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· Brown Boobies continue - Pelagic trip report - Sept 20 2014 (Sep 21, 2014)
    DATE: TODAY @ 9:41am, TODAY
    Howdy, CALBirders,
    This is a a Request for Images, if you were on board the Shearwater Journeys's September 21 pelagic trip departing from Half Moon Bay.
    A shearwater was discussed by some of the leaders. It was decided that the bird in question was a "weird" pink-footed shearwater. However, one image emerged late last night of a bird showing the head and face pattern of a streaked shearwater.
    If you were on this trip and shot images, please comb them carefully prior to hitting "delete." I would appreciate receiving any such images. Email: debi@...
    Many thanks to the folks who joined us on this day.
    Living the Salt Life,
    Debi Shearwater
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
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  3. Where are the Vaux's Swifts LINK
    DATE: TODAY @ 4:36pm, TODAY
    Find the Vaux's Swifts - reward offered!
    The Vaux's Swifts have started to arrive in downtown Los Angeles on their annual migration. There are only about 300 of the "advance guard" here right now, but for the last few years, in late September and early October, thousands have been gathering in the sky near 4th and Broadway around 6 or 6:30 before entering a chimney at 5th and Spring around 7:15 to roost for the night. (The roof of the parking garage at 440 S. Broadway has been a great place to watch this amazing spectacle.)
    This year, at least half of the group appears to be roosting somewhere else, possibly to the west of 5th and Spring. Can you help figure out where they are going? If you have access to a view of the rooftops of the historic district, you may be able spot them. A high window is good - a rooftop is better.
    If you would like to help find the Swifts, please contact Kym Pietsch at kpietsch@...<mailto:kpietsch@...>.
    The first person to spot the new roosting site will be treated to a late happy hour at the Perch!
    Daniela Ogden
    Marketing and Communications Manager
    Audubon California
    We've moved!
    (415) 644-4606 (o)
    (646) 756-9887 (c)<>
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  5. Butte Common Terns and Pectoral Sandpiper LINK
    DATE: Sep 22, 2014 @ 1:19pm, 1 day(s) ago
    Hi all,
    I made it to the Chico WTP at 1700 last night to find the 6 Common Terns (though I spent quite a bit of time trying to make them Arctics!) still there.  While looking at them a very nice Pectoral Sandpiper flew in and landed practically at my feet.
    Bruce Deuel
    Red Bluff
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  7. Half Moon Bay: Silky Seas LINK
    DATE: Sep 22, 2014 @ 12:05am, 2 day(s) ago
    Howdy, CALbirders,
    Shearwater Journeys's pelagic trip departing from Half Moon Bay today turned up some incredible marine life. Seabird highlights included:
    RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD- adult about 9.6 miles off Mavericks, San Mateo County
    BROWN BOOBY- 1 immature on the weather buoy
    GUADALUPE MURRELET- one bird, sitting on the water, nice views; one unidentified fly-away murrelet also
    Also: all three jaegers; SOUTH POLAR SKUA (2); a flock of 44 RED PHALAROPES (first flock I've seen); small flock of ARCTIC TERNS and SABINE'S GULLS; good views of CASSIN'S AUKLETS on the water; plenty of RHINOCEROS AUKLETS; BULLER'S (2), BLACK-VENTED (45), PINK-FOOTED (200) and SOOTY (8000) SHEARWATERS; 2 ASHY STORM-PETRELS (one sitting on the water for great views), BLACK STORM-PETREL (8); and BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS (10).
    Marine mammals included: four KILLER WHALES feeding on the bloody remains of an animal they had killed. We saw internal animal parts in the water. It was quite amazing. They had already made the kill when we arrived on the scene which was attended by every seabird in the immediate area, feeding on the bits and pieces. We spent about an hour with the Killer Whales before turning to look at the flock of Red Phalaropes. Then, a BLUE WHALE appeared. All of the Blue Whales departed from our region about July 10th which is the same time the krill departed and Cassin's Auklets abandoned their second clutches at the Farallon Islands. Nearshore, in the morning, we saw HARBOR PORPOISE and the same two young BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS that have been hanging around the feeding shearwater flock. Finally, on the way home to the dock, a young HUMPBACK WHALE flipper-slapped and breached repeatedly, immediately off our bow. It was quite the end to a very spectacular day! Pinnipeds included a high count of 15 NORTHERN FUR SEALS and 7 STELLER'S SEA LIONS, along with the usual California Sea Lions.
    I've been completely fascinated with the "marine soup," as I call it. So, we netted (and released) many wonderful animals including, salps (both in the colonial and solitary life phases), "sea elephants," ctenophores and other things I can't ID just yet. Floating debris always piques my interest. This day it was a floating bottle which we extracted from the sea. To our amazement, it contained a huge mass of barnacles and some tiny fish. Most of the Ocean Sunfish I've seen have been in the bands of plankton-laden "soups," presumably feeding on this stuff. We saw lots of By-The-Wind-Sailors (and on a previous trip, saw sunfish sucking them in). Finally, a SALMON SHARK was also spotted.
    The entire day was on silky, smooth seas. This was a day of jam-packed marine life. I'll try to write it up and post images on my blog this week.
    Our next trips departing from Half Moon Bay are scheduled for: SEP. 24; OCT. 5 & 12.
    Our next trips departing from Monterey are scheduled for: SEP. 25, 26, 27, 28; OCT. 4 & 11.
    Spaces are available on all trips. Please email me directly at: debi@... for a reservation.
    Living the Salt Life,
    Debi Shearwater
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
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  9. Brown Boobies continue - Pelagic trip report - Sept 20 2014 LINK
    DATE: Sep 21, 2014 @ 10:51am, 2 day(s) ago
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  11. Farallones bird wave fri/sat, sep 19-20 LINK
    DATE: Sep 21, 2014 @ 8:43am, 2 day(s) ago
    Hi all. Yesterday (saturday) on Southeast Farallon Island, the Point Blue Conservation Science crew had our second consecutive day of good migrant bird conditions. We saw great numbers of migrants, including 21 species of warblers.
    High overcast and light winds continue this morning (sunday), so here is just a brief note of the highlights from friday and saturday:
    Check in with what we've been seeing on ebird! Here is the checklist from yesterday:
    If you'd like to see photos of most of these birds, check out the farallonia flickr site here:
    Or, I have a SEFI 2014 album on my Picasa site as well here:
    Cheers and fruitful birding,
    Dan Maxwell and the rest of the SEFI crew (Boo Curry, Kristie Nelson, Adam Searcy, Jim Tietz, and Oliver James)
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  13. Hot Seas Off Bodega Bay: 19 Sep Pelagic Trip LINK
    DATE: Sep 20, 2014 @ 3:04pm, 3 day(s) ago
    Howdy, CALBirders,
    Shearwater Journeys had an excellent pelagic seabirding trip departing from Bodega Bay, September 19, 2014. Highlights included: a single GUADALUPE MURRELET which offered excellent views and photographic opportunities for all on board. To my knowledge, this is the first documented Guadalupe Murrelet in Central/Northern California for the past 16 years.
    A solitary male KILLER WHALE appeared to be on a kill and possibly dragging it to his pod mates. Many birds, including storm-petrels and albatrosses were feeding at the initial kill site. We did not see what he killed. A RIVER OTTER was near Hole in the Head in the morning. Offshore sightings included: AMERICAN PIPIT, WILSON'S SNIPE and GREATER YELLOWLEGS. Marine conditions were good with a long period swell and ground fog had lifted by 10 am, with uniformly high overcast skies for the remainder of the 10 hour trip. Sea surface temperatures ranged from a low of 63 to an incredible high of 66.5! ("Normal" SST's would be in the high 50's, maybe reaching 60 at an edge).
    Spaces are still available on all of our upcoming trips, although some trips are nearly full. Leaders keep adding to the Wednesday, September 24th Half Moon Bay, "Leaders Bonanza" trip. Leaders on this date now include: Steve Howell, Peter Pyle, Jon Dunn, Adam Searcy, Jim Holmes, Steve Hampton, Jim Danzenbaker, Jennifer Green, Debi Shearwater. Nine leaders!
    Two spaces are open on our trip tomorrow, September 21 departing from Half Moon Bay. Leaders include: Steve Hampton, Tim Miller, Marissa Ortega-Welsh, Will Brooks and Debi Shearwater
    The Monterey Bay Birding Festival is coming up next week.
    Scott & Linda Terrill will present a seabird workshop, Thursday, September 25 from 3:30 to 5 pm. Kenn Kaufman will present the keynote on Saturday, September 27 at 7 pm.
    Shearwater Journeys will host the following pelagic trips in conjunction with the festival:
    SEP. 25: Jon Dunn, Nick Levendosky, Jim Danzenbaker, Adam Searcy
    SEP. 26: Kenn & Kimberly Kaufman, Scott & Linda Terrill
    SEP. 27: Scott & Linda Terrill, Jim Danzenbaker, Steve Tucker, Jennifer Green
    SEP. 28: Gerry McChesney, Rick Fournier, Courtenay Ray, Marissa Ortega-Welch
    Finally, we shall close out our fall season earlier than usual this year with the following trips:
    OCT. 4 MONTEREY: Nick Levendosky, Scott & Linda Terrill, Jennifer Green
    OCT. 5 HALF MOON BAY: Steve Tucker, Steve Hampton, Dena Spatz, Abe Borker, Courtenay Ray
    OCT. 11: MONTEREY BAY: Gerry McChesney, Rick Fournier, Nick Levendosky
    OCT. 12: HALF MOON BAY: Steve Tucker, Steve Hampton, Courtenay Ray
    RESERVATIONS: Please email me, Debi Shearwater: debi@... for a reservation. I shall be on all of the above trips.
    Hoping to see you 'out there'
    Shearwaters Forever,
    Debi Shearwater
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
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  15. Fwd: [SFBirds] Yellow-Green Vireo East Wash, SF LINK
    DATE: Sep 19, 2014 @ 3:38pm, 4 day(s) ago
    Still present at the same spot fide Logan Kahle as of 14:45. At the intersection of Clement and 34th Ave. in the Richmond District take 34th north into Lincoln Park golf course and until the end. From the golf cart road on the north side of the road look into the "bowl" of willows /acacias/ blackberry etc.
    Bird originally found by Hugh Cotter.
    Sent from my iPhone
    Begin forwarded message:
    From: "David Nelson David@... [SFBirds]" <>Date: September 19, 2014 12:12:01 PDTTo: SFBirds <>Subject: [SFBirds] Yellow-Green Vireo East Wash, SFReply-To: David Nelson <David@...>
    Greetings birders,
    At 11:40AM Hugh Cotter spotted and photographed a Yellow-Green Vireo in the bowl at the east wash, north of the Palace of Legion of Honor. I arrived 3 mins., late, unfortunately. We are still looking for it.
    Good birding
    David W. Nelson
    Sent from my iPhone
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  17. Four Brown Boobies: Half Moon Bay Pelagic Trip LINK
    DATE: Sep 17, 2014 @ 2:56pm, 6 day(s) ago
    Howdy, Calbirders,
    Shearwater Journeys had a fabulous 12 hour pelagic seabirding trip from Half Moon Bay on September 15, 2014. Highlights included: FOUR BROWN BOOBIES (two adults) on the Half Moon Bay Weather Buoy; 20 Black-footed Albatrosses; 8000 SOOTY SHEARWATERS feeding on anchovies with 3 HUMPBACK WHALES and two BOTTLENOSE DOLPHINS; 1000 actively feeding BLACK STORM-PETRELS in the afternoon, with a small scattering of ASHY STORM-PETRELS amongst them; POMARINE, PARASITIC and LONG-TAILED JAEGERS; a few SABINE'S GULLS; one ARCTIC TERN and 4 COMMON TERNS; one adult TUFTED PUFFIN; five species of pinnipeds; and, most importantly, gorgeous, flat-calm seas throughout the day. It was very warm ? T-shirt weather. The sea surface temperature (SST) ranged from 59 nearshore with the anchovies to a cooking 65 F, on the Continental Shelf and offshore!
    I had been checking that weather buoy regularly for a booby, but gave up on my last couple trips. On the 15th, I decided to try again and was astounded to see FOUR BROWN BOOBIES sitting on it at the same time! Amazing.
    We still have a very nice selection of pelagic trips available this season. Below, are the dates and leaders. I'll be on all of these trips.
    Sep.19, Fri. from Bodega Bay with Steve Howell, Peter Pyle, Lisa Hug, Steve Tucker, Jennifer Green.
    Sep. 21, Sun. from Half Moon Bay with Tim Miller, Steve Hampton, Marissa Ortega-Welch, Will Brooks.
    Sep. 24, Wed. from Half Moon Bay with Jon Dunn, Peter Pyle, Steve Hampton, Adam Searcy, Jim Holmes, Jennifer Green, Jim Danzenbaker (another Leader Bonanza day!)
    Sep. 25, Thu. from Monterey with Jon Dunn, Adam Searcy, Nick Levendosky, Jim Danzenbaker.
    Sep. 26, Fri. from Monterey with Kenn & Kimberly Kaufman, Scott & Linda Terrill.
    Sep. 27, Sat. from Monterey with Steve Tucker, Scott & Linda Terrill, Jim Danzenbaker, Jennifer Green.
    Sep. 28, Sun. from Monterey with Gerry McChesney, Rick Fournier, Marissa Ortega-Welsh, Courtenay Ray.
    Oct. 4, Sat. from Monterey with Scott & Linda Terrill, Nick Levendosky, Jennifer Green.
    Oct. 5, Sun. from Half Moon Bay with Abe Borker, Steve Tucker, Dena Spatz, Steve Hampton, Courtenay Ray.
    Oct. 11, Sat. from Monterey with Gerry McChesney, Nick Levendosky, Rick Fournier.
    Oct. 12, Sun. from Half Moon Bay with Steve Tucker, Steve Hampton, Courtenay Ray.
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  19. "Pelican Dreams" in Sonoma with Judy Irving - Oct 8th & Nov 1st LINK
    DATE: Sep 17, 2014 @ 11:30am, 6 day(s) ago
    "Pelican Dreams" in Sonoma with Judy Irving - Oct 8th & Nov 1stRenowned
    film director, Judy Irving will be speaking in Sonoma, Oct 8th at 7PM
    as part of the Wine Country Nature Lecture Series tenth Anniversary.
    The North Bay Premier, with Irving and her new film - "Pelican Dreams",
    along with husband, Mark Bittner of "Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill"
    fame, will be presented on Nov 1st at the Sebastiani Theater on the
    Plaza in Sonoma. Time (TBA). Jay Holcomb, whose life work is honored in
    the film and the important work of International Bird Rescue will be
    highlighted at both events. Details at New article in the SF Chronicle today. Film to open in theaters across the US this fall. article/Independent-filmmaker- zooms-in-on-pelicans-5760223. php
    Tom Rusert & Darren Peterie
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  21. Upcoming pelagic trips - Oct 18 Ventura and Nov 15 Santa Barbara LINK
    DATE: Sep 16, 2014 @ 4:10pm, 7 day(s) ago
    Hi allThere are two upcoming pelagic trips that will get offshore from southern California to search for seabirds and marine mammals that are moving through the region on their incredible migrations. Island Packers in the Ventura Harbor is offering a 10-hour pelagic on Oct 18, 2014. This trip will focus on the waters of the eastern part of the Southern California Bight from Ventura to the waters bounded by or near Anacapa, Santa Cruz, and Santa Barbara Islands. The Condor Express in the Santa Barbara Harbor is offering a 10-hour trip on Nov 15, 2014. This trip will focus on the waters of the western Santa Barbara Channel including those in the area of San Miguel, Santa Rosa, and Santa Cruz Islands. Both of these trips will search the banks,
    knolls, canyons, and other productive features in the vicinity of the northern Channel Islands. The waters around the northern Channel Islands can be very productive at this time of year because during the fall, hundreds (sometimes thousands) of shearwaters crowd into the inter-island gaps. We will be looking through flocks of Pink-footed and Sooty Shearwaters for Buller's, Flesh-footed (uncommon), and Manx (rare) Shearwaters. This is peak season for seabird diversity so in addition to the species already mentioned, we will be looking for Black-footed Albatross, Black and Ashy Storm-Petrels, Cassin's and Rhinoceros Auklets, and Pomarine and Long-tailed Jaegers. It is a good time of year for South Polar Skua, and Sabine's Gull and Arctic Tern are possible. Recent trips near the islands have regularly found Blue-footed Booby and Brown Booby! There is also a potential for sought-after species like Red-billed Tropicbird, Least
    Storm-Petrel, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Guadalupe Murrelet, and Craveri's Murrelet. This has been an exceptional year for Craveri's Murrelet off southern California so this may be the time to find these elusive birds. There have also been two Red-billed Tropicbird sightings in the Santa Barbara Channel in recent weeks, which is likely due to warmer than normal water temperatures. We will decide what our offshore destinations will be after reviewing oceanographic conditions at the time of the trip, which will help determine where birds and other marine life may be present and/or concentrated.These trips will be on ultra-fast catamarans that feature spacious and comfortable cabins, galleys, and excellent viewing from both the upper and lower decks. A full contingent of outstanding seabird leaders will be present to make sure we see all that is out there. The Captains and crews know how to run birding trips and are enthusiastic and helpful.
    We will also be adequately supplied with various types of chum to try and bring the birds in close. Photographers will not be disappointed!The cost for the Oct 18 trip is $170. We depart the Ventura Harbor promptly at 8:00 AM, so please arrive by 7:30 AM to facilitate check-in and loading. Call Island Packers at 805-642-1393 or go online at to reserve your spot. Customers booking online will need to go to the "Reserve Trip" box, drop down to "View our Schedule" or "Reserve a Trip" and then select "Special Trips."The cost for the Nov 15 trip is $175. We depart Santa Barbara promptly at 7:00 AM, so please arrive by 6:30 AM to facilitate check-in and loading. Call the Sealanding at 888-77WHALE or 805-882-0088, or go online at, to reserve your spot. I look forward to seeing you on-board.CheersDavid PerekstaVentura
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  23. Half Moon Bay Trip report - Bay-breasted Warbler! LINK
    DATE: Sep 15, 2014 @ 7:59pm, 8 day(s) ago
    Hi folks
    An unexpected rarity on our pelagic out of Half Moon Bay was a Bay-breasted Warbler! It circled the boat several times but never landed, yet it came in close enough that some folks could see the pinkish on the flanks. This was in San Mateo county, photos of the bird in flight are here:
    Other highlights included Brown Boobies in San Francisco and San Mateo counties, plumage as well as facial features clarified that two birds were involved. We saw few storm petrels, but three species including Black, Ashy and Wilson’s and all three in both counties. All three jaegers showed up, and three South Polar Skuas, several Sabine’s Gulls and Common as well as Arctic Tern. The jaeger, Sabine’s show was the best we have seen this season. One Common Tern was right inshore, it would have been visible from shore off Miramar! Buller’s Shearwaters have been very scarce, only one appeared but Black-vented was pretty common inshore with many nice views close to Half Moon Bay. A gorgeous Tufted Puffin was seen on the way in, only 6 miles from shore. Two pods of Long-beaked Common Dolphin, Risso’s Dolphin, Humpback Whale and five species of pinniped (seals and sea lions). All on smooth and calm seas!
    Good birding!
    Alvaro Jaramillo
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  25. Sunday-9/14- Optics & Nature Festival LINK
    DATE: Sep 13, 2014 @ 9:57am, 10 day(s) ago
    Join us at the biggest one day reunion for nature organizations in Northern California! Come out and celebrate birds, botany, beavers, bats and of course binoculars! The 3rd ?Wine Country Optics
    & Nature Festival? will uncork this Sunday from 10AM-4:00PM at
    beautiful Cornerstone Gardens, 23570 Arnold Drive, 95476. (Free
    family event - free parking). This years theme is "Celebrating 50 Years
    of American Wilderness". The famous Smokey Bear, celebrating his 70th
    birthday, will be on hand in Wine Country to greet your family! Twelve Optics Companies with experts present will demo the newest technology also for sale.Over
    40 extraordinary nature organizations and distinguished nature artists
    and authors look forward to share their great work with you. We look
    forward to another wonderful reunion of the nature community!tom rusert & darren peteriehttp://www.sonomabirding.comsonoma,ca.
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  27. Monterey Seabirds pelagic Sunday LINK
    DATE: Sep 10, 2014 @ 11:45am, 13 day(s) ago
    Last Sunday, Monterey Seabirds had a four hour pelagic trip. The highlight was a Manx Shearwater in the shearwater flock just off Pt. Pinos--probably the same bird that has been seen for several weeks at that same location. We had shearwaters in view for the entire trip with a few Black-footed Albatross mixed in.
    John Sterling
    26 Palm Ave
    Woodland, CA 95695
    530 908-3836
    Monterey Seabirds
    (831) 375-4658
    Special Galapagos Birding Tour
    9-19 July 2015
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  29. New Cordell Bank Pelagic opportunity LINK
    DATE: Sep 10, 2014 @ 11:58am, 13 day(s) ago
    Hello folks
    Due to bad weather we had to re-schedule our Bodega Bay Pelagic. It is now on Friday Sept 26th, and there are spaces now on what was previously a sold out trip. It is on the New Sea Angler, a large and spacious boat, cost is $150. A link to sign up for the trip here:
    Good Birding
    Alvaro Jaramillo
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  31. Optics & Nature Festival - Sunday -Sept 14th (10AM-4PM) LINK
    DATE: Sep 10, 2014 @ 10:10pm, 13 day(s) ago
    The 3rd ?Wine Country Optics
    & Nature Festival? will uncork this Sunday from 10AM-4:00PM at
    beautiful Cornerstone Gardens, 23570 Arnold Drive, Sonoma 95476. (Free
    family event - free parking). This years theme is Celebrating 50 Years
    of American Wilderness. The famous Smokey Bear, celebrating his 70th
    birthday, will be on hand in Sonoma to greet you! All the major
    binoculars and scopes companies from across the U.S. along with their
    company experts will demo the newest optics technology also for sale.Over
    40 extraordinary nature organizations and distinguished nature artists
    and authors look forward to share their great work with you. We look
    forward to another wonderful reunion of the nature community!For more info about the nature lecture "The Return of the Wolf" - tomorrow night visit - Tom Rusert & Darren PeterieSonoma,Ca.
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  33. Pelagic report - Friday Sept 5 Monterey Bay. LINK
    DATE: Sep 10, 2014 @ 6:43pm, 13 day(s) ago
    Hi folks
    Lots of biomass!! With huge concentrations of Sooty Shearwater, nice numbers of Black-vented and a few Manx!! Otherwise a small number of Black Storm-Petrels, Black-footed Albatross, Buller’s Shearwaters, Common Terns and great mammal show. Apart from Humpbacks, Long-beaked Common Dolphin, Dall’s Porpoise, and five species of Pinnipeds!! More details, including link to download pdf summary of trip here:
    Spaces open for
    Sept 13 Monterey; Sept 20 Half Moon Bay; Sept 27 Half Moon Bay.
    Good birding
    Alvaro Jaramillo
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  35. Sept 6 - San Mateo County pelagic trip results LINK
    DATE: Sep 8, 2014 @ 2:54pm, 15 day(s) ago
    Hello folks,
    The trip this last Saturday was a great one with superb weather and therefore very nice viewing conditions. We has a great diversity of birds. This included a nice concentration of Sooty Shearwaters close to shore, with one Black-vented spotted there as well as a single Marbled Murrelet. On the shelf two gorgeous Tufted Puffins together on the water were a treat, and very photogenic. Beyond the drop off, to deeper water we encountered Flesh-footed Shearwater and three storm-petrels (Black the most common, a handful of Ashy, and three Wilson’s). We hit pay dirt with a very cooperative Laysan Albatross by a dragger boat, with approximately 40 Black-footed in that area. All three jaegers were seen, as well as South Polar Skuas, Common Tern and a higher number of Sabine’s Gulls than we have been seeing recently. Five species of cetaceans, and four pinnipeds were a treat – and we had two looks at what looked like a breaching Great White Shark! Unfortunately we did not have a do-over, it was all very quick and we were left wanting more on that one observation. For more details on the birds and mammals please download the pdf trip report here:
    2014 Sept 6 San Mateo County Pelagic.
    Spots open for Half Moon Bay Sept 20, and 27. Monterey on Sept 13.
    Good birding!
    Alvaro Jaramillo
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  37. Monterey Bay Pelagic Highlights: Sep 5 & 6 LINK
    DATE: Sep 7, 2014 @ 6:10am, 17 day(s) ago
    Hello, Birders,
    Shearwater Journeys's had two beautiful pelagic seabird trips departing from Monterey recently with flat, calm seas and very warm weather.
    SEP 5 highlights included six species of shearwaters: Sooty, Pink-footed, Black-vented, MANX, Buller's and FLESH-FOOTED; all three jaegers: Pomarine, Parasitic and Long-tailed and South Polar Skua. Tens of thousands of Sooty Shearwaters with a couple thousand Black-vented Shearwaters were feeding near shore along with 25 Humpback Whales. We found both Long-beaked and Short-beaked Common Dolphins (in separate herds). We went to Santa Cruz County where it was pretty birdy. The only storm-petrels were a few Black Storm-Petrels.
    A brief trip report with total species list can be found at:
    SEP 6 highlights included: More of the same shearwater flocks as the previous day, with 3168 Black-vented Shearwaters. Crippling views of MANX SHEARWATER and SCRIPPS'S MURRELET sitting on the water, pleased a lot of folks. Five MANX SHEARWATERS in total, for the day. Offshore, we found two small flocks of SABINE'S GULLS sitting on the water; good numbers of Rhinoceros Auklets and more Cassin's Auklets than I have seen elsewhere this fall; and a BROWN BOOBY sitting on a large log! More Humpback Whales were seen, some breaching and a pod of at least six KILLER WHALES! We spent the entire day in Monterey County. Trip report with images to follow.
    We are in the midst of eleven days of pelagic seabirding trips! Spaces are still available on the remaining dates. See our schedule at:
    Shearwaters Forever,
    Debi Shearwater
    Shearwater Journeys, Inc.
    PO Box 190
    Hollister, CA 95024
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  39. Grace's Warbler in Pacific Grove LINK
    DATE: Sep 7, 2014 @ 9:17pm, 16 day(s) ago
    I photographed a Grace's Warbler in our backyard bird-bath at about 1 pm today in Pacific Grove. I got the word out to some local birders who searched for it this afternoon. It never returned to our yard but some observers saw it foraging in pines, live oaks, and eucs in the large adjacent lot next door to the south and down by the public hiking trail. That trail crosses Pico Avenue in Pacific Grove between Grove Acre and Crocker. If you walk north a short half-block from Pico, there will be a large undeveloped lot on your right with pines, live oaks and eucs. This is where the bird was refound mid-afternoon. Rita & I also photographed an American Redstart at the bird-bath; it was also seen later in the afternoon down where the Grace's was refound, right near the public hiking trail.
    Best of luck, Don & Rita
    Don Roberson
    Pacific Grove CA
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  41. Ruby-throated Hummer Apparently Gone LINK
    DATE: Sep 6, 2014 @ 4:17pm, 17 day(s) ago
    The ad. male Ruby-throated Hummingbird was last seen about 10 AM this
    morning, with constant surveillance. It seems to have moved on.
    I will post again only if it returns.
    Brad Schram
    Arroyo Grande
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  43. Ruby-throated Hummer MIA Since Mid-morning LINK
    DATE: Sep 6, 2014 @ 12:22pm, 17 day(s) ago
    The adult male Ruby-throated Hummingbird has not been seen since just
    before 10 AM (it's now 12:20PM). This is a first in its behavior, so I
    need to pass the news because it may have left late morning. Update
    will follow as appropriate.
    Brad Schram
    Arroyo Grande
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  45. Ruby-throat continues LINK
    DATE: Sep 6, 2014 @ 6:49am, 18 day(s) ago
    The adult male Ruby-throated Hummingibird continues early this morning
    at its favorite feeder at Deer Canyon, Arroyo Grande.
    Brad Schram
    Arroyo Grande
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  47. Re: [nwcalbird] HUM Ruby-throated Hummingbird LINK
    DATE: Sep 6, 2014 @ 8:01pm, 17 day(s) ago
    The bird was seen by quite a few people between 3:30 and 4:30 this
    Ken Burton
    Calgary, AB
    Sent: Friday, September 05, 2014 4:40 AM
    To: Northwest calbird ; Calbirds
    Subject: [nwcalbird] HUM Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    Hi all,Last evening everybody got nice looks at the continuing Ruby-throated
    Hummingbird at Brad Elvert's house off of California St. in Eureka. The bird
    came in once right around 6:15 p.m. At 7:01 pm the bird came in again and really
    hung out on the feeder for a nice amount of time and came back 3-4 times in a
    short time period so evening would seem to be the best time to get the bird.
    See Brad's message yesterday for where he is located in Eureka:;id=913332
    -- Rob FowlerMcKinleyville, CA
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  49. Ruby-throat Stays This Evening LINK
    DATE: Sep 6, 2014 @ 7:12pm, 17 day(s) ago
    Arroyo Grande's adult Ruby-throated Hummingbird continues this evening.
    Brad Schram
    Arroyo Grande
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