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AUG 2013

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Organizer: Westport Seabirds. http://www.westportseabirds.com/ Target species: Same as for Grays Canyon trips. • • •• • • • • • • • • ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Oregon • • •• • • • • • • • • ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Port: Charleston, Oregon Destination: 15 miles ofshore Date: 24 Aug. 2013 Duration: 5 hours Cost: $85 Organizer: The Bird Guide, Inc. http://thebirdguide.com/pelagics/ Target species: typical pelagic species. • • •• • • • • • • • • ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Port: Newport, Oregon Destination: 25 miles ofshore Date: 7 Sep. 2013 Duration: 8 hours Cost: $140 Organizer: The Bird Guide, Inc. http://thebirdguide.com/pelagics/ Target species: jaegers, Sabine's Gull, Arctic Tern, Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel. • • •• • • • • • • • • ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Port: Newport, Oregon Destination: 25 miles ofshore Date: 21 Sep. 2013 Duration: 8 hours Cost: $140 Organizer: The Bird Guide, Inc. http://thebirdguide.com/pelagics/ Target species: Buller's Shearwater, South Polar Skua. • • •• • • • • • • • • ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Port: Newport, Oregon Destination: Perpetua Bank Date: 5 Oct. 2013 Duration: 10 hours Cost: $165 Organizer: The Bird Guide, Inc. http://thebirdguide.com/pelagics/ Target species: rare albatrosses, South Polar Skua, Flesh-footed Shearwater • • •• • • • • • • • • ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Central and Northern California Duration: 8–10 hours Dates: 11, 17, 18, 25, 31 Aug.; 1, 8, 9, 16, 22, 28, 29 Sep.; 6, 27 Oct.; 16 Nov. 2013 Cost: $186 Target species: Marbled Murrelet (not usually found from most other ports, including Monterey). All seabirds found on Monterey trips, below, can be found on HMB trips. In addition, many rarities have been seen from this port: Short-tailed Albatross; Great-winged, Parkinson's, Whitechinned, Hawaiian, Cook's Petrels; Great, Manx Shearwaters; Ashy, Black, Fork-tailed storm-petrels especially best here; Scripps's, Guadalupe Murrelet; Tufted Pufn. Late July–August trips best for Cook's Petrel and storm-petrel focks. Excellent for marine mammals; leatherback sea turtle possible. Organizer: Shearwater Journeys. (831) 637-8527; debi@shearwaterjourneys.com; www.shearwaterjourneys.com; www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com •••••••••••••••• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• ••• • ••• • ••• • Port: Monterey, California* Destination: Monterey Submarine Canyon, north of Point Pinos Duration: 8 hours Dates: 2, 9, 16, 23 Aug.; 6, 10, 11, 13, 15 Sep.; 5, 13, 25 Oct. 2013 Cost: $154 Target species: Black-footed and Laysan albatrosses; Northern Fulmar, Sooty, Short-tailed, Pink-footed, Flesh-footed, Buller's, Black-vented shearwaters; Ashy, Black, Least, Fork-tailed, Wilson's storm-petrels; Red, Red-necked phalaropes; South Polar Skua; all jaegers; Sabine's Gull; Elegant, Common, Arctic Terns; Common Murre; Pigeon Guillemot; Scripp's, Guadapule, Craveri's murrelets; Cassin's, Rhinoceros auklets; Tufted Pufn. Rarely Short-tailed Albatross; Great-winged, Murphy's, Hawaiian, Cook's, Bulwer's petrels; Streaked, Cory's, Great, Wedge-tailed, Manx shearwaters; Wedgerumped, Leach's storm-petrels; Red-billed, Redtailed tropicbirds; Magnifcent, Great frigatebirds; Thick-billed Murre. All Monterey trips are excellent for a wide variety of marine mammals. Organizer: Shearwater Journeys. (831) 637-8527; debi@shearwaterjourneys.com; www.shearwaterjourneys.com; www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com • • •• • • • • • • • • ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• • •• • •• • • • •• • •• Port: Half Moon Bay, California. Destination: Farallon Islands Duration: 8–10 hours Date: 11 Aug. 2013 Cost: $130 Target species: Breeding birds of the Farallons, with a focus on Tufted Pufn, Cassin's Auklet; should see thousands of Common Murres, many Pigeon Guillemots, shearwaters, and Black-footed Albatross on our short time of the shelf. Great opportunities for whales and at least 4 species of seals/sea lions. Organizer: Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society in conjunction with Alvaro's Adventures. www.alvarosadventures.com, 650-504-7779 or SCVAS at 408-252-3740. •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• • •• • •• • • • •• • •• •••••••••••••••• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• •• ••• • ••• • ••• • • Port: Half Moon Bay, California Destination: Continental Shelf, Pioneer Canyon. Duration: 9 hours. Dates: 4 Aug., 20 Oct. 2013; sells out every year. Cost: $167 (Aug.); $196 (Nov.) Target species: Tufted Pufn on Aug. trip; Great White Shark on Nov. trip. 100% success rate for the pufns. Past rarities have included Hawaiian Petrel, Blue-footed Booby, Northern Gannet. Landing on the islands is not permitted. Variety of whales and leatherback sea turtle possible. Organizer: Shearwater Journeys. (831) 637-8527; debi@shearwaterjourneys.com; www.shearwaterjourneys.com; www.shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com Port: Sausalito, California Destination: Farallon Islands. August 2013 | Birder's Guide to Travel 53

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