Monterey Seabirds
July 23, 2011 Seabird Cruise Trip Report


Saturday July 23, 2011

Sooty Shearwater photo by Martijn Verdoes Black-footed Albatross  photo by Martijn Verdoes

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Here is Don Roberson's eBird report for the day:

Observation date: 7/23/11
Notes: Aboard 'Pt Sur Clipper' with skipper John Mayer with Roger Wolfe, Martijn Verdoes, Tim Amaral, Blake Matheson; Don Glasco, Gary Deghi, et al. Overcast and cold all day with some wind, but wind from SW so sea fairly calm with light chop, Beaufort 2. We went out a mile past Pt. Pinos to a pair of Blue Whale, then south about 2 nmi offshore to Carmel Bay, then west to 6 nmi off Cypress Pt., then N to 5 nmi NW of Pt. Pinos and return. This checklist offshore species only -- all 1-2 nmi offshore or more. Besides the Blue Whales were ~20 Humpback, a few Pac White-sided Dolphin (and Harbor Porpoise & Minke Whale that I missed)
19 species (+2 other taxa)

Location: Monterey County
Number of species:


  Black-footed Albatross   6    
  Northern Fulmar   8   all gray morphs
  Pink-footed Shearwater   5    
  Sooty Shearwater   1000    
  Ashy Storm-Petrel   1   ~4 nmi N of Pt. Pinos
  Brandt's Cormorant   20   many more inshore; ~200 nesting on Coast Guard pier
  Brown Pelican   70    
  Red-necked Phalarope   150    
  Red Phalarope   2    
  Sabine's Gull   60   all adults (some photo'd) mostly 3-6 nmi offshore, sometimes in flocks of ~10 or so; a few sitting on water with SOSH flocks also
  Heermann's Gull   15    
  Western Gull   100    
  California Gull   10    
  Elegant Tern   10   excluded inshore ones
  Parasitic Jaeger   4   1 juv + one 1st/2nd cycle
  Long-tailed Jaeger   1   earliest Monterey record by one week
  Parasitic/Long-tailed Jaeger   1    
  jaeger sp.   2   very likely Parasitics
  Common Murre   80    
  Cassin's Auklet   50    
  Rhinoceros Auklet   15    

This report was generated automatically by eBird v2(

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