Sunday, October 2, 2011

Sept. 17 trip report

Photo collage by Wendy Naruo copyright by permission only

Text by Don Roberson,  Photos copyright by permission only Martijn Verdoes/
Aboard 'Pt Sur Clipper' with Richard Ternullo, skipper; Roger Wolfe, Martin Verdoes, Matthew Dodder, Blake Matheson, Bruce Elliott and me (D. Roberson), leaders; with Ken Peterson, Peter White, Bill Sweetman and Michigan tour, and many whose names I did not get, including a couple from Texel. Overcast a.m., sunny & bright p.m. Winds light, Beaufort 2 a.m., Beaufort 3 p.m., but with a substantial swell from northwest. Route: Monterey harbor to Pt. Pinos, then W ~10 mi, north into SCZ waters (did Soquel Canyon & 'the fingers' for storm-petrels), then south into MTY waters some 16 nmi NW of Pt. Pinos, continuing S to 14 nmi W of Pt. Pinos, turn east and return.  Lots of egg-yolk jellies still but few cetaceans: a couple of distant Humpbacks plus a bow-riding small pod of Pac White-sided Dolphin.

Monterey Pelagic/ inshore/ Santa Cruz Pelagic

Black-footed Albatross  12/0/7
Northern Fulmar  20/1/10
Pink-footed Shearwater  70/0/50
Buller's Shearwater  50/0/30
Sooty Shearwater  150/15/150
Ashy Storm-Petrel  4/0/2000
Black Storm-Petrel  1/0/10
Brandt's Cormorant  5/80
Pelagic Coromorant 0/8/0 
Great Blue Heron 0/1/0
Great Egret 1/0/0
Peregrine Falcon 0/1/0
Red-necked Phalarope  40/30/30
Red Phalarope  8/0/0
Sabine's Gull  2/0/4
Heermann's Gull  5/100/10
Western Gull  200/150/150
California Gull  100/100/100
Arctic Tern  3/0/1
Elegant Tern 0/12/0
South Polar Skua  1/0/3    same bird as one in SCZ ~ 16.5 NW of Pt. Pinos, watched as it continued due south and was lost in distance in MTY
Pomarine Jaeger  7/0/6
Parasitic Jaeger  2/0/0
jaeger sp.  1/0/0
Common Murre  100/20/50
Pigeon Guillemot 0/3/0
Cassin's Auklet  50/0/10
Rhinoceros Auklet  40/2/30

Ashy Storm-petrel

Monterey Seabirders

Northern Fulmar

Pomarine Jaeger kleptoparasitizing

Sabine's Gull

Red-necked Phalaropes



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