Birder's Guide

MAR 2018

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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55 April 2018 | Birder's Guide to Travel Dates: 3 Feb (weather date 10 Feb); 19 May (6 hour intro); 12, 25 (deepwater) Aug; 15 Sep; 7, 27 Oct; 7 Dec Duration: 6–12 hours (see website) Cost: $120–$175, early sign-up discounts available Target species: Summer and Fall: Black-footed Albatross, Sooty, Pink-footed, Buller's, and Flesh- footed shearwaters, Hawaiian Petrel (two trips in 2016), Fork-tailed and Leach's storm-petrels, South Polar Skua, all three jaegers, Sabine's Gull, Arctic Tern, phalaropes. Winter: Laysan Albatross, Northern Fulmar, Short-tailed Shearwater, Ancient Murrelet, Black-legged Kittiwake, Mottled Petrel (very rare, possible in December). Organizer: Oregon Pelagic Tours. (971) 221-2534; oregonpelagictours.com; tim@oregonpelagictours.com • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Garibaldi, Oregon Destination: Offshore Tillamook County Dates: 29, 30 Sep (TBD) Duration: 8 hours Cost: See website Target species: Black-footed Albatross, chance at Laysan Albatross, Sooty, Pink-footed, Buller's, and Flesh-footed shearwaters, Fork-tailed and Leach's storm-petrels, South Polar Skua, all three jaegers, Sabine's Gull, Arctic Tern, phalaropes. Organizer: Oregon Pelagic Tours. (971) 221-2534; oregonpelagictours.com; tim@oregonpelagictours.com • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Central and Northern California • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Bodega Bay, California (Port o' Bodega) Destination: Cordell Bank Dates: 19 Aug; 7 Oct Duration: 9–10 hours Cost: $155 Target species: Ashy, Fork-tailed, Wilson's, and Black storm-petrels in warmer-water years. Black-footed and Laysan albatrosses regular. Sooty, Pink-footed, Buller's, and Flesh-footed shearwaters. Scripps's Murrelet, Rhinoceros and Cassin's auklets, Tufted Puffin. All three jaegers, South Polar Skua, phalaropes, Sabine's Gull, Arctic Tern. Organizer: Alvaro's Adventures. (650) 504-7779; www.alvarosadventures.com; info@alvarosadventures.com • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Sausalito, California Destination: Farallon National Wildlife Refuge (passing under the Golden Gate Bridge) Dates: 5, 12 Aug Duration: 8–10 hours Cost: $175 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; Red-necked and Red phalaropes; South Polar Skua; all three jaegers; Sabine's Gull; Elegant and Arctic terns; Scripps'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: Half Moon Bay, California (Pillar Point Harbor) Destination: Pioneer Canyon, waters off continental shelf in San Mateo or San Francisco counties. Four trips to Farallon Islands.

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