Birder's Guide

MAR 2017

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78 Birder's Guide to Travel | March 2017 Pelagic Directory Organizer: Alvaro's Adventures. (650) 504-7779; alvarosadventures.com; info@alvarosadventures.com • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Sausalito, California Destination: Farallon National Wildlife Refuge (passing under the Golden Gate Bridge) Dates: 6, 13 Aug Duration: 8–10 hours Cost: $189 Target species: Black-footed and Laysan albatrosses, Northern Fulmar, Pink-footed, 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, Sabine's Gull, Elegant and Arctic terns, Scripp's Murrelet, Cassin's and Rhinoceros auklets, Tufted Puffin. Great trip for nesting seabirds (100% success rate with Tufted Puffin on Aug. trips) and marine mammals. Landing is not permitted on the islands. Organizer: Shearwater Journeys, Inc. (831) 637-8527; shearwaterjourneys.com; debi@shearwaterjourneys.com; shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Pillar Point Harbor, Half Moon Bay, California Destination: Pioneer Canyon, waters off continental shelf in San Mateo or San Francisco counties. Three trips to Farallon Islands Dates: 20 May; 8, 15, 17 Jul; 13, 14, 20 Aug; 10, 12, 17, 18 Sep; 1, 8 Oct Duration: 9–10 hours Cost: $135 Target species: SPRING: breeding-plumaged Sabine's Gull, phalaropes, Rhinoceros Auklet, Marbled Murrelet, Black-footed and Laysan albatrosses, Sooty and Pink-footed shearwaters. SUMMER and FALL: Sooty, Pink-footed, Buller's, Black-vented, and Flesh-footed shearwaters; all three jaegers; South Polar Skua; Sabine's Gull; Black-footed and Laysan albatrosses; Marbled and Scripps's murrelets; Cassin's and Rhinoceros auklets; Tufted Puffin; Red and Red-necked phalaropes; Brown Booby (now regular). Consistently good for storm-petrel flocks, including Ashy, Black, Fork-tailed, and Wilson's. Great rarities have been found at this time. Humpback and Blue whales, half a dozen species of porpoise/dolphins possible, blue shark, ocean sunfish. FARALLON ISLANDS (Jul, Aug): breeding Tufted Puffin, Cassin's Auklet, Pigeon Guillemot, whales, and up to five species of seals and sea lions. Organizer: Alvaro's Adventures. (650) 504-7779; www.alvarosadventures.com; info@alvarosadventures.com • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Pillar Point Harbor, Half Moon Bay, California Destination: 100 fathom line/continental shelf in San Mateo and/or San Francisco counties, Pioneer Canyon and canyons near Farallon Islands Dates: 12, 26 Aug; 2, 3, 15, 16 Sep; 7 Oct Duration: 8–10 hours Cost: $198 Target species: Black-footed and Laysan albatrosses, Northern Fulmar, Pink-footed, Flesh-footed, Buller's, Sooty, Short-tailed, Black-vented, and Manx shearwaters, Wilson's, Fork-tailed, Leach's, Ashy, Black, and Least storm-petrels, phalaropes, South Polar Skua, all three jaegers, Sabine's Gull, Elegant and Arctic terns, Scripp's, Marbled, Guadalupe, Craveri's, and Ancient murrelets, Cassin's and Rhinoceros auklets, Tufted Puffin. Whales and up to 5 species of pinniped. Organizer: Shearwater Journeys, Inc. (831) 637-8527; shearwaterjourneys.com; debi@shearwaterjourneys.com; shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Monterey, California Destination: Monterey Submarine Canyon, Ascension Canyon, Carmel Canyon, Soquel Hole Dates: 7 May; 4, 25 Aug; 1, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 17, 22*, 23*, 24*, 30 Sep; 8 Oct Duration: 8 hours (9 Sep is 12 hours targeting warm-water species, including Scripps's & Guadalupe murrelets) Cost: $168 Target species: Black-footed and Laysan albatrosses, 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, phalaropes, South Polar Skua, all three jaegers, Sabine's Gull, Elegant and Arctic terns, Scripp's, Guadalupe, Craveri's, and Ancient murrelets, Cassin's and Rhinoceros auklets, Horned and Tufted puffins. Whales and dolphins. Excellent opportunities for photographers. Book by 1 July and save $40! Organizer: Shearwater Journeys, Inc. (831) 637-8527; shearwaterjourneys.com; debi@shearwaterjourneys.com; shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com *operated in conjunction with Monterey Bay Birding Festival • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey, California Destination: Monterey Submarine Canyon Dates: 27 Aug; 23, 24 Sep Duration: 5–8 hours, 23 Sep half-day trip Cost: $80–$130 Target species: Great numbers of birds from the first hour of birding, amazing abundance of Sooty and Pink-footed shearwaters, Common Murre; great studies possible of all three Continued on page 80

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