Monterey Seabirds
Seabird Cruise Species List

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Species we might encounter on the Monterey Bay Whale Watch Seabird cruises

Seabirds

Brant
Red-throated Loon
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Yellow-billed Loon*
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Clark's Grebe
Western Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Eared Grebe
Laysan Albatross
Black-footed Albatross
Short-tailed Albatross*
Northern Fulmar
Murphy's Petrel*
Great-winged Petrel*
Hawaiian Petrel
Cook's Petrel*
Streaked Shearwater*
Pink-footed Shearwater
Flesh-footed Shearwater
Greater Shearwater
Wedge-tailed Shearwater*
Buller's Shearwater
Sooty Shearwater
Short-tailed Shearwater
Manx Shearwater*
Black-vented Shearwater
Wilson's Storm-Petrel*
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel*
Leach's Storm-Petrel
Ashy Storm-Petrel
Black Storm-Petrel
Least Storm-Petrel
Red-billed Tropicbird*
Brown Booby *
Brown Pelican
Brandt's Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter

Red-breasted Merganser
Wandering Tattler#
Ruddy Turnstone#
Black Turnstone#
Surfbird#
Red-necked Phalarope
Red Phalarope
South Polar Skua
Pomarine Jaeger
Parasitic Jaeger
Long-tailed Jaeger
Little Gull*
Bonaparte's Gull
Franklin's Gull
Heermann's Gull
California Gull
Herring Gull
Thayer's Gull
Western Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Glaucous Gull*
Sabine's Gull
Black-legged Kittiwake
Caspian Tern
Elegant Tern
Common Tern
Arctic Tern
Forster's Tern
Black Tern
Common Murre
Thick-billed Murre*
Pigeon Guillemot
Marbled Murrelet
Guadalupe Murrelet*
Scripps's Murrelet
Craveri's Murrelet
Ancient Murrelet
Cassin's Auklet
Rhinoceros Auklet
Horned Puffin*
Tufted Puffin

# on the breakwater
* rare

Click on photo or name of bird to see enlarged photo.
Brant   Pacific Loon   Common Loon
Brant

  Pacific Loon

  Common Loon

JuvenalYellow-billed Loon   Pied-billed Grebe   Clark's Grebe
Yellow-billed Loon

  Pied-billed Grebe

  Clark's Grebe

Western Grebe   Red-necked Grebe   Laysan Albatross
Western Grebe

  Red-necked Grebe

  Laysan Albatross

Black-footed Albatross
  Short-tailed Albatross
  Northern Fulmar
Black-footed Albatross

  Short-tailed Albatross

  Northern Fulmar

Murphy's Petrel   Grreat-winged Petrel   Cook's Petrel
Murphy's Petrel

  Great-winged Petrel

  Cook's Petrel

Streaked shearwater   Pink-footed Shearwater   Flesh-footed shearwater
Streaked Shearwater

  Pink-footed
Shearwater


  Flesh-footed
Shearwater


Wedge-tailed shearwater   Buller's Shearwater   Sooty shearwater
Wedge-tailed Shearwater

  Buller's Shearwater

  Sooty Shearwater

Short-tailed shearwater   Manx Shearwater   Black-vented shearwater
Short-tailed Shearwater
  Manx Shearwater

  Black-vented Shearwater

Wilson'sStorm Petrel   Ashy Storm Petrel   Black Storm Petrel
Wilson's Storm-petrel

  Ashy Storm-petrel

  Black Storm-petrel
Brown Booby   Brown Pelican   Brandt's Cormorant
Brown Booby

  Brown Pelican

  Brandt's Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant   Pelagic Cormorant   Harlequin Duck
Double-crested Cormorant

  Pelagic Cormorant

  Harlequin Duck

Surf Scoter
  Red-breasted Merganser   Wandering Tattler
Surf Scoter

  Red-breasted Merganser

  Wandering Tattler

Ruddy Turnstone   Black Turnstone   Surfbird
RuddyTurnstone

  Black Turnstone

  Surfbird

Red-necked Phalaropes   Red  Phalarope   South Polar Skua
Red-necked Phalaropes

  Red Phalarope

  South Polar Skua

Pomarine Jaeger
  Parasitic Jaeger   Long-tailed Jaeger
Pomarine Jaeger

  Parasitic Jaeger

  Long-tailed Jaeger

Little Gull   Bonaparte's Gull   Franklin's Gull
Little Gull

  Bonaparte's Gull

  Franklin's Gull

Heermann's Gull   California Gull   Herring Gull
Heermann's Gull

  California Gull

  Herring Gull

Thayer's Gull   Western Gull   Glaucous-winged Gull
Thayer's Gull

  Western Gull

  Glaucous-winged Gull

Glaucous Gull   Sabine's Gull   Black-legged Kittiwake
Glaucous Gull

  Sabine's Gull

  Black-legged
Kittiwake


Caspian Tern   Elegant Tern   Common Tern
Caspian Tern

  Elegant Tern

  Common Tern

Arctic Tern   Forster's Tern   Common Murre
Arctic Tern

  Forster's Tern

  Common Murre

Pigeon Guillemot in basic plumage   Pigeon Guillemot in alternate plumage   Marbeled Murrelet
Pigeon Guillemot
in basic plumage


  Pigeon Guillemot,
alternate plumage


  Marbled Murrelet

Xantus's Murrelet   Craveri's Murrelet   Craveri's Murrelet
Scripps's Murrelet

  Craveri's Murrelet

  Craveri's Murrelet

Ancient Murrelet   Cassin's Auklet   Rhinoceros Auklet
Ancient Murrelet

  Cassin's Auklet

  Rhinoceros Auklet

Horned Puffin   Tufted Puffin    
Horned Puffin

  Tufted Puffin

   

For a large collection of additional seabird photos, visit Jeff Poklen's photo galleries.


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Marine Mammals

Blue Whale
Fin Whale
Humpback Whale
Gray Whale
Minke Whale
Baird's Beaked Whale
Cuvier's Beaked Whale
Killer Whale
Pacific White-sided Dolphin
Bottlenose Dolphin
Risso's Dolphin
  Northern Right Whale Dolphin
Long-beaked Common Dolphin
Short-beaked Common Dolphin
Dall's Porpoise
Harbor Porpoise
Harbor Seal
California Sea Lion
Steller Sea Lion
Northern Fur Seal
Northern Elephant Seal
California Sea Otter

Click on photo or name of animal to see enlarged photo.


Blue Whale     Fin  Whale     Humpback Whale
Blue Whale

    Fin Whale

    Humpback Whale

Gray Whale     Baird's Beaked Whales     Cuvier's Beaked Whale
Gray Whale

    Baird's Beaked Whales

    Cuvier's Beaked Whale

Killer Whale     Pacific White-sided Dolphins     Bottlenose Dolphin
Killer Whale
    Pacific White-sided Dolphin
    Bottlenose Dolphin

Risso's Dolphin     Northern Right Whale Dolphins     Long-beaked Common Dolphins
Risso's Dolphin
    Northern Right
Whale Dolphins


    Long-beaked
Common Dolphins


Short-beaked Common Dolphins     Dall's Porpoise     Harbor Seals
Short-beaked
Common Dolphin


    Dall's Porpoise

    Harbor Seal
California Sea Lion     Steller Sea Lion     Northern Fur Seal
California Sea Lion
    Steller Sea Lion
    Northern Fur Seal

Northern Elephant Seal     Sea Otter      
Northern Elephant Seal

    Sea Otter

     


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