20110731 – Bodega Canyon (SON Co.), Sonoma County, California, US

Checklist S8984986
Location
Bodega Canyon (SON Co.), Sonoma County, California, US
Date and Effort
Sun Jul 31, 2011 7:30 AM

Protocol:Traveling
Party Size:6
Duration:8 hour(s)
Distance:50.0 mile(s)
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.
Species
20 species (+1 other taxa) total

30
Black-footed Albatross
450
Northern Fulmar
Very high numbers for mid-summer. Most (if not all) appeared to be second-year birds molting outer primaries.
600
Pink-footed Shearwater
6000
Sooty Shearwater
350
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel
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?
100
Ashy Storm-Petrel
2
Black Storm-Petrel
Seen by others.
2
Brown Pelican
Unusual to see this species well offshore.
200
Red-necked Phalarope
50
Red Phalarope
Good numbers of adults with many showing some red on underparts.
3
South Polar Skua
Two in wing molt (I didn’t see the first one)
5
Pomarine Jaeger
All adults
2
Long-tailed Jaeger
Adults that had already dropped central rectrices.
255
Common Murre
1
Scripps’s/Guadalupe Murrelet (Xantus’s Murrelet)
Photographed.
300
Cassin’s Auklet
15
Rhinoceros Auklet
55
Sabine’s Gull
Adults; all but one I saw still had full hoods.
3
Heermann’s Gull
Two juveniles and one second cycle bird.
60
Western Gull
3
California Gull
Additional species seen by Dan Singer:
1
Scripps’s Murrelet

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