Sunday May 21, 2006
The weather put a bit of a kibosh on Monterey Seabirds' May 21 outing.
The forecast called for showers and that it did but not enough to
dampen the spirits of the 25 participants and 6 leaders on board.
leaving the harbor we had our first PIGEON GUILLEMOTS. A pair
of RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were found picking food items at the
waterline out of the algae growing on the side of the old General
Pershing moored in the harbor.
Nesting BRANDT'S CORMORANTS rule the breakwater and a single
COMMON MURRE was hauled out at the end of the jetty for a nice
Cannery Row we stopped for PELAGIC CORMORANTS and both PACIFIC
and COMMON LOONS. Approaching Pt. Pinos Todd Easterla spotted
an ANCIENT MURRELET, which we assume is the same individual
we saw last month in this same area. This time it was much more cooperative,
allowing some splendid looks.
As we rounded the point the wind asserted itself, creating some chop
and dictating where we could go comfortably on this day. Skipper/leader
Richard Ternullo did an admirable job of keeping us from getting pounded.
Nobody got seasick!
We headed south for a while, picking up SOOTY SHEARWATERS showing
a lot of molt and the first of many BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS.
The wind let up and we headed back toward the bay, finding PINK-FOOTED
SHEARWATERS, a few RHINOCEROS and CASSIN'S AUKLETS
and a single POMARINE JAEGER. Along a convergent break we found
many alternate plumaged RED PHALAROPES, a NORTHERN FUR SEAL
and a couple of bottling ELEPHANT SEALS.
We also had a total of 7 HUMPBACK WHALES and two different pods of
PACIFIC WHITE-SIDED DOLPHINS.
Roger Wolfe for Monterey