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· Re: [CALBIRDS] Salvin's Albatross photos etc. (Dec 31, 1969)
· Salvin's on TV today (Dec 31, 1969)
· Correction: Salvin's Albatross chase trip? Wed JULY 30th (Dec 31, 1969)
· Salvin's Albatross chase trip? (Dec 31, 1969)
· Salvin's Albatross- more pix (Dec 31, 1969)
  1. Re: [CALBIRDS] Salvin's Albatross photos etc. LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    The 55th Supplement to the AOU Checklist published on-line today
    (http://aoucospubs.org/doi/full/10.1642/AUK-14-124.1) incorporates the
    split of Shy Albatross into White-capped, Salvin's and Chatham
    Albatrosses as proposed by Alvaro. The Supplement notes the following
    North American records of the three speces:
    
    White-capped Albatross - "Accidental off the coast of Washington (lat.
    47°55?N. long. 125°37?W. ca. 39 miles west of the mouth of Quillayute
    River, 1 September 1951; specimen USNM; Slipp 1952); also Oregon
    (October 1996; photos; Hunter and Bailey 1997; and October 2001;
    photos), California (August-September 1999; photos), and Washington
    (January 2000; photos), these four records possibly of the same
    individual (Howell 2012)."
    
    Salvin's Albatross - "Accidental in Hawaii (Midway Atoll, 8 April 2003;
    photos; Robertson et al. 2005) and off the coast of Alaska (18 km
    northwest of Kasatochi Island, Aleutians, 4 August 2003; photos; Benter
    et al. 2005)."
    
    Chatham Albatross - "This species, formerly considered conspecific with
    T. cauta and T. salvini, breeds on the Chatham Islands, off New Zealand,
    and ranges at sea in the southern Pacific Ocean. It has been reported
    off the coast of central California (September 2000; photos; McKee and
    Erickson 2002; and July 2001; photos; Garrett and Wilson 2003). These
    records, probably of the same individual, were published as possible T.
    cauta salvini but were reidentified as T. eremita (Howell 2012) using
    the characters in Howell (2009). This species is placed in the Appendix
    pending reconsideration of these records by the California Bird Records
    Committee."
    
    So, if that is all correct, and if the CBRC accepts the September 2000
    and July 2001 records as Chatham Albatross (or at least does not accept
    either as Salvin's Albatross), and if the CBRC accepts Saturday's record
    as Salvin's Albatross, then I believe this would be the first state
    record and only the second ABA Area record of Salvin's Albatross.
    
    Thanks to Alvaro and the rest of the group for another great day on the
    water.
    
    Article Citation:
    R. Terry Chesser, Richard C. Banks, Carla Cicero, Jon L. Dunn, Andrew W.
    Kratter, Irby J. Lovette, Adolfo G. Navarro-Sigüenza, Pamela C.
    Rasmussen, J. V. Remsen, Jr., James D. Rising, Douglas F. Stotz, and
    Kevin Winker (2014) Fifty-Fifth Supplement to the American
    Ornithologists' Union Check-list of North American Birds. The Auk:
    October 2014, Vol. 131, No. 4, pp. CSi-CSxv.
    
    Glen Tepke
    Oakland
    
    On 7/26/2014 8:53 PM, 'Alvaro Jaramillo' chucao@... [CALBIRDS]
    wrote: >
    >
    > For those interested in the images, some photos are here and I am sure
    > many more will surface. This bird was well documented:
    >
    > https://www.flickr.com/photos/alvarojaramillo/
    >
    > At just past 1 pm I was in the wheelhouse eating my sandwich when the
    > call of a Laysan Albatross went out. As the bird approached, it looked
    > off to me, I ran to the back of the boat and by this time the
    > albatross was closer. I threw my sandwich on a table and started
    > screaming that this is not a Laysan! Everyone get photos, while
    > leaders were getting folks on the bird. Fortunately this is a species
    > I get to see frequently, so after looking in the binos my thought was
    > that this is a Salvin?s Albatross. The Salvin?s is a member of the Shy
    > Albatross complex which is considered three species in most of the
    > world, and is currently being evaluated in North America by the AOU. I
    > was actually the one who wrote the proposals for the committees, to
    > separate the species into three. If anyone is interested here they are:
    >
    > http://www.museum.lsu.edu/~Remsen/SACCprop155.htm
    > <http://www.museum.lsu.edu/%7ERemsen/SACCprop155.htm>
    >
    > http://www.museum.lsu.edu/~Remsen/SACCprop255.html
    > <http://www.museum.lsu.edu/%7ERemsen/SACCprop255.html>
    >
    > Currently then, the species is Shy Albatross in North America, but if
    > they are split into three species this one is the Salvin?s Albatross.
    > We are not clear but this could be the first California record, as the
    > previous one(s?) have been reevaluated to be Chatham Albatross from
    > what I recall. Although I not sure about that.
    >
    > In any case, the bird gave great views, flying by again and again and
    > sitting on the water several times. Debi Shearwater had a boat out
    > there too today, so we radioed in for them to come and see it. After a
    > while the bird flew off, and we figured not to be seen again. We
    > waited some time, but nothing. We learned that Debi was still a ways
    > away, so we decided we were not doing any good sitting here, so we
    > began to move on our course. Perhaps 15 minutes later, we found it
    > again by chance. This time we waited, and waited, and finally we could
    > see the other boat on the horizon, getting closer and closer.
    > Fortunately the bird stayed and everyone on both boats was able to see
    > it and photograph it to their hearts content.
    >
    > Identification ? The dark back, white body, white rump all point to a
    > southern hemisphere Mollymawk type albatross. The underwing was very
    > white, with a narrow leading edge to the underwing, showing a slight
    > expansion at the base of the underwing, the ?thumb mark? that is
    > diagnostic for the Shy complex. The extensive grey-brown neck and nape
    > with a white forehead is classic of Salvin?s, and paler, paler and
    > less extensive than on Chatham. The dark undersides of the primaries,
    > and the extensive dark on the head eliminated White-capped. The dark
    > bill with blackish tip, lacked any yellowish tones of Chatham, and it
    > was darker based than expected on Shy. The plumage and lack of molt
    > suggests this bird is a juvenile.
    >
    > Tired, I hope this makes sense.
    >
    > Alvaro Jaramillo
    >
    > alvaro@...
    >
    > www.alvarosadventures.com
    >
    >
    >
    >
    
    
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  3. Salvin's on TV today LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Hi folks
    
    KPIX channel 5 CBS in the Bay Area is running a story on the Salvin’s Albatross. Might see Malia DeFelice, Captain Tom Mattusch or myself on there talking about birding, rare birds and the albatross.
    
    Good birding,
    
    Alvaro
    
    Alvaro Jaramillo
    alvaro@...
    www.alvarosadventures.com
    
    
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  5. Correction: Salvin's Albatross chase trip? Wed JULY 30th LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    My apology for wasting time and band width. Yes, Wed July 30th, this coming Wednesday J
    
    Hello folks,
    
    I have been contacted by several folks who are wanting to find out if we could put on a chase trip for the Salvin’s Albatross we found yesterday. The next open day for the boat is Wednesday Aug 30th. Please let me know if you are interested, in order to secure that the boat goes, I will start with a price of $170 and with critical mass, I can decrease that price point. E-mail me at alvaro@..., or 650-504-7778
    
    Thanks for the interest!
    
    Alvaro
    
    Alvaro Jaramillo
    alvaro@...
    www.alvarosadventures.com
    
    
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  7. Salvin's Albatross chase trip? LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Hello folks,
    
    I have been contacted by several folks who are wanting to find out if we could put on a chase trip for the Salvin’s Albatross we found yesterday. The next open day for the boat is Wednesday Aug 30th. Please let me know if you are interested, in order to secure that the boat goes, I will start with a price of $170 and with critical mass, I can decrease that price point. E-mail me at alvaro@..., or 650-504-7778
    
    Thanks for the interest!
    
    Alvaro
    
    Alvaro Jaramillo
    alvaro@...
    www.alvarosadventures.com
    
    
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  9. Salvin's Albatross- more pix LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    
    Hey Birders, Gotta share some photos of this amazing sighting made yesterday out of Half Moon Bay.
    
    Thanks to the discovery of the Salvin's Albatross by Alvaro Jaramillo and the call placed to Debi Shearwaters' boat and the coordination of all involved, some 50 or so lucky people had a pelagic trip of a lifetime. It was thrilling, to say the least, to hear of the discovery then to learn the bird had flown away, only to be refound. Debi's boat vibrated under speed to reach the location in time, but just in time. Not that long after we arrived did Salvin pick up and fly off. Still the sun peeked out and the swell abated and the albatrosses gathering held together to make this sensational encounter.
    
    http://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p873910623/h741ded4#h741ded4
    
    WIth gratitude,
    Mark Rauzon
    Oakland
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
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  11. JULY 26 HALF MOON BAY: SALVIN'S ALBATROSS+ LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Hello, Calbirders,
    Shearwater Journeys's pelagic trip from Half Moon Bay, July 26th was a great success even before the radio call from Alvaro's boat about the SALVIN'S ALBATROSS! We thank them for waiting while we blasted to the scene as we were some 10 miles away. This is the same area where we found a lot of albatrosses on our last trip, July 20th. Other highlights on this day included: LAYSAN ALBATROSS (1); BULLER'S SHEARWATER (1-first of the season for us), LONG-TAILED JAEGER (3- all three species seen); SABINE'S GULL (20); SCRIPP'S MURRELET (2); CRAVERI'S MURRELET (5). The Salvin's Albatross was just a splendid topping to another terrific day at sea.
    
    Our next trips departing from Half Moon Bay with spaces available are: August 2, 16, 17, 23; September 7, 8, 15, 21, 24; October 5, 12. Please contact me by email for a reservation on this Saturday's trip, August 2. We will be birding the same area where the Salvin's Albatross and other albatrosses were found.
    
    Below, is our complete species list for July 26th. I'll post a trip report on my blog soon. Our leaders on this day included: Todd McGrath, Scott Terrill, Linda Terrill, Steve Tucker, Abe Borker, and Debi Shearwater. I have experience with Salvin's Albatrosses not only on many pelagic trips off the coast of Chile, but also at their breeding islands: Bounty, Snares and the Forty Fours. And, I'll be heading to those islands, again, at the end of this year!
    
    JULY 26, HALF MOON BAY with SHEARWATER JOURNEYS: SAN MATEO/SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY
    *SALVIN'S ALBATROSS- 1/0
    LAYSAN ALBATROSS- 1/0
    BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS- 40/20
    NORTHERN FULMAR- 1/5
    PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER- 110/150
    BULLER'S SHEARWATER- 0/1
    SOOTY SHEARWATER- 160/30
    ASHY STORM-PETREL -1/3
    BROWN PELICAN- 40/0
    BRANDT'S CORMORANT- 90/0
    DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT- 15/0
    PELAGIC CORMORANT- 2/0
    BLACK TURNSTONE- 20/0
    SURFBIRD- 13/0
    RED-NECKED PHALAROPE- 55/54
    POMARINE JAEGER- 1/0
    PARASITIC JAEGER- 1/0
    LONG-TAILED JAEGER- 0/3
    HEERMANN'S GULL- 40/0
    CALIFORNIA GULL- 30/10
    WESTERN GULL- 180/10
    SABINE'S GULL- 19/1
    ELEGANT TERN- 35/0
    COMMON MURRE- 305/14
    PIGEON GULLIMOT- 9/0
    SCRIPP'S MURRELET- 2/0
    CRAVERI'S MURRELET- 5/0
    CASSIN'S AUKLET- 6/4
    RHINOCEROS AUKLET- 1/1
    CALIFORNIA SEA LION- 70
    STELLER'S SEA LION- 2
    NORTHERN FUR SEAL- 1
    HUMPBACK WHALE- 4
    KILLER WHALE- 1, ADULT MALE
    NORTHERN RIGHT WHALE DOLPHIN- 40
    RISSO'S DOLPHIN- 12
    PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOPHIN- 120
    HARBOR PORPOISE- 4
    OCEAN SUNFISH- 60
    BY-THE-WIND-SAILORS- ++
    MOON JELLY- 6
    
    Shearwaters Forever,
    Debi Shearwater
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Birding Down Under: SubAntarctic Islands, November 9 - 25, 2014 with Debi
    Russian Far East Voyages: May/June 2016 with Debi
    
    
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  13. Surpising Albatross links LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    It's been pointed out to me that I attached the photos to my posts rather than posting links. True, and I apologize! Links:
    http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/156749378
    http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/156749369
     
    And a third one:
    http://www.pbase.com/tgrey/image/156749380
    -- Tom Greywww.pbase.com/tgreytgreybirds.com
    
    
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  15. Salvin's Albatross / more pix LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
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  17. Another picture of the surprising albatross LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Here's another picture selected quickly from among the ones I took -- more
    to come, from the hundreds taken by the many photographers present. The
    bird was really cooperative. Now to bed, leaving the identification to
    those with the expertise to justify it.
    
    --
    Tom Grey
    www.pbase.com/tgrey
    tgreybirds.com
    
    
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  19. Surprising Albatross LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    The white-headed albatross in among the Black-footed Albatrosses in this
    picture was seen by the participants in Alvaro Jaramillo's pelagic trip out
    from Half Moon Bay in San Mateo County waters today, and later by those in
    Debi Shearwater's trip. It was first called as a Laysan Albatross, but our
    trip suddenly shifted into high gear when Alvaro came out from the front
    cabin and told tthe assembled group "THAT IS NOT A LAYSAN ALBATROSS!"
    Thereafter the bird gave extensive and varied views to our group and then
    to Debi's.
    
    Reports from Alvaro and knowledgeable others on this bird will be
    forthcoming.
    
    --
    Tom Grey
    www.pbase.com/tgrey
    tgreybirds.com
    
    
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  21. Albatross was in San Mateo County LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    I forgot this part!
    
    Alvaro
    
    Alvaro Jaramillo
    alvaro@...
    www.alvarosadventures.com
    
    
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  23. Salvin's Albatross photos etc. LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
     For those interested in the images, some photos are here and I am sure many more will surface. This bird was well documented:
    
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/alvarojaramillo/
    
    At just past 1 pm I was in the wheelhouse eating my sandwich when the call of a Laysan Albatross went out. As the bird approached, it looked off to me, I ran to the back of the boat and by this time the albatross was closer. I threw my sandwich on a table and started screaming that this is not a Laysan! Everyone get photos, while leaders were getting folks on the bird. Fortunately this is a species I get to see frequently, so after looking in the binos my thought was that this is a Salvin’s Albatross. The Salvin’s is a member of the Shy Albatross complex which is considered three species in most of the world, and is currently being evaluated in North America by the AOU. I was actually the one who wrote the proposals for the committees, to separate the species into three. If anyone is interested here they are:
    
    http://www.museum.lsu.edu/~Remsen/SACCprop155.htm
    http://www.museum.lsu.edu/~Remsen/SACCprop255.html
    
    Currently then, the species is Shy Albatross in North America, but if they are split into three species this one is the Salvin’s Albatross. We are not clear but this could be the first California record, as the previous one(s?) have been reevaluated to be Chatham Albatross from what I recall. Although I not sure about that.
    
    In any case, the bird gave great views, flying by again and again and sitting on the water several times. Debi Shearwater had a boat out there too today, so we radioed in for them to come and see it. After a while the bird flew off, and we figured not to be seen again. We waited some time, but nothing. We learned that Debi was still a ways away, so we decided we were not doing any good sitting here, so we began to move on our course. Perhaps 15 minutes later, we found it again by chance. This time we waited, and waited, and finally we could see the other boat on the horizon, getting closer and closer. Fortunately the bird stayed and everyone on both boats was able to see it and photograph it to their hearts content.
    
    Identification – The dark back, white body, white rump all point to a southern hemisphere Mollymawk type albatross. The underwing was very white, with a narrow leading edge to the underwing, showing a slight expansion at the base of the underwing, the “thumb mark” that is diagnostic for the Shy complex. The extensive grey-brown neck and nape with a white forehead is classic of Salvin’s, and paler, paler and less extensive than on Chatham. The dark undersides of the primaries, and the extensive dark on the head eliminated White-capped. The dark bill with blackish tip, lacked any yellowish tones of Chatham, and it was darker based than expected on Shy. The plumage and lack of molt suggests this bird is a juvenile.
    
    Tired, I hope this makes sense.
    
    Alvaro Jaramillo
    alvaro@...
    www.alvarosadventures.com
    
    
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  25. Salvin's Albatross LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    We found a juvenile Salvin's Albatross in San Mateo county today. Still driving into harbor. Photos and commentary later.
    
    Alvaro Jaramillo
    
    Sent from my iPhone
    
    
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  27. 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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  29. 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:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/07/dads-take-their-chicks-to-sea-july-20.html
    
    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
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    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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  31. 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:
    
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/74757345@N02/sets/72157645427218878/
    
    Michael Park
    Berkeley
    
    
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  33. JULY 20 Half Moon Bay Pelagic trip LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    HI, CALBIRDERS.
    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:
    
    235 BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES; 2 NORTHERN FULMARS; 605 PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS; 1400 SOOTY SHEARWATERS; 4 ASHY STORM-PETRELS; 450 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES; 1 POMARINE JAEGER; 1208 ELEGANT TERNS; 503 COMMON MURRES; 24 PIGEON GUILLEMOTS; 6 MARBLED MURRELETS; 8 CASSIN'S AUKLETS; 12 RHINOCEROS AUKLETS.
    
    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
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    Birding Down Under: SubAntarctic Islands, November 9 - 25, 2014 with Debi
    Russian Far East Voyages: May/June 2016
    
    
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  35. 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 website...www.sterlingbirds.com. 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!
    John SterlingVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV
    
    26 Palm AveWoodland, CA 95695530 908-3836jsterling@...www.sterlingbirds.com
    
    
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  37. 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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  39. 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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  41. Re: [CALBIRDS] Owls in Sequoia/Kings LINK
    DATE: Dec 31, 1969 @ 4:00pm, TODAY
    Hi
    Will you be using playback?
    
    Mary Freeman
    Glendale, CA
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  43. 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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  45. 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:
    http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/07/our-leaders.html
    
    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 ?
    
    HALF MOON BAY TRIPS:
    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
    
    MONTEREY BAY TRIPS:
    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
    
    BODEGA BAY TRIPS:
    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:
    http://www.shearwaterjourneys.com/schedule.shtml
    
    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: http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com/2014/07/pelagic-birding-photography-trips.html
    
    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
    
    DEBRA SHEARWATER
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
    831.637.8527
    debi@...
    www.shearwaterjourneys.com
    www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com
    
    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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  47. 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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  49. 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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