Birder's Guide

MAR 2017

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 2017 jaegers, South Polar Skua. Black-vented and Manx shearwaters more likely here than farther north. Great for good views and photography, Cassin's and Rhinoceros auklets, Pigeon Guillemot, Buller's Shearwaters, sometimes Flesh-footed Shearwater, Red and Red-necked phalaropes, Sabine's Gull, Black-footed Albatross, and nice potential for fall storm-petrel flocks. World-class spot for Humpback and Blue whales, Risso's, Short-beaked Common, Pacific White- sided, Northern Right Whale dolphins possible, and general abundance of sea life, Sea Otter common! Organizer: Alvaro's Adventures. (650) 504-7779; www.alvarosadventures.com; info@alvarosadventures.com • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Monterey Fisherman's Wharf, Monterey, California Destination: Monterey Canyon and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Dates: 11 Mar; 1 Apr; 6 Jun; 20 Aug; 5, 10, 11*, 17, 18*, 21, 25*, 26 Sep; 1, 2*, 15, 16* Oct Duration: 8 hours ( * = 12 hours) Cost: $125 ( * = $160) Target species: Black-vented, Buller's, Flesh- footed, Manx, Pink-footed, Short-tailed, & Sooty shearwaters; Black-footed & Laysan albatrosses, Long-tailed, Pomarine, & Parasitic jaegers; Tufted Puffin; Rhinoceros & Cassin's auklets; Scripps's, Ancient, & Marbled murrelets; Elegant & Arctic terns; phalaropes; Northern Fulmar; Leach's, Black, Ashy, Least, & Fork-tailed storm- petrels. Organizer: Monterey Seabirds. (831) 375-4658; montereyseabirds.com; mbww@gowhales.com • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Southern California • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Fishermans Landing, San Diego, California Destination: Offshore deep water, from the extreme southwestern corner of the old ABA Area to Point Conception, including Rodriquez Dome, San Juan Seamount, and points past the continental shelf area, and around the Channel Islands Dates: 4–8 Sep Duration: 5 days Cost: $1375 Target species: Black-footed Albatross; Northern Fulmar; Cook's and Hawaiian petrels; Flesh-footed, Buller's, Pink-Footed, Sooty, and Black-vented shearwaters; Least, Leach's, Ashy, and Black storm-petrels; Red-billed Tropicbird; Red-necked and Red phalaropes; South Polar Skua; Pomarine, Parasitic, and Long-tailed jaegers; Sabine's Gull; Arctic Tern; Guadalupe and Craveri's murrelets; Cassin's and Rhinoceros auklets. Organizer: Searcher Natural History Tours. (619) 226-2403; bajawhale.com; searcher@bajawhale.com • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Hawaii • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Kona, Hawaii Destination: Tsunami buoy, ~30 miles offshore Date: 23 Apr Duration: 6–8 hours Cost: $150 Target species: LIKELY: Wedge-tailed and Sooty shearwaters, Hawaiian and Bulwer's petrels, Band-rumped Storm-petrel, tropic- birds, boobies, terns. POSSIBLE: Buller's and Newell's shearwaters, Cook's, Black-winged, Mottled, and Juan Fernández petrels. Also a great opportunity to see cetaceans and do a little fishing. Organizer: Alex Wang. (808) 937-7924; axwang@hawaii.edu Continued from page 78 Pelagic Directory

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