Friday September 2, 2005
Our small group of 14 seabirders made for comfortable conditions on
board the 50-foot Pt. Sur Clipper. Seas were relatively calm and winds
were light. This was our third trip in a row where no one got seasick.
of the harbor we picked up the first migrant COMMON LOON for
the year flying overhead and saw a second one a bit later. After getting
nice views of PIGEON GUILLEMOTS, PELAGIC CORMORANTS
and COMMON MURRES along Cannery Row we moved out past Pt. Pinos
and came upon large flocks of SOOTY SHEARWATERS sitting on
the water. There were numerous PINK-FOOTS too and as we moved
farther out in the bay we added many BULLER'S SHEARWATERS to
the day's list.
CASSIN'S AUKLETS were boat shy as usual and we had only brief
glimpses of a few flying away from the boat. The same can be said
for XANTUS' MURRELET of which we were able to id one of two
murrelets seen to species. RHINOCEROS AUKLETS were spread throughout
Approaching a fishing boat bringing in its catch we found 15 BLACK-FOOTED
ALBATROSS feeding on the bycatch and had many others come by to
check out the chum.
Once over the submarine canyon we began finding storm-petrels. These
were not in a dense flock but individual sightings. A single BLACK
STORM PETREL flew toward the back of the boat and we counted about
a dozen ASHIES on the day.
Just before crossing the county line into Santa Cruz waters we had
a few SABINE'S GULLS. Once in SCZ waters we had a flock of
7 COMMON TERNS fly right up to the stern where volunteer chummer
Phil Brown was doing a bang-up job of keeping the gulls intact.
3 SOUTH POLAR SKUAS put in brief appearances and we just missed
the skua slam with sightings of both POMARINE and PARASITIC
mammal sightings were of HUMPBACK WHALE, PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED, NORTHERN
RIGHT WHALE and RISSO'S DOLPHIN. We observed four pinnipeds: HARBOR
SEAL, ELEPHANT SEAL and NORTHERN FUR SEAL and of course CALIFORNIA
Roger Wolfe for Monterey