October 15, 2017 – Bodega Bay Pelagic Trip (7 AM – 5PM)
Redwood Regional Ornithological Society
New Sea Angler (65’ USCG certified boat – Captain Rick Powers – 707-875-3495)
Port-o-Bodega on Bodega Bay Charge – $150 for RROS members and $160 non-members. (includes a discounted year’s membership) www.rros.org for details.
We sail at 7 AM and return about 5 PM, cruising west along the southern edge of Bodega Canyon to the continental shelf, then turning first south, then east northeast over the Cordell Banks back to port.
We should expect to encounter the usual suspects (Black-footed [and maybe Laysan] Albatross, Northern Fulmar, Pink-footed [and maybe Flesh-footed], Buller’s, and Sooty Shearwaters, Fork-tailed and Ashy [and maybe Black, Wilson’s and/or Leach’s] Storm-Petrels. We might hope for Short-tailed Shearwater at this late date. Also possible are Sabine’s Gull, Common and Arctic Terns, South-Polar Skua, Parasitic, and Pomarine Jaegers [Parasitic close to shore], Red-necked and Red Phalaropes, Common Murre [Pigeon Guillemot near shore], Cassin’s and Rhinoceros Auklets [and maybe a Tufted Puffin or a Scripp’s Murrelet – last October we lucked on a Thick-billed Murre]. In short, you never know what might turn up. We might hope to get lucky and spot a super rarity, such as a Pterodroma “gadfly” petrel or even a Short-tailed Albatross.
It has been an excellent year for cetaceans with numbers of Humpback and Blue Whales [largest animal in the world, Fin Whale is also possible] with a variety of dolphins, porpoises, and pinnipeds.
Christmas Bird Counts for Kids
This year is the 10 Anniversary of the CBC4Kids. Over 150 have been established in the US and Canada. In Northern Ca. the event will be offered during Dec and Jan (2017-18) in Sonoma, Napa, Petaluma, Santa Rosa, San Rafael, Pt. Reyes, Sacramento and South Bay.