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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56 Birder's Guide to Travel | April 2018 Pelagic Directory Dates: 14 Apr; 21, 23 Jul; 11, 12, 18, 25 Aug; 1, 15, 16, 29 Sep; 6 Oct Duration: 9–10 hours Cost: $140 Target species: Spring: breeding plumage 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 phal- aropes; 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, blue shark, ocean sunfish. Farallon Islands (Jul, Aug): breeding Tufted Puffin, Cassin's Auklet, Pigeon Guillemot, whales, and up to five species of penniped. Organizer: Alvaro's Adventures. (650) 504-7779; alvarosadventures.com; info@alvarosadventures.com • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Half Moon Bay, California (Pillar Point Harbor) Destination: 100 fathom line/Continental Shelf in San Mateo and/or San Francisco counties, Pio- neer Canyon and canyons near Farallon Islands Dates: 11 Aug; 2, 22, 23 Sep; 7 Oct Duration: 8–10 hours Cost: $168 Target species: Black-footed and Laysan alba- trosses; Northern Fulmar; Pink-footed, Flesh- footed, Buller's, Sooty, Short-tailed, Black-vent- ed, 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; Scripps's, Marbled, Guadalupe, Craveri's, and Ancient mur- relets; 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: 3, 31 Aug; 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 28*, 29, 30 Sep; 6, 13, 21 Oct Duration: 8 hours (9, 15 Sep are 12 hours tar- geting warm water species, including Scripps's & Guadalupe murrelets) Cost: $140

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