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19 Feb Frigatebirds in Galapagos ID Help Request [burkekorol ]
13 Oct Swinhoe's Storm Petrels in Singapore [Pete Fraser ]
29 Sep RECENT MONTEREY BAY PELAGIC TRIPS with Shearwater Journeys [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
22 Sep CALIFORNIA PELAGIC NEWS [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
7 Sep Loads of Food for Marine Life: Trip Report Monterey Bay: Sep 3, 2016 [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
2 Sep September & October CA Pelagic Trips [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
2 Sep Mokpo Ferry for Swinhoe's Storm Petrels [James Holmes ]
21 Aug Pelagic Sightings Offshore New York, 8/19/2016 [Derek Rogers ]
16 Aug Central California: Pelagic Trip Report: August 13 [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
10 Aug California Central Coast Seabirding [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
1 Aug Bonifacio Corsica ferry pelagic [James Holmes ]
28 Jul Bering Sea cruise to St. Matthew Island, Alaska, summer 2017 [John Puschock ]
27 Jul BEAT THE HEAT! TAKE A PELAGIC TRIP: CENTRAL CA [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
19 Jul Aleutian pelagic May 29-June 2, 2016 trip report [John Puschock ]
19 Jul Attu, Alaska May 2016 trip report [John Puschock ]
30 May Pelagic sightings off Long Island, NY: SoPo Skua, Leach's Storm-Petrels and Arctic Terns [Angus Wilson ]
28 Apr Shearwater Journeys: 2016 Pelagic Trips [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
9 Apr Far North pelagic Wed 12 April ["'Detlef Davies' via Seabird News" ]
27 Mar 3.26.2016 Kona, Hawaii pelagic trip (#ManuConservation) [Lance Tanino ]
25 Mar Chatham & Taiko expedition [Robert Flood ]
25 Mar Rarest of the Rare: Chatham Island Petrel, by Peter Harrison [Apex Expeditions ]
7 Feb Seabird video [Robert Flood ]
4 Feb Chatham Island Petrel [Kirk Zufelt ]
20 Dec Brief Mexico,Bermuda and Japan updates. [Kirk Zufelt ]
2 Dec Mexico Pelagic 2015 - Ainley's Storm-Petrel [John Brodie-Good ]
23 Nov Flight video of Bermuda Petrel [Robert Flood ]
18 Nov Bermuda Petrel special [Robert Flood ]
17 Nov Video of Bermuda Petrel on Nonsuch [Robert Flood ]
11 Nov Good Cahow activity off breeding islands Nov. 10 [Brian Patteson ]
7 Nov THE LAST PELAGIC FROM LIMA, PERU, EVER? November 23. [Gunnar Engblom ]
6 Oct HALF MOON BAY PELAGIC TRIP REPORT: OCT 4 [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
6 Oct Monterey Bay Pelagic Report: October 3, 2015 [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
28 Sep MONTEREY BAY, CALIFORNIA TRIP REPORT: SEP 27, 2015 [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
26 Sep September 26 Monterey Bay, California Pelagic Report [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
25 Sep Monterey Bay is HOT! [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
22 Sep SEP 19, 2015 Kona, Hawaii Pelagic Report [Lance Tanino ]
21 Sep SEP 20, Half Moon Bay, California Report [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
19 Sep Bodega Bay, California Pelagic Report [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
19 Sep Shy in primary moult [Robert Flood ]
17 Sep Shifting Seabirds Searching for Food [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
16 Sep New from ABC: Seabird Maps and Information for Fisheries website ["George Wallace" ]
15 Sep WHITE-CHINNED PETREL: SHEARWATER JOURNEYS [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
14 Sep BULWER'S PETREL: NOT [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
12 Sep BULWER'S PETRELS: MONTEREY BAY: SEP 12, 2015 [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
10 Sep Just another day on Monterey Bay: Sep 10 [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
9 Sep Monterey Bay Sep 9, Jumping with Marine Life [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
8 Sep Status Update: Half Moon Bay & Monterey Bay [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
7 Sep SEP 5, 2015 MONTEREY BAY, CALIFORNIA [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
1 Sep California September Pelagic Trips [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
30 Aug Re: Unprecedented influx of Black-capped Petrels into New York State waters [Brian Patteson ]
30 Aug Re: Digest for seabird-news@googlegroups.com - 1 update in 1 topic []
29 Aug Unprecedented influx of Black-capped Petrels into New York State waters [Angus Wilson ]
27 Aug MA, USA - Aug overnight pelagic results (WFSPs), Sep trip dates [Nick Bonomo ]
24 Aug Monterey Bay Teaming with Seabirds & Whales [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
19 Aug Re: Gulf Shores, AL pelagics from shore [Sing Lin ]
19 Aug Streaming Shearwaters, Schooling Fish & Cold Water [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
19 Aug Gulf Shores, AL pelagics from shore [James Holmes ]
15 Aug Summary of Five California Pelagic Trips [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
14 Aug Re: Seawatching (land-based) from North Kohala, Big Island, Hawai'i, 8.09.2015 [Tom Robben ]
14 Aug Re: Re: Seawatching (land-based) from North Kohala, Big Island, Hawai'i, 8.09.2015 [Tom Robben ]
14 Aug Re: Re: Seawatching (land-based) from North Kohala, Big Island, Hawai'i, 8.09.2015 [Sing Lin ]
13 Aug Re: Seawatching (land-based) from North Kohala, Big Island, Hawai'i, 8.09.2015 [Lance Tanino ]
13 Aug Re: Seawatching (land-based) from North Kohala, Big Island, Hawai'i, 8.09.2015 [Tom Robben ]
12 Aug Seawatching (land-based) from North Kohala, Big Island, Hawai'i, 8.09.2015 [Lance Tanino ]
10 Aug Re: Recent tubenose notables off Massachusetts, USA [Angus Wilson ]
6 Aug Chatham expedition cruise [Robert Flood ]
3 Aug California Pelagic News: July 31 & August 2 [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
4 Aug Aleutian pelagic reports [John Puschock ]
28 Jul Masses of Seabirds in Monterey Bay Now [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
19 Jul Recent tubenose notables off Massachusetts, USA [Angus Wilson ]
15 Jul Tubenose HD video [Robert Flood ]
3 Jul Japanese Islands Pelagic - April 28th to May 22nd 2015 ["John & Jemi" ]
2 Jul Japanese Islands Pelagic - April 28th to May 22nd 2015 ["John & Jemi" ]
19 Jun Shearwater Journeys Celebrates 40 Years [DEBRA SHEARWATER ]
19 Jun Early push of Craveri's, Least S-P, Buller's [Bruce Rideout ]
18 Jun 14 June 2015 San Diego Pelagic Report – Paul Lehman [Bruce Rideout ]

Subject: Frigatebirds in Galapagos ID Help Request
From: burkekorol <burkekorol AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:36:49 -0800 (PST)
Despite photographing many frigatebirds in the western Galapagos Islands 
over a 4-day period in late January 2017, I continue to struggle with the 
identification of many individuals.

I would appreciate any feedback on my attached photos.

I'm hoping this is a Great. I couldn't capture the axillars or feet colour, 
but the apparent greenish sheen on the nape/mantle is all I have to go on.

Burke Korol
Barrie, Ontario

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Subject: Swinhoe's Storm Petrels in Singapore
From: Pete Fraser <peter.fraser AT wilkifrase.net>
Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2016 04:22:50 -0700 (PDT)
Dear All

Further to Jim Holmes' exploits in South Korea, due to my wife being 
invited to a medical conference in Singapore, I accompanied her and 
chartered a boat through *Strix Wildlife Consultancy* 
 to cruise the Straits on Sunday 25th September, 
with a view to catching up with some *Swinhoe's Storm Petrels.* 

We had an excellent day, seeing *99 Swinhoe's* migrating westwards into the 
Indian Ocean, as well as several *Aleutian Terns* and many hundred *Bridled 
Terns* moving in the opposite direction.

Note also that the *Singapore Bird Group* 

 
had 

a successful trip the previous week seeing in excess of 300 Swinhoe's!

Yours

PETER FRASER
TRURO
CORNWALL
UK


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Subject: RECENT MONTEREY BAY PELAGIC TRIPS with Shearwater Journeys
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:57:54 -0700
Howdy, Seabirders,

Shearwater Journeys held three successful pelagic trips in conjunction with the 
Monterey Bay Birding Festival on September 23, 24, and 25. Each day was a 
little bit different. At least one new species was added each day. 


Our upcoming trips departing from Monterey with spaces available are: 
OCTOBER 1 with Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Jim Holmes, Christian Schwarz, 
Debi Shearwater. 

OCTOBER 8 with Alex Rinkert, Tim Miller, Clay Kempf, Debi Shearwater
OCTOBER 16 with Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Debi Shearwater
And, from Half Moon Bay:
OCTOBER 2 with Steve Tucker, Steve Hampton, Jim Holmes, Debi Shearwater
Reservations: debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com 

The birders who did all three trips (September 23, 24, 25) recorded the 
following species: 


PACIFIC LOON
COMMON LOON
BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS
PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER
BULLER’S SHEARWATER
SOOTY SHEARWATER
BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER
ASHY STORM-PETREL
BROWN PELICAN
BRANDT’S CORMORANT
PELAGIC CORMORANT
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
BLACK OYSTERCATCHER
WHIMBREL
BLACK TURNSTONE
SURFBIRD
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
SOUTH POLAR SKUA
POMARINE JAEGER
PARASITIC JAEGER
LONG-TAILED JAEGER
HEERMANN’S GULL
CALIFORNIA GULL
WESTERN GULL
SABINE’S GULL
ELEGANT TERN
FORSTER’S TERN
COMMON MURRE
PIGEON GUILLEMOT
CASSIN’S AUKLET
RHINOCEROS AUKLET
TUFTED PUFFIN
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON
PEREGRINE FALCON
GREAT EGRET
SNOWY EGRET
HUMMINGBIRD SP. 

Marine mammals recorded on all three trips included:
SEA OTTER
CALIFORNIA SEA LION
NORTHERN ELEPHANT SEAL
NORTHERN FUR SEAL
HARBOR SEAL
HUMPBACK WHALE
SHORT-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHIN
RISSO’S DOLPHIN
PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN
BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN

Also: 
OCEAN SUNFISH
BLUE SHARK

Many thanks to all of the birders who joined us. The leaders on these trips 
were: Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Dena Spatz, 
Tim Miller, Abe Borker, Christian Schwarz, Clay Kempf, and Debi Shearwater. All 
trips were entered into eBird following pelagic protocol. 


Living the Salt Life,
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

Celebrating 41 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
Siberia’s Forgotten Coast Voyage: 27 June -10 July with Debi & nesting 
Spoon-billed Sandpipers 

Russia’s Ring of Fire: 30 May - 11 June
Sea of Okhotsk: 12 - 23 June


















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Subject: CALIFORNIA PELAGIC NEWS
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 06:24:09 -0700
Howdy, SEABirders,

Shearwater Journeys had a wildlife filled pelagic trip September 18th from Half 
Moon Bay covering both San Mateo and San Francisco Counties. Highlights were 
many: BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS; NORTHERN/PACIFIC FULMAR; PINK-FOOTED, BULLER’S 
and SOOTY SHEARWATERS; one good view of a WILSON’S STORM-PETREL and 53 ASHY 
STORM-PETRELS; the NORTHERN GANNET was on sail rock; 165 SABINE’S GULLS; 
ARCTIC and COMMON TERNS; COMMON MURRE, CASSIN’S and RHINOCEROS AUKLETS; one 
TUFTED PUFFIN. A Hawaiian Petrel was called out on the trip, but due to short, 
distant views by only a couple (excellent) birders on the trip, we have decided 
not to include this species on the list. The Black-vented Shearwaters either 
continued north along the coast (but no reports from shore), or did a U-turn 
and went south. Monterey Bay still had a few when we were last out. 


The cetacean show was outstanding: 5 BLUE WHALES; 45 HUMPBACK WHALES; 5 COMMON 
DOLPHINS and 10 DALL’S PORPOISES. The feeding whales were quite amazing! 
Still lots of food around. 

DEBRA SHEARWATER

Our next trip departing from Half Moon Bay is OCTOBER 2 with Steve Tucker, Jim 
Holmes, Steve Hampton and Debi Shearwater co-leading. This weekend, we have 
trips departing from Monterey on SEPTEMBER 23, 24, 25. Spaces are available on 
all trips. I can be reached by email: debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com 
 


Living the Salt Life,
Debi Shearwater

debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com 
www.shearwaterjourneys.com 
www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com 
 

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

Celebrating 41 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
Siberia’s Forgotten Coast Voyage: 27 June -10 July with Debi & nesting 
Spoon-billed Sandpipers 

Russia’s Ring of Fire: 30 May - 11 June
Sea of Okhotsk: 12 - 23 June
Galapagos Islands: 1 - 14 November with Debi, one cabin available 


















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Subject: Loads of Food for Marine Life: Trip Report Monterey Bay: Sep 3, 2016
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv AT earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 7 Sep 2016 19:54:54 -0700
Howdy, SEA Birders,

There is an incredible amount and variety of food offshore at the moment — 
including pelagic red crabs (in Monterey), squid, anchovies, and krill. Every 
marine animal from shearwaters to whales to great white sharks — seems to be 
feeding or looking for food. 

Shearwater Journeys’ latest trip report for September 3, “It’s a 
Smorgasbord Out There! can be found at this link: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2016/09/monterey-bay-pelagic-trip-september-3.html 
 


Although our September 3 Monterey trip made it out just fine, we were seriously 
weathered out on September 4, Half Moon Bay due to near gale force winds and 
square seas. 


The weather surprised us yet again, today with some gusty winds from the south 
while a west swell continues. Yet another high pressure system is moving in 
place over the northern waters. For now, I can’t trust the marine forecast, 
but if the seabirds turn up anywhere near what folks in Arizona have seen — 
Wedge-tailed Shearwater, Least and Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrels — well, count 
me in! 


Monterey Bay looks good for the next several days. Our trip program is listed 
below: 


MONTEREY BAY:
SEP 8 with Mary Gustafson, Scott Terrill, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater
SEP 9 with Mary Gustafson, Rick Fournier, Debi Shearwater
SEP 10 ALBACORE; with Nick Levendosky, Scott & Linda Terrill, Mary Gustafson, 
Alex Rinkert, Debi Shearwater (SOLD OUT) 

SEP 11 with Scott & Linda Terrill, Mary Gustafson, David Wimpfheimer, Debi 
Shearwater 

SEP 14 with Scott Terrill, Rob Fowler, Dave Pereksta, Debi Shearwater
SEP 15 with Nick Levendosky, Hannah Nevins, Jim Holmes, Dave Pereksta, Debi 
Shearwater 

SEP 23 with Nick Levendosky, Christian Schwarz, Clay Kempf, Debi Shearwater 
SEP 24 with Alex Rinkert, Scott & Linda Terrill, Dena Spatz, Tim Miller, Abe 
Borker, Debi Shearwater 

SEP 25 with Nick Levendosky, Abe Borker, Tim Miller, Debi Shearwater
OCT 1 with Nick Levendosky, Christian Schwarz, Jim Holmes, Alex Rinkert, Debi 
Shearwater 

OCT 8 with Alex Rinkert, Tim Miller, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater
OCT 16 with Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Debi Shearwater

SEP 23, 24, 25 trips are in conjunction with the Monterey Bay Birding Festival. 
However, one does not need to be attending the festival to join any of those 
trips. 


HALF MOON BAY:
SEP 16 with Jim Holmes, Steve Hampton, Abe Borker, Debi Shearwater
SEP 18 with Jim Holmes, Alex Rinkert, Steve Tucker, Scott & Linda Terrill, Debi 
Shearwater 

OCT 2 with Steve Tucker, Jim Holmes, Steve Hampton, Debi Shearwater
OCT 9 with Nick Levendosky, Abe Borker, Tim Miller, Steve Hampton, Debi 
Shearwater 


RESERVATIONS: Email Debi Shearwater: debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com 
 


Whatever happens, there is a lot of mixing at the moment! 
Living the Salt Life,
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

Celebrating 41 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
Siberia’s Forgotten Coast Voyage: 27 June -10 July with Debi & nesting 
Spoon-billed Sandpipers 

Russia’s Ring of Fire: 30 May - 11 June
Sea of Okhotsk: 12 - 23 June


















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Subject: September & October CA Pelagic Trips
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv AT earthlink.net>
Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2016 20:58:51 -0700
Howdy, SEABirders,

September is the big month for seabirding and Shearwater Journeys has a lot of 
trips on offer, departing from both Monterey and Half Moon Bay. 


The complete report for our most recent Monterey Bay trip (Monterey and Santa 
Cruz Counties) has been posted: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2016/08/the-great-southerly-push-monterey-bay.html 
 

Beth Hamel’s images of this day:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2016/09/images-of-day-by-beth-hamel-august-26.html 
 

It was an excellent day with non-stop seabird and marine mammal action all day 
long, beginning with PELAGIC RED CRABS in the harbor and ending with the first 
BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS. There is a lot of food in Monterey Bay — red crabs, 
anchovies, krill, and squid — all in abundance. 


The complete report for our most recent Half Moon Bay trip (San Mateo and San 
Francisco Counties) has been posted with images by Christian Schwarz: 

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2016_09_01_archive.html 
 

Interesting human element of this day:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2016/09/pelagic-birding-for-all-ages-9-to-92.html 
 

Highlights of this trip included the NORTHERN GANNET and a single MARBLED 
MURRELET, TUFTED PUFFIN and LAYSAN ALBATROSS. And KILLER WHALES. 


You can see our entire program of trips for this season at:
http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.html 
 


Or, check the listing below which includes leaders:

MONTEREY BAY:
SEP 3 with Nick Levendosky, Mary Gustafson, Debi Shearwater
SEP 7 with Christian Schwarz, Mary Gustafson, Rick Fournier, Adam Searcy 
(tentative), Debi Shearwater 

SEP 8 with Mary Gustafson, Scott Terrill, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater
SEP 9 with Mary Gustafson, Rick Fournier, Debi Shearwater
SEP 10 ALBACORE; with Nick Levendosky, Scott & Linda Terrill, Mary Gustafson, 
Alex Rinkert, Debi Shearwater (SOLD OUT) 

SEP 11 with Scott & Linda Terrill, Mary Gustafson, David Wimpfheimer, Debi 
Shearwater 

SEP 14 with Scott Terrill, Rob Fowler, Debi Shearwater
SEP 15 with Nick Levendosky, Hannah Nevins, Jim Holmes, Debi Shearwater
SEP 23 with Nick Levendosky, Christian Schwarz, Clay Kempf, Debi Shearwater 
SEP 24 with Alex Rinkert, Scott & Linda Terrill, Dena Spatz, Tim Miller, Abe 
Borker, Debi Shearwater 

SEP 25 with Nick Levendosky, Abe Borker, Tim Miller, Debi Shearwater
OCT 1 with Nick Levendosky, Christian Schwarz, Jim Holmes, Alex Rinkert, Debi 
Shearwater 

OCT 8 with Alex Rinkert, Tim Miller, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater
OCT 16 with Scott & Linda Terrill, Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Debi 
Shearwater 


SEP 23, 24, 25 trips are in conjunction with the Monterey Bay Birding Festival. 
However, one does not need to be attending the festival to join any of those 
trips. 


HALF MOON BAY:
SEP 4 with Steve Hampton, Russ Bradley, Mary Gustafson, Debi Shearwater (SOLD 
OUT) 

SEP 16 with Steve Tucker, Jim Holmes, Steve Hampton, Abe Borker, Debi 
Shearwater 

SEP 18 with Jim Holmes, Alex Rinkert, Steve Hampton, Scott & Linda Terrill, 
Debi Shearwater 

OCT 2 with Steve Tucker, Jim Holmes, Steve Hampton, Debi Shearwater
OCT 9 with Nick Levendosky, Abe Borker, Tim Miller, Steve Hampton, Debi 
Shearwater 


Visiting from out of the area, and looking for LAWRENCE’S GOLDFINCHES? See 
this post with lovely images by Beth Hamel for a sure fire sighting: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2016/08/finding-lawrences-goldfinches-in-lost.html 
 


Hope to see you out there! I can be reached by email: 
debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com  when I am not 
on a boat. 


Living the Salt Life,
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

Celebrating 41 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
Siberia’s Forgotten Coast Voyage: 27 June -10 July with Debi & nesting 
Spoon-billed Sandpipers 

Russia’s Ring of Fire: 30 May - 11 June
Sea of Okhotsk: 12 - 23 June


















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Subject: Mokpo Ferry for Swinhoe's Storm Petrels
From: James Holmes <jfholmes12 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 2 Sep 2016 10:33:26 -0700
I was recently in Seoul Korea and decided to try the Mokpo to Gageodo Ferry
to look for Swinhoe's Storm Petrel.

I went on Saturday August 27 roundtrip from Mokpo to Gageodo.  On Sunday,
August 28, I went from Mokpo to Jeju on the ferry.  The Mokpo - Jeju ferry
was disappointing (a few Streaked Shearwaters and one distant Sterna sp).
The Mokpo - Gageodo ferry was pretty good.

I put a trip report on Surfbirds that describes the logistics:
http://www.surfbirds.com/trip_report.php?id=2704

Seabirds on the Mokpo - Gageodo ferry included with the daily totals:
Streaked Shearwater - 412

Flesh-footed Shearwater -3

Swinhoe's Storm-Petrel - 23 (all but one on segments to/from Gageodo island)

Great Cormorant - at the island stops

Red-necked Phalarope - 68

Black-tailed Gull - at the island stops

Aleutian Tern - 1 adult, I was shocked to see but turns out this species is
well documented to occur in August in Korean waters (birds of korea website)

Common Tern - 2 (plus some additional birds that likely were this species)


Feel free to email me with any questions on logistics.


Thanks


Jim Holmes

Sacramento, CA

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Subject: Pelagic Sightings Offshore New York, 8/19/2016
From: Derek Rogers <drogers0031 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 18:30:23 -0400
On Friday, August 19th, John Shemilt, Keegan Corcoran and I participated in one 
of the final days of the Hampton Offshore Invitational fishing tournament. 


We focused our efforts within Ryan and McMaster Canyons ("The Claw"). We 
traveled south from the top of the canyon toward the bottom of the continental 
shelf break, just short of 1000 fathoms, where we encountered 82° water with 
no steep temperature break. The offshore weather was fantastic for traveling 
purposes; very little wind with a flat sea surface resembling pond-like 
conditions. Unfortunately the balmy, windless conditions made our two chum 
slicks relatively useless. The scent barely carried and most birds were 
roosting on the surface (expected for mid day). 


Despite being unable to draw much into our slicks we did encounter some deep 
water and canyon specialties while traveling about. The cumulative list is as 
follows: 


1 Black-capped Petrel
2 White-faced Storm Petrel
7 Band-rumped Storm-Petrel
1 Leach's Storm-Petrel
285 Wilson's Storm-Petrel
1 Long-tailed Jaeger
3 jaeger sp.
2 Cory's Shearwater
10 Audubon's Shearwater
4 Red-necked Phalarope

Marine mammal sightings from our 8/19 trip include hundreds of Pilot Whales, 
Risso's Dolphin, Bottlenose Dolphin, Common Dolphin, 5 SOWERBY'S BEAKED WHALE 
and a giant Manta Ray that cruised by our starboard side. 


Two sightings earlier in the week are also noteworthy. John and Keegan 
encountered White-faced Storm Petrel in the same general area; 1 on 8/15 and 2 
individuals seen together on 8/18. 


Best,
Derek Rogers
Sayville, NY, USA

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Subject: Central California: Pelagic Trip Report: August 13
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2016 19:53:00 -0700
Howdy, SeaBirders,

Shearwater Journeys’ August 13th pelagic trip departing from Half Moon Bay 
enjoyed good sea conditions and an excellent array of marine life. Highlights 
included: NORTHERN GANNET sitting on the cliff at Pillar Point; a BROWN BOOBY 
sitting on a rusty barrel offshore; a GRAND SLAM of all three species of 
JAEGERS and SOUTH POLAR SKUA; SABINE’S GULLS sitting on the water; ARCTIC 
TERNS; three species of storm-petrels; ASHY, WILSON’S and FORK-TAILED; 
SCRIPPS’S and CRAVERI’S MURRELETS, and the “regular” fall species 
including BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS, PACIFIC FULMAR, and more. 


The marine mammal show was substantial with 11 BLUE WHALES, 4 FIN WHALES, 120 
HUMPBACK WHALES, and 1 MINKE WHALE. More than 350 PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHINS 
were around for hours in subgroups, including small calves and 4 NORTHERN RIGHT 
WHALE DOLPHINS. 


I wrote a complete report with species list breakdown of the two counties, San 
Mateo and San Francisco, The Mixing Zone: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2016/08/the-mixing-zone-half-moon-bay-pelagic.html 


Our next trips departing from Half Moon Bay are Friday, August 19th with 
leaders: Todd McGrath, Christian Schwarz, Steve Tucker and Debi Shearwater and 
September 4 with leaders Steve Hampton, Russ Bradley, Mary Gustafson and Debi 
Shearwater. See our complete schedule at: 
http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.html 


Don’t you need a personal holiday? Join us this Friday! The marine forecast 
is very good. I can be reached by email: debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com 


Living the Salt Life,
Debi Shearwater

DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
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debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com
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Subject: California Central Coast Seabirding
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv AT earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2016 17:20:56 -0700
Howdy, Seabirders,

Shearwater Journeys recently completed the first three pelagic trips of the 
fall season. Overall, the trips were highly productive. The sea surface 
temperatures are much lower than last year — in some instances by as much as 
ten degrees! Cold water is productive water. Lots of food is available for 
seabirds, including anchovies and krill. The marine mammal show has been 
astounding, especially at Monterey Bay and Half Moon Bay. Below, are some of 
the recent highlights. 


July 29 Monterey Bay we were in and out of fog most of the day. 
Highlights included: 21 BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES; 5 PACIFIC FULMARS; 16 
PINK-FOOTED and 2500 SOOTY SHEARWATERS; a WANDERING TATTLER was along the CG 
Breakwater; 6 SABINE’S GULLS; 620 COMMON MURRES; 10 PIGEON GUILLEMOTS; 125 
CASSIN’S and 7 RHINOCEROS AUKLETS; and the star seabirds of the day — 
excellent views of 2 SCRIPPS’S MURRELETS sitting on the sea. 

Marine mammals included at least 20 HUMPBACKS, 4 BLUE, and 10 FIN WHALES; 100 
NORTHERN RIGHT WHALE DOLPHINS; 200 PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHINS, 3 HARBOR 
PORPOISE. 

Leaders: Nick Levendosky, Will Brooks, Christian Schwarz, Alex Rinkert, Debi 
Shearwater. 

Counties covered: Monterey and Santa Cruz 

August 6 Half Moon Bay we had a bit of a swell, but no wind or fog. 
Highlights included: 1 LAYSAN and 30 BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES; 3 PACIFIC 
FULMARS; 2075 SOOTY and 70 PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS; 3 WILSON’S, 8 
FORK-TAILED, and 113 ASHY STORM-PETRELS; 18 SABINE’S GULLS; 7 ARCTIC TERNS; 1 
LEAST TERN (along the shoreline near the harbor); 1579 COMMON MURRES; 21 PIGEON 
GUILLEMOTS; 1 SCRIPPS’S MURRELET on the sea with murres for comparison; 2385 
CASSIN’S and 5 RHINOCEROS AUKLETS. 

Marine mammals included: 3 BLUE, 1 FIN, 80 HUMPBACK WHALES; 3 RISSO’S and 15 
PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHINS; 15 HARBOR PORPOISE. Humpback whales were in view, 
breaching for at least five hours of our day, all across the horizons! 

Leaders: Peter Pyle, Mary Gustafson, Will Brooks, Steve Hampton, Debi 
Shearwater. 

Counties covered: San Mateo and San Francisco

August 7 Farallon Islands from Sausalito we had an excellent day aboard our 
very stable catamaran despite some tough sea conditions. We did not venture out 
to the edge of the Continental Shelf due to the conditions, but enjoyed our 
time at Sugarloaf watching the Tufted Puffins. We pretty much hit the peak of 
“puffin season!” 

Highlights included: 1 FORK-TAILED STORM-PETREL (San Francisco County); 1 
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN (Marin County, soaring overhead in Sausalito harbor); 1 
BLUE-FOOTED and 1 BROWN BOOBY, both sitting on SugarLoaf; 4606 COMMON MURRES; 
109 PIGEON GUILLEMOTS; 37 CASSIN’S AUKLETS; 60 TUFTED PUFFINS. 

Marine mammals included: 5 HUMPBACKS; 5 HARBOR PORPOISE; 1000 CALIFORNIA and 7 
STELLER’S SEA LIONS; 800 NORTHERN FUR SEALS; 60 HARBOR SEALS. 

Leaders: Gerry McChesney, Mary Gustafson, John Garrett, Debi Shearwater.
Counties covered: Marin and San Francisco

The Central Coast of California is teaming with seabirds and marine mammals! I 
expect that this will only get better with each passing day! It’s all about 
food — and, we got it! We also have a full program of trips coming up. 


HALF MOON BAY TRIPS & LEADERS:
AUGUST 13 with Peter Pyle, Steve Tucker, Jim Holmes, Debi Shearwater
AUGUST 19 with Steve Tucker, Todd McGrath, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater
SEPTEMBER 4 with Mary Gustafson, Steve Hampton, Russ Bradley, Debi Shearwater
SEPTEMBER 16 with Steve Tucker, Jim Holmes, Steve Hampton, Abe Borker, Debi 
Shearwater 

SEPTEMBER 18 with Scott & Linda Terrill, Jim Holmes, Alex Rinkert, Steve 
Hampton, Debi Shearwater 

OCTOBER 2 with Steve Tucker, Steve Hampton, Jim Holmes, Debi Shearwater
OCTOBER 8 with Steve Hampton, Abe Borker, Nick Levendosky, Tim Miller, Debi 
Shearwater 


MONTEREY BAY TRIPS & LEADERS:
AUGUST 26 with Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Scott Terrill, Debi Shearwater
SEPTEMBER 3 with Nick Levendosky, Mary Gustafson, Debi Shearwater
SEPTEMBER 7 with Mary Gustafson, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater
SEPTEMBER 8 with Scott Terrill, Mary Gustafson, Christian Schwarz, Debi 
Shearwater 

SEPTEMBER 9 with Mary Gustafson, Debi Shearwater - going to Santa Cruz County
SEPTEMBER 10 ALBACORE with Scott & Linda Terrill, Nick Levendosky, Alex 
Rinkert, Mary Gustafson, Debi Shearwater (* only 3 spaces open) 

SEPTEMBER 11 with Mary Gustafson, David Wimpfheimer, Debi Shearwater
SEPTEMBER 14 with Scott Terrill, Rob Fowler, Debi Shearwater (* recently added 
trip) 

SEPTEMBER 15 with Nick Levendosky, Jim Holmes, Hannah Nevins, Debi Shearwater
SEPTEMBER 23 with Nick Levendosky, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater
SEPTEMBER 24 with Scott & Linda Terrill, Alex Rinkert, Dena Spatz, Abe Borker, 
Tim Miller, Debi Shearwater 

SEPTEMBER 25 with Nick Levendosky, Abe Borker, Tim Miller, Debi Shearwater
OCTOBER 1 with Jim Holmes, Nick Levendosky, Christian Schwarz, Alex Rinkert, 
Debi Shearwater 

OCTOBER 8 with Alex Rinkert, Tim Miller, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater
OCTOBER 16 with Scott & Linda Terrill, Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Debi 
Shearwater 


That’s a lot of trips and a lot of leaders — eager to show you a lot of 
seabirds and marine mammals! 

It’s all about food! And, we got lots of it this season!
Living the Salt Life,
Debi Shearwater
DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
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Subject: Bonifacio Corsica ferry pelagic
From: James Holmes <jfholmes12 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Aug 2016 02:02:21 -0700
I took the ferry from Bonifacio, Corsica to Santa Teresa di Gallura,
Sardinia and back on Saturday, July 30 hoping to see pelagic birds.

I left Bonifacio at 5pm and arrived Santa Teresa at 5:50pm.  After
approximately 40 minutes in the harbor/dock, we left Santa Teresa at 6:30pm
for the trip back to Bonifacio arriving about 7:20pm.

There are two companies that have ferry trips between Bonifacio to Santa
Teresa, but I think they only run during spring/summer/early fall (not
during colder months).

BluNavy: http://www.blunavytraghetti.com/webing/homeing.htm
Moby ferries:
http://www.mobylines.com/routes/corsica/ferry-santa-teresa-bonifacio.html

I took Moby as the late ferry from BluNavy does not run on Saturday and
Sunday.

I had seen prior trip reports from this ferry for the month of June where
observers reported well over 100 Yelkouan Shearwaters, small numbers (5-10)
of Cory's (Scopoli) Shearwaters, and European Storm-Petrels.
http://www.surfbirds.com/trip_report.php?id=2041
http://www.netfugl.dk/trip_reports/europe/SardiniaCorsica_June2013_UGS.pdf
I did not have as much success as these June based trips despite going at
similar time of the day.

On the way over from Bonifacio, I had 1 Cory's (Scopoli based on amount of
white in the primaries on the underwing) but no other pelagic seabirds.  On
the way back to Bonifacio, I had 16 Cory's (again the birds close to the
ship appeared to be Scopoli's) and 1 European Storm-Petrel (on the Sardinia
side).  I did not see any Yelkouan Shearwaters from the ferry which was
surprising in view of the prior June trip reports reporting 150-200+ birds
from the ferry.  I assume that 8 weeks later has an impact (although I did
have one Yelkouan Shearwater from Bonifacio shore on July 29).


eBird checklists for trip across and back (for each side, assuming the
border is in the middle) are below:

Bonifacio - Santa Teresa Corsica side
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30908475

Bonifacio - Santa Teresa, Sardinia side
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30908477

Santa Teresa to Bonifacio, Sardinia side
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30908480

Santa Teresa to Bonifacio, Corsica side
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30908482

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Subject: Bering Sea cruise to St. Matthew Island, Alaska, summer 2017
From: John Puschock <g_g_allin AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2016 19:00:14 +0000
Hi all,


We're planning on running another trip to St. Matthew Island, Alaska next year, 
27 June to 3 July 2017. It will start in Dutch Harbor, head north to St. 
Matthew Island, and then end at St. Paul Island. We ran this trip in 2015 and 
saw three species of albatross including ~5 Short-tailed Albatrosses, 13 
species of alcids including Whiskered Auklet, Kittlitz's Murrelet, and Ancient 
Murrelet, Red-legged Kittiwake, pallidissimus Glaucous Gull, and other 
seabirds. At St. Matthew, breeding McKay's Buntings and the endemic Insular 
Vole are the main attractions, and we saw both in 2015. 



I'll be coleading the trip with Vladimir Dinets. He'll be putting extra effort 
into finding mammals (appropriately, as he's the author of the Peterson Field 
Guide to Finding Mammals). A Dutch Harbor/Unalaska pre-tour extension and a St. 
Paul post-tour extension are available. 



For more information, please visit http://zbirdtours.com/stmatthew.htm


John Puschock

Seattle, WA

g_g_allin AT hotmail.com

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Subject: BEAT THE HEAT! TAKE A PELAGIC TRIP: CENTRAL CA
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv AT earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:04:15 -0700
Howdy, SeaBirders,

Take a break from the sweltering heat and chill out on a pelagic trip! 
Shearwater Journeys’ first pelagic trips are coming up very soon. We could 
not be more excited to get out there with you! Over 65,000 birders and marine 
enthusiasts have participated on thousands of Shearwater Journeys’ trips over 
the past 40 years. 


Below, please find out full program including our stellar line up of leaders. 
All of our trips have spaces available. 


FARALLON ISLANDS: 
AUGUST 7: Gerry McChesney, Mary Gustafson, John Garrett, Debi Shearwater
AUGUST 14: Gerry McChesney, Will Brooks, John Garrett, Debi Shearwater
Departs from Sausalito at 7:30 am on the beautiful catamaran, Outer Limits. 
Sail under the Golden Gate Bridge! 100% success rate on finding Tufted Puffins, 
the target bird for the day. Last year, we also saw the Northern Gannet, Brown 
and Blue-footed Boobies! 


HALF MOON BAY TRIPS:
AUGUST 6: Peter Pyle, Mary Gustafson, Will Brooks, Steve Hampton, Debi 
Shearwater 

AUGUST 13: Peter Pyle, Steve Tucker, Jim Holmes, Debi Shearwater
AUGUST 19: Nick Levendosky, Steve Tucker, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater
SEPTEMBER 4: Mary Gustafson, Steve Hampton, Russ Bradley, Debi Shearwater
SEPTEMBER 16: Steve Tucker, Jim Holmes, Steve Hampton, Abe Borker, Debi 
Shearwater 

SEPTEMBER 18: Jim Holmes, Alex Rinkert, Steve Hampton, Scott Terrill, Linda 
Terrill, Debi Shearwater 

OCTOBER 2: Steve Tucker, Jim Holmes, Steve Hampton, Debi Shearwater
OCTOBER 9: Tim Miller, Nick Levendosky Abe Borker, Tim Miller, Steve Hampton, 
Debi Shearwater 


MONTEREY BAY TRIPS:
JULY 29: Nick Levendosky, Will Brooks, Christian Schwarz, Alex Rinkert, Debi 
Shearwater 

AUGUST 26: Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Scott Terrill, Debi Shearwater
SEPTEMBER 3: Nick Levendosky, Mary Gustafson, Debi Shearwater
SEPTEMBER 7: Mary Gustafson, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater
SEPTEMBER 8: Scott Terrill, Christian Schwarz, Mary Gustafson, Debi Shearwater 
(limited spaces available) 

SEPTEMBER 9: Mary Gustafson, Debi Shearwater ** This trip spends time in Santa 
Cruz County. 

SEPTEMBER 10: ALBACORE GROUNDS: Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Mary Gustafson, 
Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Debi Shearwater (4 spaces available) 

SEPTEMBER 11: Mary Gustafson, Debi Shearwater
SEPTEMBER 14, Rob Fowler, Debi Shearwater (newly added trip)
SEPTEMBER 15: Nick Levendosky, Jim Holmes, Debi Shearwater (limited spaces 
available) 

SEPTEMBER 23: Nick Levendosky, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater
SEPTEMBER 24: Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Abe Borker, Dena Spatz, Alex 
Rinkert, Tim Miller, Debi Shearwater 

SEPTEMBER 25: Abe Borker, Nick Levendosky, Tim Miller, Debi Shearwater
OCTOBER 1: Jim Holmes, Nick Levendosky, Christian Schwarz, Alex Rinkert, Debi 
Shearwater 

OCTOBER 2: Alex Rinkert, Tim Miller, Christian Schwarz, Debi Shearwater
OCTOBER 16: Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Debi 
Shearwater 


Monterey trips meet at 7 am at Chris’ Fishing on Fisherman’s Wharf, 
Monterey and return about 3 pm. The Albacore trip meets at 5:15 am and returns 
at 5:30 pm at Chris’ Fishing on Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey. Half Moon Bay 
trips meet at 7 am at H dock, Johnson Pier at Pillar Point, Half Moon Bay, El 
Granada and return between 4-6 pm. 


Note that additional leaders may be added to trips. Leaders may change without 
notice. All leaders are volunteers who absolutely love leading trips— 
that’s one reason why we have so many leaders on board. We will be tracking 
county lines and following eBird pelagic protocol for checklists. 


The latest sea surface temperatures are showing lots of cold and very cold 
water— and, we know what that means— food!! La Nina conditions are favored 
to develop as early as August - October. 


We’ve been out there in the wild blue through four decades of El Nino’s and 
La Nina’s— every single year has been different. Let’s see what is in 
store for this fall season! 
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/analysis_monitoring/lanina/enso_evolution-status-fcsts-web.pdf 
 


Advance reservations are highly recommended. Contact: 
debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com . See our web 
site for more details: http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.html 
 


Living the Salt Life,
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: Aleutian pelagic May 29-June 2, 2016 trip report
From: John Puschock <g_g_allin AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 16:20:27 +0000
After the trip to Attu, Alaska mentioned in my previous message, we were 
scheduled to run a pelagic trip to Seguam Pass in the Aleutians (with an extra 
day birding on Adak), May 29-June 2. The main targets of this trip our 
Whiskered Auklet, Short-tailed Albatross, and other Bering Sea specialties. 
However, the marine forecast did not look good despite our plan to spend nights 
anchored in protected waters. 


(For those not reading the whole report, species list and counts appear on 
eBird checklist S30741766 and S30741764. The report was also posted to the 
Facebook "Pelagics. Seabirds birding worldwide" group on July 19. Photos from 
the trip can be seen there.) 



We were originally hoping to head out to sea the night of May 29 but decided to 
delay the departure a day to see if the forecast would improve. It did not, so 
we went with Plan B: we would sail east to Little Tanaga Strait for Whiskered 
Auklets, then head west on the south side of Kagalaska and Adak Islands to Adak 
Strait to look for Short-tailed Albatross. Seguam Pass is one of the best 
places to find this species in North American waters, but we've seen it around 
Adak Strait previously and some fishermen had shown us photos of six around 
their boat in the strait just a few days earlier. 



We left Adak in the late afternoon of May 30. At Little Tanaga Strait, we saw 
500+ Whiskered Auklets. Other birds seen in and near the strait were Laysan 
Albatrosses and seven other species of alcids. 



We spent the night anchored on the west side of Adak Strait. The boat captain 
tries to minimize the use of lights at night to keep birds, particularly 
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrels, from crashing into the boat, but he had to turn them 
on while setting the anchor. The end result was we had an opportunity to 
examine Fork-tailed *and* Leach's Storm-Petrels in hand (both birds were 
released). 



The following morning, we traveled to the north end of Adak Strait. Once there, 
I poured out some menhaden oil and started chumming. Right after I threw out 
just the third piece of fish -- less than five minutes of pouring out the oil 
-- an immature Short-tailed Albatross appeared on the horizon headed straight 
for the boat. It came from the direction where we had just been. I don't know 
how something that big can just materialize out of nothingness. 



We chummed for about twenty minutes, and the Short-tailed stuck with us for 
almost the entire time. We hoped others would join it, but no luck with that. 
There was just a lot of Laysan Albatrosses, Northern Fulmars, and Short-tailed 
Shearwaters. We saw a few Black-footed Albatrosses that day but I can't 
remember if there were any around during the chumming session. However, the 
biggest surprise was that a few Red-legged Kittiwakes showed up near the end of 
the chumming. There is a small colony of them somewhat near Adak, but I had not 
seen this species in the central Aleutians before. 



We spent the rest of the day retracing our route back to Little Tanaga Strait. 
Back there, we encountered a similar number of Whiskered Auklets. The wind 
through the strait was pretty strong. A small flock of auklets flew too close 
to the boat, ended up in a downwind vortex, and ended up flying into the house. 
Most of them were able to get themselves off the boat, but one needed some 
help. We admired it before releasing. 



Highlights on land included Far Eastern Curlew, Whimbrel of the Siberian 
subspecies, at least one Hawfinch, many Aleutian Terns, a few Kittlitz's 
Murrelets, etc. 



We plan on running a trip to Seguam Pass again next year, June 4-8, 2017, 
details at http://zbirdtours.com/pelagic.htm. Based on our success at finding 
Short-tailed Albatross in Adak Strait, we also plan on bringing back our 
"Landlubbers" tour targeting the albatross and Whiskered Auklet with day trips 
from Adak, June 8-11, 2017. Details at 
http://www.zbirdtours.com/landlubbers.htm. 



John Puschock

Seattle, WA


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Subject: Attu, Alaska May 2016 trip report
From: John Puschock <g_g_allin AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2016 16:13:55 +0000
The Zugunruhe Birding Tours' trip to Attu, 16-29 May 2016, spent four full days 
at sea between Adak and Attu plus a morning at Little Tanaga Strait east of 
Adak. For those interested in seeing the eBird checklists, they are S30543776 
(May 17), S30543778 (May 18), S30543919 (May 27), S30543920 (May 28), and 
S30543922 (May 29). (This report was also posted to the Facebook "Pelagics. 
Seabirds birding worldwide" group on July 5. Photos from the trip can be seen 
there.) 



A summary of some of the results:


-1 subadult Short-tailed Albatross on May 17 (This is below average for this 
trip, but prior to the tour, the boat had a mechanical problem and arrived at 
Adak late, so we were in a rush to get to Attu and did not spend time chumming 
for albatrosses.) 



-over 1000 Laysan Albatross


-4 Black-footed Albatross


-about 10,000 Northern Fulmar


-several hundred Short-tailed Shearwaters


-one Mottled Petrel southeast of Buldir Island on 27 May 2016, a single-person 
sighting with a photo. There were several other possible Mottled Petrel 
sightings throughout the trip. 



-about 700 Fork-tailed Storm-Petrels and 2 Leach's Storm-Petrel


- single digits of Pomarine and Parasitic Jaegers


-about 10,000 Least Auklets and 20,000 Crested Auklets near Sirius Point, Kiska 
Island. We passed this area in the late afternoon; numbers weren't as high as 
they would have been later in the evening. 



-about 2500 Whiskered Auklets in Little Tanaga Strait


-about 25 Red-legged Kittiwakes around Buldir Island


-one Slaty-backed Gull northwest of Buldir on May 18.


I'm hoping to run two Attu trips next year. More info about that at 
http://zbirdtours.com/attu.htm 



John Puschock

Seattle, WA


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Subject: Pelagic sightings off Long Island, NY: SoPo Skua, Leach's Storm-Petrels and Arctic Terns
From: Angus Wilson <oceanwanderers AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 30 May 2016 14:46:47 -0400
Taking advantage of the stable high pressure over the region, John Shemilt,
Derek Rogers and I spent Sunday (29 May 2016) offshore, reaching the very
deep water of the McMaster/Ryan Canyons about 82 miles SE of Shinnecock
Inlet (Suffolk Co., New York). Although conditions were often misty inshore
(warm air over cold water), there were good patches of visibility and flat
seas beyond the shelf break. The warmest patches of water reached a balmy
63 F (17.2 C). Dock-to-dock, we were out for just less than 12 hours.

Appropriate for the date, we encountered a good mix of spring migrants
including a flyby  SOUTH POLAR SKUA, single dark-morph POMARINE and
dark-morph PARASITIC JAEGERS, Cory's (15), Great (1), Cory's/Great (5),
Sooty (53) and Manx Shearwaters (4), good numbers of LEACH'S STORM PETRELS
(77), Wilson's Storm-Petrels (177) and a number of offshore terns including
2 ARCTIC TERNS and a pair of ATLANTIC PUFFIN. Based on past experiences it
was surprising that we did not see Northern Fulmar or Dovekie/Little Auk.

Other notable wildlife included a few Risso's and Short-beaked Common
Dolphin along with three ocean sunfish.

Angus Wilson, New York City, USA

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Subject: Shearwater Journeys: 2016 Pelagic Trips
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 21:57:26 -0700
Howdy, SEA Birders,

It's not too early to plan your fall pelagic trips! Shearwater Journeys has 25 
trips on offer this fall season, beginning July 29 through October 16. We have 
trips departing from Monterey, Half Moon Bay, and from Sausalito to the 
Farallon Islands. 


As always, our two departures to the Farallon Islands on August 7 and 14, are 
booking up quickly. Departing from Sausalito, we sail under the iconic Golden 
Gate Bridge on a spotlessly clean, stable vessel to see the largest breeding 
seabird colony south of Alaska. Absolutely teeming with seabirds, the past few 
years we've also found a number of goodies. In 2015, we observed three species 
of sulidae: Northern Gannet, Brown Booby and Blue-footed Booby. We have a 100% 
success rate finding Tufted Puffins, up close and personal. Great photo ops. A 
trip report is here: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/08/farallon-islands-august-3-2014-trip.html 


We are also offering the wildly successful Albacore trip September 10, 
departing from Monterey. This 12 hour long trip has produced an incredible 
number of rare seabirds and marine mammals. This is the single hottest selling 
trip on our program right now. Our 2015 Albacore trip was a smashing success on 
every level. To read more about Albacore trips: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2015/07/about-albacore-offshore-monterey-trip.html 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/07/albacore-grounds-offshore-monterey.html 


We have 14 trips departing from Monterey and 8 trips departing from Half Moon 
Bay this coming fall. For general info: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/07/monterey-seabirds-with-shearwater.html 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/07/half-moon-bay-pelagic-trips-with.html 


For Reservations and Discounts for the coming season:
http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
Please note: I will be out of the office from 15 May through 25 June, leading 
expedition voyages in the Russian Far East. You can still send in your 
reservations during that period, though. Book by 1 July to use the discount. 


The Year 2015 El Nino was truly one of the most spectacular years I have ever 
seen. This El Nino was compared to the 1983 and 1998 El Ninos, as being one of 
the strongest on record. A tricky thing happened along the Central Coast, 
though. As warm water pushed all sorts of marine life up to our area, a body of 
nearshore, cold water staged outside of Monterey and Half Moon Bay. A front, 
loaded with food for seabirds, materialized making for excellent seabirding! 
For an excellent writeup about this with sea surface temperature graphs, see: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2015/08/streaming-shearwaters-schooling-fish.html 


Shearwater Journeys celebrated forty years of pelagic trips in 2015 along with 
the more than 1100 birders who joined one or more of our 28 fall trips! (All of 
our scheduled trips operated in 2015 and non were weathered out or canceled for 
lack of subscription). Some birders did as many as five trips! Every day is 
different, even from the same port. 


Birders hailed from 43 different states in the USA and 13 different countries 
from around the world. (Sweden, UK, Denmark, Singapore, India, Kazakstan, 
Australia, France, North Ireland, Canada, Germany, Brazil, and Norway). Some 
birders ticked as many as 25 life birds on one trip! We celebrated every one! 


In 2015, Shearwater Journeys recorded 18 species of procellariiformes: 2 
albatrossses; 2 petrels; 7 shearwaters; 6 storm-petrels and Pacific fulmar. We 
recorded some 16 species of shorebirds from the boat, mostly along the jetties; 
3 sulidae; 8 alcids, including Scripps's, Guadalupe and Marbled Murrelets; 10 
species of gulls and terns. A Loggerhead Turtle made a very rare appearance on 
one of our Monterey trip. Finally, we found an amazing 11 species of cetaceans. 
Most trips recorded Humpback Whales, sometimes as many as 50, and once over 80 
in one day! 


I am grateful to the generations of thousands and thousands of birders who have 
joined our trips over these past 40 years. Equally as important are the world 
class leaders who work tirelessly to not only find seabirds and marine mammals 
but also to interpret the marine environment in a meaningful way. Our leader 
ratio is very high, averaging some six leaders per trip. 


Our 34 leaders in 2015 included: Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Peter Pyle, 
Gerry McChesney, Mary Gustafson, Dave Pereksta, Todd McGrath, Steve Hampton, 
Jim Holmes, Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Brian Sullivan, Abe Borker, Steve 
Howell, Steve Tucker, Will Brooks, Christian Schwarz, Tim Miller, Annie 
Schmidt, Adam Searcy, Dena Spatz, Lauren Harter, David Vander Pluym, Clay 
Kempf, Mel Preston, Chris Wood, Jessie Barry, John Garrett, Dave Pavlik, 
Jennifer Green, Al De Martini, Joel Barrett, Marissa Orega-Welch, and Debi 
Shearwater. Many leaders have experience leading pelagic trips off the East 
Coast, Southern California and Texas. Quite a few leaders have worldwide 
seabirding knowledge and first hand experience. 


Personally, I am grateful for the many decades of riding the bounding main with 
so many wonderful birders. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that a love 
of the sea would be shared with so many. It has been and continues to be a 
marvelous adventure. I hope to see you out there — like so many generations 
of birders! 


Shearwaters Forever, (really)
Debi Shearwater

P.S. Get ready — as I mentioned last year, La Nina, is on its way!

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

Celebrating 40 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
Galapagos Islands: Nov. 1-14, 2017 - Wait List
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Subject: Far North pelagic Wed 12 April
From: "'Detlef Davies' via Seabird News" <seabird-news AT googlegroups.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Apr 2016 09:09:10 +0000 (UTC)
 Hi seabirders,
Anyone in New Zealand interested in heading out into the seas beyond the Bay of 
Islands for the day on Wednesday let me know. We have 5 on board so far. 

Good seabirding,Detlef09 407 38740211464237

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Subject: 3.26.2016 Kona, Hawaii pelagic trip (#ManuConservation)
From: Lance Tanino <lance.tanino AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Mar 2016 13:55:12 -1000
3.26.2016. We (14 participants) had a very successful and fantastic day on
the water (smooth ride on glassy seas) off the Kona coast. We encountered
11 seabird, 4 fish, and 3 marine mammal species.

Room still available for sign-ups for APRIL 23rd trip.

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

 


https://www.instagram.com/hawaiibirdguide808/

 


3.26.2016
We encountered at least 11 bird species (5 migrant species; photo analysis
forthcoming), 3 marine mammal species, and 5 fish species. See summary
below.

NEXT TRIP: APRIL 23
Let me know if interested. With enough interest, possible additional trips
for early April and/or early May.

3.26.2016
We (14 participants) had a very successful day on the water off Kona coast,
Hawaii Island. We encountered at least 11 bird species (photo analysis
forthcoming), 3 marine mammal species, and 5 fish species.

We started under dark gloomy, cloudy skies and under flash flood watch
conditions, however, all participants including boat crew, Capt. Charlie
and Shawn were too full of positive energy to let that deter us from having
a bad day. As we boarded, a gigantic rainbow shield protected us from the
dark clouds on the horizon. More rainbows were seen clearing a path for our
glorious adventure awaiting us with improving ocean conditions with each
hour. We charged forward soon after sunrise armed with a spacious 46-foot
boat, binoculars, expert bird photographers, trolling rods with attractive
lures, and wildlife enthusiast excitement.

In our first 30 minutes on the water, we observed a distant Masked Booby
frequently plunge-diving from great heights, our first migrant species were
three Red Phalaropes out of a minimum of 36 for the day, second migrant
species, a lone Buller's Shearwater (migrant), and steady northerly flights
of migrating Sooty Shearwaters (third migrant species) numbering one to
three at a time.

Steady flights throughout the day with almost 9 Sooty Shearwaters per hour
headed north. We also averaged about 4 Red Phalaropes per hour
(conservative count). Our fourth migrant species, Storm-petrels
(Band-rumped/Leach's; probably all Band-rumped unless photos prove
otherwise) seemed to also accompany us throughout the day. Our fifth
migrant seabird species, Mottled Petrel (initial photo/observations showed
M-pattern on topside, dark belly on thick body, and thick black bar on
underwings) flew close to the boat. With mostly glassy conditions, it was a
wonderful opportunity to observe seabirds resting on the water including a
small Sooty Shearwater raft, subadult Brown Booby on a buoy and another one
active fishing at water surface, and small flock of Brown Noddies including
a first-summer plumaged individual.

And those were just the birds, we also had encounters with fish and marine
mammals. We hooked up on a marlin and spearfish. We got very close to
hauling in the marlin, however, it got away. We quickly brought in the
spearfish. Some of us brought home filets or had half-price off at Bite Me
Fish Market Bar & Grill. The panko-crusted plate was ono-licious.

The Pacific Humpback Whales were probably the most uncooperative species of
the day. A few got very brief views of this large mammal. We also had short
views of a small Spotted Dolphin pod near a buoy, however, the best marine
mammal encounter was a very large pod of Short-finned Pilot Whales. Adults
and young appeared to be resting at the surface, periodically surfacing to
breathe all around the boat.

ELEVEN bird species
Masked Booby (resident breeder) - 1
Red Phalarope (migrant) - 36
Phalarope sp. - 2
Sooty Shearwater (migrant) - 80
Buller's Shearwater (migrant) - 1
Wedge-tailed Shearwter - 9
Band-rumped/Leach's Storm-Petrel (resident/migrant) - 14
White-tailed Tropicbird - 2
Noddy sp. - 1
Sooty Tern - 1
Brown Noddy - 6 (include a first-summer)
Mottled Petrel (migrant) - 1
Brown Booby - 2 subadult

FOUR FISH SPECIES
Marlin sp. - 1
Spearfish sp. - 1
Small Tuna ('Aku/Small 'Ahi?) - Several observed jumping out of water
feeding on smaller prey
Flying Fish sp. - few
Remora - 1 attached to Spearfish

THREE MARINE MAMMAL SPECIES
Pacific Humpback Whale - 2
Short-finned Pilot Whale - 15+
Spotted Dolphin - 3



Lance Tanino, M.S.
Manu Conservation Birding and Nature Tours
Environmental Consulting / Education
Kamuela, Hawaii Island, Hawai'i
808-495-6545
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Subject: Chatham & Taiko expedition
From: Robert Flood <live2seabird AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2016 22:29:44 +0000
It should perhaps have been mentioned that the trip was conceived, planned
over a two-year period, and led by Bob Flood and Kirk Zufelt. Along with
Angus Wilson, Bob and Kirk have written up a detailed account of the
successes that our efforts produced and it is under review with a leading
seabird journal.

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Robert L. Flood DSc, PhD, BSc (1st Hons)
www.scillypelagics.com
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Subject: Rarest of the Rare: Chatham Island Petrel, by Peter Harrison
From: Apex Expeditions <aliciafreyman1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Mar 2016 15:01:14 -0700 (PDT)
Apex Expeditions’ cofounder Peter Harrison is recently returned from a 
month-long scouting trip to the seas off the Chatham Islands, east of New 
Zealand. They were attempting to be the first observers to record and 
photograph, at sea, the Chatham Island Petrel (*Pterodroma axillaris*), one 
of the world’s rarest birds with an estimated population of just 1,000 
individuals. Read about their successful trip and view photographs of the 
Chatham Island Petrel and Taiko Petrel on Apex Expeditions’ blog page here: 
Birds 

of New Zealand’s Subantarctic Islands: Chatham Island Petrel and Taiko 
Petrel 

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Subject: Seabird video
From: Robert Flood <live2seabird AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 23:38:10 +0000
Am uploading lots of new seabird video from the recent Chatham Expedition.

Subscribe to my You Tube account and receive notifications.

Video is fun to watch and provides a free educational source for learning
ID features of seabirds as you see them through binoculars (not the back of
a camera)

Subscribe to: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1P-kPue4kX4HHSMzGd_rPg

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Subject: Chatham Island Petrel
From: Kirk Zufelt <zufelt_k AT shaw.ca>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 23:38:55 -0500
Folks- posted a brief account and picture of our initial Chatham Island Petrel 
sighting off Hawke’s Bay, NZ on Jan 12/16. 


http://www.pelagicodyssey.ca/page12/ 


Thanks to Bob Flood for his great leadership during the expedition, all the 
participants for there camaraderie and the Jolly clan for there seamanship and 
love of the high seas. 


Kirk Zufelt

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Subject: Brief Mexico,Bermuda and Japan updates.
From: Kirk Zufelt <zufelt_k AT shaw.ca>
Date: Sun, 20 Dec 2015 15:42:28 -0500
Seabirders

I just updated my website with brief accounts of the Mexican Pelagic, Bermuda 
and a very brief review of spring explorations off Japan. I hope to provide a 
more thorough account of the Japan expedition sometime this winter. 


I wanted to thank all those involved with the Mexico Pelagic - who made this 
initial voyage to Guadalupe and Soccorro Islands a success. This includes John 
Brodie-Goode who “took a chance” on this effort as he has done before and 
will undoubtedly do again, Chris Collins and Steve Howell for there leadership 
and insights, Bob Flood for freely sharing his knowledge to all seabird 
enthusiasts (along with masterminding another amazing Bermuda experience) and 
last but not least Art and Celia and the crew of the Searcher for making the 
trip comfortable, safe and tasty. Also a giant thanks to all the participants 
whom without, such ventures would be impossible. 


I think we learned a lot on this trip and these insights should be very helpful 
in planning for a repeat journey. I would encourage all those with an interest 
in seabirds to sign up. 


http://www.pelagicodyssey.ca/page12/ 


Kirk Zufelt
www.pelagicodyssey.ca

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Subject: Mexico Pelagic 2015 - Ainley's Storm-Petrel
From: John Brodie-Good <john.brodiegood AT btinternet.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Dec 2015 11:18:55 +0000
Hi seabirders,

Our first trip sailed from San Diego on sunday last. They have already enjoyed 
fantastic encounters with Ainley’s Stormies around Guadeloupe Island.Assuming 
they do not find any other interesting Storm-Petrels there (!), they will sail 
to the Socorro Islands in search of Townsend's Shearwater next. Our post-voyage 
report will contact data from all sightings related to endangered seabirds. 


Short daily updates from the expedition can be seen on our website, click the 
trip report tab. 


http://www.wildwings.co.uk/app-holidays/mexico-pelagic-new

We have the vessel on hold for a repeat, 7th - 17th November 2016.

Please contact us if you are interested in coming along.

Cheers

John Brodie-Good

WildWings UK

tours AT wildwings.co.uk


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Subject: Flight video of Bermuda Petrel
From: Robert Flood <live2seabird AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Nov 2015 13:31:40 +0000
Got your next Hatteras pelagics booked? Want to call Bermuda Petrel before
the spotters? Then check this out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hdDBC4OX_U

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Subject: Bermuda Petrel special
From: Robert Flood <live2seabird AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2015 02:56:09 +0000
I organise Bermuda Petrel special pelagics in Bermuda in November, and this
year's session was a great success. We achieved all 5 trips to sea, plus
the visit to Nonsuch Island to observe banding studies. Pelagic trips
yielded 20++ petrels on 10/11; 20+ on 13/11; 16 on 14/11; nine on 16/11;
six on 17/11. We saw 21 off Cooper’s Point on 12/11. We were privileged to
observe eight in the hand on Nonsuch during our visit on 13/11.

Another highlight was Bermuda's first Trindade Petrel, seen from our
pelagic trips on 13/11.

Land birds included 15 species of American warbler, with highlights being
Black-throated Green, Cape May, Magnolia, Hooded, Yellow-throated. There
was a good variety of other land birds.

Here is my Nov 2016 tour spiel. Get in touch if you're interested.

Organiser: Bob Flood will organise the trip on a non-commercial basis. Any
money left over from the kitty of US$6,000 will be added to the donation to
the Cahow research program (see below). Bob has visited Bermuda in four of
the last five years and has worked out effective strategies to see Cahow at
sea, and good relations with key Bermudans necessary to make the planned
activities a success.

Aim: A unique opportunity to get intimate with and photograph the Cahow at
sea and at the translocation colony on Nonsuch Island. In addition, we will
meet the key Bermudans behind the incredible rediscovery in 1951 and the
subsequent recovery program (i.e. David Wingate and Jeremy Madeiros). I
never cease to be fascinated by their stories.

Dates: 7-17 November 2016 (but see below).

Activities: There will be five afternoon/evening trips to sea (2 pm to
about 6.30 pm) and a day-time trip to Nonsuch Island where we will be given
a guided tour and 'participate' in banding studies observing birds in the
hand. We will run these trips on sequential days if possible. However, it
is likely that we will lose a few days to bad weather, so I advise everyone
to plan to be in Bermuda a minimum of 10 days from the first day of planned
activity (Nov 7). There will be excellent opportunities to photograph birds
at sea and in the hand. The Bermuda Audubon Society run shorter Cahow trips
at the weekend and this is an optional extra (about US$50 each, but there
will be many more than eight people on the boat and photography will be
much more difficult). I also expect that we will have an evening meal with
David Wingate and separately with Jeremy Madeiros, when we will have an
opportunity to listen to and ask questions about their fascinating Cahow
stories about the rediscovery and saving it from extinction. (We cover the
cost of their meals.)

No: The maximum group size is eight so we can get permission to visit
Nonsuch Island and participate in the banding studies, and to enable
photography.

Cost: The cost will be US$750. This will cover all five boat charters, the
trip to Nonsuch Island for the day, chum/bait, and a US$1,500 donation from
the group to the Cahow research program. All other costs are the
participants’ responsibility. Pro rata refunds for pelagic trips will be
made if we are unable to complete the full set of five. A 50% deposit will
be required in January 2016.

Other: I am happy to advise on accommodation in Bermuda, eating,
transportation, etc.

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Subject: Video of Bermuda Petrel on Nonsuch
From: Robert Flood <live2seabird AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 2015 16:59:46 +0000
   - Eight different birds during banding studies:
   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgFj9owcyi8

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Subject: Good Cahow activity off breeding islands Nov. 10
From: Brian Patteson <patteson1 AT embarqmail.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2015 07:42:18 -0500
Several of us, including Kate Sutherland, Doug Koch, and Angus Wilson were 
fortunate enough to be out on a Cahow watching trip in Bermuda organized by Bob 
Flood yesterday afternoon. We saw possibly 20 or more Bermuda Petrels- many in 
paired flight. David Wingate, who came out with us, explained that these are 
the younger birds, as the established pairs are already in the burrows. It was 
a great sight to see and quite an encouraging testament to the stewardship of 
the breeding grounds begun by Wingate decades ago. This is peak time to see the 
Cahows in late afternoon near shore. We took a boat out to get close, but they 
can readily be seen by seawatching these days. The Bermuda Audubon Society also 
runs several boat trips every November. 


Brian Patteson
Hatteras, NC

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Subject: THE LAST PELAGIC FROM LIMA, PERU, EVER? November 23.
From: Gunnar Engblom <kolibriexp AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Nov 2015 14:28:59 -0500
Hi all


It is sad to announce the last pelagic from Lima on Nov 23, after 15 years
since Kolibri Expeditions pioneered into deep waters of the Humboldt
Current from Callao, Lima.
The boat owner is quite content taking people bobbing around in life vests
in the water just in front of the sea lion colony at Palomino islets off
the coast, rather than spending 7 hours at deep sea. I guess the
ecologically and ethically questionable "swimming with the sea-lions"
business is more lucrative. Alas, there are no other boats, so this will
indeed be THE LAST PELAGIC. At least until there is another boat with the
corresponding permits.

I'd like to make this last pelagic something special. SO PLEASE CONSIDER TO
JOIN US ON NOV 23 FOR THIS SPECIAL LAST PELAGIC. The more people that join
us, the longer we can stay with the chum slick. There is good chance that
this could be one of the best pelagic in Lima ever, because El Niño has
brought some unusual records already. The two last pelagics in September
and October have brought large numbers of Cook's Petrel and a few Galapagos
Petrels as first Lima records. Markham's Storm-Petrel (last seen on our
July 26 Pelagic this year) has been remarkably absent, but if staying with
the chum long enough and scrutinize all the Black Storm-Petrels (very
abundant since July) there should be a good chance. Ringed (Hornby´s)
Storm-Petrel has been performing VERY WELL all year.

Look at the surface water temperatures of the Pacific right now.
http://www.ospo.noaa.gov/data/sst/contour/equatpac.c.gif

You can see that the coast of Peru has pocketed some cooler water. A lot of
birds are pressed towards the Peruvian coast. This could be very
interesting.

We have reserved also Nov 24 in case there are weather conditions that make
Nov 23 impossible. Should you want to do additional birding in Peru while
here there is a 5 day Manu road tour scheduled right Nov 25-29 and after
that some Central Peru programs. Check out our calendar.
http://www.kolibriexpeditions.com/Birding/Calendar.aspx…

 

Write me at kolibriexp AT gmail.com for more info.

Finally here is a link to the blogpost about the best Peruvian Pelagic
Birds.
http://www.kolibriexpeditions.com/…/10-best-birds-of-lima-…/


Hope to see some of you here in Lima on November 23. This pelagic has been
commissioned by Birdquest but a few more people are needed to be using the
large boat with two 200hp outboard engines.


Gunnar

Gunnar Engblom-Lima, Peru.
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Subject: HALF MOON BAY PELAGIC TRIP REPORT: OCT 4
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 6 Oct 2015 11:23:57 -0700
Howdy, SEA Birders,

Shearwater Journeys' October 4, 2015 pelagic trip departing from Half Moon Bay 
turned out to be a fabulous day. Folks who joined us on both this trip and the 
Monterey Bay trip, October 3rd, added a number of new species for their total 
list. These included: WILSON'S STORM-PETREL (3, excellent views), FORK-TAILED 
STORM-PETREL (1, excellent views), SOUTH POLAR SKUA (1), and MARBLED MURRELETS 
(7). 


Additional highlights included a scattering of both ASHY and BLACK 
STORM-PETRELS; NORTHERN/PACIFIC FULMAR; BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS; an offshore 
PEREGRINE FALCON; a late, or wintering PIGEON GUILLEMOT; CASSIN'S and 
RHINOCEROS AUKLETS. 


Marine mammal highlights included: 1200 LONG-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHINS traveling 
in one gigantic herd (herds of up to 10,000 are not unknown in Southern 
California); 3 HUMPBACK WHALES and 2 STELLER'S SEA LIONS. 


A great many of the birders made both trips this past weekend with Shearwater 
Journeys. Those who did wracked up a long list of seabirds and marine mammals. 
Many thanks to the birders who joined us! The leaders on this pelagic trip 
were: Steve Hampton, Will Brooks, Alex Rinkert, Annie Schmidt, Christian 
Schwarz, and Debi Shearwater. 


UPCOMING TRIPS: 
2 SPACES are available on out OCTOBER 11 HALF MOON BAY trip. Spaces are 
available on our OCTOBER 10 MONTEREY BAY trip. 

Please email me for a reservation.

The complete species list for October 4, 2015 Half Moon Bay follows:

RED-THROATED LOON- 3
PACIFIC LOON- 1
EARED GREBE- 20
WESTERN GREBE- 30
BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS- 3
NORTHERN/PACIFIC FULMAR- 35
PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER- 300
SOOTY SHEARWATER- 100
SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER- 2
WILSON'S STORM-PETREL- 3
FORK-TAILED STORM-PETREL- 1
ASHY STORM-PETREL- 25
BLACK STORM-PETREL- 35
BROWN PELICAN- 2000
BRANDT'S CORMORANT- 1000
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT- 500
SURF SCOTER- 30
BLUE-WINGED TEAL- 7
BLACK OYSTERCATCHER- 7
WHIMBREL- 1
MARBLED GODWIT- 3
BLACK TURNSTONE- 15
SURFBIRD- 12
WILLET- 10
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE- 10
RED PHALAROPE- 15
SOUTH POLAR SKUA- 1
POMARINE JAEGER- 2
PARASITIC JAEGER- 4
CALIFORNIA GULL- 50
HERRING GULL- 2
WESTERN GULL- 250
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL- 1
ELEGANT TERN- 80
COMMON MURRE- 650
PIGEON GUILLEMOT- 1
MARBLED MURRELET- 7
CASSIN'S AUKLET- 20
RHINOCEROS AUKLET- 3
PEREGRINE FALCON- 1
WARBLER SP. - 1
AMERICAN PIPIT- 1
WESTERN MEADOWLARK- 1
SEA OTTER- 1
CALIFORNIA SEA LION- 50
STELLER'S SEA LION- 2
HUMPBACK WHALE- 3
LONG-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHIN- 1200
OCEAN SUNFISH- 10
SHARK SP.- 2

A gale had blown through the area the night prior to this trip. Seas were 
subsiding throughout the day — so much so that we looked, again, for the 
marbled murrelets in the afternoon with great success! Again, the high swell 
made it all but impossible to search for flocks of storm-petrels, but we 
enjoyed close views of the storm-petrels we did find! 


Living the Salt Life,
Debi Shearwater

DEBRA SHEARWATER
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Subject: Monterey Bay Pelagic Report: October 3, 2015
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 6 Oct 2015 08:20:48 -0700
Howdy, SEA Birders,

Shearwater Journeys' guests and leaders enjoyed an unforgettable Monterey Bay 
pelagic trip on October 3. Highlights included: excellent views of one LEACH'S, 
BLACK and ASHY STORM-PETRELS approximately 4 miles off Point Pinos; one BROWN 
BOOBY flew by; 5 species of SHEARWATERS: PINK-FOOTED, BULLER'S, SOOTY, 
SHORT-TAILED, and BLACK-VENTED; POMARINE and PARASITIC JAEGERS; SABINE'S GULL; 
BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS; PACIFIC FULMAR; and excellent views of CASSIN'S and 
RHINOCEROS AUKLETS. Owing to the large swells, no storm-petrel flocks were 
found. Rather, they were scattered thinly. This is the first time in many years 
that I've seen a LEACH'S STORM-PETREL at Monterey Bay, and certainly the 
closest to shore record. Perhaps, it was blown in by a strong gale that was 
forecast to hit later this day. By the time we were headed to the harbor, it 
had started to blow. So we made it just in time! 


The marine mammal highlight of the day was following 17 to 21 KILLER WHALES for 
15 km, while they were spy-hopping, breaching, and tail-slapping. One adult 
killer whale was very "randy" presenting a large, pink penis on numerous 
occasions. While it appeared that they might be mating, I do not think this was 
the case because this whale was most likely with his mother or auntie and 
possibly, a sibling. (This was the first group of three killer whales that we 
encountered). They seemed to be engaged in a lot of social activity. 


Many thanks to all of the birders, from near and far, who joined Shearwater 
Journeys on this day! The leaders on this trip included: Tim Miller, Abe 
Borker, Alex Rinkert, Christian Schwarz, Dena Spatz, Jennifer Green, and Debi 
Shearwater. 


The complete species list follows (all sightings are for Monterey County):

PACIFIC LOON- 4
COMMON LOON- 2
BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS- 34
NORTHERN/PACIFIC FULMAR- 50
PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER- 450
BULLER'S SHEARWATER- 3
SOOTY SHEARWATER- 135
SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER- 2
BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER- 250
*LEACH'S STORM-PETREL- 1
ASHY STORM-PETREL- 70
BLACK STORM-PETREL- 18
*BROWN BOOBY- 1
BROWN PELICAN- 70
BRANDT'S CORMORANT- 700
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT- 3
PELAGIC CORMORANT- 3
BLACK OYSTERCATCHER- 2
BLACK TURNSTONE- 5
SURFBIRD- 2
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE- 25
RED PHALAROPE- 2
POMARINE JAEGER- 9
PARASITIC JAEGER- 12
HEERMANN'S GULL- 25
CALIFORNIA GULL- 100
WESTERN GULL- 150
SABINE'S GULL- 3
ELEGANT TERN- 375
COMMON MURRE- 100
CASSIN'S AUKLET- 140 (our highest count yet for this season)
RHINOCEROS AUKLET- 30
PEREGRINE FALCON- 1, on the red and white radio tower along Cannery Row
SEA OTTER- 4
CALIFORNIA SEA LION- 60
NORTHERN ELEPHANT SEAL- 1
HUMPBACK WHALE- 3
LONG-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHIN- 50
KILLER WHALE- 17 to 21, difficult to get an accurate count due to their 
behavior; at least 4 adult males. 

OCEAN SUNFISH- 3
SHARK SP.- 1

Shearwater Journeys' OCTOBER 11 MONTEREY BAY pelagic trip has a few spaces 
still available. Please email me at: debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com for a 
reservation. 


Living the Salt Life,
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: MONTEREY BAY, CALIFORNIA TRIP REPORT: SEP 27, 2015
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2015 20:25:28 -0700
Howdy, SEA Birders,

Shearwater Journeys' September 27, 2015 Monterey Bay pelagic trip tallied 14 
species of tubenoses. Highlights included: excellent views of two different 
MANX SHEARWATERS, sitting on the water amidst 5220 BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS. 
Other shearwaters included: FLESH-FOOTED, SOOTY, BULLER'S, SHORT-TAILED. Owing 
to the calmer seas on this trip, we found rafts of storm-petrels sitting on the 
water. Flocks ranged from 20 to 50 to 500 storm-petrels and included FIVE 
SPECIES: BLACK, ASHY, LEAST, WILSON'S, and FORK-TAILED. In all, we tallied 14 
species of tubenoses and enjoyed a beautiful day at sea. We covered both 
Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. 


Many thanks to all of the birders who joined us from near and far for this 
trip. The leaders on this date were: Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert, Joel 
Barrett, Linda Terrill, Scott Terrill, and Debi Shearwater. 


We operated 15 pelagic trips during 23 days of September from Monterey, Half 
Moon Bay, and Bodega Bay. It was quite amazing to be out there so many days and 
see how the species changed with the ebb and flow of warm water. Terrafin is 
showing a broad wall of warm water out about the 1000 fathom line (beyond the 
reach of one day trips). However, seabirds and other marine animals have been 
moving in ahead of this front. (Black-vented Shearwaters, Least Storm-Petrels, 
Loggerhead Turtle, Bonito). At this time the strongest and coldest water is 
nearshore, just off the Seal Beach along Highway One (Big Sur) where birders 
are reporting large concentrations of Sooty Shearwaters — this is absolutely 
right on the mark! 


During October, we have five trips scheduled. Of those, two are sold out. 
Spaces are still available on the following: 

OCTOBER 3 Monterey with leaders: Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Abe Borker, Dena 
Spatz, Tim Miller, Alex Rinkert. Jennifer Green, Debi Shearwater. 

OCTOBER 10 Monterey with leaders: David Vander Pluym, Lauren Harter, Todd 
McGrath, Alex Rinkert, Jennifer Green, Debi Shearwater. 

OCTOBER 11 Half Moon Bay with leaders: Jim Holmes, Tim Miller, Will Brooks, 
David Vander Pluym, Lauren Harter, Todd McGrath, Marissa Ortega-Welch, Debi 
Shearwater 


October 4 Half Moon Bay and October 18 Great White Shark trips are sold out. 
Wait list only. 


The complete species list follows below.

PACIFIC LOON- 1
EARED GREBE- 14
BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS- 15
PACIFIC FULMAR- 36
PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER- 90
FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER- 1
BULLER'S SHEARWATER- 4
SOOTY SHEARWATER- 4615
SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER- 1
MANX SHEARWATER- 2
BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER- 5220
WILSON'S STORM-PETREL- 2
FORK-TAILED STORM-PETREL- 2
ASHY STORM-PETREL- 536
BLACK STORM-PETREL- 83
LEAST STORM-PETREL- 3
BROWN PELICAN- 40
BRANDT'S CORMORANT- 40
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT- 1
PELAGIC CORMORANT- 4
BLACK TURNSTONE- 2
SURFBIRD- 3
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE- 58
RED PHALAROPE- 18
POMARINE JAEGER- 9
PARASITIC JAEGER- 4
HEERMANN'S GULL- 50
CALIFORNIA GULL- 310
WESTERN GULL- 410
SABINE'S GULL- 3
ELEGANT TERN- 55
COMMON TERN- 1
COMMON MURRE- 55
CASSIN'S AUKLET- 83
RHINOCEROS AUKLET- 20
PEREGRINE FALCON- 1, on the red and white radio tower along Cannery Row
SEA OTTER- 5
CALIFORNIA SEA LION- 5-
STELLER'S SEA LION- 1
NORTHERN ELEPHANT SEAL- 1
HARBOR SEAL- 5
HUMPBACK WHALE- 5
SHORT-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHIN- 20
LONG-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHIN- 800
OCEAN SUNFISH- 2

The turtle we saw on the September 25, 2015 Monterey Bay trip has been 
positively identified from images as a LOGGERHEAD TURTLE. Input was given by 
Robert L. Pitman on the ID. I have never seen a Loggerhead Turtle this far 
north, although they are known to range as far north as Alaska. 


Living the Salt Life,
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: September 26 Monterey Bay, California Pelagic Report
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 26 Sep 2015 20:03:22 -0700
Howdy, SEA Birders,

Shearwater Journeys' Monterey Bay pelagic trip today was outstanding, despite 
snappy seas! There's a wall of warm water which is smack dab up against a cold 
water front. Warm water loving species continue to appear at Monterey Bay. 
Highlights of today's trip included: 2 FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATERS, 1 MANX 
SHEARWATER, sitting amongst a very large mixed flock of mostly SOOTY and 
BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS; 4 LEAST STORM-PETRELS; excellent views of BLACK and 
ASHY STORM-PETRELS. The HUMPBACK WHALE SHOW continues at Moss Landing, gorging 
on a mass of anchovies, probably the size of Manhattan. I reckon by 
mid-October, we might be finding a lot of Least Storm-Petrels. Who knows? 


If anyone could update the bird list at the Monterey Bay Birding Festival, I 
would appreciate that. Below, is the complete species list for September 26, 
2017. Many thanks to the participants on today's trip. The leaders were: Scott 
Terrill, Linda Terrill, Alex Rinkert, Tim Miller, Debi Shearwater. 


COMMON LOON- 1
BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS- 51
PACIFIC FULMAR- 40
PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER- 106
*FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER- 2
BULLER'S SHEARWATER- 2
SOOTY SHEARWATER- 20,200
*MANX SHEARWATER- 1
BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER- 3750
ASHY STORM-PETREL- 49
BLACK STORM-PETREL- 38
*LEAST STORM-PETREL- 4
BROWN PELICAN- 65
BRANDT'S CORMORANT- 125
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT- 1
PELAGIC CORMORANT- 3
SURF SCOTER- 1
BLACK TURNSTONE- 3
SURFBIRD- 5
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE- 30
RED PHALAROPE- 82
POMARINE JAEGER- 6
PARASITIC JAEGER- 4
HEERMANN'S GULL- 35
CALIFORNIA GULL- 360
HERRING GULL- 1
WESTERN GULL- 2675
ELEGANT TERN- 202
COMMON TERN- 30
FORSTER'S TERN- 1
COMMON MURRE- 370
CASSIN'S AUKLET- 9
RHINOCEROS AUKLET- 3
PEREGRINE FALCON- 1, on the red and white radio tower along Cannery Row
SNOWY EGRET- 1
GREAT EGRET- 7
SEA OTTER- 4
CALIFORNIA SEA LION- 250
HARBOR SEAL- 2
HUMPBACK WHALE- 30
LONG-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHIN- 800
OCEAN SUNFISH- 1

Upcoming trips: Spaces are still available on October 3 & 10 Monterey Bay and 
October 11 Half Moon Bay (only 7 spaces open). 


See you out there!
Living the Salt Life,
Debi Shearwater

DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
831.637.8527
debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com
www.shearwaterjourneys.com
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Subject: Monterey Bay is HOT!
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv AT earthlink.net>
Date: Fri, 25 Sep 2015 19:32:27 -0700
Howdy, SEA Birders,

Shearwater Journeys' Monterey Bay trip today, September 25, 2015 had a good 
diversity of marine life. 


A red river of hot water is approaching Monterey Bay from the south, close to 
the shore in some areas, according to the Terrafin SST charts. Seabirds and 
other marine animals seem to be on the leading edge of this river. We saw a 
marked increase in BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER (3000)- with rafts and rafts of them 
just outside the Monterey harbor. BONITO a decidedly warm water fish, was 
caught in large numbers just outside of the harbor today. We haven't seen this 
fish in Monterey Bay for many years, probably not since the last El Nino. 
RISSO'S DOLPHINS were wandering around in large herds nearshore, indicating 
that squid must be around as well. But, the "star" of today's trip was a 
LOGGERHEAD TURTLE! I say this, pending 100% ID when I see some photos. The 
turtle that we most often encounter is the Leatherback Turtle. This turtle was 
definitely not that species. My best estimation is that it was a LOGGERHEAD, 
very unusual in our area, although they have been recorded as far north as 
Alaska. This river of warm water, up to 67+ F, could bring just about any 
species that normally associates with such conditions. 


Below, is the complete species list. If anyone is attending the Monterey Bay 
Birding Festival and could update the list at the festival, I would appreciate 
that. 


PACIFIC LOON- 2
EARED GREBE- 15
BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS- 24, including many sitting around a fishing vessel
PACIFIC FULMAR- 30
PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER- 45
SOOTY SHEARWATER- 1500
SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER- 2
BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATER- 3000
ASHY STORM-PETREL- 40
BLACK STORM-PETREL- 6
BROWN PELICAN- +
BRANDT'S CORMORANT- +
PELAGIC CORMORANT- 2
SURF SCOTER- 2
BLACK TURNSTONE- 3
SURFBIRD- 4
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE- 400
RED PHALAROPE- 50
SOUTH POLAR SKUA- 1, only a few observers
POMARINE JAEGER- 8
PARASITIC JAEGER- 4
LONG-TAILED JAEGER- 1, nice one, flew right up the stern
HEERMANN'S GULL- +
CALIFORNIA GULL- +
HERRING GULL- 1, photos
WESTERN GULL- 100
ELEGANT TERN- +
COMMON MURRE- 1200
CASSIN'S AUKLET- 8
RHINOCEROS AUKLET- 20
PEREGRINE FALCON- 1, has already been hanging on the red & white radio tower 
along Cannery Row 

PELAGIC MERLIN- 1, well offshore, chasing--- phalaropes?
SNOWY EGRET- 2, standing on the kelp beds, along Cannery Row
GREAT EGRET- 5, standing on the kelp beds, along Cannery Row
SEA OTTER- 6
CALIFORNIA SEA LION- 125
NORTHERN ELEPHANT SEAL- 1, juvenile at the beach near the Coast Guard Jetty
HUMPBACK WHALE- 35
LONG-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHIN- 1200
RISSO'S DOLPIN- 105
OCEAN SUNFISH- 1
LOGGERHEAD TURTLE- 1
MOON & BROWN JELLIES- ++

I would like to thank all of the birders who joined us today! The leaders on 
today's trip were: Rick Fournier, Clay Kempf, Abe Borker, Adam Searcy, Tim 
Miller, Debi Shearwater. Adam Searcy is doing the eBird checklists. 


Upcoming trips with spaces available:
MONTEREY: September 27; October 3 & 10
HALF MOON BAY: October 11. 

Sure has been an interesting season! 
Living the Salt Life,
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: SEP 19, 2015 Kona, Hawaii Pelagic Report
From: Lance Tanino <lance.tanino AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Sep 2015 11:14:42 -0700 (PDT)

9.19.2015
Kona Fall Pelagic Seabirding Expedition I
6:30 AM - 4:30 PM
70 total miles - visited OTEC (13 miles from marina) and Tsunami (30 miles 
from marina) buoys

Leaders: Lance Tanino, Alex Wang, and Thane Pratt

https://www.flickr.com/…/…/21561584635/in/dateposted-public/ 


Fifteen participants took part in the first of two 10-hour pelagic birding 
trips this season out of Kona, Hawai'i. MAHALO NUI LOA to Alex Wang and 
Thane Pratt for helping organize this trip.

We departed the harbor at 6:50 A.M. and within our first hour, we 
encountered a very large pod of SPINNER DOLPHINS (Stenella longirostris), 
two SHORT-FINNED PILOT WHALE (Globicephala macrorhynchus) pods, and SPOTTED 
DOLPHINS (Stenella attenuata). In the afternoon, we got our fourth Hawaiian 
odontocete species, a ROUGH-TOOTHED DOLPHIN pod. We observed this pod 
encircle a young Mahimahi (attempting to hide under a three-foot long PVC 
pipe along with a few Filefishes). We witnessed predation in action when it 
eventually succumbed to becoming a snack for the dolphins.

In the second hour, we had our first two of FOUR JUAN FERNANDEZ PETRELS 
(Pterodroma externa) for the day. They will eventually make their way to 
Chile for their breeding season. We eventually observed two more migratory 
seabird species in the afternoon. We saw a lone BLACK-WINGED PETREL 
(Pterodroma nigripennis) as well as a SOOTY SHEARWATER (Puffinus griseus; 
possibly two).

Other species encountered on our 70+ mile journey:

BIRDS:
Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster; 2 adults)
Red-footed Booby (Sula sula rubripes; 2 subadults)
Wedge-tailed Shearwater (Puffinus pacificus; 496+); we approached four 
feeding/foraging flocks
Shearwater sp. (8)
SOOTY SHEARWATER (1-2)
JUAN FERNANDEZ PETREL (4);
- Large Pterodroma with white hind neck, grayish back (M-pattern), dark 
cap, dark eye patch, and mostly white undersides. The key characteristics 
observed in the field and from photos were slight carpal-ulnar bar on 
underwings and M-pattern on upper parts (wing and back). No more than one 
was observed at any time. Each encounter was associated with a flock of 
foraging WTSHs. Very leisurely, meandering flight with WTSHs in 
calm/variable winds. Photos were taken by Brad Argue, Bob & Bonnie Nims 
(available at Hawaii Birdwatching on FB) . Peter Pyle and Alvaro Jaramillo 
provided help with photo identifications. 
BLACK-WINGED PETREL (1)
Bulwer's Petrel (Bulweria bulwerii; 1)
White-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon lepturus; 1)
Brown Noddy (Anous stolid us; 1)
Sooty Tern (Onychoprion fuscatus; 44 including one vocal juvenile)

MARINE MAMMALS
Spinner Dolphin (~50)
Spotted Dolphin (~?)
Rough-toothed Dolphin (~5)
Pilot Whale (~10)

FISH:
Mahimahi (Coryphaena hippurus)
Tuna sp.
Flying Fish sp. (13)
Filefish sp. (2)

INSECT:
Moth sp. (8) 
Carpenter Bee (1), thanks Peggy .

NEXT TRIP is set for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17 KONA. For anyone interested in 
joining us, email to sign-up (Lance.Tanino AT gmail.com).


Lance Tanino

Manu Conservation

Kamuela (Waimea), Hawai'i


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Subject: SEP 20, Half Moon Bay, California Report
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2015 22:21:15 -0700
Howdy, SEA Birders,

Shearwater Journeys' participants enjoyed a beautiful day at sea on our Half 
Moon Bay pelagic trip, September 20th. Certainly the gorgeous sea conditions 
were a highlight of the day. It is not my imagination — we are experiencing 
more September days with wind than in previous decades, especially since the 
1980's. Climate change? 


Seabird highlights included: BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS; PACIFIC FULMAR; 
PINK-FOOTED, SOOTY, SHORT-TAILED, BULLER'S, BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS; WILSON'S, 
ASHY, BLACK STORM-PETRELS; BROWN BOOBY (on the green buoy-- we always check all 
of the buoys); RED & RED-NECKED PHALAROPES; GRAND SLAM ON JAEGERS: POMARINE, 
PARASITIC, LONG-TAILED; SOUTH POLAR SKUA; SABINE'S GULL; COMMON & ARCTIC TERNS; 
COMMON MURRE; MARBLED MURRELET; CASSIN'S & RHINOCEROS AUKLETS; TUFTED PUFFINS. 


We went offshore to the weather buoy, but most of the marine life was closer to 
shore, primarily along the 50 fathom line. Along that line, returning to the 
harbor, we encountered a good many (40) POMARINE JAEGERS and flocks of 
shearwaters, sitting on the water. Three beautiful, alternate plumaged TUFTED 
PUFFINS were spotted along the line. A PEREGRINE FALCON (San Mateo) was 
severely chasing birds! It caught a bird, ripped its head off mid-air (I saw it 
drop to the ocean), and flew off with what might have been a TUFTED PUFFIN!! It 
was great to see TEN MARBLED MURRELETS close to the shore. Lots of great images 
were made! Linda Terrill spotted a SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER sitting amongst 
flocks of Sootys in the morning. The BROWN BOOBY was on the green buoy, capping 
off the end of the day. 


Marine mammals were no less spectacular with lunge-feeding HUMPBACK WHALES, 
BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS and HARBOR PORPOISE, all close to shore. Two BLUE SHARKS 
were noted. And, a SWORDFISH was sighted by Scott & Linda Terrill, certainly 
the rarest species of the day! A wonderful group of birders were on board, 
including one Norwegian who tallied 25 Life Birds! 


The leaders on this trip were: Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Steve Hampton, 
Nick Levendosky, Gerry McChesney, Debi Shearwater. We covered both San Mateo 
and San Francisco Counties. Many thanks to all the birders who joined us, some 
making their first-ever pelagic trip. 


Update on Shearwater Journeys' trips:

Spaces are available on MONTEREY TRIPS: SEPTEMBER 25 & 27; OCTOBER 3 & 10. 
(September 26 is sold out). 

Spaces are available on HALF MOON BAY: OCTOBER 11. (October 4 is sold out).
The Great White Shark trip, October 18 is tentatively sold out. 

Living the Salt Life,
Debi Shearwater

DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
831.637.8527
debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com
www.shearwaterjourneys.com
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Subject: Bodega Bay, California Pelagic Report
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Sep 2015 20:32:36 -0700
Howdy, SEA Birders,

Highlights of Shearwater Journeys' pelagic trip departing from Bodega Bay 
September 18, 2015 included: 21 BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS; 3 BULLER'S SHEARWATERS 
(thin this season); close views of WILSON'S (6), FORK-TAILED (25), ASHY (100), 
BLACK (70) STORM-PETRELS; JAEGER GRAND SLAM: POMARINE (15), PARASITIC (2), 
LONG-TAILED (2); SOUTH POLAR SKUA (2); SABINE'S GULL (5- thin numbers this 
season); COMMON TERN (1), ARCTIC TERN (7- thin numbers this season); COMMON 
MURRE (600); PIGEON GUILLEMOT (4- most have departed for the north); CASSIN'S 
AUKLET (6) and RHINOCEROS AUKLET (6). 


The "star" seabird of the day was a solitary, flyby, GUADALUPE MURRELET 
captured digitally by Steve Tucker! 


HUMPBACK WHALES, LONG-BEAKED and SHORT-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHINS, RISSO'S 
DOLPHINS, and DALL'S PORPOISE were the cetacean highlights of a bouncy day at 
sea! 


The leaders on this sold out trip were: Peter Pyle, Chris Wood, Jessie Barry, 
Steve Howell, Abe Borker, Steve Tucker, Nick Levendosky, and Debi Shearwater. 
They don't call it "blow-dega" bay for nothn'! 


I've had a lot of requests for upcoming trips. So, I am listing the trips and 
leaders, below. 


SEP 25, MONTEREY with Abe Borker, Rick Fournier
SEP 26, MONTEREY 	with Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Tim Miller
SEP 27, MONTEREY with Joel Barrett, Nick Levendosky, Alex Rinkert
OCT 3, MONTEREY with Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Dena Spatz, Tim Miller, Alex 
Rinkert, Jennifer Green 

OCT 4, HALF MOON BAY with Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Annie Schmidt, Steve 
Hampton, Christian Schwarz, Alex Rinkert, Will Brooks (only 3 spaces available) 

OCT 10 MONTEREY with Todd McGrath, David Vander Pluym, Lauren Harter, Alex 
Rinkert, Jennifer Green 

OCT 11 HALF MOON BAY with Todd McGrath, Jim Holmes, Tim Miller, Will Brooks, 
David Vander Pluym, Lauren Harter, Marissa Ortega-Welch 

OCT 18 FARALLON ISLANDS GREAT WHITE SHARK SEARCH with Gerry McChesney, Peter 
Pyle, Jim Holmes, Steve Tucker (6 spaces available). 


Reservations: I can only be reached by email at this time: 
debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com. 


The Monterey Bay Birding Festival runs from September 25-27. However, one does 
not need to be registered for the festival in order to participate in the 
pelagic trips on those days. 


Truly Living the Salt Life,
Debi Shearwater

DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
831.637.8527
debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com
www.shearwaterjourneys.com
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Subject: Shy in primary moult
From: Robert Flood <live2seabird AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Sep 2015 22:16:49 +0100
Dear All, Might you have photos of Shy Albatross showing primary moult? If
so, I would be very grateful to receive copies for research purposes, and
possible use in publications. For research purposes, photos do not need to
be pin sharp or aesthetically pleasing. Cheers, Bob Flood

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Subject: Shifting Seabirds Searching for Food
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 17 Sep 2015 09:59:49 -0700
Howdy, SEA Birders,

Shearwater Journeys' pelagic trip departing from Monterey Bay yesterday 
revealed a shift in the central California coast seabirds. Both shearwaters and 
storm-petrels are on the move — searching for, I believe, food. It's all 
about food. 


During the morning hours off Point Pinos, we saw good numbers of shearwaters, 
many of them sitting on the water. However, ashy storm-petrels surprised us by 
being right off Point Pinos in only 27 fathoms. (This reminded me of the late 
1970's and seeing storm-petrels right from shore with Rich Stallcup). 


From Point Pinos, storm-petrels were scattered just about everywhere we 
traveled for the entire day. We went north to Santa Cruz County, finding 
storm-petrels along the underwater ridges where we have found them in year's 
past. Small flocks of 6-30 ashy storm-petrels were sitting on the water, but 
primarily they seemed to either be hunting for food, or actively feeding (?). 
Supposedly, ashy storm-petrels are nocturnal feeders, but perhaps this is not 
the case during times of stressed hunting. 


We saw ASHY, BLACK, and FORK-TAILED STORM-PETRELS throughout the day. Again, I 
say they seemed to be hunting for food. One of the most remarkable behaviors I 
saw yesterday was a SABINE'S GULL CHASING A BLACK STORM-PETREL! So, I'm 
assuming the black storm-petrel had some food item that the Sabine's gull was 
trying to steal! Indeed, I believe that the gull was successful. I have never, 
ever seen these two species interacting in such a manner. 


We recorded many of the usual fall seabirds, but missed Buller's Shearwater. 
Black-footed Albatross; Northern Fulmar, Sooty, Short-tailed, Black-vented, and 
Pink-footed Shearwaters; Red and Red-necked Phalaropes; Parasitic Jaegers; 
Cassin's Auklets (great views with our captain doing a great job of boat 
handling), etc., were all, sighted. 


The marine mammal highlight was about a dozen KILLER WHALES which were 
traveling toward Moss Landing where another group of Killer Whales had killed 
two dolphins already! 


There has never been a better time to do a pelagic trip! My post, below was 
very prophetic, as it turns out! If you haven't heard the news, Shearwater 
Journeys has recorded three MEGA-RARE seabirds within the past week! 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2015/09/why-you-should-do-pelagic-trip-in.html 


Factor in new reports of yet two new sightings of WEDGE-RUMPED (GALAPAGOS) 
STORM-PETRELS sighted from a cruise ship, and the recent report from NOAA of 
the continuing El Nino, but more importantly, the prediction for El Nino to die 
weaken through spring 2016 — and, there could never be another time to "get 
out there." 


Shearwater Journeys still has spaces available on the following trips:
MONTEREY (where two mega-rare seabirds have been seen within the past week): 
SEPTEMBER 25, 26, 27; OCTOBER 3, 10 

HALF MOON BAY: OCTOBER 4 & 11.
FARALLON ISLANDS GREAT WHITE SHARK SEARCH: OCTOBER 18, departing from Sausalito 
(only a few spaces open) 


The MONTEREY BAY BIRDING FESTIVAL will be held, September 24-26 at Watsonville. 
Although our pelagic trips are part of the festival program, one does not need 
to be registered or signed up for any festival events in order to book on the 
September 25, 26, 27 Monterey pelagic trips. Scott Terrill will present a 
seabird workshop on Friday, September 25 at the festival, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. 


See you out there!
Living the Salt Life,
Debi Shearwater

P.S. Perhaps shore based birders should be searching for (Galapagos) 
Swallow-tailed Gull, especially from Point Pinos. North America's first record 
was on the "monkey rocks" at Hopkins Marine Station, Pacific Grove. 


DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
831.637.8527
debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com
www.shearwaterjourneys.com
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Subject: New from ABC: Seabird Maps and Information for Fisheries website
From: "George Wallace" <gwallace7490 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Sep 2015 15:45:48 -0400
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Subject: WHITE-CHINNED PETREL: SHEARWATER JOURNEYS
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Sep 2015 21:50:19 -0700
Howdy, SEA Birders,

The singular highlight of Shearwater Journeys' pelagic trip departing from Half 
Moon Bay today was a WHITE-CHINNED PETREL that flew into the wake and sat 
around on the water for nearly 45 minutes. Leader, Tim Miller, called out a 
Flesh-footed Shearwater, but quickly changed that to a White-chinned Petrel. A 
great many photographs were shot by many delighted seabirders on this sold out 
trip. The petrel flew off, but returned again for a shorter visit. This petrel 
was in San Mateo County, where we spent the entire day. It was about 18 miles 
off Mavericks. 


Other highlights included: one BROWN BOOBY on the weather buoy (we first found 
4 Brown Boobies on this buoy last year); 20 BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES; 80 
NORTHERN/PACIFIC FULMARS; 600 PINK-FOOTED, 1 BULLER'S, 20,000 SOOTY 
SHEARWATERS; 4 WILSON'S, 8 FORK-TAILED, 1 LEACH'S, 12 ASHY, 18 BLACK 
STORM-PETRELS; GRAND SLAM on the JAEGERS: POMARINE, PARASITIC, LONG-TAILED and 
SOUTH POLAR SKUA; 1 COMMON and 2 ARCTIC TERNS; 2000 COMMON MURRES; 6 MARBLED 
MURRELETS; 3 CASSIN'S and 4 RHINOCEROS AUKLETS. We ended the day with about 8 
lunge-feeding HUMPBACK WHALES just outside the harbor entrance. Apparently, 
these whales are being seen from the roads, causing traffic jams! 


Seas were not so easy, but quite doable. There is a good temperature break 
right now in the shallow water ON the Continental Shelf, including the 
scattered storm-petrels. Nearshore, shoals of anchovies are not only being 
gorged upon by the humpback whales, but also hundreds of common murres (dads 
and chicks, calling), and large rafts of sooty shearwaters. Dead murres are 
everywhere — in the harbor, outside of the harbor, and offshore — providing 
food for the fulmars. 


It was one heck of a day, with many folks having already been on many of our 
recent set of six Monterey trips in a row, including the September 12th 
offshore Monterey albacore trip. Lots of elated birders! Spaces are still 
available on many of our trips this fall. Please see our web site for the 
schedule. 


Many thanks to all!
Living the Salt Life,
Debi Shearwater

DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
831.637.8527
debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com
www.shearwaterjourneys.com
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Subject: BULWER'S PETREL: NOT
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Sep 2015 12:10:34 -0700
Howdy, Seabirders,

With regard to the "Bulwer's Petrel(s)" observed on Shearwater Journeys' 
September 12th Albacore Grounds, Monterey Bay trip: 


A lot of discussion was generated while we were on the boat regarding the size 
of the petrel. Both leader, Mary Gustafson and I felt that the petrel was too 
large to be a Bulwer's Petrel. Several "expert" seabirders confirmed that it 
was a "Bulwer's Petrel'" by day's end. 


However, on review of a tiny sample of photographs, this bird is being 
seriously reevaluated. Size of the petrel, both in the field (Mary and I), and 
in some images, is simply not right for Bulwer's Petrel. 


Bottom line: ALL of the individuals who photographed this bird, are kindly 
requested to send images to me: debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com 


We'd like to have unprocessed images, not cropped, etc. You can send processed 
images as well, but we are looking for images with other birds in them, as much 
as anything. The quality of your image does not matter. 


If it is not a Bulwer's Petrel, whatever it is determined to be will likely be 
a first record for North America! 


Many thanks to all on board our incredible six days of pelagic trips from 
Monterey! 

Living the Salt Life,
Debi Shearwater

DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
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Subject: BULWER'S PETRELS: MONTEREY BAY: SEP 12, 2015
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Sep 2015 20:24:48 -0700
Howdy, SEA Birders,

hearwater Journeys' offshore Albacore Grounds trip departing at 5:30 a.m. 
today, September 12th was a killer trip by any standards. 


Highlights included: BULWER'S PETREL (possibly 2 individuals); BROWN BOOBY; 
LAYSAN ALBATROSS; FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER; SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER; FORK-TAILED 
STORM-PETREL; ASHY STORM-PETRELS; BLACK STORM-PETRELS; SOUTH POLAR SKUA; 
POMARINE, PARASITIC & LONG-TAILED JAEGERS; SABINE'S GULLS; ARCTIC TERNS; 
SCRIPPS'S/CRAVERI'S MURRELETS; TUFTED PUFFIN; and 12 FIN WHALES. 


Clearly, the major highlight of the day was the first BULWER'S PETREL, which 
our leader, Alex Rinkert spotted and called from the stern, as it was flying 
toward the bow. As the petrel flew around the bow, long-time leader, Scott 
Terrill, called, "Bulwer's Petrel," not knowing that Alex had identified the 
bird (it was noisy). This BULWER'S PETREL flew very close to the boat and gave 
us some great views. We should have many photographs of this individual by many 
photographers. Quite some time later, and 15 km away, another petrel which was 
spotted by a few of us flew rapidly past the bow of the boat. Whether or not 
the second sighting was of the same petrel, we do not know and no photographs 
were obtained of the second sighting. It was some crazy moments. Details and 
images will be forthcoming to the California Birds Records Committee. Both 
sightings were in SANTA CRUZ COUNTY. 


North America's first Bulwer's Petrel was found on a late July, 1998 (another 
very BIG El Nino year) Shearwater Journeys' trip from Monterey. This was 
followed a few weeks later by a record on the East Coast. Both of these records 
were accepted. There are very few records of Bulwer's Petrels for North 
America. 


A BROWN BOOBY made a pass at our boat when we had stopped for an hour. It was 
also in Santa Cruz County. The LAYSAN ALBATROSS showed very well. It was in 
MONTEREY COUNTY, as was the FLESH-FOOTED and SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATERS. The 
TUFTED PUFFIN was a distant flyby in SANTA CRUZ COUNTY. Long-tailed Jaegers, 
South Polar Skua, Arctic Terns and Buller's Shearwaters continue to be very 
thin in numbers. 


We headed north toward the canyons off Davenport, but never really made it as 
far as I had planned to go. I guess that worked out okay! There was a LOT of 
life along the 100 to 150 fathom lines, including gigantic shoals of mackerel, 
and fin whales, and most of the storm-petrels and the BULWER'S PETREL(S), and 
herds of dolphins. The sea surface temperature was a pretty steady 59F, not 
hitting 61 until we got back inside Monterey Bay. Cold water= productivity= 
food= birds. If you have been out with me, you've heard me repeat this over and 
over. 


It was not an easy day, with winds gusting 13 knots and up. We beat it out for 
7 hours before we turned to head downhill, ending with the humpback whales off 
Moss Landing where Will Brooks, (another leader off duty today), photographed 
the Short-tailed Shearwater. And, the winds caught up to us inside the bay. 
Thankfully, the forecast for tomorrow is for improvements. 


Any way you turn, it was another FABULOUS day on Monterey Bay. Many thanks to 
all of the participants who joined us from near and far, including from Brazil, 
Canada, and England. Many thanks to the great team of leaders: Scott Terrill, 
Linda Terrill, Mary Gustafson, Alex Rinkert, Rick Fournier. (And, of course, I 
was there). Thanks, in advance, to the photographers: Fabio Olmos, Chris 
Hartzell, Will Brooks, Doug Koch, Peder Svingen. I apologize for any omissions. 


Spaces are still available on many of our Monterey trips: 
SEPTEMBER 16, 25, 26, 27; OCTOBER 3, 10.
Half Moon Bay:
SEPTEMBER 15 (2 spaces have opened up), 20; OCTOBER 4, 11. 
BODEGA BAY: SEP 18- 2 SPACES HAVE OPENED UP. 

Please email me: debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com for details on trips. 

Living the Salt Life with thanks to so many birders,
Debi Shearwater

DEBRA SHEARWATER
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Subject: Just another day on Monterey Bay: Sep 10
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 10 Sep 2015 17:27:56 -0700
Howdy, Seabirders,

Shearwater Journeys had another wonderful day on Monterey Bay, California with 
seabirds and marine mammals galore, today, September 10th. 


A single PIGEON GUILLEMOT was in the harbor immediately behind our boat before 
we departed from the dock. Most guillemots have already departed from our area. 
Very nearshore Monterey was foggy with lots of SOOTY, PINK-FOOTED, and 
BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS close in. As soon as we hit Point Pinos, the fog 
lifted. We headed off the point to the edge of the Submarine Canyon. 


Offshore, we encountered a commercial fishing vessel which had thrown its 
bycatch fish overboard, creating an oily slick at least one quarter mile long. 
Most of the discarded fish were grenadiers. Some 50+ BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES 
were sitting on the slick, eating the discarded fish, along with many NORTHERN 
FULMARS and PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS. While counting albatrosses, a BROWN BOOBY 
flew in, making a quick pass. It did not stick around. However, the LAYSAN 
ALBATROSS snuck in under our noses and sat down with the black-footed 
albatrosses, nearly unnoticed, except by our captain! Today, we had excellent 
views of the LAYSAN ALBATROSS. In fact, we saw that it was banded. The leaders 
were able to photograph the band, get the number, and get the information on 
this individual: BANDED FEBRUARY 2010 at GUADALUPE ISLAND, MEXICO! We sat on 
this slick for at least an hour. During that time, several FORK-TAILED and ASHY 
STORM-PETRELS made close passes to our vessel. 


We encountered many of the same seabirds we had seen on our previous trips: RED 
and RED-NECKED PHALAROPES; POMARINE and PARASITIC JAEGERS (no long-tails 
today); SABINE'S GULL; COMMON MURRE; RHINOCEROS AUKLET. Some folks on board 
have made all three trips with us during the past three days and commented on 
how different each trip has been. We covered both Monterey and Santa Cruz 
Counties. 


We 'only' saw 61 HUMPBACK WHALES, some of them lunge-feeding, tail-slapping, 
and pectoral flipper-slapping. LONG-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHINS are still present in 
large herds. We tallied some 1500. 


Spaces are still available on many trips this season. Please see our schedule 
at: http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.shtml 


See you out there!
Living the Salt Life,
Debi Shearwater

DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
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Subject: Monterey Bay Sep 9, Jumping with Marine Life
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv AT earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 9 Sep 2015 19:37:58 -0700
Howdy, SEA Birders,

Shearwater Journeys had a fantastic day —Monterey Bay's seabirds continue to 
pull out all the stops, but the HUMPBACK WHALE show is equally as spectacular. 
Yesterday, I mentioned that there was a north bound movement of seabirds. This 
was borne out today, when I spotted a LEAST STORM-PETREL, the first in many 
years for northern California. 


The first albatross of the day was a LAYSAN ALBATROSS in Santa Cruz County. (We 
radioed the whale watching boats to give them a "head's up" and apparently at 
least one boat did see this albatross). A MANX SHEARWATER was in Santa Cruz 
County also. FORK-TAILED STORM-PETRELS in Santa Cruz County were easily seen, 
making close passes by our vessel. 


Most of the regular fall seabirds were found, including a JAEGER GRAND SLAM: 
POMARINE, PARASITIC, and LONG-TAILED; BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS, NORTHERN/PACIFIC 
FULMAR, SOOTY, PINK-FOOTED, BULLER'S, and BLACK-VENTED (increasing numbers) 
SHEARWATERS; RED and RED-NECKED PHALAROPES; COMMON TERN; SABINE'S GULL; COMMON 
MURRE; CASSIN'S and RHINOCEROS AUKLETS. 


I counted 82 HUMPBACK WHALES, with as many as 5 individuals lunge-feeding on 
anchovies at one time. Shearwaters, terns, murres, and 1000+ LONG-BEAKED COMMON 
DOLPHINS were also feeding on anchovies. Leaving Moss Landing, we headed into 
Santa Cruz County, and the humpback whales seemed to be steaming along a trail 
from the north, straight for Moss Landing. Anchovies have pushed up just about 
to the beach near the Monterey Bay Aquarium. This is attracting a gigantic 
swarm of birds, mainly ELEGANT TERNS, BRANDT'S CORMORANTS, and BROWN PELICANS 
in a feeding frenzy. Anchovies are hugging the coast causing humpbacks and 
shearwaters to do the same. As long as the anchovies continue to do this, it 
will be relatively easy to predict where the shearwaters will be — at least 
until nearly all of the anchovies are consumed. Some folks are speculating that 
this may be the biggest anchovy year, "ever." Nice to see such a comeback, as 
our central California anchovy population crashed in 2008. 


Again, I look for some northward bound movement of seabirds, and possibly some 
intrusions from the Pacific tropical storms. What's next? 


We still have plenty of spaces on some trips this season. See our web site for 
availability: 

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

See you out there!
Living the Salt Life,
Debi Shearwater
DEBRA SHEARWATER
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Subject: Status Update: Half Moon Bay & Monterey Bay
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 8 Sep 2015 22:02:12 -0700
Howdy, SEABirders,

On September 6, Shearwater Journeys had an offshore pelagic trip departing from 
Half Moon Bay. We spent the entire day in San Mateo County. Highlights 
included: LAYSAN ALBATROSS (1), BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS (21), PINK-FOOTED (356), 
BULLER'S (2), and SOOTY (54807) SHEARWATERS; a solitary FORK-TAILED 
STORM-PETREL put on a nice, close show; ARCTIC & COMMON TERNS; SOUTH POLAR 
SKUA; SABINE'S GULL; COMMON MURRE (999); MARBLED MURRELET (2). A dozen HUMPBACK 
WHALES, including a few just outside the harbor, 300 LONG-BEAKED COMMON 
DOLPHINS were present along with the usual pinnipeds. 


The real show stopper was something that very much confused me: something red 
sticking up in a pool of — red stuff which I spotted in our wake. This turned 
out to be the head of a young HARBOR SEAL! It was floating head down. So, the 
bit off end was the "red" floating thing. Recognizing that this was almost 
certainly a kill made by a GREAT WHITE SHARK, we did not approach the dead 
animal. Rather, we waited a fair amount of time, hoping the great white shark 
would return to the carcass. But, it did not. Oddly enough no birds were 
feeding or hovering over the carcass. So, we finally approached it, gaffed it, 
and sure enough, we could see teeth marks left on the body from the shark. It 
must have happened just as our boat was approaching it — for the carcass to 
end up in our wake. I imagine that the harbor seal was vertical in the water, 
as they usually are, and the shark simply came up from below (in which case we 
would never have seen it), and bit the thing in half! Astounding! I'll put 
images up on my blog when I have time. 


Good numbers of SOOTY SHEARWATERS were streaming along the shore, both in the 
morning and afternoon. Many people have commented on this event. The sooty 
shearwaters and common murres and humpback whales are feeding on nearshore 
schooling anchovies. There is a vast amount of warm water around, both El Nino 
and "the blob." SST (sea surface temperature) charts are showing cold water 
hugging the coastline near Half Moon Bay, Moss Landing, and in some areas south 
of Point Pinos on the Monterey Peninsula. However, there is a large body of 
cold water both nearshore and offshore Bodega Bay. As I indicated in my blog 
post, that is where the vast majority of these birds are, right now. Keep in 
mind that even though we are seeing large numbers of sooty shearwaters along 
the coast, their worldwide population has experienced vast and steep declines, 
by as much as 90% according to some experts. Sooty shearwaters are one of four 
species of declining shearwaters. The others include: flesh-footed, 
short-tailed, and streaked shearwaters. Blog post: 
http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2015/08/streaming-shearwaters-schooling-fish.html 



On September 8, Shearwater Journeys had a Monterey Bay pelagic trip. We spent 
time in both Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. HIghlights included: 
BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS (30), PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER (650), BULLER'S SHEARWATER 
(5), SOOTY SHEARWATER (3500- a decrease in total numbers), BLACK-VENTED 
SHEARWATER (75, an increase in numbers), ASHY STORM-PETREL (15); POMARINE, 
PARASITIC, and LONG-TAILED JAEGERS; SABINE'S GULLS; CASSIN'S and RHINOCEROS 
AUKLETS. Marine mammals included: two HUMPBACK WHALES feeding on anchovies just 
the other side of the Coast Guard Jetty! Up at Davenport, I spotted a solitary 
FIN WHALE that was likely feeding on schooling fish 400 feet deep in the water 
column. Throughout the day we had encounters with several groups of LONG-BEAKED 
COMMON DOLPHINS and RISSO'S DOLPHINS. 


Wildlife is shifting with the food supply. The general shift that I see is 
birds moving northward. Sooty shearwaters are moving north toward Bodega Bay. 
Increasing numbers of Black-vented shearwaters from the south have arrived in 
Monterey Bay today. Many were off Point Pinos this evening. 


There is an obvious die off of common murres, and many murres are hanging 
around both Monterey and Half Moon Bay harbors, some even on the jetties. I 
suspect that many, if not most of these murres will die. I saw many dead murres 
floating along Cannery Row, Monterey today. Also, I saw a good number of dead 
murres offshore. (Keep in mind that La Nina is already in the forecast for next 
year. So, murres will rebound). 


That's a bit of the latest news and updates. The marine life parade just 
continues to amaze me. Spaces are still available on many of our trips, 
including this week: September 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 16, 25, 26, 27 and October 3 
and 10 from Monterey. September 20 (limited number of spaces available) and 
October 4 and 11 from Half Moon Bay. I'm very much hoping for a real great 
white shark sighting on our October 18 trip departing from Sausalito to the 
Farallon Islands — the best place and best time of year for great whites. 
Spaces are filling up fast on that trip. 


Hope to see you out there!
Living the Salt Life,
Debi Shearwater

DEBRA SHEARWATER
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Subject: SEP 5, 2015 MONTEREY BAY, CALIFORNIA
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 7 Sep 2015 21:03:54 -0700
Shearwater Journeys had a good day at sea on Saturday, September 5, departing 
from Monterey and heading to Moss Landing for the continuing HUMPBACK WHALE 
SHOW and BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS. From there, we zig-zagged along the 50 to 70 
fathom lines into Santa Cruz County. SST's ranged from 58-62F. There was some 
swell, but we were mostly protected by being in the lee of the Santa Cruz 
Mountains. 


Highlights included: JAEGER GRAND SLAM: POMARINE, PARASITIC, & LONG-TAILED & a 
terrific SOUTH POLAR SKUA show; eight species of tubenoses including: ASHY & 
WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS close to the boat; SABINE'S GULLS, and 'only' 53 
HUMPBACK WHALES, including one in a mess of kelp. 


The complete trip report along with images by Jeff Bleam can be found here:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2015/09/monterey-seabirds-rock-on-september-5.html 


We have quite a number of Monterey trips available:
SEPTEMBER 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 16, 25, 26, 27; OCTOBER 3 & 10. 

Hope to see you out there!
Living the Salt Life,
Debi Shearwater

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Subject: California September Pelagic Trips
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2015 19:38:46 -0700
Howdy, SEA Birders,

September is upon us with lots of offshore seabird potential. I always think of 
September as the very best month for seabirding because: 

1. It has the greatest diversity of seabirds
2. It has the greatest diversity of marine mammals
3. It usually has the best marine conditions of the entire year
Consequently, we have on offer fourteen trips over the next 29 days! 

On top of everything else, this season has already been off to a roaring start 
(WEDGE-RUMPED STORM-PETREL, GUADALUPE MURRELET among others!) . I urge you to 
read my latest essay: 

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2015_09_01_archive.html

This Saturday, September 5, trip departing from Monterey Bay will head into 
Santa Cruz County. Few pelagic trips make it to this county. On Sunday, 
September 6, we depart from Half Moon Bay. Recently, two people have canceled 
from this previously sold out trip. Contact me by email, if you are interested 
in joining either trip: debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com. 


Below, please find our complete schedule of trips with leaders. Of course, I'll 
be on board every trip! 


SEP 5, SAT: MONTEREY with Nick Levendosky, Tim Miller, Jennifer Green, Clay 
Kempf, Mel Preston 

SEP 6, SUN: HALF MOON BAY with Gerry McChesney, Jim Holmes, Will Brooks, Steve 
Tucker (2 spaces just opened up) 

SEP 8, TUE: MONTEREY BAY with Rick Fournier, Christian Schwarz
SEP 9, WED: MONTEREY BAY with Tim Miller, Nick Levendosky, Christian Schwarz, 
Mel Preston 

SEP 10, THU: MONTEREY BAY with Nick Levendosky, Christian Schwarz, Jennifer 
Green 

SEP 11, FRI: MONTEREY BAY with Mary Gustafson, Jennifer Green, Christian 
Schwarz 

SEP 12, SAT: MONTEREY ALBACORE with Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Nick 
Levendosky, Mary Gustafson, Rick Fournier. SOLD OUT. Wait list, email Debi. 

SEP 13, SUN: MONTEREY BAY with Mary Gustafson, Chris Wood, Jessie Barry, Clay 
Kempf. Debi's Birthday Trip! 

SEP 15, TUE: HALF MOON BAY with Mary Gustafson, Chris Wood, Jessie Barry, Tim 
Miller, Marisa Ortega-Welch SOLD OUT 

SEP 16, WED: MONTEREY BAY with Tim Miller, Chris Wood, Jessie Barry, Annie 
Schmidt 

SEP 18, FRI: BODEGA BAY with Nick Levendosky, Peter Pyle, Abe Borker, Steve 
Tucker, Steve Howell. SOLD OUT. Wait list, email Debi. 

SEP 20, SUN: HALF MOON BAY with Gerry McChesney, Nick Levendosky, Scott 
Terrill, Linda Terrill, Steve Hampton 

SEP 25, FRI: MONTEREY BAY with Rick Fournier, TBA.
SEP 26, SAT: MONTEREY BAY with Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, TBA.
SEP 27, SUN: MONTEREY BAY with Nick Levendosky, TBA.
OCT 3, SAT: MONTEREY BAY with Tim Miller, Dena Spatz, Jennifer Green
OCT 4, SUN: HALF MOON BAY with Steve Hampton, Will Brooks, Annie Schmidt, 
Christian Schwarz 

OCT 10, SAT: MONTEREY BAY with Todd McGrath, David Vander Pluym, Lauren Harter, 
Jennifer Green 

OCT 11, SUN: HALF MOON BAY with Todd McGrath, Jim Holmes, Tim Miller, Will 
Brooks, David Vander Pluym, Lauren Harter, Marissa Ortega-Welch 

OCT 18, SUN: FARALLON ISLANDS GREAT WHITE SHARK & SEABIRDS with Peter Pyle, 
Gerry McChesney, Jim Holmes, Steve Tucker 


This is one terrific year to get out there! Lots of trips to choose from, 
especially in September. 

Living the Salt Life,
Debi Shearwater

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Subject: Re: Unprecedented influx of Black-capped Petrels into New York State waters
From: Brian Patteson <patteson1 AT embarqmail.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 14:06:32 -0400
Angus,

Nice find! Looking at the satellite photos from recent days, it looks like the 
Gulf Stream takes a pretty sharp bend to the north beginning at the latitude of 
the Va Capes (where it is well over 100 miles offshore.) It seems the warmest 
water north of the NC Outer Banks is up there on the continental slope off LI 
and southern New England. That's the Black-capped Petrel water and they are 
riding it right up there. I doubt that the latest tropical system had much of a 
bearing on the situation. 


Brian Patteson
Hatteras, NC

On Aug 29, 2015, at 10:29 PM, Angus Wilson wrote:

> Today [29 Aug 2015] John Shemilt, Rich Fried and I fished over two of the 
canyons off eastern Long Island (New York State, USA), enjoying very flat seas 
and almost no wind. While the piscine harvest was meager, we witnessed a 
remarkable, and for the region unprecedented, incursion of BLACK-CAPPED 
PETRELS. These were concentrated over the eastern side of the McMaster Canyon 
(known to local fishermen as the "Claw") and adjacent slope, in 81-82 F water 
and mostly along the 500 fathom contour. 

> 
> Conservatively we photographed at least 11 birds, with the largest flock 
being of 6 together. The number of separate encounters exceeded this and was 
more like 20 or so but it was impossible to exclude some of these as repeat 
encounters. We also found a number of BAND-RUMPED STORM-PETRELS, often times 
roosting with the Black-caps, and a handful of molting LEACH'S STORM-PETRELS. 
Organized mats of sargassum were few and far between, however AUDUBON'S 
SHEARWATERS were quite numerous and we saw at least 5 BRIDLED TERNS during the 
day. A nice pod of 20+ SOWERBY'S BEAKED WHALES topped the cetacean list. 

> 
> To put today's excitement in context, these were the first non-Hurricane 
related Black-caps that John and I have encountered in this area despite many 
trips over the years. Naturally we were elated seeing the first Black-capped 
and increasingly stunned as the numbers grew. We still need to ponder the 
possible causes, whether it be sustained incursion of Gulf Stream water or the 
effects of tropical storms to the south. An organized pelagic run by Paul Guris 
and co. will be going out tomorrow to an area slightly west and it will be very 
interesting to see how they do. 

> 
> Angus Wilson
> New York, USA
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Subject: Re: Digest for seabird-news@googlegroups.com - 1 update in 1 topic
From: king-fisher AT comcast.net
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 15:24:48 +0000 (UTC)
Angus,
 
I'm not sure what's pushing these birds we normally associate with the Gulf 
Stream inshore. It may be widespread. I was fishing between 500 and 1000 
fathoms just south of the Baltimore Canyon yesterday with Ed Sigda his boat the 
Snow Goose. We had 4 White-faced Storm Petrels and several Band-rumped Storm 
Petrels as well as an adult White-tailed Tropicbird. This was my first 
White-tailed Tropicbird out there ever and I've made 250+ trips out there in 
the Summer. We may have found much more if we were birding and not fishing. I 
can't wait to see what the Paulagics trip finds out there tomorrow. 

 
Mike Fritz
Seaville, NJ

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Unprecedented influx of Black-capped Petrels into New York State waters



Angus Wilson : Aug 29 10:29PM -0400

Today [29 Aug 2015] John Shemilt, Rich Fried and I fished over two of the

canyons off eastern Long Island (New York State, USA), enjoying very flat

seas and almost no wind. While the piscine harvest was meager, we witnessed

a remarkable, and for the region unprecedented, incursion of BLACK-CAPPED

PETRELS. These were concentrated over the eastern side of the McMaster

Canyon (known to local fishermen as the "Claw") and adjacent slope, in

81-82 F water and mostly along the 500 fathom contour.

 

Conservatively we photographed at least 11 birds, with the largest flock

being of 6 together. The number of separate encounters exceeded this and

was more like 20 or so but it was impossible to exclude some of these as

repeat encounters. We also found a number of BAND-RUMPED STORM-PETRELS,

often times roosting with the Black-caps, and a handful of molting LEACH'S

STORM-PETRELS. Organized mats of sargassum were few and far between,

however AUDUBON'S SHEARWATERS were quite numerous and we saw at least 5

BRIDLED TERNS during the day. A nice pod of 20+ SOWERBY'S BEAKED WHALES

topped the cetacean list.

 

To put today's excitement in context, these were the first non-Hurricane

related Black-caps that John and I have encountered in this area despite

many trips over the years. Naturally we were elated seeing the first

Black-capped and increasingly stunned as the numbers grew. We still need to

ponder the possible causes, whether it be sustained incursion of Gulf

Stream water or the effects of tropical storms to the south. An organized

pelagic run by Paul Guris and co. will be going out tomorrow to an area

slightly west and it will be very interesting to see how they do.

 

Angus Wilson

New York, USA



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Subject: Unprecedented influx of Black-capped Petrels into New York State waters
From: Angus Wilson <oceanwanderers AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 22:29:30 -0400
Today [29 Aug 2015] John Shemilt, Rich Fried and I fished over two of the
canyons off eastern Long Island (New York State, USA), enjoying very flat
seas and almost no wind. While the piscine harvest was meager, we witnessed
a remarkable, and for the region unprecedented, incursion of BLACK-CAPPED
PETRELS. These were concentrated over the eastern side of the McMaster
Canyon (known to local fishermen as the "Claw") and adjacent slope, in
81-82 F water and mostly along the 500 fathom contour.

Conservatively we photographed at least 11 birds, with the largest flock
being of 6 together. The number of separate encounters exceeded this and
was more like 20 or so but it was impossible to exclude some of these as
repeat encounters. We also found a number of BAND-RUMPED STORM-PETRELS,
often times roosting with the Black-caps, and a handful of molting LEACH'S
STORM-PETRELS. Organized mats of sargassum were few and far between,
however AUDUBON'S SHEARWATERS were quite numerous and we saw at least 5
BRIDLED TERNS during the day. A nice pod of 20+ SOWERBY'S BEAKED WHALES
topped the cetacean list.

To put today's excitement in context, these were the first non-Hurricane
related Black-caps that John and I have encountered in this area despite
many trips over the years. Naturally we were elated seeing the first
Black-capped and increasingly stunned as the numbers grew. We still need to
ponder the possible causes, whether it be sustained incursion of Gulf
Stream water or the effects of tropical storms to the south. An organized
pelagic run by Paul Guris and co. will be going out tomorrow to an area
slightly west and it will be very interesting to see how they do.

Angus Wilson
New York, USA

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Subject: MA, USA - Aug overnight pelagic results (WFSPs), Sep trip dates
From: Nick Bonomo <nbonomo AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 10:19:34 -0700 (PDT)
Hi all,
 
We enjoyed a record-breaking pelagic last weekend out of Cape Cod, MA, USA. 
The annual Brookline Bird Club August overnighter, the best bet for 
White-faced Storm-Petrel in  North America, came through with a stunning 
28(!) individuals this year. I will paste a list of highlights from leader 
Jeremiah Trimble below.
 
Of note, we are running this same trip to these same waters on Sep 26-27. 
There is space available. If last weekend's results are any indication, we 
should have a good shot at finding this species again (though of course 
nothing is guaranteed!). While we have been running these trips in August 
most years for the past several years, last year was the first time we got 
out there in September. We had one White-faced Storm-Petrel on last year's 
Sept trip (after also recording one individual on the previous month's 
August trip).
 
Highlight report:
 
"This weekend 58 lucky birders explored the offshore waters of 
Massachusetts, south of Nantucket.  It was an absolutely incredible trip, 
and that is an understatement.  To the say the trip was a success would be 
an understatement!  We found our first ever White-tailed Tropicbirds (and 
had two species of tropicbird in one day!), set trip high counts for 
White-faced Storm-Petrel, Audubon's Shearwater, Band-rumped Storm-Petrel 
and Pomarine Jaeger and had such an amazing variety of rarities on top of 
these including Black-capped Petrel, Bridled Tern and South Polar Skua.  In 
a later email, I will provide a narrative of the two day trip but to 
summarize, here are the major avian highlights in brief:


2 Black-capped Petrel

202 Audubon's Shearwater

28 White-faced Storm-Petrel

161 Leach's Storm-Petrel

23 Band-rumped Storm-Petrel

4 White-tailed Tropicbird (two adults and 2 immatures)

1 Red-billed Tropicbird (an immature bird)

17 Pomarine Jaeger

1 Long-tailed Jaeger

1 South Polar Skua

1 Bridled Tern


Needless to say, this weekend was one for the record books!

Here are links to a set of images and two general checklists for each of 
the two days of the trip which include some images.  Many others, I am 
sure, will be posting their images over the coming days.  The trip, in 
addition to being filled with many rare birds, also presented some of the 
best opportunities for photographing pelagics I have ever experienced, not 
only the common species but also many of the rarities!  I look forward to 
seeing everyone's images!

Images:

*https://www.flickr.com/photos/jrtrimble/* 


Checklists:

*http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24748705* 


*http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24750035* 


I would like to first of all thank Ida Giriunas, as always, for her efforts 
in organizing and pushing for these trips to happen.  She has helped so 
many birders enjoy the offshore birds of Massachusetts! Thanks!  Also, 
thanks to Captain Joe Huckemeyer and the crew of the Helen H.  They make 
the trips incredibly enjoyable.  Captain Joe's
piloting skills keep us on many of the rarities; he even kept us on a 
Black-capped Petrel for 10 minutes allowing great views for all.
Thanks as well to my fellow trip leaders; Nick Bonomo, Doug Gochfeld, 
Julian Hough, and Luke Seitz.  Their skills at identifying and spotting 
birds, communicating to participants and getting everyone on each bird was 
critical.

Finally, a big thanks to the participants of this trip.  You all made the 
trip very enjoyable!

I would like to mention to everyone our next BBC pelagic which will be 
taking place September 26-27 and will visit the same offshore waters which 
were so productive this last weekend!  You can see from this weekend's 
lists, you shouldn't miss the opportunity.  Please join us! There are still 
spaces available and we be excited to have you on
board.  For more information please visit our website:

*http://www.brooklinebirdclub.org/p/pelagics.html* 


Best,

Jeremiah Trimble

Cambridge, MA"
 
 
Nick Bonomo
Wallingford, CT
www.shorebirder.com

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Subject: Monterey Bay Teaming with Seabirds & Whales
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 10:51:39 -0700
Howdy, Seabirders,

Shearwater Journeys' August 21 Monterey Bay pelagic trip was filled to the brim 
and overflowing with non-stop seabirds in view all day long! Highlights 
included: 110 BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS; 10 BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS; ASHY & BLACK 
STORM-PETRELS; TUFTED PUFFIN and 62 HUMPBACK WHALES, breaching, 
flipper-slapping and lunge-feeding. It was quite the show! It was wonderful to 
see seabirds all day long, although somewhat exhausting. One person on board 
ticked #600 for the ABA area. Some folks ticked new county birds. 


The complete trip report with species list for both MONTEREY & SANTA CRUZ 
COUNTIES: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2015/08/monterey-seabirds-firecracker-day.html 


More images of the day by Beth Hamel:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2015/08/images-of-day-by-beth-hamel-august-21.html 


Upcoming trips from Monterey with spaces available:
SEP 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 16, 25, 26, 27
OCT 3 & 10

Upcoming trips from Half Moon Bay with spaces available:
SEP 6 (2 spaces open), SEP 20
OCT 4 & 11

Upcoming Great White Shark trip to the Farallon Islands departing from 
Sausalito: 

OCT 18

Many thanks to all of the folks who are helping us celebrate our 40th year of 
California pelagic trips! 

See you out there!
Living the Salt Life,
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DEBRA SHEARWATER
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Subject: Re: Gulf Shores, AL pelagics from shore
From: Sing Lin <singhlin AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:36:21 -0400
In January 2015, we went to Texas Gulf coast for birding. We took a boat
tour. We saw many majestic red crowned white cranes (whoopping cranes) and
many other kinds of birds as shown on my web page at:

http://www.shltrip.com/Red_Crowned_White_Cranes.html

Sing Lin




On Wed, Aug 19, 2015 at 12:55 PM, James Holmes  wrote:

> I did a seawatch for ~1 hour this morning (starting just before sunrise)
> from the Gulf Shores, AL Pier.  I had 7 shearwaters.  2 were close enough
> and seen well enough to identify as Audubon’s Shearwaters (although I could
> not definitively see the undertail to rule out Manx but it looked
> dark).  One was large with slow wing beats and long glides (like a Cory’s)
> but was too far out to definitively identify.  The other 4 were also quite
> distant and appeared all dark with rapid wing beats. I think they were also
> Audubon’s but they were so far out, I could not be sure about coloration.
> eBird list:  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24678675
>
>
> I also did a seawatch yesterday from the same location (ahead of a
> thunderstorm with the hopes of seeing some shearwaters being pushed ahead
> by the thunderstorm) but did not have any interesting species.  The
> thunderstorm came onshore 10 miles to the east of me so I was probably not
> in the best location.  eBird list:
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24668345
>
> Jim Holmes
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Subject: Streaming Shearwaters, Schooling Fish & Cold Water
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv AT earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:17:28 -0700
Hello, Birders,

A lot of comments have been posted about the sooty shearwaters streaming along 
coastal areas from Monterey to Bodega Bay. I've just posted a blog about this, 
although it is far from the final word. Rather, this is a compilation of what 
Shearwater Journeys' first six trips of the fall season have observed and some 
possible explanations for where some species of seabirds are found, including 
the streaming shearwaters following —surprise, surprise — cold water: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2015/08/streaming-shearwaters-schooling-fish.html 


We have not detected any algal blooms, nor die-offs related to that. 

It's all about food.
Living the Salt Life,
Debi Shearwater

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PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
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Subject: Gulf Shores, AL pelagics from shore
From: James Holmes <jfholmes12 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2015 09:55:38 -0700
I did a seawatch for ~1 hour this morning (starting just before sunrise)
from the Gulf Shores, AL Pier.  I had 7 shearwaters.  2 were close enough
and seen well enough to identify as Audubon’s Shearwaters (although I could
not definitively see the undertail to rule out Manx but it looked
dark).  One was large with slow wing beats and long glides (like a Cory’s)
but was too far out to definitively identify.  The other 4 were also quite
distant and appeared all dark with rapid wing beats. I think they were also
Audubon’s but they were so far out, I could not be sure about coloration.
eBird list:  http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24678675


I also did a seawatch yesterday from the same location (ahead of a
thunderstorm with the hopes of seeing some shearwaters being pushed ahead
by the thunderstorm) but did not have any interesting species.  The
thunderstorm came onshore 10 miles to the east of me so I was probably not
in the best location.  eBird list:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24668345

Jim Holmes

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Subject: Summary of Five California Pelagic Trips
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 15 Aug 2015 15:16:23 -0700
Howdy, Seabirders,

Shearwater Journeys has completed the first five pelagic trips of the fall 
season which I have summarized in this post: 


http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2015/08/living-salt-life.html

We recorded some 48 species of birds, 5 species of pinnipeds, 9 species of 
cetaceans, sea otter and various fishes and invertebrates on those five trips. 


We still have 22 trips on offer this fall — still plenty of opportunities to 
jump on board with us. Below, is the remaining program of trips for 2015, our 
40th year of offering offshore pelagic trips along the central coast of 
California. See below: 


AUG 16, SUN. HALF MOON BAY: Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Todd McGrath, Steve 
Tucker, Al De Martini 

AUG 21, FRI. MONTEREY BAY: Nick Levendosky, Jennifer Green, Rick Fournier
SEP 5, SAT. MONTEREY BAY: Clay Kempf, Tim Miller, Jennifer Green
SEP 6, SUN. HALF MOON BAY: Gerry McChesney, Steve Tucker, Jim Holmes, Will 
Brooks 

SEP 8, TUE. MONTEREY BAY: Rick Fournier (good trip for photographers)
SEP 9 WED. MONTEREY BAY: Tim Miller, Nick Levendosky (good trip for 
photographers) 

SEP 10, THU. MONTEREY BAY: Nick Levendosky, Jennifer Green (good trip for 
photographers) 

SEP 11, FRI. MONTEREY BAY: Mary Gustafson, Jennifer Green (good trip for 
photographers) 

SEP 12, SAT. MONTEREY ALBACORE: Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Nick Levendosky, 
Mary Gustafson, Rick Fournier SOLD OUT 

SEP 13, SUN. MONTEREY BAY-DEBI'S BIRTHDAY: Chris Wood, Jessie Barry, Mary 
Gustafson, Clay Kempf 

SEP 15, TUE. HALF MOON BAY: Chris Wood, Jessie Barry, Mary Gustafson, Tim 
Miller, Marisa Ortega-Welch 2 SPACES AVAILABLE 

SEP 16, WED. MONTEREY BAY: Chris Wood, Jessie Barry, Tim Miller, Annie Schmidt
SEP 18, FRI. BODEGA CANYON & CORDELL BANK: Peter Pyle, Steve Howell, Abe 
Borker, Steve Tucker, Nick Levendosky EMAIL DEBI FOR SPACE 

SEP 20, SUN. HALF MOON BAY: Gerry McChesney, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Nick 
Levendosky, Steve Hampton 

SEP 25, FRI. MONTEREY BAY: Rick Fournier
SEP 26, SAT. MONTEREY BAY: Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill
SEP 27, SUN. MONTEREY BAY: Nick Levendosky
OCT 3, SAT. MONTEREY BAY: Tim Miller, Dena Spatz, Jennifer Green
OCT 4, SUN. HALF MOON BAY: Steve Hampton, Will Brooks, Annie Schmidt
OCT 10, SAT. MONTEREY BAY: Todd McGrath, David Vander Pluym, Lauren Harter, 
Jennifer Green 

OCT 11, SUN. HALF MOON BAY: Jim Holmes, Tim Miller, Will Brooks, David Vander 
Pluym, Lauren Harter, Todd McGrath, Marissa Ortega-Welch 

OCT 18, SUN. FARALLON ISLANDS; GREAT WHITE SHARK SEARCH: Gerry McChesney, Peter 
Pyle, Steve Tucker, Jim Holmes 


Reservations: Advance reservations are usually necessary. The best way to reach 
me is by email! 


Living the Salt Life,
Debi Shearwater

DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
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Subject: Re: Seawatching (land-based) from North Kohala, Big Island, Hawai'i, 8.09.2015
From: Tom Robben <robben99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Aug 2015 20:56:46 -0700 (PDT)
Thanks Lance.  The group would be half a dozen seabirding friends. My 
question is when should we come (for a week) and where should we go out 
(several places, mostly off shore), to see the largest number of seabird 
species, including rare ones. In other words, what are the best months and 
places for seabirds in Hawaii, if you have one week to be there?   Thanks, 
Tom. 

On Friday, August 14, 2015 at 9:31:00 AM UTC-4, Lance Tanino wrote:
>
> Thanks.  What sort of group pelagic trips are you planning?  What dates? 
>  Check out Seawatching. Worldwide locations and Hawaii Birdwatching on FB.
>
> Lance Tanino, Waimea, Big Island, HI USA
>
> On Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 8:15:24 AM UTC-10, Tom Robben wrote:
>>
>> Thanks for this excellent seawatch!
>> Haven't been seabirding in Hawaii in decades (mostly off Kauai/Ni'ihau) 
>> but planning group pelagic trips there in 2016. 
>> Can you recommend some islands, locations, ports, ships, pelagic trips, 
>> websites, etc?
>> Tom Robben, CT, USA
>>
>>
>>  
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Subject: Re: Re: Seawatching (land-based) from North Kohala, Big Island, Hawai'i, 8.09.2015
From: Tom Robben <robben99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Aug 2015 20:35:50 -0700 (PDT)
Thank you Dr. Sing Lin. Terrific photos at your site, reminding me of the 
amazing Kilauea Point. Hopefully I will get back there next year, along 
with some pelagic birding & fishing trips around those islands. Thanks! 
 Tom Robben

On Friday, August 14, 2015 at 10:23:59 AM UTC-4, Sing wrote:
>
> In August, many sea birds come to Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge 
> on the north shore of Kauai Island, Hawaii to breed. It is quite 
> interesting to watch as shown on my web page at:
>
> http://www.shltrip.com/Hawaii_Part_5_Kauai.html
>
> Sing Lin
>
>
>
>
> On Thu, Aug 13, 2015 at 2:15 PM, Tom Robben  > wrote:
>
>> Thanks for this excellent seawatch!
>> Haven't been seabirding in Hawaii in decades (mostly off Kauai/Ni'ihau) 
>> but planning group pelagic trips there in 2016. 
>> Can you recommend some islands, locations, ports, ships, pelagic trips, 
>> websites, etc?
>> Tom Robben, CT, USA
>>
>>
>> On Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 1:47:22 PM UTC-4, Lance Tanino wrote:
>>>
>>> 8.09.2015
>>>
>>> Keokea B.P. Seawatch
>>> Observers: Lance Tanino and Cheshta Buckley
>>> 2:25-5:30PM
>>> Weather Conditions - Beaufort Scale 4: moderate NE winds; small white 
>>> caps
>>> All birds counted were headed SE along North Kohala coast.
>>>
>>> Procellariid sp. = 840; Majority were more than likely 
>>> Pterodroma sp. on horizon, some flocks were obviously mixed species 
>>> (petrels/shearwaters) based on noticeable size differences
>>>
>>>
>>> Pterodroma sp. = 11; relatively good views/close enough through spotted 
>>> scope but still difficult to determine species based on their flight 
>>> pattern/quickness/unwillingness to show their best sides
>>>
>>>
>>> Buller's Shearwater = 2
>>>
>>>
>>> Wedge-tailed Shearwater = 15+
>>>
>>>
>>> Christmas Shearwater = 21*; new species for this seawatch; rich 
>>> chocolate brown plumage throughout upperparts/underparts, smaller than 
>>> WTSH/SOSH type shearwater, shallow wingbeats, stayed relatively straight 
>>> above water with very little if any wheeling/arching flight; noticed 
molting 

>>>
>>>
>>> Cook's Petrel = 8
>>>
>>>
>>> Black-winged Petrel = 4
>>>
>>>
>>> Hawaiian Petrel = 1
>>>
>>>
>>> White-necked Petrel = 10; new species for this seawatch; very noticeable 
>>> black cap and eye patch, white hind neck area, mostly white undersides
>>>
>>>
>>> Great Frigatebird = 7; residents 
>>>
>>>
>>> Black Noddy = 43; residents head SE
>>>
>>>
>>> Lance Tanino
>>>
>>> Waimea/Kamuela, Hawaii Island
>>>
>>> Manu Conservation birding tours
>>>
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Subject: Re: Re: Seawatching (land-based) from North Kohala, Big Island, Hawai'i, 8.09.2015
From: Sing Lin <singhlin AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Aug 2015 10:23:58 -0400
In August, many sea birds come to Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge on
the north shore of Kauai Island, Hawaii to breed. It is quite interesting
to watch as shown on my web page at:

http://www.shltrip.com/Hawaii_Part_5_Kauai.html

Sing Lin




On Thu, Aug 13, 2015 at 2:15 PM, Tom Robben  wrote:

> Thanks for this excellent seawatch!
> Haven't been seabirding in Hawaii in decades (mostly off Kauai/Ni'ihau)
> but planning group pelagic trips there in 2016.
> Can you recommend some islands, locations, ports, ships, pelagic trips,
> websites, etc?
> Tom Robben, CT, USA
>
>
> On Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 1:47:22 PM UTC-4, Lance Tanino wrote:
>>
>> 8.09.2015
>>
>> Keokea B.P. Seawatch
>> Observers: Lance Tanino and Cheshta Buckley
>> 2:25-5:30PM
>> Weather Conditions - Beaufort Scale 4: moderate NE winds; small white caps
>> All birds counted were headed SE along North Kohala coast.
>>
>> Procellariid sp. = 840; Majority were more than likely
>> Pterodroma sp. on horizon, some flocks were obviously mixed species
>> (petrels/shearwaters) based on noticeable size differences
>>
>>
>> Pterodroma sp. = 11; relatively good views/close enough through spotted
>> scope but still difficult to determine species based on their flight
>> pattern/quickness/unwillingness to show their best sides
>>
>>
>> Buller's Shearwater = 2
>>
>>
>> Wedge-tailed Shearwater = 15+
>>
>>
>> Christmas Shearwater = 21*; new species for this seawatch; rich chocolate
>> brown plumage throughout upperparts/underparts, smaller than WTSH/SOSH type
>> shearwater, shallow wingbeats, stayed relatively straight above water with
>> very little if any wheeling/arching flight; noticed molting
>>
>>
>> Cook's Petrel = 8
>>
>>
>> Black-winged Petrel = 4
>>
>>
>> Hawaiian Petrel = 1
>>
>>
>> White-necked Petrel = 10; new species for this seawatch; very noticeable
>> black cap and eye patch, white hind neck area, mostly white undersides
>>
>>
>> Great Frigatebird = 7; residents
>>
>>
>> Black Noddy = 43; residents head SE
>>
>>
>> Lance Tanino
>>
>> Waimea/Kamuela, Hawaii Island
>>
>> Manu Conservation birding tours
>>
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Subject: Re: Seawatching (land-based) from North Kohala, Big Island, Hawai'i, 8.09.2015
From: Lance Tanino <lance.tanino AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2015 21:48:18 -0700 (PDT)
Thanks.  What sort of group pelagic trips are you planning?  What dates? 
 Check out Seawatching. Worldwide locations and Hawaii Birdwatching on FB.

Lance Tanino, Waimea, Big Island, HI USA

On Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 8:15:24 AM UTC-10, Tom Robben wrote:
>
> Thanks for this excellent seawatch!
> Haven't been seabirding in Hawaii in decades (mostly off Kauai/Ni'ihau) 
> but planning group pelagic trips there in 2016. 
> Can you recommend some islands, locations, ports, ships, pelagic trips, 
> websites, etc?
> Tom Robben, CT, USA
>
>
>  
>

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Subject: Re: Seawatching (land-based) from North Kohala, Big Island, Hawai'i, 8.09.2015
From: Tom Robben <robben99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2015 11:15:23 -0700 (PDT)
Thanks for this excellent seawatch!
Haven't been seabirding in Hawaii in decades (mostly off Kauai/Ni'ihau) but 
planning group pelagic trips there in 2016. 
Can you recommend some islands, locations, ports, ships, pelagic trips, 
websites, etc?
Tom Robben, CT, USA


On Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at 1:47:22 PM UTC-4, Lance Tanino wrote:
>
> 8.09.2015
>
> Keokea B.P. Seawatch
> Observers: Lance Tanino and Cheshta Buckley
> 2:25-5:30PM
> Weather Conditions - Beaufort Scale 4: moderate NE winds; small white caps
> All birds counted were headed SE along North Kohala coast.
>
> Procellariid sp. = 840; Majority were more than likely 
> Pterodroma sp. on horizon, some flocks were obviously mixed species 
> (petrels/shearwaters) based on noticeable size differences
>
>
> Pterodroma sp. = 11; relatively good views/close enough through spotted 
> scope but still difficult to determine species based on their flight 
> pattern/quickness/unwillingness to show their best sides
>
>
> Buller's Shearwater = 2
>
>
> Wedge-tailed Shearwater = 15+
>
>
> Christmas Shearwater = 21*; new species for this seawatch; rich chocolate 
> brown plumage throughout upperparts/underparts, smaller than WTSH/SOSH type 
> shearwater, shallow wingbeats, stayed relatively straight above water with 
> very little if any wheeling/arching flight; noticed molting
>
>
> Cook's Petrel = 8
>
>
> Black-winged Petrel = 4
>
>
> Hawaiian Petrel = 1
>
>
> White-necked Petrel = 10; new species for this seawatch; very noticeable 
> black cap and eye patch, white hind neck area, mostly white undersides
>
>
> Great Frigatebird = 7; residents 
>
>
> Black Noddy = 43; residents head SE
>
>
> Lance Tanino
>
> Waimea/Kamuela, Hawaii Island
>
> Manu Conservation birding tours
>

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Subject: Seawatching (land-based) from North Kohala, Big Island, Hawai'i, 8.09.2015
From: Lance Tanino <lance.tanino AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2015 09:52:58 -0700 (PDT)

8.09.2015

Keokea B.P. Seawatch
Observers: Lance Tanino and Cheshta Buckley
2:25-5:30PM
Weather Conditions - Beaufort Scale 4: moderate NE winds; small white caps
All birds counted were headed SE along North Kohala coast.

Procellariid sp. = 840; Majority were more than likely 
Pterodroma sp. on horizon, some flocks were obviously mixed species 
(petrels/shearwaters) based on noticeable size differences


Pterodroma sp. = 11; relatively good views/close enough through spotted 
scope but still difficult to determine species based on their flight 
pattern/quickness/unwillingness to show their best sides


Buller's Shearwater = 2


Wedge-tailed Shearwater = 15+


Christmas Shearwater = 21*; new species for this seawatch; rich chocolate 
brown plumage throughout upperparts/underparts, smaller than WTSH/SOSH type 
shearwater, shallow wingbeats, stayed relatively straight above water with 
very little if any wheeling/arching flight; noticed molting


Cook's Petrel = 8


Black-winged Petrel = 4


Hawaiian Petrel = 1


White-necked Petrel = 10; new species for this seawatch; very noticeable 
black cap and eye patch, white hind neck area, mostly white undersides


Great Frigatebird = 7; residents 


Black Noddy = 43; residents head SE


Lance Tanino

Waimea/Kamuela, Hawaii Island

Manu Conservation birding tours

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Subject: Re: Recent tubenose notables off Massachusetts, USA
From: Angus Wilson <oceanwanderers AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Aug 2015 21:58:56 -0400
The abundance of shearwaters and other seabirds continues off Cape
Cod, Massachusetts.
On Sunday (9 Aug 2015) Blair Nikula witnessed 8,700 CORY'S SHEARWATERS
moving past Race Point early in morning. Details here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24548562#sthash.gneTKwev.dpuf

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24548562#sthash.gneTKwev.dpuf
Today (10 Aug) a YELLOW-NOSED ALBATROSS was sighted over the Stellwagen Bank
by Francois Grenon during a whale watch trip. One was seen in the area
almost a month ago.
Francois Greno
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24548562#sthash.gneTKwev.dpuf

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Subject: Chatham expedition cruise
From: Robert Flood <live2seabird AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2015 23:02:21 +0100
   - A place has become available on our expedition cruise from New Zealand
   North Island to Chatham, to Bounty, return to New Zealand South Island. We
   expect to see many quality seabirds but will be seriously targeting Magenta
   Petrel and Chatham Island Petrel. The dates are Jan 11th to 29th. The
   number of participants is 13. The cost is NZ$11,856, approx. US$7,770,
   approx. GBP5,000. The vessel is MV Claymore
   http://www.visitpitcairn.pn/visitpitcairn/claymore2shipinfo/
   - Please email me for further information or to register interest.
   - Bob Flood

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Subject: California Pelagic News: July 31 & August 2
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 3 Aug 2015 20:12:01 -0700
Howdy, SEABirders,

Shearwater Journeys just completed the first two pelagic trips of the season. 
Brief highlights of each trip can be found below. A full trip report with 
images will be coming this week. Both days, we enjoyed flat, calm seas. Perfect 
marine conditions. 


JULY 31 MONTEREY: 

Nearshore cool (58F) water has stacked seabirds up along the coastline. Forty 
NORTHERN FULMARS seems high for late July, and most were found in the cool 
water, as were the 3000+ SOOTY SHEARWATERS. We headed south, making it to 
Yankee Point, then turned offshore where we encountered warm water (61F). Most 
of the 300+ PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS were offshore where the sooty shearwater 
numbers declined. Carmel Bay had a very large concentration of COMMON MURRE 
FATHER/CHICK PAIRS (2400). A couple of CASSIN'S AUKLETS and RHINOCEROS AUKLETS 
were mostly near Carmel Bay. Recently, krill has been reported in this area, 
along with Blue Whales, although we did not find them. One cool bubble (59F 
surrounded by 61F) had a nice flock of RED-NECKED and one RED PHALAROPE for 
comparison. SABINE'S GULLS (24) were offshore along with a good variety of 
dolphins: SHORT-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHINS, RISSO'S DOLPHINS, PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED 
DOLPHINS, and DALL'S PORPOISE. Seven HUMPBACK WHALES and 7 OCEAN SUNFISH 
rounded out the day. 


AUGUST 2 HALF MOON BAY: 

We could spend half the day in the harbor because there is so much life along 
all of the jetties: WANDERING TATTLER, BLACK TURNSTONE, SURFBIRDS and BROWN 
PELICANS (2450); BRANT'S, DOUBLE-CRESTED and PELAGIC CORMORANTS. Saw the 
semi-resident SEA OTTER that has been hanging out there for several years, just 
outside the harbor. PIGEON GUILLEMOTS (38) seem to be having a great breeding 
season. Right along the 28 fathom line we encountered hundreds of SOOTY & 
PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS and FATHER/CHICK COMMON MURRES. Dropping over the edge 
of the Continental Shelf near the yellow weather buoy, it was no surprise to 
encounter the first of 31 BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS; NORTHERN FULMAR (14). An 
ARCTIC TERN was spotted, sitting on a log, and another flock of 4 flew by. Our 
captain spotted a SCRIPPS'S MURRELET (SY) on the water. It never flew, or 
dived. It also had a deformed beak. (See images in upcoming report). The real 
surprise of the day was finding flock after flock of STORM-PETRELS! Overall 
numbers weren't the highest I've seen, but we did break the all-time high 
California count of WILSON'S STORM-PETREL with 106 counted! FORK-TAILED (750), 
ASHY (650), BLACK (60) were all in SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY. Apparently, Wilson's 
Storm-Petrel is not an easy bird to tick in San Francisco County. These 
storm-petrels allowed the boat to approach them very, very closely in the 
sunshine! Amazing! Maybe, the sun was in their eyes, but it allowed for some 
fantastic photographic opportunities. Finally, on the way home, Peter Pyle 
spotted a HY TUFTED PUFFIN. 


Marine mammals were another story altogether — 52 HUMPBACK WHALES, gorging on 
schools of fish being herded by hundreds of CALIFORNIA SEA LIONS (420). Many 
humpbacks flipper-slapping and launching themselves out of the sea! Other 
pinnipeds included: STELLER'S SEA LION (1), NORTHERN FUR SEAL (12!), NORTHERN 
ELEPHANT SEAL (4), HARBOR SESAL (4). Other cetaceans included: SHORT-BEAKED 
COMMON DOLPHINS (350), PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHIN (30), HARBOR PORPOISE (18), 
DALL'S PORPOISE (15). OCEAN SUNFISH (13) and BLUE SHARK (2) were the fish 
highlights. 


This was a very busy day with non-stop action, either seabirds or mammals, or 
both, without a minute's rest! We returned to the dock in T-shirts and 
sunshine! The only 'problem' was that it was so calm that all of the tubenoses 
were sitting on the water. Few shearwaters, and practically no albatrosses were 
flying. (So, if there was a Hawaiian Petrel out there, it would have been 
sitting on the water). 


All together, two really wonderful days at sea. 

Spaces are available on these upcoming trips:

HALF MOON BAY: We will be looking for the storm-petrels on every trip.
AUG 8, 16; SEP 6, 15; OCT 4, 11.

MONTEREY:
AUG 7, 21; SEP 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 16, 25, 26, 27; OCT 3, 10.

FARALLON ISLANDS:
OCT 18: GREAT WHITE SHARK SEARCH

BODEGA BAY:
SEP 18 (very limited spaces available)

ALBACORE MONTEREY:
SEP 12 (very limited spaces available)

RESERVATIONS: Email me: debi AT shearwaterjourneys.com for information. 
Beat the heat and jump on a boat!
Living the Salt Life,
Debi Shearwater

DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
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Subject: Aleutian pelagic reports
From: John Puschock <g_g_allin AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Aug 2015 00:57:07 +0000

I led a pelagic trip for Zugunruhe Birding Tours out of Adak, Alaska, 7-11 June 
2015, 

and then a half-day trip out of Adak on 12 June.
****


 

 The 7-11 June trip left Adak and headed east along the Aleutian 
chain, passing to the north of Atka and Amlia islands and on to Seguam 
Pass before returning to Adak by way of Little Tanaga Strait. We spent 
one night on anchor near the village of Atka, one night in a bay on the 
south side of Amlia, and the final night in Little Tanaga Strait. This 
was our fourth year of running a trip to Seguam Pass, but our second of 
doing it as an out-and-back from Adak. The other two ran from Adak to 
Dutch Harbor.


 Seguam Pass is one of the best places in North 
America to see Short-tailed Albatrosses, while Little Tanaga Strait is 
excellent for Whiskered Auklets. 

We
saw the following:

 

Laysan Albatross - hundreds, perhaps a thousand or more

 

Black-footed Albatross - about five per day

 

Short-tailed Albatross - a minimum of 2 (one adult, one
subadult) at Seguam Pass. This was our lowest count on this trip, but we spent
little time in the pass as two swells were meeting and making for a rough ride

 

Northern Fulmar - thousands

 

Short-tailed Shearwater - less than 50 per day except higher
numbers in Seguam Pass

 

Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel - less than 50 per day

 

Leach's Storm-Petrel - less than five each day, all seen
early in the morning

 

Phalarope sp. - seen briefly on one day

 

Pomarine Jaeger - 1 or 2 seen on two days 

 

Parasitic Jaeger - less than 5 on two days

 

Common Murre - common nearshore

 

Thick-billed Murre - fairly common further from shore

 

Pigeon Guillemot - small numbers each day

 

Murrelet sp - seen briefly; Marbled and Kittlitz's are both
usually common at Adak, particularly in Clam Lagoon, but we rarely see them at
sea

 

Ancient Murrelet - common, several hundred each day

 

Cassin's Auklet - less than 20 in Little Tanaga Strait

 

Parakeet Auklet - 10 to 20 in Little Tanaga Strait

 

Least Auklet - scattered, seen daily

 

Whiskered Auklet - thousands in Little Tanaga Strait

 

Crested Auklet - a few flocks seen daily, about 100 each day

 

Horned Puffin - small numbers each day

 

Tufted Puffin - common, seen daily

 

Black-legged Kittiwake - Small numbers daily, less than 50
overall

 

Glaucous-winged Gull - Fairly common but not in large
numbers

 

Sabine's Gull - one south of Amlia Island on June 10, a
first for this trip

 

Other birds seen from the boat were Harlequin Duck, Common
Eider, Pelagic and Red-faced Cormorant, Bald Eagle, Black Oystercatcher, and
Peregrine Falcon

 

MAMMALS:

Steller's Sea Lion

Minke Whale

Killer Whale

Dall's Porpoise

Pacific White-sided Dolphin 

****


 

The 12 June trip was out for about five hours and went to
Little Tanaga Strait. We were never more than 1 mile from land. Sightings
include the following:

 

Laysan Albatross - about 20

 

Northern Fulmar - several hundred

 

Short-tailed Shearwater - less than 50

 

Red-necked Phalarope - 2

 

Common Murre - common

 

Pigeon Guillemot - common

 

Ancient Murrelet - several hundred

 

Parakeet Auklet - about 10

 

Whiskered Auklet - thousand or more

 

Crested Auklet - 50 to 100

 

Horned Puffin - about 20

 

Tufted Puffin - common, probably several hundred

 

Black-legged Kittiwake - 1

 

Glaucous-winged Gull - common

 

MAMMALS:

Steller's Sea Lion

Minke Whale
Photos and video have been posted to the Zugunruhe Birding Tours facebook page.
John PuschockSeattle, WAg_g_allin AT hotmail.com
 		 	   		  

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Subject: Masses of Seabirds in Monterey Bay Now
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 21:44:32 -0700
Howdy, SEABirders,

Monterey's seabirds are really putting on a show this week. Upwards of 2000 
SABINE'S GULLS, 90,000 Sooty Shearwaters, and more have been seen from shore. 
I've been asked by a number of photographers about the Shearwater Journeys' 
trip this Friday, July 31. Spaces are available. Seems like this could be a 
good opportunity to photograph these masses of seabirds, although video might 
be best. Such a large migrating flock of Sabine's Gulls is very rarely 
recorded, although I once saw 3000+ at the Cordell Bank, Bodega Bay. 


See the most recent Point Pinos eBird report: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24410856 


Leaders on the July 31 Monterey trip include: Steve Howell, Scott Terrill, 
Brian Sullivan, Nick Levendosky, Jennifer Green, David Pavlik, and Debi 
Shearwater. 


View the leader line up for all of our upcoming trips at: 

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2015/07/leading-at-sea-shearwater-journeys.html 


Shearwater Journeys' has some 26 pelagic trips on offer this fall season with 
departures from Monterey Bay, Half Moon Bay, Bodega Bay and Sausalito to the 
Farallon Islands. A few trips are sold out, but spaces are available on many 
others. The complete trip schedule is here: 

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

There is only one Albacore trip, September 12,  which departs from Monterey:

http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2015/07/about-albacore-offshore-monterey-trip.html 


Certainly looking like a very interesting year — but, aren't they all — one 
way or another! Help us kick off our 40th year of Monterey seabird trips this 
week! 


Shearwaters Forever,
Debi Shearwater

DEBRA SHEARWATER
Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024
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Subject: Recent tubenose notables off Massachusetts, USA
From: Angus Wilson <oceanwanderers AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 13:34:42 -0400
The productive waters around Cape Cod provide excellent seabirding
throughout the year. Currently very large concentrations of Great, Sooty
and Cory's Shearwaters are being reported from the SE corner of the
Stellwagen Bank and down the east side of the Cape. The numbers of Cory's
(5000++) are especially notable and a visible from shore.

This frenzy of activity has attracted other exciting birds. A probable
*Yellow-nosed/Black-browed
Albatross* was seen briefly by a whale watch party visiting the south side
of Stellwagen on Sunday (12 July 2015) but unfortunately it not
photographed. Yesterday (Sat 18 July 2015) Blair Nikula, Susan Finnegan,
Scott Surner and others connected with a *Fea's Petrel*, which was nicely
photographed.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24306506

Also in Massachusetts' waters but close to the boundary with New York
State, John Shemilt, Derek Rogers and myself photographed a *Black-capped
Petrel *(dark-faced) whilst fishing at the top end of the West Atlantis
(Alvin) Canyon on Saturday 11 July 2015. Aside from a couple of Audubon's
Shearwaters and some Leach's Storm-Petrels, the numbers of shearwaters and
Wilson's Storm-Petrels in this sector seemed low. We were fishing the edge
of a finger of warm (76F/24.4C) Gulf Stream water pushing up the canyon and
spilling onto the shelf.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24234330

Fitting the proximity of tropical water, an adult *Bridled Tern* was
photographed on onshore at the western end of Nantucket Island on 11 July
2015 by Lee Dunn.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24228604

Needless to say, we wait with baited breath for news of the Brookline Bird
Club overnight pelagic, currently out at the canyons SSE of Cape Cod.
-- 
Angus Wilson
New York City & The Springs, NY, USA
http://birdingtotheend.blogspot.com/

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Subject: Tubenose HD video
From: Robert Flood <live2seabird AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Jul 2015 08:25:06 +0100
   - Lots of new HD tubenose footage from recent Bering Sea expedition on
   YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1P-kPue4kX4HHSMzGd_rPg
   - Check out range of tubenose clips at
   https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9Ww5c5hOL6mP35kUKnVwuOxKkriI7WT9
   - Cheers,
   - Bob Flood

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Subject: Japanese Islands Pelagic - April 28th to May 22nd 2015
From: "John & Jemi" <johnjemi AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Jul 2015 08:53:40 +0800
Dear All,

Someone has kindly pointed out that the links I posted yesterday didn't
work - please try these...

http://johnjemi.blogspot.hk/2015/05/izu-islands-pelagic.html



http://johnjemi.blogspot.hk/2015/06/ogasawara-islands-pelagic.html



http://johnjemi.blogspot.hk/2015/06/iwo-volcano-islands-pelagic.html



http://johnjemi.blogspot.hk/2015/06/voyage-to-tokyo.html

Apologies

(John Holmes)
Blog:      http://johnjemi.blogspot.hk

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Subject: Japanese Islands Pelagic - April 28th to May 22nd 2015
From: "John & Jemi" <johnjemi AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Jul 2015 17:26:41 +0800
Hello Seabird Enthusiasts,

A few months ago, *Kirk Zufelt* addressed this group about the organising
of a pelagic trip to see the seabirds of the *Izus, Ogasawaras and Iwo
Islands* which form a 1,200 km chain south of Tokyo, Japan.

Between the above dates, Jemi and I joined Kirk, Mike Danzenbaker, Colin
Rogers and Glenn McKinlay on the trip.

Four blog posts - with many seabird photos - are here: -

http://johnjemi.blogspot.hk/2015/05/izu-islands-pelagic.html



http://johnjemi.blogspot.hk/2015/06/ogasawara-islands-pelagic.html



http://johnjemi.blogspot.hk/2015/06/iwo-volcano-islands-pelagic.html



http://johnjemi.blogspot.hk/2015/06/voyage-to-tokyo.html

As I wrote in the final post, many thanks to Kirk for his organisation and
to Mike, Colin and Glenn for their stimulating company.

Happy Seabirding to All,

*John and Jemi Holmes*
Hong Kong

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Subject: Shearwater Journeys Celebrates 40 Years
From: DEBRA SHEARWATER <debiluv AT earthlink.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 17:18:48 -0700
Howdy, Seabirders,

Shearwater Journeys will celebrate its 40th year of seabirding this fall! And, 
we'd love to invite you to celebrate with us. 


Some 60,000+ birders and marine life enthusiasts have participated in thousands 
of Shearwater Journeys' pelagic trips over these past four decades. 
Participants, along with more than a hundred leaders over the years, have 
contributed an immense amount of data, advanced the progression of seabird 
field guides, fought for National Marine Sanctuaries collecting thousands of 
signatures, advocated for conservation laws, witnessed the return of the great 
whales from near decimation, seen the "return" of some seabirds such as 
Short-tailed Albatross and the decline of others, such as Sooty Shearwater and 
Ashy Storm-Petrel. 


We've discovered a long, long list "first" North American seabird records and 
found many rare-for-California seabirds. We've battled gill netting which 
killed thousands of Sooty Shearwaters and Common Murres, and won. We remember 
when Laysan Albatrosses did not nest on islands off Mexico! Marine mammals have 
not been neglected on our trips. We set the wheels in motion to rescue an 
entangled humpback whale only for the rescuers to be thwarted by the appearance 
of killer whales! We launched the first-ever in the world, blue whale tagging 
program with EarthWatch in mid-1980's. Beginning in the late 1970's, we 
collected the first of hundreds of killer whale images that would be used in ID 
catalogues. And, we're still at it today. 


And, we've been out there in the blue, at sea, during the biggest El Nino 
events of our lifetime, 1982-83 and 1998, during La Nina events and everything 
in between. The 1982-83 El Nino impacted every continent on Earth, and we saw 
events transpire in Monterey Bay that have never repeated. OH, wait a minute. I 
hear the red crabs are back, at least in SoCal: 


http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2015/06/17/red-crabs-swarm-southern-california-linked-to-warm-blob-in-pacific/ 


There's so much more. Indeed, I could write a book about the changes I've seen. 
Our roots are deep and vast much like a giant kelp forest moving with the 
currents. It has been a long and winding journey — and, we could not have 
done it without you! I am, personally, grateful and thankful for every one of 
you, many of whom continue to ride the seas with us, four decades later! THANK 
YOU! 


Shearwater Journeys' 2015 schedule of trips can be found on our web site:
http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.shtml

Photographs and brief biographies of our outstanding leaders can be found at:
http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/07/our-leaders.html

DISCOUNTS: To celebrate our 40th year, we are offering a $40 discount on all 
Monterey Bay trips, except the Albacore trip, September 12th. We offer a $20 
discount on our Half Moon Bay, Bodega Bay and Farallon Islands trips. All 
discounted trips are non-refundable, unless weathered out (unlikely) and must 
be postmarked by July 1. Act now! 


MONTEREY BAY TRIPS: All trips depart from Fishermans' Wharf at 7 am and return 
at 3 pm. 

JULY 31; AUGUST 7, 21; SEPTEMBER 5, 8, 0, 1O, 11, 13, 16, 25, 26, 27; OCTOBER 
3, 10. 

ALBACORE: OFFSHORE MONTEREY: SEPTEMBER 12 departs at 5:30 am and returns 5:30 
pm. 

Parking vouchers available for all trips, saving you at least $10. 

HALF MOON BAY TRIPS: 
All trips depart from Johnson's Pier, H dock, Pillar Point, Half Moon Bay at 7 
am and return about 4 pm. Parking is free. 

AUGUST 2, 8, 16; SEPTEMBER 6, 15; OCTOBER 4, 11.

FARALLON ISLANDS: Both trips depart from Clipper Yacht Harbor at 7:15 am, and 
return about 4 pm. Parking is $2/person. 

AUGUST 9: TUFTED PUFFINS & BREEDING SEABIRDS - limited spaces available
OCTOBER 18: GREAT WHITE SHARKS & SEABIRDS

BODEGA BAY: 
Departs from Port O'Bodega at 7 am and returns about 4:30 pm. Parking is free.
SEPTEMBER 18: CORDELL BANK & BODEGA CANYON

We track county lines and write eBird checklists for all of our trips. Most of 
our trips cover more than one county. For past trip reports including images 
and complete checklists, please see: 

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

August 2nd has proved to be an auspicious date for HAWAIIAN PETREL: August 2, 
2014 at Half Moon Bay, this petrel flew right up our wake only a few miles out 
of the harbor. August 2, 2013 at Monterey Bay, I spotted this petrel without 
bins, flying alongside our vessel with a load of Sooty Shearwaters only 8 miles 
off Point Pinos! Most of the Hawaiian Petrels that I've seen in central 
California have been less than 10 miles offshore, including three in one day 
out of Fort Bragg. Where will you be on August 2, 2015? 


Todd McGrath's post on CalBirds about predicting seabirds in this uncanny 
season are on the mark. Recalling the BULWER'S PETREL, July 26, 1998, Monterey 
Bay was an amazing find, especially for a boat load of non-birders who wanted 
to know why I kept stopping to look at the "little black and white birds" (54 
Scripps's Murrelets that day), instead of the 50+ Fin and Blue Whales! The 
Bulwer's Petrel was photographed sitting on the water with a BULLER'S 
SHEARWATER! So, yep, Buller's arrived early that year. Who would have ever 
dreamed of finding Black Storm-Petrels in Monterey in December? We did, in 
1982. El Nino at work! There's no telling what we might find this season. 
Terrafin charts are showing plenty of cold water in many places. This is good. 
So, don't miss out this season! Celebrate! 


For me, there has never, ever been a dull moment. Never. If you sense a deep 
and abiding love of seabirds and marine mammals — 

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

Celebrating 40 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
Russian Far East Voyages: May/June 2016- with Debi
Galapagos Islands: November 1 - 14,  2017- with Debi













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Subject: Early push of Craveri's, Least S-P, Buller's
From: Bruce Rideout <brideout AT sandiegozoo.org>
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 16:30:39 -0700 (PDT)
 

Posting for Paul Lehman:


With the addition of more unusual-for-June pelagic species off S. CA 
yesterday, here's a bit of a summary of what has happened the past 9 days:


The first early, unseasonal sighting during this current 'event' was a 
single Buller's Shearwater off San Diego on June 10. This was followed by 
the pelagic trip off San Diego on June 14 which recorded 17 Buller's and 20 
Craveri's Murrelets (plus some getting-late Scripps's Murrelets)--as well 
as an earlier-than-normal and rare Wilson's Storm-Petrel, and 2 small, 
dark, short-tailed storm-petrels that have since been confirmed from photos 
as being very early Least Storm-Petrels. This was followed by better looks 
at 6 more Least Storm-Petrels off San Diego on June 18, although all of 
those birds were actually in L.A. County waters based on closest point of 
land (which was the se. corner of San Clemente Is., even though we were due 
west of La Jolla). That same day we also had "only" 4 more Craveri's 
Murrelets, and NO Buller's Shearwaters. But while that was going on, also 
on the 18th, there was a flight of 10 Buller's Shearwaters being seen just 
a little farther to the west from San Clemente Island, plus at least 
one additional Buller's seen that day farther north off Ventura County.


So, it appears that the initial "wave" of Buller's and Craveri's MIGHT have 
already passed through San Diego County waters and may now be varying 
distances to the north (IF they continued north...). But given that all the 
Craveri's we have seen recently off San Diego were in heavy wing molt and 
could not fly, that means they've only gotten as far as they can swim!!


Interestingly, no Red-billed Tropicbirds have been reported on these same 
trips. Last year, another warmer-water year off Mexico, there were several 
very early and northerly (as far north as Monterey County, 
from repositioning cruises) tropicbirds seen already in May, but then 
the rest of the summer and fall seemed to be at best normal, or 
probably even below normal, for them. Perhaps it is too simplistic to say 
that warm-water species will occur off CA earlier than normal and in 
greater than normal numbers in warm-water / El Nino years, as such 
conditions might also translate in to very poor breeding seasons (in 
spring) in Mexican waters so that there are far fewer young birds 
'available' to come north--if that is the age class that makes up a 
substantial percent of the birds seen off CA. I have heard that during a 
major El Niño event in the late 1990s Buller's Shearwaters appeared early 
and that some Least Storm-Petrels arrived already by early July (they 
normally aren't 'regular' until beginning around late August) well north 
off central CA, and they conceivably might have been around even before 
that time but there was little birder coverage offshore until July.


So, it would seem likely that early Buller's may well be up and 
down sections of the CA coast already, and that Craveri's and Leasts are 
on their way and may already be as far north as perhaps Orange and L. 
A. Counties, and soon to off ???? Unfortunately there aren't too 
many scheduled pelagic trips offered off the CA coast in the very 
near future, but it will be interesting to see what turns up on the 
trips later in summer. Birders might consider taking some whale-watching 
trips that are known to get offshore at least 5-10+ miles, as that should 
be enough to give one some chance at Craveri's and Leasts, if they 
are around, as those species typically don't require being nearly as 
far offshore as is needed--say--for reasonable chances at tropicbirds, 
much less Guadalupe Murrelets or pterodromas, which are much farther out.

 

--Paul Lehman, San Diego

 

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Subject: 14 June 2015 San Diego Pelagic Report – Paul Lehman
From: Bruce Rideout <brideout AT sandiegozoo.org>
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2015 19:00:10 -0700 (PDT)
 

Posting for Paul Lehman:


Our June 14 Buena Vista Audubon-sponsored, "Grande" 12-hour San Diego 
pelagic trip out to the 9-Mile and 30-Mile Banks had some pretty strange 
species and numbers for mid-June! Seems like folks should try to get 
offshore up and down the coast to see if some of these odd June species are 
occurring elsewhere. Select totals plus a few comments below. Photos of a 
number of the more interesting birds will be made available soon at 
sandiegopelagics.com. We had very light winds and virtually flat seas, and 
overcast. Perfect for alcids and storm-petrels!

 

BULLER'S SHEARWATER: after last Wednesday's surprising (for June) single 
Buller's off San Diego, today we had at least 17 !! (very early, especially 
for so many; well scattered, and to within 1/4 mile of Baja border [as far 
south as we went] where UNrecorded!)

 

CRAVERI'S MURRELET: ca. 20, almost all in heavy wing molt, missing a bunch 
of flight feathers and incapable of flight; crazy number for mid-June.

 

Scripps's Murrelet: ca. 10 (30-Mile Bank; lots of photos; (more than usual 
for mid-June, when typically almost all have departed).

 

WILSON'S STORM-PETREL: extensively photo'd but always at mid-distance. A 
bold white-rumped storm-petrel with direct flight and lots of brief 
pattering on surface, with heavy wing molt, feet stuck out beyond tail, and 
white wrapped well around sides of rump to under sides of undertail 
coverts; but the wings looked a bit long and crooked in the photos, but 
bird missing a bunch of secondaries and inner primaries. (lots of photos; 
in heavy molt; ID confirmed; early--most CA records from late Aug-Oct).

 

LEAST STORM-PETREL: 2 (a June record of Least is most unusual, but the ID 
was later confirmed from photographs).

 

Surf Scoter: 6

Pacific Loon: 5 (3 of them flying north well off the coast, one of which in 
full alternate--seems quite late for the latter)

Pink-footed Shearwater: 80

Sooty Shearwater: 100

Black-vented Shearwater: 400

Leach's Storm-Petrel: 1 (dark rumped; 30-Mile Bank)

Ashy Storm-Petrel: 4

Black Storm-Petrel: 80

Small, short-tailed storm-petrel sp.: 1

BROWN BOOBY: 23 (well scattered)

Red-necked Phalarope: 1 (rare in early summer)

SOUTH POLAR SKUA: 1 (came right in behind the boat in San Diego Trough)

Murrelet sp.: 4

Cassin's Auklet: 90

RHINOCEROS AUKLET: 4 (very rare in summer this far south)

Common Tern: 1 (in San Diego Trough)

Elegant Tern: 175

Least Tern: 20

Barn Swallow: 1 (far offshore at 30-Mile Bank)

 

Blue Whale: 2

Loggerhead Sea Turtle sp.: 1 

 

--Paul Lehman, San Diego

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