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· Farallons report - boobies, fur seals, whales. (Aug 30, 2015)
· Bell's Vireo Info Request (Aug 28, 2015)
· Peep ID help (Aug 28, 2015)
· monterey seabirds trip report August 22nd (Aug 27, 2015)
· Re: [CALBIRDS] warm water - ENSO - and bird displacements. (Aug 27, 2015)
  1. Farallons report - boobies, fur seals, whales. LINK
    DATE: Aug 30, 2015 @ 10:12pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Hi folks,
       We did a Farallon Islands trip today out of Half Moon Bay in superb and calm weather. On the way out a highlight was a Bank Swallow in San Mateo county, along with big numbers of Sooty Shearwaters in Half Moon Bay. At the islands we eventually saw a total of 11 Brown Boobies, including at least two males showing the pale coloration on the head of the Mexican group (brewsteri group) population. One Blue-footed Booby was there, but the Northern Gannet was apparently in Marin County today. Numbers of Tufted Puffins were higher than ever, we saw at least 120, perhaps more! One Scripps’s Murrelet flew by as we approached the island.
       Heading offshore a few Black-footed Albatross showed up, but most exciting was able to confirm more Guadalupe Fur Seals here, and that they were outnumbering the Northerns in that offshore water. This is a little known mammal, particularly this far north. It appears that this year they are frequent out here. Another surprise was seeing a Sei/Bryde’s Whale on our way in, either species would be new for us here in these waters. We shall see if we can determine the species based on photos, the very tall fin makes me think it was a Sei whale. There were Ashy and at least one Black Storm Petrel on the way back in. The time spent offshore is short on Farallon Trips, so it will be interesting to see what we can find tomorrow a tad farther south in San Mateo county!
        Bait fish were being chased by larger fish by the islands, and it seems that these bigger fish were Bonito. A species that apparently has not been this far north since the last big El Niño.
       Good birding,
    Alvaro
    Alvaro Jaramillo
    alvaro@alvarosadventures.com
    www.alvarosadventures.com
    
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  3. Bell's Vireo Info Request LINK
    DATE: Aug 28, 2015 @ 12:22pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Hi,
    
    I received an email from Southern Sierra Research Station Research
    Director Mary Whitfield this morning asking for Bells' Vireo
    reports/records for the Kern River Valley in the southern Sierra Nevada
    going back as far as
    possible.
    
    I picked off all the ones I found entered into the eBird database and
    emailed that information to Mary. So, if you have reported your Kern
    River Valley (e.g. Kern River Preserve) BEVI reports to eBird and they
    were accepted for public viewing, you are
    already covered. Observations made before 2002 are especially desired.
    
    Otherwise, please email me any observations you have made of Bell's
    Vireo in the Kern
    River Valley, if any, so I can compile them into a cohesive order and
    send them on to Mary Whitfield.
    
    What is needed in terms of reporting your Kern River Valley Bell's
    Vireo records, if any?DateLocation - as specific as possible (e.g. Kern River Preserve
    Headquarters ) with a more general location
    OK (e.g. South Fork Kern River Valley) if that's what you haveObserver(s)Other? That's up to you.
    Thank you in advance!
    
    Bob
    
    Bob Barnes, Ridgecrest, Kern County, California
    
    Cell: 760-382-1260
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  5. Peep ID help LINK
    DATE: Aug 28, 2015 @ 5:28pm, 3 day(s) ago
    8/27/15 1725
    
    Hello Calbirders,
    
    I would appreciate opinions on a peep I found at the Ukiah WWTP yesterday. I'm thinking it is a Least Sandpiper but because of the lighting I was unable to tell the leg color. I uploaded 7 photo's to flickr so please take a look. Thanks, Steve Stump
    
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  7. monterey seabirds trip report August 22nd LINK
    DATE: Aug 27, 2015 @ 11:59am, 4 day(s) ago
    Thanks to Curtis Marantz for writing this eBird account of our Monterey Seabirds pelagic trip last Saturday.Overall, we had a lot of birds in view fairly close to shore. We ventured a bit further offshore to confirm the presence of very few birds out there.We have spaces available for trips on Sept. 12, 19, Oct. 3 and 10. Please join us in our search for seabirds!Monterey Bay pelagic (MTY Co.), Monterey, California, US
    Aug 22, 2015 8:25 AM -
    4:05 PM
    Protocol: Traveling
    80.0 kilometer(s)
    Comments: There present
    list is for the offshore portion of a pelagic trip out of Monterey harbor on the
    M/V "Pt Sur Clipper" with Everett Robinson as captain, and as leaders John
    Sterling, Don Roberson, Matthew Dodder, and Steve Bailey. with "Monterey
    Seabirds " This period of this list began shortly after we passed the outer buoy
    beyond Point Pinos, from which we continued about eight kilometers west and then
    south to Pt. Lobos before turning to the west-southwest and continuing to a
    point not quite 20 kilometers off Cypress Point. We then headed north to about
    the midway point up Monterey Bay before turning east and continuing shoreward to
    a point 4-5 kilometers off Moss Landing to check out some foraging Humpback
    Whales. After visiting the whales, we returned to the middle of the bay and
    then south to the harbor. Associated with the whales were large numbers of
    shearwaters and murres, along with quite a few gulls. We also saw good numbers
    of birds a short distance off Point Pinos, but at the furthest points offshore
    we saw very few birds. Also onboard were Curtis Marantz, Tom Benson, Brad
    Singer, Brittany O'Connor, Matthew Grube, Kevin Gin, and about ten others.
    There was a full, mid-level marine-layer for most of the day, but with some
    clearing around 12:45 pm, but still a roughly 95% cover by our arrival back at
    port. We noted no more than light (5+ knot) winds that seemed to be coming from
    the south mid-morning, but from the north or northwest later in the day.
    Temperatures offshore were in the low 60s. We had a 3-4 foot, mixed swell with
    the main component seemingly coming from the west or northwest. Conditions
    during the period 8:21 am - 3:21 pm at the Outer Monterey Canyon Waverider Buoy,
    located near the middle of the bay at 36° 45' 39" N, 121° 56' 48" W, represented
    a wave height of 3.0-3.9 feet [= 0.9-1.2 meters], with a dominant period of
    8-10 seconds, an average period of 6.0-7.3 seconds, a mean wave direction coming
    from the northwest to the west-northwest, and water temperatures increasing from
    62.8 to 63.3 F [= 17.1° C and 63.3° C, respectively]. Conditions during the
    period 8:15 am - 3:15 pm at the MBM buoy, located a short distance further
    offshore than the Monterey Canyon buoy at 36° 45' 00" N, 122° 01' 48" W,
    represented a winds of 3.9-9.7 knots [= kilometers/hour], air temperatures
    increasing from 61.0° F to 62.6° F [= 16.1° C and 17.0° C, respectively],
    and water temperatures increasing from 61.3° F to 62.2° F [= 16.3° C and
    16.8° C, respectively], before dropping slightly. 8:25 am - 3:05 pm (from the
    buoy off Point Pinos to the point where we reached the inshore waters on our
    trip south from Moss Landing).
    
    Mola Mola -
    8;
    Northern Elephant Seal - 1 (one seen offshore was loafing with its head
    above water);
    California Sea Lion - 100 (of which about 85 were seen together
    off Moss Landing while we were observing the Humpback Whales);
    Northern Fur
    Seal - 12;
    Dall's Porpoise - 10 (those on the bow saw two small pods for a
    total of about 10 individuals);
    Risso's Dolphin - 8 (only Don and others on the
    bow saw these animals);
    Humpback Whale - 15 (most were together in a pod off
    Moss Landing);
    Blue Whale - 2 (including one rather large individual off Point
    Pinos).
    21 species (+1 other taxa)
    
    Surf Scoter 3 (three scoters flew by
    off Moss Landing in a northerly direction)
    Black-footed Albatross 40 (our
    best estimate of the number of albatrosses was about 40 birds, yet the most in
    view at once was seven; most of these birds seemed to lack white on the
    rump)
    Northern Fulmar 30 (most of the fulmars were medium to dark
    individuals and all seemed to be relatively ragged)
    Pink-footed Shearwater 100
    (tallied individually for most of the day, but a fewer larger concentrations
    were estimated)
    Buller's Shearwater 3 (all three Buller's Shearwaters were
    seen only at moderate distance)
    Sooty Shearwater 8000 (we had large
    numbers of Sooty Shearwaters both on the water and flying by in a band from just
    beyond Point Pinos until we headed well offshore, where there were very few
    birds in general)
    Black-vented Shearwater 45 (counted essentially
    individually, but no one person likely saw them all)
    Ashy Storm-Petrel 1
    (one birds seen well offshore was quite distant but flying with a style that
    combined fast, shallow wingbeats)
    Brandt's Cormorant 2 (two cormorants
    that flew by off Moss Landing were certainly Brandt's)
    cormorant sp. 2
    (two cormorants seen well offshore appeared to be Brandt's but they were seen
    only at moderate distance)
    Brown Pelican 10 (we saw two pelicans well
    offshore but the rest were seen within a few kilometers of the shore between
    Moss landing and the harbor)
    Whimbrel 2 (seen st moderate distance as they
    flew by off Point Pinos heading south)
    Red-necked Phalarope 100 (calling;
    we saw just over 100 phalaropes in all, with a ratio of about six to one
    Red-necked over Red)
    Red Phalarope 15 (calling; six or eight birds were
    seen by all, but those on the bow had about twice this many)
    Pomarine Jaeger 1
    (an adult with a short tail was well seen on the water and in flight about five
    kilometers off Moss Landing)
    Common Murre 600 (calling; we saw many
    father/offspring pairs relatively close to shore, but the vast majority were off
    Moss Landing in the same area as the Humpback Whales and shearwater
    flocks)
    Cassin's Auklet 30 (less than ten were seen clearly by thos4e on
    the stern, but a few on the bow saw many more)
    Rhinoceros Auklet 15 (like
    the Cassin's Auklets, those on the stern saw only about a third the number as
    those on the bow)
    Sabine's Gull 5 (we saw two single juveniles and three
    together that appeared to represent second-year birds, if not adults already in
    molt)
    Western Gull 150 (we saw only scattered Western Gulls through the
    day, no doubt reflecting our inability to chum, but we did eventually encounter
    large numbers of gulls off Moss Landing in association with the foraging
    Humpback Whales; a large percentage of these birds were hatch-year
    individual)
    California Gull 35 (we saw only three or four California Gulls
    over the course of the day before reaching the gull concentration that was with
    the whales, which is were the vast majority of these birds were seen; birds seen
    included at least three or four juveniles)
    Elegant Tern 2 (calling; seen
    together with the gull flock off Moss Landing)
    
    John SterlingVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV26 Palm AveWoodland, CA 95695530 908-3836jsterling@...www.sterlingbirds.comMonterey Seabirdswww.montereyseabirds.com(831) 375-4658
    
    
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  9. Re: [CALBIRDS] warm water - ENSO - and bird displacements. LINK
    DATE: Aug 27, 2015 @ 6:52pm, 4 day(s) ago
    To add to the northbound Peruvian Booby in Costa Rica, there are photographs of a Peruvian Booby taken on July 12
    at Penon de San Jose in Panama.
    
    Ron Thorn
    
    ---Original Message-----
    From: 'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao@... [CALBIRDS] <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
    To: 'Daniel Baxter' <baxbarnowl@...>; CALBIRDS <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>
    Sent: Wed, Aug 26, 2015 10:59 am
    Subject: [CALBIRDS] warm water - ENSO - and bird displacements.
    
    Folks,
    I am becoming obsessed with El Niño, obviously. It is maybe a semantic point, but maybe not. This year the effect of the El Niño will be difficult to pinpoint because of the warm water event we have been experiencing for over a year in the state. Our warm water event is part of what people have called ?the blob? and may even be related to the Ridiculously Resilient Ridge, which has created clear weather rather than rain for us. But this is not the El Niño, the effects of which in the bird fauna are not overwhelming thus far. Keep in mind that the El Niño?s direct effects are in South America, and sometimes there is a corresponding warm water area on our side of the equator when we have a real big Niño. However, this year that warm water was already here. So it will be difficult to figure out which event is having the effect, or both.
    I just returned from Galapagos, and the El Niño is certainly asserting an effect, but it is not huge yet. It looks like seabird productivity is down, ranging from Blue-footed and Nazca boobies to Waved Albatross. Numbers of Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrels and Galapagos Shearwaters seemed pretty normal while I was there. The big difference was seeing the thousands of phalaropes, something I am not accustomed to from my previous trips, yet none have been this late in August so that likely is the explanation. The massive rains have not arrived yet on the Galapagos, and my guess is that this will begin soon, perhaps by November. But there has not been a complete seabird crash yet it seems, although reproduction is definitely low.
    Vagrant Blue-footed Boobies way south of the range in South America continue. The latest goodie northbound I heard about was a Peruvian Booby in Costa Rica. Those are definitely El Niño related. The local Brown Booby invasion, tropicbirds, northbound murrelets etc. are almost certainly related to the warm water blob off Mexico than El Niño, but as things progress this could all change.
    Good birding,
    Alvaro
    Alvaro Jaramillo
    alvaro@...
    www.alvarosadventures.com
    
    From: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com [mailto:CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Daniel Baxter baxbarnowl@... [CALBIRDS]
    Sent: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 8:05 AM
    To: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com
    Subject: [CALBIRDS] Re: August 25 pelagic from Ventura
    
    You're right about the El Niño! I saw (and photographed) my first red billed tropicbird about three miles north of Santa Barbara Island on last Saturday's IslandPackers trip. A dozen brown boobies also flew directly over the boat.
    
    Dan Baxter
    
    Sent from my iPad
    
    
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  11. warm water - ENSO - and bird displacements. LINK
    DATE: Aug 26, 2015 @ 10:58am, 5 day(s) ago
    Folks,
        I am becoming obsessed with El Niño, obviously. It is maybe a semantic point, but maybe not. This year the effect of the El Niño will be difficult to pinpoint because of the warm water event we have been experiencing for over a year in the state. Our warm water event is part of what people have called ?the blob? and may even be related to the Ridiculously Resilient Ridge, which has created clear weather rather than rain for us. But this is not the El Niño, the effects of which in the bird fauna are not overwhelming thus far. Keep in mind that the El Niño?s direct effects are in South America, and sometimes there is a corresponding warm water area on our side of the equator when we have a real big Niño. However, this year that warm water was already here. So it will be difficult to figure out which event is having the effect, or both.
              I just returned from Galapagos, and the El Niño is certainly asserting an effect, but it is not huge yet. It looks like seabird productivity is down, ranging from Blue-footed and Nazca boobies to Waved Albatross. Numbers of Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrels and Galapagos Shearwaters seemed pretty normal while I was there. The big difference was seeing the thousands of phalaropes, something I am not accustomed to from my previous trips, yet none have been this late in August so that likely is the explanation. The massive rains have not arrived yet on the Galapagos, and my guess is that this will begin soon, perhaps by November. But there has not been a complete seabird crash yet it seems, although reproduction is definitely low.
         Vagrant Blue-footed Boobies way south of the range in South America continue. The latest goodie northbound I heard about was a Peruvian Booby in Costa Rica. Those are definitely El Niño related. The local Brown Booby invasion, tropicbirds, northbound murrelets etc. are almost certainly related to the warm water blob off Mexico than El Niño, but as things progress this could all change.
    Good birding,
    Alvaro
    Alvaro Jaramillo
    alvaro@...
    www.alvarosadventures.com
    
    From: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com [mailto:CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Daniel Baxter baxbarnowl@... [CALBIRDS]Sent: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 8:05 AMTo: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.comSubject: [CALBIRDS] Re: August 25 pelagic from Ventura
    
    You're right about the El Niño! I saw (and photographed) my first red billed tropicbird about three miles north of Santa Barbara Island on last Saturday's IslandPackers trip. A dozen brown boobies also flew directly over the boat.Dan BaxterSent from my iPad
    
    
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  13. Re: August 25 pelagic from Ventura LINK
    DATE: Aug 26, 2015 @ 8:04am, 5 day(s) ago
    You're right about the El Niño! I saw (and photographed) my first red billed tropicbird about three miles north of Santa Barbara Island on last Saturday's IslandPackers trip. A dozen brown boobies also flew directly over the boat.
    
    Dan Baxter
    
    Sent from my iPad
    
    
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  15. August 25 pelagic from Ventura LINK
    DATE: Aug 26, 2015 @ 1:12am, 6 day(s) ago
    Island Packers hosted a highly successful pelagic trip today to Anacapa and Santa Barbara Islands. Jon Feenstra, Peter Gaede, and I helped Joel Barrett and crew with the trip and found a number of notable birds for the route we followed, which took us from the Ventura Harbor to Anacapa Island, then south along the east edge of the Santa Cruz Basin to Sutil Rock and Santa Barbara Island, and finally returning to Ventura via the Pilgrim Bank.
    
    Notable birds included:
    1) A Laysan Albatross north of Santa Barbara Island in SBA waters. The bird zig-zagged across the bow giving all on board spectacular views. This is by far the most "inshore" I have ever seen one off southern California.
    2) Brown Boobies...and lots of them. We first saw 7 on the arch at Anacapa (new high count for VEN), then 32 (!!!) on Sutil Rock, and another 5 at sea in SBA waters. No longer a rare bird in so Cal waters.
    3) A pair of Craveri's Murrelets in VEN waters and likely another there pending photo review. Also had a slightly unseasonal Scripps's Murrelet in the same area.
    4) A lone Buller's Shearwater in VEN Waters.
    5) Several southbound Long-tailed Jaegers in VEN waters.
    6) A lone Sabine's Gull in SBA waters.
    7) Decent numbers of Ashy and Black Storm-Petrels in both counties.
    
    Other pelagic birds included Sooty, Pink-footed, and Black-vented Shearwaters; Northern Fulmars; Pomarine Jaegers; Red and Red-necked Phalaropes; Cassin's Auklets; and Common Terns. We also had a probable American Oystercatcher on Anacapa Island that refused to accommodate us with definitive looks despite all our efforts to encourage it to do so.
    
    Mammals included a Humpback Whale, Long-beaked and Short-beaked Common Dolphins, Offshore Bottlenose Dolphins, and Risso's Dolphins. One of the most exciting encounters of the day was a large Hammerhead Shark that swam in front of the bow and allowed a few minutes worth of looks. Thank you El Nino.
    
    Island Packers does a great job on these trips and all of the pelagics they have sponsored in the last few years have been great successes. The next trip out of Ventura is a 10-hour excursion on Oct 10. Check out http://islandpackers.com/birding-excursions/ for more details.
    
    Cheers
    
    Dave Pereksta
    Ventura
    
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  17. Pelagic report - SF waters Guadalupe Murrelet LINK
    DATE: Aug 24, 2015 @ 10:52am, 7 day(s) ago
    Hi folks
    We had a fantastic, pleasant trip out from Half Moon Bay to the Pioneer Canyon in San Francisco waters yesterday. It was calm so many of the larger birds were sitting on the water, but the weather allowed us ample chances to find small birds like murrelets and storm petrels. In the end we saw one Guadalupe Murrelet, and three Scripp’s, one of the latter in San Mateo, the others in SF water. Guadalupe Murrelet was a lifer for nearly all on board, creating a pretty awesome celebratory atmosphere on the boat. Photos here:
    http://www.planetscott.com/img/8326/large/guadalupe-murrelet-%28synthliboramphus-hypoleucus%29.jpg
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/alvarojaramillo/20833204385/in/dateposted-public/
    Large Ashy Storm-Petrel flocks were great fun to study, looking for unusual birds but surprisingly all of the different storm petrels were by themselves or away from the flocks. We encountered several Wilson’s, at least one Black, and a Fork-tailed. Another highlight was two Laysan Albatrosses, one in SF, one in SM. Many Buller’s Shearwaters, all three jaegers and South Polar Skua. Amazing was the complete lack of Sabine’s Gull, and any offshore terns. On the other hand we were into “old school” numbers of Blue Shark, and more fur seals than we have ever seen. Steller’s Sea Lion, N Elephant Seal, Humpback Whales, Dall’s Porpoise etc. made for a trip with lots and lots to look at. As has been the norm recently, very small numbers of Rhinoceros and Cassin’s auklet, but they were out there.
    We will be visiting some of these same waters, next Sunday. There are about 3 spots left. http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/
    Good Birding,
    Alvaro
    Alvaro Jaramillo
    alvaro@...
    www.alvarosadventures.com
    
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  19. MONTEREY BAY: AUGUST 21 LINK
    DATE: Aug 24, 2015 @ 10:51am, 7 day(s) ago
    Howdy, CalBirders,
    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,
    Debi Shearwater
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 40 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
    
    
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  21. Arctic tern continues at Eagle L. (Lassen) and northern parula LINK
    DATE: Aug 21, 2015 @ 4:21pm, 10 day(s) ago
    The Arctic tern found by Jon Dunn yesterday at the south end of Eagle
    Lake was seen again today. Jon's photos and my observations today,
    show that it is an early juvenile, not an SY as first thought. This
    is apparently the second record for Lassen Co.
    
    The bird is moving around with a flock of about 20 Forster's terns in
    the general vicinity of the Gallatin Marina. Pull into the first
    parking area at the marina and check the lake shore at that point. If
    there aren't too many people around, the terns sometimes rest on the
    beach there. Then proceed to the parking area nearest the new boat
    launch site (signed), and walk westward through the trees and out to
    the lake. The terns have been seen most often foraging around the
    point that extends N and NW into the lake here, and over the large bay
    there. Today the whole group disappeared for many minutes at a time,
    but subsequently returned to this area. Visibility has been hampered
    by the thick smoke and haze that continues to blanket this part of the
    state.
    
    Today, Jon found an adult male nor. parula in the trees along the road
    at the headquarters of the Honey Lake Wildlife Area (Fleming Unit).
    
    Ken Able
    McArthur, CA
    
    
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  23. Red-eyed Vireo LINK
    DATE: Aug 20, 2015 @ 12:43pm, 11 day(s) ago
    Saw a Red-eyed Vireo at Chiriaco Summit, Riverside, California, where a recent Ruddy Ground Dove was reported at 10:00 am. Bird had a very prominent superciliary eye stripe with a thin black stripe above it and a dark stripe through the eye. Gray head contrasted with green back and darker tail. Breast was white. Red eye was not seen as bird was in the shade.
    Don Hoechlin Costa Mesa
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    
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  25. Green and Blue-banded Brown Pelican Reporting LINK
    DATE: Aug 20, 2015 @ 10:44am, 11 day(s) ago
    Birders -
    
    As part of the Refugio oil spill that occurred in May 2015, several Brown Pelicans have been cleaned and released with green bands, similar to the International Bird Rescue Center's blue-banded Brown Pelicans. Information on where to report banded birds is provided below. Please note that Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN) accepts Green-banded sightings and the International Bird Rescue Center (IBRC) accepts sightings for both Blue-banded and green-banded Brown Pelican reports.
    
    Green-banded Brown Pelicans can be reported by going to www.owcn.org and selecting the ?green banded pelicans? tab, or by clicking directly on this link. Sightings of these birds will help us learn how well these birds survive after being oiled and cleaned.
    
    Green and Blue-banded Brown Pelicans can be reported to the IBRC at the following link: http://bird-rescue.org/ contact/found-a-bird/ reporting-a-banded-bird.aspx
    
    Please share this information to help spread the word on reporting green and blue-banded Brown Pelicans.
    
    Thanks,
    Robert McMorran
    
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    Robert McMorran
    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    2493 Portola Rd. Suite B
    Ventura, CA 93003
    Phone: 805.644.1766 ext. 232
    Fax: 805.644.3958
    Robert_McMorran@...
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  27. AUG 19: SAN MATEO & SAN FRANCISCO SEABIRDS LINK
    DATE: Aug 20, 2015 @ 7:56pm, 11 day(s) ago
    Howdy, CalBirders,
    On August 19, Shearwater Journeys had a very successful pelagic trip departing from Half Moon Bay which recorded 10 species of tubenoses, including our first FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATERS (2) of the season and first LONG-TAILED JAEGER (1). TUFTED PUFFIN and one BLUE SHARK (now rarely seen) were additional highlights. Although we found four species of storm-petrels: BLACK, ASHY, WILSON'S and FORK-TAILED, we did not find near the numbers as on the August 2 trip. These storm-petrels did put on a nice show, once again, making close passes to the vessel.
    
    We covered both San Mateo and San Francisco Counties. All four species of storm-petrels were found in both counties. Flesh-footed Shearwaters made an appearance in each county, while the single Tufted Puffin was in San Francisco County.
    
    The complete species list and full report can be found at:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2015/08/half-moon-bay-pelagic-trip-august-16.html
    
    Images of this trip by Jeff Bleam can be found at:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2015/08/images-of-day-by-jeff-bleam-august-16.html
    
    Finally, a very interesting essay about the flocks of shearwaters and other seasonal observations, including the COLD WATER along the central coast can be found at:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2015/08/streaming-shearwaters-schooling-fish.html
    
    Upcoming trips with spaces available include:
    
    AUG 21 MONTEREY: Jennifer Green, Nick Levendosky, Rick Fournier
    **SEP 5 MONTEREY: Clay Kempf, Tim Miller, Jennifer Green
    SEP 6 HALF MOON BAY: Gerry McChesney, Jim Holmes, Will Brooks, Steve Tucker (2 spaces available)
    SEP 8 MONTEREY: Rick Fournier
    SEP 9 MONTEREY: Nick Levendosky, Tim Miller
    SEP 10 MONTEREY: Nick Levendosky, Jennifer Green
    SEP 11 MONTEREY: Mary Gustafson, Jennifer Green
    SEP 13 MONTEREY: Chris Wood, Jessie Barry, Mary Gustafson, Clay Kempf
    SEP 16 MONTEREY: Chris Wood, Jessie Barry, Tim Miller, Annie Schmidt
    SEP 18 BODEGA: Peter Pyle, Abe Borker, Steve Tucker, Steve Howell, Nick Levendosky (1 space available)
    SEP 20 HALF MOON BAY: Gerry McChesney, Nick Levendosky, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Steve Hampton
    *SEP 25 MONTEREY: Rick Fournier
    *SEP 26 MONTEREY: Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill
    *SEP 27 MONTEREY: Nick Levendosky
    OCT 3 MONTEREY: Nick Levendosky, Tim Miller, Dena Spatz, Jennifer Green
    OCT 4 HALF MOON BAY: Steve Hampton, Will Brooks, Annie Schmidt
    OCT 10 MONTEREY: David Vander Pluym, Lauren Harter, Jennifer Green (Todd McGrath)
    OCT 11 HALF MOON BAY: Jim Holmes, Tim Miller, Will Brooks, David Vander Pluym, Lauren Harter, Marissa Orgtega-Welch (Todd McGrath)
    OCT 18 FARALLON ISLANDS GREAT WHITE SHARK TRIP: Gerry McChesney, Peter Pyle, Jim Holmes, Steve Tucker (departs from Sausalito)
    
    **SEP 5: This trip will go to SANTA CRUZ COUNTY in search of county seabirds!
    SEP 12 ALBACORE and SEP 15 HALF MOON BAY are sold out.
    And, of course, I'll be co-leading on all of the trips.
    
    * MONTEREY BAY BIRDING FESTIVAL TRIPS:
    http://montereybaybirding.org
    Scott Terrill will present a Pelagic Birds Identification Workshop at the festival on Friday, Sep. 25 from 3:30 to 5 pm:
    http://montereybaybirding.org/speakers/
    
    Many, many thanks to all the folks who joined us on our first six trips of the 2015 fall season, helping us celebrate our 40th year of California pelagic trips.
    
    Living the Salt Life,
    Debi Shearwater
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 40 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
    
    
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  29. August 25t h Pelagic/ Santa Barb ara Island Trip‏ LINK
    DATE: Aug 17, 2015 @ 10:21pm, 14 day(s) ago
     Hi all you birders,As you may or may not know, the water is warm! Not too much off the mark for our area, but far up the coast and far offshore the temps are reaching unprecedented highs. Nothing unusual thus far but time is a ticking. We have had some "normal" rare birds this year, which include multiple Flesh-footed Shearwaters and a Red-billed Tropicbird. Magnificent Frigatebirds have been reported on the central coast and at the Islands recently. Storm-petrels were the highlight on our last Pelagic in July. We spotted and had good, and for many, "life looks" at a series of Storm-Petrels; Leaches (Including Townsend's Subspecies), Ashy, and Black. We hope to pick up Least Storm-Petrel on this next trip! We had a spectacular Brown Booby brigade near Santa Barbara Island at Sutil Rock/Island. Nearly all were in what looked like adult plumage. The Jaeger sightings are up, we are seeing them on the regular, we had a good number of S. Polar Skua in July, Phalaropes are regular now, and N. Fulmar are still out there, looking a bit less scruffy. Sooty shearwaters are thinning out, possibly moving north, but Black-vented are still strong, and Pink-foots are commonly found in clusters. Not many if any alcids are being spotted in the SB channel lately but this trip will get south of the islands were they may be foraging.This excursion will include a short transfer of bird researchers and a handful of campers to and from the shore of Santa Barbara Island. We were going there anyways to look for the Boobies so this is a minor detour but we offer this trip at a lower price than usual because of this "inconvenience." If you are interested you can call, 805-642-1393 or click on www.islandpackers.comclick the "reserve trip" tab, then the "special trips" tab, and fill out the required information. We already have a strong group of birders joining us, including a few of the best So. Cal Pelagic leaders in the area. If you need to contact someone by email you can find links at www.islandpackers.com or reply to this email (I can't book trips for you though, just answer questions). We Plan on ranging south of Anacapa and Santa Cruz Island, including Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. We will look at sea surface data prior to the trip to find the best accessible/productive locations in our range. It is a 10 hr trip. We leave at 8am, and return approximately at 6pm from Ventura Harbor.$125 per personVessel will be the Island Explorer, our newest in the fleet (Crew: Thomas O'Neil, Joel Barrett, Rayon Carruthers and Laurie VanStee) Leaders will include David Pereksta and other well versed/experienced Pelagic birders.We plan to make this a fun, exciting, and memorable trip. Please join us! we would love to have you, this trip is running so no need to wait to sign up, not much time left! We leave at 8am, and return approximately at 6pm From Ventura Harbor$125 per personwww.islandpackers.com805-642-1393 Joel BarrettOxnard, CaIsland PackersVentura, Ca
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  31. RE: [CALBIRDS] New file uploaded to CALBIRDS LINK
    DATE: Aug 17, 2015 @ 10:53am, 14 day(s) ago
    Not sure if anyone responsed to your email, but the bird you have recorded is a common poorwill.
    
    Mike Bumgardner
    
    From: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com [mailto:CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com] Sent: Saturday, August 15, 2015 7:48 PMTo: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.comSubject: [CALBIRDS] New file uploaded to CALBIRDS
    
    Hello,This email message is a notification to let you know thata file has been uploaded to the Files area of the CALBIRDSgroup.File : /Bird222.m4aUploaded by : mrjoe1966mrjoe <mrjoe31mrjoe31@...>Description : NEED HELP identifying this bird???? PLEASE can anyone help....this is a better recording....the other one was too low in volume...sorry you can hear this one, it has two tones and then a water drop sound at the end which is very faint....but there...i guess you call that a garble? So a total of 3 tones ....heard and saw shadow in North West Lassen County CA, Early July, 2015. BETTER RECORDINGYou can access this file at the URL:https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/CALBIRDS/files/Bird222.m4aTo learn more about file sharing for your group, please visit:https://help.yahoo.com/kb/index?page=content&y=PROD_GRPS&locale=en_US&id=SLN15398Regards,mrjoe1966mrjoe <mrjoe31mrjoe31@...>
    
    
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  33. Ruddy Ground Dove - Chiriaco Summit LINK
    DATE: Aug 17, 2015 @ 5:56pm, 14 day(s) ago
     I stopped at Chiriaco Summit on my way to Arizona this morning (16th) and found what I am sure is a RGDO. I have photos but no cord to attach my camera to the computer. Will try to remedy that.
    He was on the lawn near the swimming pool behind the restaurant. Same size as adjacent BHCOs. I first noticed the fairly long and broad ruddy brown tail. The head and much of the neck is white with no scaling on the head or breast. The back and belly is all brown. The bill is gray at the base and black at the tip. The spots on the wings are similoar to CGDO and there are some spots on the scapulars. The tail appeared to have black corners and there was a dash of white on the undertail coverts.
    
    Kris Ohlenkamp
    Woodland Hills
    
    
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  35. New file uploaded to CALBIRDS LINK
    DATE: Aug 16, 2015 @ 7:47pm, 15 day(s) ago
    Hello,
    
    This email message is a notification to let you know that
    a file has been uploaded to the Files area of the CALBIRDS
    group.
    
    File : /Bird222.m4a
    Uploaded by : mrjoe1966mrjoe <mrjoe31mrjoe31@...>
    Description : NEED HELP identifying this bird???? PLEASE can anyone help....this is a better recording....the other one was too low in volume...sorry you can hear this one, it has two tones and then a water drop sound at the end which is very faint....but there...i guess you call that a garble? So a total of 3 tones ....heard and saw shadow in North West Lassen County CA, Early July, 2015.
    
    BETTER RECORDING
    
    You can access this file at the URL:
    https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/CALBIRDS/files/Bird222.m4a
    
    To learn more about file sharing for your group, please visit:
    https://help.yahoo.com/kb/index?page=content&y=PROD_GRPS&locale=en_US&id=SLN15398
    
    Regards,
    
    mrjoe1966mrjoe <mrjoe31mrjoe31@...>
    
    
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  37. New file uploaded to CALBIRDS LINK
    DATE: Aug 16, 2015 @ 7:10pm, 15 day(s) ago
    Hello,
    
    This email message is a notification to let you know that
    a file has been uploaded to the Files area of the CALBIRDS
    group.
    
    File : /20150628 135139-2.m4a
    Uploaded by : mrjoe1966mrjoe <mrjoe31mrjoe31@...>
    Description : Can anyone identify this bird??? It has been driving me crazy trying to figure it out. I heard it and saw the shadows of the bird in North Western Lassen County CA early July, anyone???????
    
    You can access this file at the URL:
    https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/CALBIRDS/files/20150628%20135139-2.m4a
    
    To learn more about file sharing for your group, please visit:
    https://help.yahoo.com/kb/index?page=content&y=PROD_GRPS&locale=en_US&id=SLN15398
    
    Regards,
    
    mrjoe1966mrjoe <mrjoe31mrjoe31@...>
    
    
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  39. Summary of Five Pelagic Trips LINK
    DATE: Aug 15, 2015 @ 3:15pm, 16 day(s) ago
    Howdy, CalBirders,
    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.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Celebrating 40 Years of Seabirding with Shearwater Journeys
    
    
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  41. Birding Carpinteria LINK
    DATE: Aug 15, 2015 @ 8:38am, 16 day(s) ago
    Carpinteria, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015
    
    Franklin Creek: continuing 3 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS, juv. GREEN HERON
    
    Marsh Park: LEAST SANDPIPERS, KILLDEER, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON
    
    Carp Creek: the usual
    
    Beach: increasing numbers of MARBLED GODWITS
    
    Rob Denholtz
    
    Carp
    
    
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  43. Humboldt Kelp Gull, apparent Arctic Loon, and Lesser Black-backed Gull continue LINK
    DATE: Aug 11, 2015 @ 10:38pm, 20 day(s) ago
    Hi Calbirders -
    
    This evening the conditions were excellent for viewing the bay north of the Eureka-Samoa Bridge. 150-200 gulls usually roost on the oyster platforms east of the north end of Vance Ave, which is the first road on the bay side north of the west end of the bridge. I was able to barely make out the dull yellow legs of the continuing KELP GULL on oyster platform 14, which is in the northern chain of platforms. I was also able to see the darker back compared to the Westerns--blackish, sometimes with a brownish tinge--the long wings, slender body, small head, and very deep bill which shows a pale, dull horn color at the base. There are distinct jagged gaps in the white secondary skirt near the tertials, especially on the bird's left side; this might help in picking the bird out, though Westerns in molt are showing some gaps there now too. This bird has a distinct white mirror on the retained tenth primary and is thus a different individual from the one found by Bob Siegal in southern San Mateo County in April and (presumably the same bird) seen later in Half Moon Bay and on Southeast Farallon Island. Given the similar ages of these birds (adult but with a few retained immature features), I wonder if an event caused dispersal of first-cycle birds a few years ago and they are just now becoming identifiable. The only way to find out is to keep looking for more Kelp Gulls on the West Coast.
    Photos from this gull's original appearance on Humboldt Bay last Wednesday are at the following link; I will look through today's photos and add some if they are helpful in picking the bird out in the distance.
    
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/101791769@N08/sets/72157656808525842
    
    The best hope of getting good views of this bird is to work the gulls on the mudflats north of Vance Ave just as they are being exposed during a dropping tide (you will see the gulls gathering above the shallow spots before they surface). Or, you can try to pick the bird out roosting on the oyster platforms and then wait for it to (hopefully) fly closer to forage. This scenario is most likely to occur early on a cloudy morning when the sun is not in your eyes. Heat waves makes things very difficult from mid-morning until about 6:00 in the evening or later.
    
    Other news from Humboldt is that Casey Ryan and Tony Kurz studied and photographed what appears to be the returning LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at the Elk River Mouth (Hilficker Drive) in Eureka, which spent last August at that location. The bird has now attained a mantle color similar to a pale graellsii. Tony and Casey reported that the bird's size still stands out as extraordinarily large, with a bulk similar to the surrounding Westerns and a height sometimes appearing even taller. The sheer size of the bird, as well as the cinnamon tones in the plumage last year, may suggest the Taimyr Gull (Larus [fuscus/heuglini] taimyrensis) of north-central Russia, currently regarded as a Lesser Black-backed Gulls by the AOU but a race of Heuglin's Gull, a hybrid swarm between Heuglin's and Vega Herring gulls, or its own species by most others.
    An apparent ARCTIC LOON in basic plumage has been loosely associating with Common Loons in the distancde at the Vance Ave (Kelp Gull) location. It is most often seen foraging or sleeping behind the southern chain of oyster platforms or further south toward the bridge. Just before sunset, when the lighting conditions are also best, the loons begin to cluster into a tight group near the center of the channel. This bird has not approached closely enough for decent photos, but it shows white flank patches (often small when the bird is riding low on the water, but generally quite obvious), white auriculars (so that the cap angles down through the eye), a very large bill, a Common Loon-like head shape (bump on forehead and flat crown), and a fairly pale nape (helping to pick it out from the Commons). The bird is nearly as large as the Common Loons but has a more slender (and often longer-looking) neck and a straight line of contrast down the side of the neck. Note that in some photos the bird appears to have a chin-strap; however, other photos (especially with the bird flapping and facing the observer) show that actually two dark lines come into the throat at different angles, neither of which are in the right place for a chin-strap, so they are therefore likely missing or dark alternate-type feathers that run into the dark "sideburns" shown by Arctic/Pacific in the blurry photos. Here are some photos; I'll add more tonight:
    
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/101791769@N08/sets/72157654471129434
    
    I also had a first-summer FRANKLIN'S GULL floating behind the oyster platforms at Vance Ave this evening, likely the same bird recently found by David Fix in Arcata.
    
    There have been lots of other good birds in NW California this summer; this is by no means a complete summary, but rather a quick update.
    
    Best of luck,
    
    Tristan McKee
    Arcata, CA
    
    
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  45. Re: [CALBIRDS] New email LINK
    DATE: Aug 10, 2015 @ 12:29pm, 21 day(s) ago
    Gary,
    You have to log into your Yahoo account and change the address yourself.
    Good birding,
    Steve Sosensky
    Aliso Viejo CA
    On Aug 10, 2015, at 11:55 AM, "Gary Grenfell wiseowl@... [CALBIRDS]" <CALBIRDS-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:Hi: New email for Gregary Grenfell??wiseowl@.... Please send all Calbirds email to my new email.Thanks GaryUnsubscribe: mailto:CALBIRDS-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.comWebsite: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CALBIRDSListowners: mailto:CALBIRDS-owner@yahoogroups.comFor vacation suspension of mail go to the website. Click on Edit My Membership and set your mail option to No Email. Or, send a blank email to these addresses:Turn off email delivery: mailto:CALBIRDS-nomail@yahoogroups.comResume email delivery: mailto:CALBIRDS-normal@yahoogroups.comYahoo Groups Links<*> To visit your group on the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CALBIRDS/<*> Your email settings: Individual Email | Traditional<*> To !
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    settings online go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CALBIRDS/join (Yahoo! ID required)<*> To change settings via email: CALBIRDS-digest@yahoogroups.com CALBIRDS-fullfeatured@yahoogroups.com<*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: CALBIRDS-unsubscribe@yahoogroups.com<*> Your use of Yahoo Groups is subject to: https://info.yahoo.com/legal/us/yahoo/utos/terms/
    
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  47. New email LINK
    DATE: Aug 10, 2015 @ 11:54am, 21 day(s) ago
    Hi: New email for Gregary Grenfell??wiseowl@.... Please send all Calbirds email to my new email.
    
    Thanks Gary
    
    
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  49. Farallon boobies and photos LINK
    DATE: Aug 10, 2015 @ 11:36am, 21 day(s) ago
    I took the Oceanic Society?s boat trip to the Farallon Islands yesterday. After waiting for fog to clear and getting in position to ride with the swells from the tip of Pt. Reyes, we arrived to the islands around 1:30 after leaving SF at 8:15. The wait was worth it. One adult Blue-footed Booby and SEVEN (up from four reported by others) Brown Boobies were sitting on Sugarloaf. Also several Tufted Puffins put in a nice show for photographers. No gannet for us, but it was reported from earlier in the day by other boats.
    Trips during the weekend are scheduled through the fall from http://www.oceanicsociety.org. Audubon members get a discount from the price.
    
    Photos of these birds plus others from this summer were added to my Recent Photos gallery on my website. www.sterlingbirds.com
    
    enjoy!
    
    John
    John SterlingVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV26 Palm AveWoodland, CA 95695530 908-3836jsterling@...www.sterlingbirds.comMonterey Seabirdswww.montereyseabirds.com(831) 375-4658
    
    
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