Monterey Seabirds
October 18, 2009 Seabird Cruise Trip Report


Sunday October 18, 2009

Bottlenose Dolphin, photo by Glen TepkeBrown Pelican landing on seabird cruise trip participant's headQuite a rough trip, with seas Beaufort 5-6 west of Pt. Pinos, strong NW winds. Elegant Terns were seen to 3 nmi off (and a young Brown Pelican followed the boat for miles with the gulls, even landing on a participant's head!). We went perhaps 10 nmi W of Pt. Pinos, then north into SCZ, back to N rim of Canyon, and east into Moss Landing, returning along the shore.

Rough conditions hampered birding, with spray a problem. Bright sunny day after early a.m. fog.

Species totals for
Monterey County/Santa Cruz County
Brant (Black)     18/0
Surf Scoter   308/0
Pacific Loon   2/1
Red-throated Loon   1/0
Common Loon   2/0
Red-necked Grebe   1/0
Western Grebe   150/0
Clark’s Grebe   8/0
Black-footed Albatross   8/8
Northern Fulmar   4/3
Pink-footed Shearwater   30/10
Buller's Shearwater   9/0
Sooty Shearwater   6/1
Black-vented Shearwater   4/4
Brown Pelican   20/2
Brandt's Cormorant   325/1
Pelagic Cormorant   3/0
Red-necked Phalarope   150/50
Red Phalarope   1/0
Heermann's Gull   10/5
Western Gull   275/100
California Gull   150/150
Elegant Tern   3/0
Common Murre   20/30
Cassin's Auklet   10/2
Rhinoceros Auklet   25/5
Pigeon Guillemot   1/0
Marine Mammals
Humpback Whale   2/0
Dall's Porpoise   18/0
Bottlenose Dolphin   12/0
California Sea Lion    
Sea Otter    

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