Here is a nice shot by Jim Holmes that shows the collar and partial cap:
|juv. Little Gull|
And here is a collage of pics by Martijn Verdoes:
|juv. Little Gull|
We have 8 spaces that are open for our next outing on Sunday, September 16 for anyone interested.
Go to the Monterey Seabirds website to register or call the shop at 831 375 4658. $130 pp.
Here are some more shots by Martijn from the day and Don's eBird reports:
|Long-beaked Common Dolphins|
Monterey Bay pelagic (MTY Co.), Monterey, US-CA Sep 9, 2012 7:50 AM - 12:05 PM Protocol: Traveling 25.0 mile(s) Comments: aboard 'Pt Sur Clipper' with Mike Johns, skipper; Mark Merlow, deck; leaders Roger Wolfe, Martjin Verdoes, Dan Singer, Matthew Dodder, Blake Matheson, Rod Norden, and me (D. Roberson); chum Alex Rinkert; with Bill Bousman, Don Glasco, Rick Bern, John Brown, Jeff Poklen, Elinor Gates, and more. A sunny but very windy, cool day. Route from Monterey harbor towards Pt. Pinos, then across Mty Bay to Soquel Cyn and into SCZ waters (for 2.5 hrs; see separate checklist) over 'the fingers', then NW into swell & wind until we turned and rode the waves back to Monterey (but in sun glare). This checklist MTY waters offshore, both outboard (2.5 hours) and inbound (2 more hours). Winds started at Beaufort 4 but up to Beaufort 6 (=20 knots or so) by afternoon. No whales but two large pods of Long-beaked Common Dolphin (1 in MTY, 1 in SCZ, each pod ~200 beasts), plus some Dall's Porpose, a N. Fur-Seal, several molas. All checklist offshore (>1 nmi) only, except for the "inshore" checklist (separate) that includes harbor area & along Cannery Row. 23 species (+1 other taxa) Black-footed Albatross 6 Pink-footed Shearwater 150 Buller's Shearwater 1 Sooty Shearwater 500 Ashy Storm-Petrel 2 Brandt's Cormorant 3 Red-necked Phalarope 50 Red Phalarope 1 Sabine's Gull 1 Little Gull 1 juv briefly following boat ~8 nmi NW of Pt. Pinos, and then briefly returning 5 minutes later for another pass, caused much excitement and confusion. It was plumage with which most of us were completely unfamiliar, and issues of kittiwake & Sabine's Gull were raised. Fortunately good photos were obtained by several, this is my only shot. <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/74649846@N08/7967331272/" title="LIGU-j9Sep12MtyBay_3379ww by Rita Carratello, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8452/7967331272_ee3466fdce.jpg" alt="LIGU-j9Sep12MtyBay_3379ww"></a> Heermann's Gull 5 Western Gull 100 California Gull 50 Common Tern 1 Elegant Tern 3 Pomarine Jaeger 9 Parasitic Jaeger 4 jaeger sp. 1 Common Murre 100 Scripps's Murrelet 4 Seen in flight flying away Cassin's Auklet 8 Rhinoceros Auklet 20 Tufted Puffin 1 full adult plumage, flying right at & past us, at 3.5 nmi NW of Pt. Pinos Merlin 1 about 2 mi off Pt. Pinos, flying past us and heading toward Point This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Santa Cruz County waters
Common Loon 1 Black-footed Albatross 5 Pink-footed Shearwater 50 Sooty Shearwater 50 Ashy Storm-Petrel 1 Brandt's Cormorant 1 Osprey 1 over the boat about 7 miles offshore, the bird seemed to be flying towards the Mty Pen Red-necked Phalarope 20 Red Phalarope 2 Heermann's Gull 3 Western Gull 75 California Gull 40 Arctic Tern 1 Common/Arctic Tern 1 Elegant Tern 1 Pomarine Jaeger 6 Common Murre 30 Cassin's Auklet 10 Rhinoceros Auklet 4 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Monterey Harbor inshore that includes harbor area & along Cannery Row. 15 species Pacific Loon 4 early arrivals? Brandt's Cormorant 100 Pelagic Cormorant 1 Brown Pelican 20 Great Egret 2 Black Oystercatcher 1 looked like it could be a short-billed juv Black Turnstone 10 Surfbird 3 Red-necked Phalarope 3 Heermann's Gull 25 Western Gull 150 California Gull 25 Elegant Tern 15 Common Murre 4 Peregrine Falcon 1 atop Aquarium tower This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)