Birder's Guide

MAR 2016

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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56 Birder's Guide to Travel | March 2016 Pelagic Directory Target species: Black-footed and Laysan alba- trosses, Northern Fulmar, Pink-footed, Flesh- footed, Buller's, Sooty, Short-tailed (later), Black- vented, and Manx shearwaters, Wilson's, Fork- tailed, Leach's, Ashy, and Black storm-petrels, Brown Booby, phalaropes, South Polar Skua, all 3 jaegers, Sabine's Gull, Elegant and Arctic terns, Scripps's, Guadalupe, and Ancient murrelets, Cassin's and Rhinoceros auklets, Tufted Puffn. Organizer: Shearwater Journeys, Inc. (831) 637-8527; shearwaterjourneys.com; shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com; debi@shearwaterjourneys.com • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Pillar Point Harbor, Half Moon Bay, California Destination: Pioneer Canyon, waters off conti- nental shelf in San Mateo and/or San Francisco counties. Two trips to Farallon Islands. Dates: 27 Feb; 30 Apr; 9, 16, 23 Jul; 13, 14, 20 Aug; 10, 12, 17, 18 Sep; 1, 8 Oct Duration: 9–10 hours Cost: $135 Target species: WINTER: Black-footed Kittiwake, Ancient Murrelet, Short-tailed Shearwater, wintering gulls. SPRING: breeding-plumaged Sabine's Gull, phalaropes, Rhinoceros Auklet, Marbled Murrelet, Black-footed and Laysan albatrosses, arriving Sooty and Pink-footed shearwaters. SUMMER & FALL: Sooty, Pink-footed, Buller's, Black-vented and Flesh-footed shearwaters; all 3 jaegers; South Polar Skua; Sabine's Gull; Black-footed and Laysan alba - trosses; Marbled and Scripps's murrelets; Cassin's and Rhinoceros auklets; Tufted Puffn; phalaropes; Brown Booby now regular. Consistently good for storm-petrel focks, including Ashy, Black, Fork- tailed, and Wilson's. FARALLON IS. (Jul, Aug): breed - ing Tufted Puffn, Cassin's Auklet, Pigeon Guillemot, whales and up to 5 species of pinnipeds. Organizer: Alvaro's Adventures. (650) 504-7779; alvarosadventures.com; info@alvarosadventures.com • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey, California Destination: Monterey Bay Dates: 27 Aug; 24, 25 Sep Duration: 5–8 hours Cost: $130 Target species: Great numbers of birds from the frst hour of birding. Amazing abundance of Sooty and Pink-footed shearwaters, all 3 jaegers, South Polar Skua. Black-vented and Manx shear -

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