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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80 Birder's Guide to Travel | March 2014 legged Kittiwake, Thayer's Gull. Spring deep: Murphy's and Mottled petrels, Parakeet Auklet, Horned Puffn. Fall: Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel, Flesh-footed and Buller's shearwaters, South Polar Skua, Long-tailed Jaeger, Cassin's Auklet, Sabine's Gull, Arctic Tern. Fall deep: Leach's Storm-Petrel, Scripps's Murrelet. Organizer: The Bird Guide, Inc. (503) 680-2405; thebirdguide.com; greg@thebirdguide.com • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Central and Northern California • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Bodega Bay, California Destination: 800 fathom line, Bodega Canyon and Cordell Bank Dates: 24 Aug; 20 Sep Duration: 8–12 hours Cost: $218 Target Species: Fall: Black-footed, Short-tailed, White-capped, Shy and Laysan albatrosses, Northern Fulmar, Hawaiian, Great-winged, Parkinson's, and Cook's petrels, Streaked, Cory's, Pink-footed, Flesh-footed, Great, Buller's, Sooty, Short-tailed, Black-vented, and Manx shearwa- ters, Wilson's, Fork-tailed, Leach's, Ashy, Black, and Least storm-petrels, Red-billed and Red- tailed tropicbirds, Brown Pelican, Brown Booby, Brandt's, Double-crested, and Pelagic cormorants, Magnifcent and Great frigatebirds, Red-necked and Red phalaropes, South Polar Skua, all three jaegers, Bonaparte's, Heermann's, California, Herring, Thayer's, Western, Glaucous-winged, and Sabine's gulls, Elegant, Forster's, Common, and Arctic terns, Common and Thick-billed murres, Pigeon Guillemot, Long-billed, Scripps's, Marbled, Guadalupe, Craveri's, and Ancient murrelets, Cassin's, Crested, and Rhinoceros auklets, Horned and Tufted puffns. All of these species have been found on our trips. See our website and blog for more than 200 trip reports dating back 13 years. We have offered trips from Bodega Bay since 1980, recording more mega-rare seabirds than any other port in the U.S. Organizer: Shearwater Journeys; (831) 637-8527; shearwaterjourneys.com; debi@shearwaterjourneys.com; shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Bodega Bay, California. Destination: Cordell Bank and offshore waters. Dates: 31 Aug Duration: 10–11 hours Cost: $150 Target species: Historically a rare bird hotspot! Black-footed Albatross, storm-petrel concentra- tions, migrant Long-tailed and other jaegers, South Polar Skua, Buller's Shearwaters along with numbers of Common Murre, Rhinoceros, Cassin's auklets, Scripps's Murrelet, and the common shearwaters. Laysan and Short-tailed albatrosses possible, even southern hemisphere albatrosses have shown up here! Organizer: Alvaro's Adventures. (650) 504-7779; alvarosadventures.com; info@alvarosadventures.com • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Sausalito, California Destination: sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge to the Farallon Wildlife Refuge Dates: 3 Aug Duration: 8–12 hours Cost: $177 Target species: Fall: Black-footed and Laysan albatrosses, Northern Fulmar, Hawaiian Petrel, Pink-footed, Great, Buller's, Sooty, and Manx shearwaters, Wilson's, Fork-tailed, Ashy, and Black storm-petrels, Brown Pelican, Brandt's, Double-crested, and Pelagic cormorants, Red-necked and Red phalaropes, South Polar Skua, all three jaegers, Heermann's, California, Western, and Sabine's gulls, Elegant, Forster's, Common, and Arctic terns, Common Murre, Pigeon Guillemot, Scripps's Murrelet, Cassin's and Rhinoceros auklets, Tufted Puffn. This is the single best trip to see nesting seabirds and Tufted Puffn (100% success rate). Landing is not permitted on the islands. See our website and blog for more than 200 trip reports dating back 13 years. Organizer: Shearwater Journeys, Inc. (831) 637-8527; shearwaterjourneys.com; debi@shearwaterjourneys.com; shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Half Moon Bay, California Destination: Pioneer Canyon, waters off conti- nental shelf in San Mateo or San Francisco coun- ties. Dates marked below with an asterisk (*) are trips to the Farallon Islands. Dates: 4 May; 26 July; 2*, 9*, 16, 21, 22 Aug; 6, 14, 21, 27 Sep Duration: 9–10 hours Cost: $130 Target species: Spring: breeding plumaged Sabine's Gull, phalaropes, alcids, Black-footed and perhaps Laysan albatrosses. Summer and Fall: great diversity of shearwaters, all three jaegers and South Polar Skua, Black-footed and Laysan Albatrosses, Ashy, Fork-tailed, Wilson's, and Black storm-petrels, chance of rarities include Cook's, Hawaiian petrels, Short-tailed Albatross. Farallon trips: a focus on Tufted Puffn and Cassin's Auklet; should see thousands of Common Murres, many Pigeon Guillemots, shearwaters, and Black-footed Albatrosses during our time off the shelf. Great opportunities for whales and at least 4 species of seals/sea lions. Departure from Half Moon Bay maximizes time offshore on the return trip versus other ports. Organizer: Alvaro's Adventures. (650) 504-7779; alvarosadventures.com; info@alvarosadventures.com • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Half Moon Bay, California Destination: 100 fathom line, Pioneer Canyon and canyons near Farallon Islands Dates: 20, 26, 27 July; 2, 16, 17, 23 Aug; 7, 8, 15, 21, 24, 28*, 29* Sep; 5, 12 Oct Duration: 8–12 hours Cost: $196 Target species: Late Summer/Fall: Black-footed, Short-tailed, and Laysan albatrosses, Northern Fulmar, Hawaiian, Great-winged, White-chinned, Parkinson's, and Cook's petrels, Streaked, Pink- footed, Flesh-footed, Great, Buller's, Sooty, Short-tailed, Black-vented, and Manx shear- waters, Wilson's, Fork-tailed, Leach's, Ashy, Black, and Least storm-petrels, Red-billed and Red-tailed tropicbirds, Brown Pelican, Brandt's, Double-crested, and Pelagic cormorants, Magnifcent and Great frigatebirds, Red-necked and Red phalaropes, South Polar Skua, all three jaegers, Bonaparte's, Heermann's, California, Herring, Thayer's, Western, Glaucous-winged, and Sabine's gulls, Elegant, Forster's, Common and Arctic terns, Common and Thick-billed murre, Pigeon Guillemot, Scripps's, Marbled, Guadalupe, Craveri's, and Ancient murrelets, Pelagic Directory 11-Pelgic Directory.indd 80 3/4/14 1:58 PM

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