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· booby "invasion" off La Jolla (Dec 31, 1969)
· July 20 Half Moon Bay Trip Report (Dec 31, 1969)
· 2014.07.21 -- Red-necked Stint images (Dec 31, 1969)
· JULY 20 Half Moon Bay Pelagic trip (Dec 31, 1969)
· adult Red-necked Stint photos (Dec 31, 1969)
  1. booby "invasion" off La Jolla LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Several birders were seawatching this early AM (Weds) at La Jolla and had a
    total of 10 BROWN BOOBIES and 1 BLUE-FOOTED BOOBY between around 7-8 AM.
    First came a flock of 3 adult Browns flying north, then a single adult
    Brown circling around, then a flock of SIX boobies made up of 5 adult
    Browns and the 1 Blue-footed (making for a good side-by-side comparison)
    flying north, and finally came a single, diving immature Brown. Whether
    these birds are all 'just' on local foraging runs up from the Los
    Coronados Islands--where a recent visit by a group of birders counted
    105 Browns and at least 4 Blue-footeds--or they are the vanguard of a
    northward booby surge remains to be seen. But clearly observers farther
    to the north--in ORA, LA, etc.--should be on the lookout.
    Also 'streaming' north were very large numbers of Elegant Terns. Whether
    these masses were actually a major northbound movement or merely
    long-distance local foraging by some of the many thousands of nesters at
    the south end of San Diego Bay is also uncertain.
    The shearwater show was somewhat slow by comparsion--with just hundreds
    of Black-venteds and a single Sooty--although some of the Black-vents
    actually came well INside the kelp beds.
    --Paul Lehman, San Diego
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  3. July 20 Half Moon Bay Trip Report LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Hello, Calbirders,
    I've just published the trip report for Shearwater Journey's Half Moon Bay pelagic trip on July 20, with images at:
    We had a terrific 11+ hour trip with nonstop seabird action. In addition to the many common murre chicks with their dads, four father/son pairs of birders were on board with us! The youngest of the bunch was Teddy, making his second pelagic trip. His first was three years ago when he was only six years old. Sandy Komito was on board and there was no knife wielding! Sandy has been doing trips with Shearwater Journeys for three decades!
    The long range marine forecast is good for this Saturday's Half Moon Bay trip, July 26th. We have space available. I wonder what we'll find?
    Shearwaters Forever,
    Debi Shearwater
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    Birding Down Under: SubAntarctic Islands, November 9 - 25, 2014 with Debi
    Russian Far East Voyages: May/June 2016 with Debi, special discount available
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  5. 2014.07.21 -- Red-necked Stint images LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    The RED-NECKED STINT seen in Richmond was a feast for the eyes. I
    enjoyed photos posted by Mark Rauzon and John Sterling.
    A few images from a slightly different angle than those already posted
    are here:
    Michael Park
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  7. JULY 20 Half Moon Bay Pelagic trip LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Shearwater Journeys's first pelagic trip of the season, July 20th departing from Half Moon Bay, produced some excellent surprises. Among these were: 3 BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS the first one sighted early at 7:30 a.m.; 2 FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATERS; 1 LEACH'S STORM-PETREL which our wonderful captain followed for a few minutes, offering excellent views for all on board; 3 SABINE'S GULLS and 7 CRAVERI'S MURRELETS.
    July is early for black-vented shearwaters in central California, but not unprecedented in the region. Flesh-footed shearwaters have been recorded every month of the year, although we generally see them most often in late September and October (However, more trips operate during those months, skewing the data). I've not seen Craveri's murrelets for many years in northern California, but this date is not unprecedented, either, as I recorded two pairs on June 27, 1992. Given Brian Sullivan's sighting of a fly-by Craveri's murrelet at Point Pinos within the past week, our sighting is on the mark. In my 39 year's of experience, Leach's storm-petrel is the most difficult species of storm-petrel to find on one day offshore trips, making this a "good find, " especially given that we did not encounter any rafts of storm-petrels. It is always nice to see the first Sabine's gulls of the season. In summary, these species were pleasant surprises, but not unprecedented.
    We had a nice showing of the "regular" species one "expects" to encounter at this time of year, including:
    We saw a nice selection of marine mammals: including 4 species of pinnipeds, 10 humpbacks, 6 bottlenose dolpins, harbor and Dall's porpoises. For the first time in a great many years, we saw by-the-wind-sailors (Velella velella). A grand time was had by all on this beautiful day at sea with very calm conditions, and many photographic images were made.
    Spaces are still available on the following Half Moon Bay trips: July 26; August 1, 16, 17, 23; September 7, 8, 15, 21, 24; October 5, 12.
    If you would like to make a reservation for any of these trips, please contact my by email: debi@...; phone: 831-637-8527, as soon as possible.
    I'll make a full report with photographs, details on where we went and sea conditions on my blog tonight.
    Shearwaters Forever,
    Debi Shearwater
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    Birding Down Under: SubAntarctic Islands, November 9 - 25, 2014 with Debi
    Russian Far East Voyages: May/June 2016
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  9. adult Red-necked Stint photos LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    I just placed photos of the adult Red-necked Stint on my Recent Photos gallery on my Found by Logan Kahle that night in Richmond at the sewage ponds, this is a first for Contra Costa County. Refound this morning by Jon Dunn, Logan, Luther, Lomax, Mike Park, Lisa Hug, Dan Singer, Cedric Duhalde and special guest, Louis Bevier currently living in New England!
    26 Palm AveWoodland, CA 95695530
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  11. early Buller's, Skuas, Long-taileds (plus 6 Hawaiians and 1 Murphy's) LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Several of us took another round-trip cruise-ship pelagic trip aboard a
    Princess cruise-ship from San Francisco to se. Alaska and back, July
    6-17. We had a total of 6 HAWAIIAN PETRELS and 1 MURPHY'S PETREL, and 2
    of the Hawaiians (July 7) and the one Murphy's (getting late; also July
    7) were a little south of 42N, thus is CA waters based on the OLD
    boundaries used, but not based on the current "closest point of land"
    method, which went to s. Oregon... We also had Hawaiian Petrel as far
    north as s. BC waters.
    On July 16, in Humboldt County waters we had a somewhat early BULLER'S
    SHEARWATER ca. 66 km SW of Shelter Cove. Also 2 SOUTH POLAR SKUAS 64 km
    SW of Shelter Cove, and presumably southbound LONG-TAILED JAEGERS at
    both 73 km W of Eureka and 55 km WNW of Cape Mendocino, Arctic Tern ca.
    66 km W of Shelter Cove, and a total of 10 SABINE'S GULLS (plus one off
    Del Norte Co.).
    --Paul Lehman, San Diego
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  13. Northern Gannet continues on Alcatraz Island LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    The NORTHERN GANNET was perched on a wall on Alcatraz this morning in essentially
    the same spot as last week - about the middle of the south side of the
    island. Viewable with a scope from either the north side of Fort Mason, or from the pier at Aquatic Park.
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  15. Re: [CALBIRDS] Owls in Sequoia/Kings LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Will you be using playback?
    Mary Freeman
    Glendale, CA
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  17. Owls in Sequoia/Kings LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    I will be in Sequoia/Kings Canyon in a few days and would appreciate advice on locating any owls. Thank you for your cooperation.
    Julie Edwards
    Cynthiana, KY
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  19. First Pelagic Trips of the Season + Photo Pelagic Trips LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Howdy, Birders,
    Our first pelagic trips of the season are coming up very soon and we at Shearwater Journeys, could not be more excited to get you out there!
    Meet our leaders:
    Our leaders have deep knowledge of seabirds which they are delighted to share with you. Many of them have been with Shearwater Journeys for at least three decades. Most work in the the fields of biology, education and natural history interpretation. More than 40 leaders, spotters and chummers join our trips, working together more like a family than anything else.
    We have a stellar line up of leaders to start the season ?
    JULY 20: Peter Pyle, Jim Holmes, Al De Martini, Debi Shearwater
    JULY 26: Todd McGrath, Abe Borker, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Steve Tucker, Debi Shearwater
    AUGUST 2: Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Abe Borker, Debi Shearwater
    AUGUST 16: Jim Holmes, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Debi Shearwater
    AUGUST 17: Steve Tucker, Steve Rottenborn, Jim Danzenbaker, Debi Shearwater
    AUGUST 23: Steve Tucker, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Debi Shearwater
    AUGUST 1: Nick Levendosky, Rich Fournier, Jennifer Green, Debi Shearwater
    AUGUST 8: Rick Fournier, Jennifer Green, Debi Shearwater
    AUGUST 15: Jim Danzenbaker, Jennifer Green, Debi Shearwater
    AUGUST 22: Scott Terrill, Jennifer Green, Rick Fournier, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 1: Steve Howell, Peter Pyle, Lisa Hug, Debi Shearwater
    SEPTEMBER 19: Steve Howell, Peter Pyle, Lisa Hug, Steve Tucker, Debi Shearwater
    To see the complete schedule of trips:
    More and more these days, photographers are taking to the seas. I've listed some trips that may be especially good for photographers in that there are fewer folks on board, allowing for more room, so essential for some photography. See:
    At the very least you'll want to enjoy the image of some 20 photographers with well over $30,000 worth of equipment!
    Shearwaters Forever,
    Debi Shearwater
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    Birding Down Under: SubAntarctic Islands, November 9 - 25, 2014 with Debi
    Russian Far East Voyages: May/June 2016, special discount with Debi
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  21. Owl pic LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Thank you for the replies.Larry's owl is Western Screech Owl. Larry is my father in law who found this owl when he went to clean out the sparrows nests off his speakers.Thankyou-thankyou for your patient help over the years.As a contribution I did create a folder called Pelicans and added some of my pictures because this group have been encouraging and helpful.Have a joyful day!Franco RiosNorth Highlands CA
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  23. Just uploaded a pic to Owl folder LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Need help to ID this owl found on top of outdoor speaker where sparrows nest is usually found. I am thinking it's a burrowing owl or spotted owl. Location is Rancho Cordova, Calif. I can't find my sibley and online guides are not much help. Any guesses?Have a good day!Franco RiosNorth HIglands, CA
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  25. Big Whimbrel Flock at Pescadero Beach Yesterday LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    I don't get out to the coast much, so I have no idea what the norms are, but my hubby and I saw a big flock of whimbrels at the ocean's edge yesterday. I estimated at least 80 individuals. Their plumage was a dull gray brown, not cinnamon rusty, and their striped heads with long down curved beaks could be clearly seen as they approached my cliff-side vantage. The flock was resting on exposed rocks just offshore, and feeding along the sand at the surfs edge.
    Human disturbance eventually caused them to wheel up and try another stretch of beach.
    Non-breeders? Discouraged breeders? Normal numbers for summer?
    You tell me.
    Debbie Viess
    Oakland, CA
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  27. Northern Gannet Back on Alcatraz LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    The NORTHERN GANNET was visible from Fort Mason for the first time in weeks this morning. It was on the south side of Alcatraz Island - going down from the large chimney it was on a wall located about one third of the length of the island from the east.
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  29. WFO Conference San Diego LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Registration is now open to all for the Western Field Ornithologists 39th
    Annual Conference in San Diego, CA October 8-12. You can register at the WFO web
    site (
    There are still spots open (but filling fast) on most of our field trips as
    well workshops on identification of warblers (Jon Dunn and Kimball Garrett),
    sparrows (Homer Hansen), and vireos (Peter Pyle) and bird specimen preparation
    (Phil Unitt). More information is available on the WFO web site.
    Ed Pandolfino
    Sacramento, CA
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  31. Seabirding with Alvaro's Adventures LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
     A warm greeting to you all. I hope you are having a great summer, catching up with some breeding birds, and maybe starting to see shorebird migration in your local patch. Very soon we begin the late summer and fall schedule of pelagic trips out of Half Moon Bay, Monterey and Bodega Bay and we hope you can join us. We are sold out on our July 26th, but there is an Aug 9th Farallon trip, and Aug 16 trip to offshore San Francisco waters, both from Half Moon Bay. Here is our schedule:
    Why travel with us? Well, we do it differently. We have a fun time out there, we educate, we see a heck of a lot of great birds, and we treat the beginner and expert with the exact same level of interest, compassion and attention. We get as excited about your lifer Hawaiian Petrel, as your first Sooty Shearwater! We are priced right, compare with other operations going out of the same ports on the very same boats. We never charge a fuel surcharge, once you pay you will never have an unpleasant surprise at the dock. You can book online using your credit card, simple as can be. Heck we even bring out treats and coffee.
    While we have been around but a few years, but we are chock full of experience, Alvaro has run pelagics in Chile, North Carolina, Hawaii, Easter Island to name a few. He has even helped to describe a new species of seabird, the Pincoya Storm-Petrel from Chile. Alvaro loves to teach. He teaches about seabirds for the American Birding Association IFO workshops, for the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory, and is guest lecturer for the Master Birder class offered by Golden Gate Audubon and the California Academy of Science. Our leaders include seabird experts from here and beyond, including well liked local birding teachers such as Bob Power, Lisa Myers, and Matthew Dodder. Names who have been around seabirding for years, like Dan Singer, Peter Metropulos, and the up and coming younger folks such as Logan Kahle and Alex Rinkert and transplanted east coast seabirder Zach Baer. These are enthusiastic folk, who point out the birds, and help you through the seabirding process. Being on a boat is not always the easiest of birding, so we try to make it a good day out for you. We see and find the goodies, from record numbers of Wilson’s Storm Petrels one day, to well-rounded trips of the expected seabirds on another, to superb finds like Great Shearwater, Yellow-billed Loon, Short-tailed Albatross, White-chinned Petrel, Hawaiian Petrel, Brown Booby, and more. And we have only been around a few years to accumulate these exceptional sightings! The next few years promise to be equally amazing and exciting, whether your quest is a Buller’s Shearwater, or a crazy rarity, we will be out there trying to get a good look for you.
    We are trusted by major organization that have partnered with us. Alvaro’s Adventures has worked with the American Birding Association, Sierra Club Outings, The Gay Birders of North America, San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory, Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, Sequoia Audubon Society, Monterey Audubon Society, Idaho Bird Observatory, Monterey Seabirds, and Brian Patteson of Seabirding Pelagic Trips in Hatteras, North Carolina among others. Alvaro is also on contract with National Audubon Society on a team that is devising a curriculum and program to train local birding guides in various Latin American countries as a way to conserve birds through the economic incentive of birding tourism.
    But the main reason of all, is because we have an amazingly high return rate by clients to our trips. This is why each year increase the number of trips we run. People leave with a smile on their face, and they return for more. Come on out, give it a try! Our only apology to you is we know we know you will be hooked and want to come back for more, sorry about that.
    See you at Sea!
    Alvaro Jaramillo
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  33. San Diego Pelagic - Brown Booby, Craveri's Murrelet 06 July 2014 LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    I hopped on a four hour whale watching trip today 06 July 2014 out
    of San Diego and managed to find some nice birds out there as well as
    good looks at 8-10 Blue Whales.
    A subadult BROWN BOOBY
    appeared circling in the distance just over a mile outside Point Loma
    but never approached closely to the boat. A little while later, 5 NM west of
    Point Loma, I spotted a pair of CRAVERI'S MURRELET close by which took
    flight providing some nice photographs.
    Small groups of Sooty Shearwater here-and-there with ones and twos of Pink-footed Shearwater mixed in also.
    Also aboard was Stan Walens who spotted the booby and murrelets from the bridge deck.
    Some photos of the Brown Booby and Craveri's Murrelets on my blog here
    Gary Nunn,
    Pacific Beach
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  35. Uplaoded Rare Shorbird images to my Flicker- LITTLE STINT and COMMON RINGED PLOVER images LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Hi All,
    I Just wanted to let a bigger audience know that I have uploaded some of my rare shorebird images from Yolo County and some others from California. Especially since it is now time for rare, adult shorebirds to start showing up now/soon.
    Hope you enjoy the images. I have included some of the lower quality images, which are most of them, Ha! Many are digi-scoped and quality is just not as good, sorry. These are mostly for identification but I thought everyone might still want to see them.
    I’m going to start working on interesting snipe from Yolo County upon the request of Mark Cudney, one of North Americas highest listers. Mark is from the Sacramento area.
    Let me know if the link does not work please.
    Todd Easterla
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  37. July 18 Evening w Condors and Friends LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Meet and greet the US Fish and Wildlife Service condor recovery program biologists, see a 3 year old condor live appearance, and settle in under the stars at a lovely outdoor amphitheater for a free screening of a new documentary film on the condor recovery effort.
    Only 20 minutes from the beach in lovely Ojai Canyon, the evening of Friday July 18. Save the date for an event full of magnificent, highly endangered birds and many friends. Famiilies, citizen scientists, outdoors enthusiasts all welcome. We are also welcoming hunters wanting to learn about alternatives to lead ammunition.
    Laura Moser
    Friends of the California Condor Wild and Free
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    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Howdy, Calbirders,
    Well, it's that time of year ? the summer heat brings on thoughts of the salt life, for me. Since 1976, Shearwater Journeys has offered the most comprehensive schedule of pelagic trips on the West Coast. Departing from four different ports: Bodega Bay, Sausalito, Half Moon Bay and, of course, Monterey Bay, 33 one day trips make up our program.
    There is something for everyone. We welcome (and dearly love) beginning seabirders, veterans of the salt life as well as marine mammal lovers and photographers. A great many of our trips are uncrowded and not packed to the gills, making photography much easier. Young birders have had some fabulous trips with us. California County birders will find that most trips cover at least portions of two counties in one day, a "twofer." So, there is something for just about everyone!
    More than 40 leaders participate on our trips. We have a very high leader ratio on our trips, usually one leader per 5 birders. Most of these friendly leaders have worldwide seabirding experience, and many have been with Shearwater Journeys for several decades.
    All of the vessels we charter are inspected by the US Coast Guard. All of the skippers of our vessels are extremely excellent at putting the boat in the right position for viewing marine life.
    Late summer (July) and fall (Aug - Oct) is the best time to search for seabirds. Whether or not any El Nino materializes, remains to be seen. However, even the smallest of warm water incursions can have a great effect on seabirds. Already, a large bubble of warm water has passed along the Central Coast of California during April. The PDO, Pacific Decadal Oscillation my well blunt some of this seasons predicted El Nino. This does not mean one should avoid pelagic trips! Just the opposite! El Nino causes seabirds to wander greatly and may well bring some unusual species to our area.
    Our first trips depart from HALF MOON BAY on JULY 20 & 26; AUGUST 2, 16, 17, 23 and more in September and October. Half Moon Bay is convenient to folks living in San Francisco, the South Bay, greater Bay Area and Santa Cruz. Most of these trips cover San Mateo and San Francisco Counties. We head over the Continental Shelf and edges of Pioneer Canyon. To find out more about the HMB trips, including Trip Reports, please see:
    We have operated birding trips departing from BODEGA BAY longer than any other operation. More mega-rare seabirds have been discovered from this port, than any other port in all of North America. We have two trips this fall: SEP 1 & 19. We generally cover both Sonoma and Marin Counties, heading to Bodega Canyon and the Cordell Bank. Our epic September 20, 2013 trip to the region produced a record number of 17,325+ storm-petrels:
    For more information, a long list of the meg-rare seabirds we've discovered here, and trip reports see:
    Monterey Bay is an undisputed seabirding hotspot. With a submarine canyon that closely approaches the shore, seabirding begins the minute one steps on the boat. Indeed, Shearwater Journeys holds the world record of finding 8 species of shearwaters in one day, two times over. One of those days occurred within one quarter mile of Point Pinos! (If you had been on shore with a spotting scope, you might have seen those 8 species!). Amongst thousands of sooty shearwaters winging past the boat on August 3, 2013, I spotted a Hawaiian Petrel, a life bird for Sandy Komito of Big Year fame! Monterey Bay can turn up incredible seabirds. We cover Monterey, and sometimes, Santa Cruz County. We have 17 trips departing from Monterey, including the Albacore trip on September 13th. For more information please see:
    Our trip to the Farallon Islands on August 3 is SOLD OUT. Sorry. We can put you on the Waiting List. This popular trip sells out every year. Plan early for next year when we bring back our Great White Shark trip. Dates for 2015: August 2 and October 11. See:
    Watch our blog for trip updates and reports at:
    The complete 2014 schedule:
    It has been an honor to bring the marine life to so many birders and naturalists for the past 39 years. I hope you will help us celebrate another season at sea.
    Shearwaters Forever,
    Debi Shearwater
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    Zeiss Victory SF Team Member
    Birding Down Under: SubAntarctic Islands, November 9 - 25, 2014 with Debi
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  41. Last call - Island Packers pelagic trip out of Ventura on July 13 LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
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  43. Sa, 7/12/14 So Fk Kern Summer Rapid Assessment LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    RSVP using bbarnes@... if you can/will participate in the
    Following up on the 1999-2002 and 2007 counts, the South Fork Kern River
    Summer Rapid Assessment Bird Count in the southern Sierra Nevada will be
    held Sa a.m., July 12.
    Additional counters are requested to complement/supplement participation
    already committed by Bob Barnes, Sean Rowe, Reed Tollefson, Southern
    Sierra Research Station staff, Mary Whitfield, and others.
    Highlight species to be anticipated/quested for include: Yellow-billed
    Cuckoo, Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, Vermilion Flycatcher,
    Brown-crested Flycatcher, Cassin's Kingbird, Bell's Vireo,
    Yellow-breasted Chat, Summer Tanager, Blue Grosbeak, Tricolored
    Blackbird, and Lawrence's Goldfinch, plus unexpected species encountered
    during past July morning rapid assessment counts such as Black Swift,
    Red-eyed Vireo, Lucy's Warbler, Northern Parula, Grasshopper Sparrow,
    and Indigo Bunting.
    Areas to be assessed: The South Fork Kern River Valley including
    Audubon-California's Kern River Preserve, California Department of Fish
    and Wildlife's Canebrake Ecological Reserve, and Sequoia National
    Forest's South Fork Wildlife Area.
    The Saturday morning rapid assessment will consist of provision of
    "survival" food and drink (e.g.: fruit, granola bars, trail mix, water),
    the dawn to 11:30am or so count via count parties a la a Christmas Bird
    Count, lunchtime and preliminary species count and highlights, and the
    afternoon off for follow-up birding locally, on to the next birding
    destination, or heading home.
    Any birders who can/will participate will be most welcome and are
    encouraged to do so.
    Several individual bedrooms, floor space, plus virtually unlimited
    camping space made available by Audubon at a Kern River Preserve cabin,
    Kern River Preserve ranch house, and Kern River Preserve outside camping
    areas on a first come, first served reservation basis for Friday night,
    July 11th and/or Saturday night, July 12th.
    For those who wish to census for owls (Barn, Western Screech, Great
    Horned, Long-eared known to nest in the forest) beyond those found
    during daylight, owling anytime during the 2am-dawn period is
    encouraged. Let me know so coordination can take place.
    Regardless, Happy & Productive July 12, 2014 Birding Wherever You Go!
    Bob Barnes, Coordinator
    Cell: 760-382-1260
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  45. Seabirds on the move in Humboldt Current and Central America. LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Hi folks
       I thought I would fill you in on what is happening to the south of us. Although the El Niņo is still predicted and not official, the water off the Galapagos, Ecuador, N and C Peru is quite a bit warmer than usual. Here is a link to a map of current Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies in this region
    This is causing a massive shift in food availability for seabirds there. On my facebook page I have posted photos from my friend Ronny Peredo of the massive die off mainly of Peruvian Booby, and Guanay Cormorants being experienced in northernmost Chile. Link to that is here
    The die off has been intense in the last two weeks of June, includes mostly juvenile birds. There is evidence that some birds are moving south from Peru as dead birds in Arica include Blue-footed Boobies, a species considered a vagrant this far south. But there are plenty of birds moving north as well. It is still a way’s south of us, but these records should at least have us looking carefully not only on pelagics but at coastal seabird congregations. These are among the records I have heard of second hand, so they require verification.
    Peruvian Booby – on Galapagos, as well as Panama! Their typical range is to southernmost Ecuador.
    Inca Tern – recent sightings off Costa Rica! First for that country as I gather, also sightings in Panama.
    Grey Gull – sightings in Panama
    Coastal Ecuador has seen a large influx of Inca Terns, Peruvian Boobies, and even Humboldt Penguins.
    Waved Albatross – sighting in Costa Rica.
    As is expected there is little to no information on the pelagic birds, other than the Waved Albatross noted above. There has been a reported widespread nesting failure in breeding Sooty Shearwaters in New Zealand which some scientists are thinking may be a precursor (predictor) of a strong El Niņo. So what is going offshore is still a mystery, but if the nearshore seabirds are being shuffled about due to warm waters and low foods, some effect is likely also with the offshore birds. It is a stretch to predict or say that this will have any effect on what we see offshore here this season in California, but it is certainly a situation of note, and something interesting may show up. A California Waved Albatross would be a good one, it may also be a good year to look for Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel in the storm petrel flocks. So many possibilities! The first shot at going out that I have is at the end of this month, we shall see what shows up then.
    good birding,
    Alvaro Jaramillo
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  47. Re: [CALBIRDS] Fwd: [LACoBirds] Masked booby spotted off coast of Palos Verdes LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    I?ve certainly seen Nazca boobies with yellow eyes in the field [obviously, not in the continental U.S.], and there are numerous photos of yellow-eyed Nazca boobies on the internet.I don?t know enough about the morphology of Nazca booby to know if eye color is an age-related, sex-related, breeding-condition-related or population-variable characteristic.
    Another potential field mark, if I understand it correctly, is the shallow concavity of the culmen.
    Stan Walens
    San Diego
    On Jun 28, 2014, at 10:10 AM, Wanda <wandadameron2@...> wrote:
    The bill sure looks pink (vs. yellow) and possibly shorter, tho the eye is difficult to tell: more yellow than the needed orange?Wanda DameronSan Fernando Valley
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  49. Re: [CALBIRDS] Fwd: [LACoBirds] Masked booby spotted off coast of Palos Verdes LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    The bill sure looks pink (vs. yellow)
    and possibly shorter, tho the eye is difficult to tell: more
    yellow than the needed orange?
    Wanda Dameron
    San Fernando Valley
    On 6/28/2014 9:14 AM, Stan Walens stan.walens@... [CALBIRDS]
    Wendy Miller posted a note to LA County Birds listserv
    with a link to photos by Tim Hammond.
    I believe the photos show an adult Nazca booby, and
    that this would be a first documented record for the
    continental U.S.
    Photos are here:
    Having troubles with my email server; sorry if posts
    have appeared several times.
    Stan Walens
    San Diego
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