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC4qRYFdjXo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABXQwF2vD2w
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8UdCYAOax0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyb8fBCsP0s







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Subject: MD birding history - 1973 announcement of first winter pelagic trip
From: Phil Davis <pdavis AT ix.netcom.com>
Date: Wed, 06 Jul 2011 11:58:33 -0400
MOS / Pelagics listservers:

As a part of my historical rarities documentation canvass, I 
sometimes run across tidbits of MD/DC birding history. At the link, 
below, I have posted a copy of the flier that announced Maryland's 
first winter pelagic trip (1973). Check out the price of the trip.

 http://mddcrc-blog.posterous.com/birding-history-announcement-of-mds-first-win 

(the apparent truncation is OK)

Enjoy!

Phil


===================================================
Phil Davis, Secretary
MD/DC Records Committee
2549 Vale Court
Davidsonville, Maryland  21035     USA
301-261-0184
mailto:PDavis AT ix.netcom.com

MD/DCRC Web site:  http://www.MDBirds.org/mddcrc/rcindex.html
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Subject: 48-Hour California Pelagic for petrels, tropicbirds, murrelets
From: "thunefeld" <thunefeld AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 03 Jul 2011 13:34:40 -0000
Greetings

Join us this August on our 48-hour live-aboard pelagic trip aboard Grande as we 
search for Red-billed Tropicbirds, Craveri's Murrelet, Cook's and Hawaiian 
Petrels, 3 subspecies of Leach's Storm-Petrels and Mexican Exotics like 
Wedge-tailed Shearwater and Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel. 


Last year we saw (in U.S. waters) Brown Boobies, Black-footed Albatrosses, 
Skuas, Red-billed Tropicbirds, Pomarine, Parasitic and Long-tailed Jaegers, 
Buller's Shearwaters, Sabine's Gulls, Arctic Terns, 4 species of Storm-Petrels 
(Black, Least, Ashy and Leach's), Blue Whales, Pacific White-sided Dolphin, Fin 
and Baird's Beaked Whales, Guadalupe Fur Seals and 4 pods of 
seldom-seen-this-well Baird's Beaked Whales. 


This trip sold out in 2009 and 2010. This year's trip is a "for sure go" with 
only ten remaining spots available. We depart Monday morning August 15 and 
return at dawn Wednesday morning August 17 in time to catch a plane out or get 
to work by 9 a.m. 


Details on the trip and the status of the above named species can be found at:
http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/sandiegoaug151648hr.html

W. Terry Hunefeld, Encinitas


"Come on out with us to see what's out there."

Southern California Seabirding Trips 
by: 
Buena Vista Audubon Society

http://www.SoCalBirding.com

Los Coronados Islands & Nine Mile Bank

all the way to the edge of the Continental Shelf

Our SoCal Pelagic "e-Newsletters"

http://www.facebook.com/SoCalPelagics
and
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SoCalBirding

A Few Of Our Seabird & Marine Mammal Adventures:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC4qRYFdjXo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABXQwF2vD2w

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8UdCYAOax0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyb8fBCsP0s






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Subject: Recent and Upcoming Pelagic Trips from NC, USA
From: "J. BRIAN PATTESON" <patteson1 AT embarqmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2011 14:18:06 -0400
Dear Seabirders,

I'll try to keep this brief, but I wanted to get the word out to 
interested parties.  If you do not care to hear about these trips, let 
us know and we can take care of that.

First, we need a few more people if we are going to run a pelagic trip 
this Saturday, June 25.  That is surprising to me, as our trips on June 
11 and 12 were pretty well attended, and we had good birding, including 
three White-tailed Tropicbirds seen together on June 12.  So far, we 
have seen more White-tailed Tropicbirds than ever before in spring- five 
trips so far.  I don't know if it will hold up for the summer, but we 
can hope.  To me, it's the best sign we have had since the mid 90's for 
White-tails.

Let us know ASAP if you would like to come birding offshore this 
Saturday.  The Hatteras trips are $160/person this year.  We probably 
should have added on a fuel surcharge, but we did not.

If you haven't kept up with our website lately, please check it out. 
Kate Sutherland has done a great job in posting regular updates about 
what we have seen this spring (daily for the spring blitz of 17 trips 
over 18 days- May 20 to June 6.)  She has also posted all of the trip 
lists for those dates, as well as those for June 11 and 12, and has been 
working through our backlog of past season summer trip lists.  Our 
website is at www.seabirding.com/  There is also some other new stuff 
out there from our trips that you might not have seen, like our You Tube 
channel- http://www.youtube.com/user/gadflypetrel , where we have both 
new and old footage.  There you will find a recent tropicbird and some 
Risso's Dolphins from June 12 as well as an incredible showing of 
Pomarine Jaegers from May 2002.  We are also now on Twitter- 
http://www.twitter.com/#!/Seabirding#!/Seabirding

Summer is still a good time for pelagic birding off Cape Hatteras and is 
better than spring for several species.  With just a few exceptions 
(Sooty Shearwater and Arctic Tern), pretty much everything that we see 
or have seen in spring has occurred several times, if not regularly, in 
summer.  European Storm-Petrel is probably the only rarity that we have 
yet to encounter past early June.  Last year we had a pretty good run of 
Trindade Petrels in mid summer.  This is a species which has probably 
been moving by hundreds of miles to the east this spring, but when 
conditions are right during the summer, it can be somewhat regular, 
albeit very rare.

All of our summer trip dates can be found on our website, but if you 
have a group and would like to arrange a trip during a weekday or on 
another weekend, let us know.  We do offer private charters on our boat, 
and these are only slightly more than a regular trip if you can round up 
eight or more people.  We are also in the process of making our smaller 
commercial boat into a part time charter boat, and when she is ready 
(hopefully this summer) we will have another option for smaller groups 
(up to six passengers.)

In addition to the standard offering of pelagic trips from Hatteras this 
July and August, we are hoping to run a few from Wanchese during late 
August.  On those trips we would explore the waters east and southeast 
of Oregon Inlet, where the water is typically a bit cooler than it is 
off Hatteras Inlet and where there is a better chance for seeing 
White-faced Storm-Petrels.  Going up there is an expensive undertaking 
for us, however, so we need to know a few weeks ahead of time that we 
have enough registrations to justify renting a slip and making the 
longer runs offshore.

I hope that you can join us on a pelagic trip sometime soon, but if not, 
please pass this information along to someone else who might want to. 
Summer is a great time to go offshore for either the first time or the 
50th time.

Brian Patteson
Hatteras, NC
brian AT patteson.com
www.seabirding.com/ 



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Subject: Vancouver Island Pelagic Trip 18th Sept
From: "Paul" <tuff-puffin AT shaw.ca>
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2011 03:48:30 -0000
Hello,

WildResearch, a Vancouver base non-profit, is pleased to be offering a pelagic
birding trip departing from Ucluelet on the Sunday the 18th September 2011. The
ship we will be using is the M.V. Frances Barkley, a 39m (128ft), 300 ton
coastal freighter. The cost per person is $200 for WildResearch members.

For details visit: www.wildresearch.ca

Thanks,

Paul Levesque
Vancouver BC




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