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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57 April 2018 | Birder's Guide to Travel Target species: Black-footed and Laysan al- batrosses; Northern Fulmar; Hawaiian, Great- winged, Bulwer's, and Cook's petrels; Streaked, Pink-footed, Flesh-footed, Buller's, Sooty, Short-tailed, Black-vented, and Manx shearwa- ters; 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, Guadalupe, Craveri's, and Ancient murrelets; Cassin's and Rhinoceros auklets; Horned and Tufted puffins. Whales and dolphins. Excellent opportunities for photographers. Organizer: Shearwater Journeys, Inc. (831) 637-8527; shearwaterjourneys.com; debi@shearwaterjourneys.com; shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com *operated in conjunction with Monterey Bay Birding Festival • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Monterey, California (Fisherman's Wharf) Destination: Monterey Submarine Canyon, Albacore Grounds. Dates: 26 Aug; 23 Sep Duration: 8–10 hours Cost: $130–$140 Target species: Great numbers of birds from the first hour of birding, amazing abundance of Sooty and Pink-footed shearwaters; great studies pos - sible of all three jaegers, South Polar Skua. Black- vented and Manx shearwaters more likely here than farther north. Great for good views and pho - tography. Cassin's and Rhinoceros auklets, Buller's Shearwater, sometimes Flesh-footed Shearwater, phalaropes, Sabine's Gull, Black-footed Albatross, and potential for fall storm-petrel flocks. Longer albacore grounds trip good for Scripps's and perhaps rarer Craveri's murrelets, beaked whales. World-class spot for humpback and blue whales, Risso's, short-beaked common, Pacific white- sided, northern right-whale. Sea otter common! Organizer: Alvaro's Adventures. (650) 504-7779; alvarosadventures.com; info@alvarosadventures.com • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Monterey, California (Fisherman's Wharf) Destination: Monterey Canyon and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Dates: 20 May; 26 Aug; 9, 15*, 16, 21, 22*, 28, 29 Sep; 6, 7*, 14, 21 Oct Duration: 8 hours ( * = 12 hours) Cost: $130 ( * = $160) Target species: Black-vented, Buller's, Flesh- footed, Manx, Pink-footed, Short-tailed, & Sooty shearwaters; Black-footed & Laysan albatrosses; all three jaegers; South Polar Skua; Tufted Puffin; Rhinoceros & Cassin's auklets; Scripps's, Ancient, and Marbled murrelets; Elegant & Arctic terns; phalaropes; Northern Fulmar; Leach's, Black, Ashy, and Fork-tailed storm-petrels. Organizer: Monterey Seabirds. (831) 375-4658; montereyseabirds.com; mbww@gowhales.com • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Southern California • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Port: Morro Bay, California (Morro Bay Landing) Destination: Offshore San Luis Obispo County Dates: 22 Sep Duration: 8 hours Cost: $135 Target species: Black-vented Shearwater; Pink-footed, Buller's, Flesh-footed, and Sooty shearwaters. Black-footed Albatross, Northern Fulmar, Rhinoceros and Cassin's auklets, Scripps's Murrelet. All three jaegers, Arctic Tern, Red and Red-necked phalaropes, South Polar Skua. Large, spacious boat. Great photography trip,

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