Birder's Guide

MAR 2014

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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79 March 2014 | Birder's Guide to Travel Dates: 12–13 Sep; 31 Jan 2015 Duration: 18 hours (summer), 12 hours (winter) Cost: $175–$215 Target species: Summer: Wilson's, Leach's, Band-rumped, and White-faced storm-petrels; Cory's, Great, Audubon's, and Manx shearwaters; Pomarine, Parasitic, and Long-tailed jaegers; South Polar Skua; Arctic Tern; Red-necked Phalarope. Winter: Northern Fulmar; Dovekie; Razorbill; Common Murre; Atlantic Puffn; Glaucous, Iceland, and Lesser Black-backed gulls; Black- legged Kittiwake; Red Phalarope. Organizer: See Life Paulagics. (215) 234-6805; paulagics.com; info@paulagics.com • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • North Carolina • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Hatteras, North Carolina aboard our own boats, Stormy Petrel II and Skua Destination: Gulf Stream, Continental Shelf and Slope Waters Dates (with "make-up" weather dates in paren- theses): 1 (2) Mar; 25, 26, 27 Apr; 17 (18), 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 May; 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 27, 28, 29 June; 11, 12, 13, 25, 26, 27 July; 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 30, 31 Aug; 6, 7 Sep; TBA Oct. Additional dates may be added and private charters are available year round. Duration: 10 to 11 hours Cost: regular trips are $165/person/trip; dis- count for multiple trips; "Discovery Series" trips are $195/person/trip; see our website for details Target Species: Winter: Manx Shearwater, Northern Fulmar, Red Phalarope, Great Skua, Little Gull, Dovekie, Razorbill, Atlantic Puffn. Spring and Summer: Black-capped Petrel, Cory's, Great, Manx, and Audubon's shearwaters, Wilson's and Band-rumped storm-petrels, Bridled Tern; Scarce to rare specialties: Trindade, Fea's, and Bermuda petrels, European Storm-Petrel, Red-billed and White-tailed tropicbirds, Masked Booby; Seasonal: Sooty Shearwater, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Red-necked Phalarope, all three jaegers, Sooty Tern. Mega-rarities have included Yellow-nosed and Black-browed albatrosses, Cape Verde Shearwater, and Swinhoe's and Black-bellied storm-petrels. Organizer: Brian Patteson, Inc. TA Seabirding, PO Box 772, Hatteras, NC 27943 (252) 986-1363; seabirding.com; seabirding.blogspot.com; brian@patteson.com • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Hatteras, North Carolina Destination: The Gulf Stream and waters off the continental shelf of North Carolina. With Brian Patteson on the Stormy Petrel II . Dates: 13 and 14 June Duration: 8–10 hours Cost: $165 Target species: Cory's, Great, and Audubon's shearwaters; perhaps Manx Shearwater and Wilson's and Leach's storm-petrels. Black-capped Petrel, Band-rumped Storm-Petrel, and rarities such as Herald, Fea's, and Bermuda petrels. Organizer: Alvaro's Adventures. (650) 504-7779; alvarosadventures.com; info@alvarosadventures.com. In cooperation with Brian Patteson. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Pacific OcEaN • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Washington • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Westport, Washington Destination: Grays Canyon and Outer Slope (35-40 miles west of Washington coast) Dates: 29 Apr; 31 May; 28 June; 12 July, 2, 10, 16, 23, 30 Aug; 6, 7, 20, 28 Sep; 4, 18 Oct Duration: 8–10 hours Cost: $140–$145 per person Target Species: Expected sighting: Black-footed Albatross, Northern Fulmar, Sooty Shearwater, Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel, Red-necked and Red phalaropes, Pomarine Jaeger, Parasitic Jaegar, Sabine's Gull, California Gull, Western Gull, Common Murre, Cassin's Auklet, Rhinoceros Auklet. Others depending on time of year: Flesh- footed Shearwater, South Polar Skua, Buller's Shearwater, Short-tailed Shearwater, Leach's Storm Petrel, Long Tailed Jaeger, Arctic Tern. Infrequent sightings: Laysan Albatross, Manx Shearwater, Xantus's Murrelet, Ancient Murrelet. A number of nearshore species and marine mammals including whales (check our website). Organizers: Westport Seabirds, 360-268-9141, WestportSeabirds.com, pmand001@comcast.net • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Oregon • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Newport, Oregon Destination: Offshore 25, 35, 60 miles Dates: 18 May; 16, 23 Aug; 20 Sep; 4 Oct Duration: 8, 10, 12 hours Cost: $125–175 Target species: All year: Black-footed Albatross, Northern Fulmar, Marbled Murrelet, Rhinoceros Auklet. Winter/Spring: Laysan Albatross, Short- tailed Shearwater, Ancient Murrelet, Black- Photo © Ryan Shaw 11-Pelgic Directory.indd 79 3/4/14 1:58 PM

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