Monterey Seabirds
August 15, 2010 Seabird Cruise Trip Report

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Sunday August 15, 2010

Juvenile Long-tailed Jaeger, photo by Jeff Poklen   Risso's Dolphin, photo by Jeff Poklen


Below are three summaries of different portions of the August 15 Monterey Seabirds trip. The first report covers the initial inshore leg, the second covers Monterey County waters, and the third is for Santa Cruz waters. These summaries were adapted from reports by Don Roberson on eBird. The original reports were generated automatically by eBird v2(http://ebird.org).

Location: Monterey Bay pelagic – inshore Monterey Harbor to Pt. Pinos (Monterey County)
Observation date: 8/15/10
Notes: Initial leg of Monterey Seabirds trip aboard 'Pt. Sur Clipper,' with Richard Ternullo, skipper; Roger Wolfe, Todd Easterla, Tim Amaral, Matthew Dodder, Bruce Elliott; Jeff Polken, Bill Bousman, and others. Cold & overcast day; fairly calm early but wind picking up by mid-morning to Bft 4-5; patches of sun by afternoon. Route was out to Pt. Pinos, then SW to 8 nmi W of Cypress (wind came up; see separate checklist for all pelagics >1 nmi offshore in Monterey County) then NW to mid-Bay (14 nmi NW to Pt. Pinos) and into SCZ waters (see that checklist) then east to N rim of canyon, east toward Moss Landing, and return across middle to Bay.
Number of species:

  13

   
Surf Scoter 3  
  Brown Pelican   3    
  Brandt's Cormorant   50    
  Pelagic Cormorant   5    
  Black Turnstone   2    
  Red-necked Phalarope   2    
  Heermann's Gull   2    
  Western Gull   150    
  California Gull   50    
  Elegant Tern   3    
  Common Murre   5    
  Pigeon Guillemot   3    
  Rock Pigeon   10    
           
Location: Monterey Bay pelagic (Monterey County)
Observation date: 8/15/10
Notes: See Inshore Notes above for initial leg of trip. Monterey Seabirds trip aboard 'Pt. Sur Clipper,' with Richard Ternullo, skipper; Roger Wolfe, Todd Easterla, Tim Amaral, Matthew Dodder, Bruce Elliott; Jeff Polken, Bill Bousman, etc. Cold & overcast day; fairly calm early but wind picking up by mid-morning to Bft 4-5; patches of sun by afternoon. Route was out to Pt. Pinos, then SW to 8 nmi W of Cypress (wind came up) then NW to mid-Bay (14 nmi NW to Pt. Pinos) and into SCZ waters (see Santa Cruz County checklist below) then east to N rim of canyon, east toward Moss Landing, and return across middle to Bay. Lots of Humpback Whales (25) plus big pods of Northern Right Whale Dolphin, with small numbers Pacific White-sided & Risso's Dolphin.
Number of species:

  16

   
  Black-footed Albatross   75   up to 25 sitting around boat at once
  Pink-footed Shearwater   500    
  Sooty Shearwater   5000    
  Brown Pelican   8   scattered out to 8 nmi offshore
  peep sp.   2   probably Leasts -- being chased by LT Jaegers
  Red-necked Phalarope   25    
  Red Phalarope   5    
  Sabine's Gull   3    
  Heermann's Gull   10    
  Western Gull   1000    
  California Gull   2000    
  Elegant Tern   12    
  Parasitic Jaeger   1   subadult; others have nice photos
  Long-tailed Jaeger   3   subadults flying high together, then chasing two peeps behind boat; ~7 nmi SW of Pt. Pinos
  jaeger sp.   1   ~2 nmi offshore, a Pom/Parasitic type
  Common Murre   50   mostly father-juv 'pairs'
  Cassin's Auklet   50   consistent with lots of krill in Bay
  Rhinoceros Auklet   6    
           
Location: Monterey Bay pelagic (Santa Cruz County)
Observation date: 8/15/10
Notes: See Inshore Notes above for initial leg of trip. Monterey Seabirds trip aboard 'Pt. Sur Clipper,' with Richard Ternullo, skipper; Roger Wolfe, Todd Easterla, Tim Amaral, Matthew Dodder, Bruce Elliott; Jeff Polken, Bill Bousman, etc. Cold & overcast day; fairly calm early but wind picking up by mid-morning to Bft 4-5; patches of sun by afternoon. Route was out to Pt. Pinos, then SW to 8 nmi W of Cypress (wind came up; see separate checklist for MTY waters above) then NW to mid-Bay (14 nmi NW to Pt. Pinos) and into SCZ waters (this checklist for 1.75 hr) then east to N rim of canyon, east toward Moss Landing, and return across middle to Bay. Big flocks of SOSH sitting on water in SCZ along N rim of Canyon.
Number of species:

  15

   
  Black-footed Albatross   25    
  Northern Fulmar   3    
  Pink-footed Shearwater   150    
  Sooty Shearwater   8000   huge flocks sitting on water at mid-day; hard to estimate. Bill Bousman's conservative estimate for SCZ side was 5000. I feel that was low. There was one briefly-seen partial albino among them.
  Red-necked Phalarope   15    
  Red Phalarope   7    
  Sabine's Gull   8    
  Western Gull   300    
  California Gull   500    
  South Polar Skua   1   distant
  Pomarine Jaeger   2   1 ad with full tail; 1 dark morph subadult (phs)
  Parasitic Jaeger   2    
  Common Murre   20    
  Xantus's Murrelet (scrippsi)   1   briefly seen in flight; picked out ahead of boat by R. Ternullo & R. Wolfe; small thin black-and-white alcid in flight, consistent with the size/shape/pattern with which I am familiar. Water temps are good for them this August.
  Cassin's Auklet   25    lots of krill so lots of CAAU today
           

Don Roberson and Roger Wolfe for Monterey Seabirds

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