Return to Shearwater

Saturday, October 27, 2001, Led by Debra Shearwater

Photos by Bill Walker

32 Species at Monterey Bay, CA

Thayer's Gull
A handsome first year specimen, very early in the season, and posing patiently near the boat in good light. The photographers went crazy.
Glaucous-winged Gull
Heard other folks call this bird, but didn't really see it.
Cassin's Auklet
Described by Luke the Shearwater Trip leader as a "fuzzy little softball flying directly away from the boat". We actually saw the white crescents around its eye at the end of the trip, very gratifyingly.
Rhinoceros Auklet
At last we saw the elusive rhino auklet. And today we saw a bunch of them, flying, sitting on the water, feeding, everything. None of them had their rhino horns on their bills yet, but they were very cooperative.
Tufted Puffin
Remarkably, the puffin actually sat right next to the boat for a good, long time. We saw its hefty red bill, and the beginnings of its tufts. We got a good long look at another bird flying around the boat.

32 Species at Monterey Bay, CA

Thayer's Gull
A handsome first year specimen, very early in the season, and posing patiently near the boat in good light. The photographers went crazy.
Glaucous-winged Gull
Heard other folks call this bird, but didn't really see it.
Cassin's Auklet
Described by Luke the Shearwater Trip leader as a "fuzzy little softball flying directly away from the boat". We actually saw the white crescents around its eye at the end of the trip, very gratifyingly.
Rhinoceros Auklet
At last we saw the elusive rhino auklet. And today we saw a bunch of them, flying, sitting on the water, feeding, everything. None of them had their rhino horns on their bills yet, but they were very cooperative.
Tufted Puffin
Remarkably, the puffin actually sat right next to the boat for a good, long time. We saw its hefty red bill, and the beginnings of its tufts. We got a good long look at another bird flying around the boat.

32 Species at Monterey Bay, CA

Monterey Bay
Cassin's Auklet
Described by Luke the Shearwater Trip leader as a "fuzzy little softball flying directly away from the boat". We actually saw the white crescents around its eye at the end of the trip, very gratifyingly.
Glaucous-winged Gull
Heard other folks call this bird, but didn't really see it.
Rhinoceros Auklet
At last we saw the elusive rhino auklet. And today we saw a bunch of them, flying, sitting on the water, feeding, everything. None of them had their rhino horns on their bills yet, but they were very cooperative.
Thayer's Gull
A handsome first year specimen, very early in the season, and posing patiently near the boat in good light. The photographers went crazy.
Tufted Puffin
Remarkably, the puffin actually sat right next to the boat for a good, long time. We saw its hefty red bill, and the beginnings of its tufts. We got a good long look at another bird flying around the boat.

Trip Map

Trip Notes

Our return to Monterey Bay and Shearwater Journeys was a smashing success. We left the dock at 8:00am and returned 3:30pm. In addition to four life birds, we saw an amazing number of marine mammals:

Blue Whale, California Sea Lion, Harbor Seal, Sea Otter, Pacific White-sided Dolphin,Northern Right Whale Dolphin, Ocean Sunfish, Blue Shark, Northern Elephant Seal.

The ocean was glassy, the weather was cool and dry, the trip leaders were friendly and informative.