Bodega Canyon (SON Co.), Sonoma County, California, US
Date and Effort
Sun Jul 31, 2011 7:30 AM
Observers: Dan Singer List , Hugh Cotter List , Paul Saraceni List , markeaton
Comments:With Hugh Cotter, Mark Eaton, Alan Hopkins, Kevin McKeregan, and Paul Saraceni. Overcast and fairly windless day with flat or nearly flat seas all day. Water temperature from approximately 56F – 59.5F. Journeyed west to Bodega Canyon, then south along the 500 fathom line to Cordell Bank. No rarities but numerous Fork-tailed Storm-Petrels and Northern Fulmars a highlight. Mammals included Minke Whale (1), Humpbacked Whale, Northern Right Whale Dolphin (~150), Pacific White-sided Dolphin, Risso’s Dolphin, Northern Fur Seal, and California Sea Lion. With Vince aboard the Miss Anita.
20 species (+1 other taxa) total
Very high numbers for mid-summer. Most (if not all) appeared to be second-year birds molting outer primaries.
Amazing mid-summer numbers. We encountered numerous rafts. Most appeared to be molting outer primaries, suggesting 2nd year birds. Perhaps “driven” south by food shortages up north?
Seen by others.
Unusual to see this species well offshore.
Good numbers of adults with many showing some red on underparts.
South Polar Skua
Two in wing molt (I didn’t see the first one)
Adults that had already dropped central rectrices.
Scripps’s/Guadalupe Murrelet (Xantus’s Murrelet)
Adults; all but one I saw still had full hoods.
Two juveniles and one second cycle bird.
Additional species seen by Dan Singer:
Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?