Sunday April 20, 2008
we've even left the harbor we are finding some interesting birds.
Among the moored boats in the harbor we find 2 pairs of HARLEQUIN
DUCKS and a single wintering LONG-TAILED DUCK mixed in
with some to be expected SURF SCOTERS. Rounding the Coast Guard
jetty we find a single HEERMAN'S GULL and 4 BLACK TURNSTONES
on the riprap below the nesting and copulating BRANDT'S CORMORANTS.
We also find a COMMON LOON and EARED GREBE.
On the outside of the jetty there are several RED-NECKED PHALAROPES
and a single RED PHALAROPE that were likely blown in by the
gale the day before. Heading along Cannery Row we add PELAGIC CORMORANT,
PIGEON GUILLEMOT and COMMON MURRE to the day's sightings.
Just past Otter Point there is a RED-NECKED GREBE in close
to the rocky shore.
Approaching Pt. Pinos we make a hard right turn out to where a dozen
HUMPBACK WHALES are being reported. Soon we are in their midst with
blows sighted all around our boat. After spending a short while with
the cetaceans we head towards the Monterey Submarine Canyon and see
the first of hundreds of PACIFIC LOONS go streaming by. As
we draw near the south rim of the canyon we also start seeing numerous
Crossing over the canyon we travel along the north rim to the Soquel
Canyon where we see our first BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS. We take
a northern heading up to Cabrillo Canyon but see few birds with the
exception of Sooties and Common Murres.
our return route to the bay we find many small flocks of BONAPARTE'S
GULLS and RED-NECKED PHALAROPES along with the occasional
RED PHALAROPE mixed in. Finally we find some RHINOCEROS
AUKLETS but only catch glimpses of 2 uncooperative CASSIN'S
AUKLETS. We also find several NORTHERN FUR SEALS napping in drifting
As the day grows longer the wind increases in intensity but thankfully
it is at our backs as we head back into the bay but not before we
add a single SABINE'S GULL and PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER
to the day's tally.
CALIFORNIA SEA LION
For additional photos, see Jeff
Poklen's photo gallery for this trip.
Roger Wolfe for Monterey