Monterey Bay 9, 10, & 11 September 2006
Photos: Sep 8 Sep 9 Sep 10 Sep 11
by Debi Shearwater
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This report covers Shearwater Journeys' three spectacular seabirding trips on Monterey Bay on Sep 9, 10, and 11. I also include the species list for the Sep 8th trip from Bodega Bay. This is surely one of the most productive times to get out to see seabirds. Seabirders who participated in all four of these trips recorded 35 species of
seabirds, including 12 species of tubenoses, and 12 species of marine
mammals, and enjoyed some of the best weather conditions.
Highlights were many: for three days in a row, Shearwater Journeys
found the STORM-PETREL FLOCKS which included WILSON'S, FORK-TAILED,
ASHY, BLACK, and LEAST STORM-PETRELS; one MANX SHEARWATER was found on
every day; FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER was found on two of the three days,
with a high count of 10 on Sep 10th; SOUTH POLAR SKUAS were found every
day; and it was a grand slam on all of the JAEGER species on two of the
three days; on Sep 10th 201 jaegers were recorded, of these an
astounding 152 were POMARINE JAEGERS; a SHORT-FINNED MAKO SHARK made a
star performance; and finally, the ORCA show was just great.
The leaders for these outstanding trips were:
Sep 9-Denise Wight, Jim Danzenbaker, Mike Danzenbaker, Clay Kempf, Brian Sullivan, Don Doolittle, & Debra Shearwater;
Sep 10-Jennifer Green, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Jim Danzenbaker, Don Doolittle, & Debra Shearwater;
Sep 11-Ted Chandik, Brian Sullivan, John Sorensen, Don Doolittle, & Debra Shearwater. Many thanks to all who participated. The species list follows.
Sep 8 (Bodega Bay)/Sep 9 (Monterey Seavalley)/Sep 10 (Monterey
Albacore)/Sep 11 (Monterey Bay & Sur Ridge)
BROWN PELICAN-7 (offshore)/100 (offshore)/18/+
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT-1 (offshore)/0/0/0
HARLEQUIN DUCK-0/1 (female in the harbor)/0/0
SOUTH POLAR SKUA-13/6/8/3
ELEGANT TERN-300+ (on the breakwater)/0/65/15
CALIFORNIA SEA LION-+/180/400+/+
STELLER'S SEA LION-2/0/0/0
NORTHERN FUR SEAL-1-3/3/1/0
NORTHERN ELEPHANT SEAL-0/2/0/0
KILLER WHALE (ORCA)-0/13/0/0
SHORT-BEAKED COMMON DOLPHIN-0/0/0/8
NORTHERN RIGHT WHALE DOLPHIN-0/2/8/0
SHORT-FINNED MAKO SHARK-0/1/0/0
Many thanks to all who participated!
Debra Love Shearwater
PO Box 190
Hollister, CA 95024 USA