in case we encounter rough seas. The year 2018 marks 43 years of offering pelagic trips by Shearwater Journeys! $130 for 8-hour trips and The California Sea Lions on the harbour wall, made quite a stink – I mean sight. We saw some fabulous birds (although I only saw one new species, so I’m still a few short of 500), but what I enjoyed even more was the other wildlife. Designed for both seasoned and beginning birders, as well as outdoor lovers, the festival offers a unique opportunity to explore, learn, and appreciate world-class habitats such as the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Elkhorn Slough National Marine Estuary, and Pinnacles National Monument. Research cruises and occasional deep-water pelagic birding trips however, have ... Monterey Bay is world famous for its highly accessible pelagic seabirds and marine mammals. Date/Times: Friday, 9/22/17, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monterey Bay: Fall Seabird Classic Sunday, 9/24/17, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monterey Sea valley: Fall Seabird Classic Both trips depart from Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey at Chris’ Fishing shop, and run from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Howdy, Seabirders, This is a trip report for Shearwater Journeys' September 14, 15, 16, 2012. Up and down! Monterey Bay is particularly attractive to marine life because of the close proximity to shore of the continental shelf and deep underwater canyons over 3,000 m deep. Trip report for Seabird Cruise sponsored by Monterey Bay Whale Watch. We’re fortunate in the Bay Area to have access to good day-long pelagic birding trips. Met clients in the SF Bay area on Thursday morning, then drove down to Monterey for Friday morning meetings. Search for: About Seabirding. Please include the name, The half day trip is geared to people new at this pelagic thing, or those who want to minimize the time on a boat. Please do not call me or the shop because the weather can change drastically overnight. The Monterey Bay Birding Festival is pleased to partner with the following companies who provide a variety of fun and educational water adventures in and around the Monterey Bay. Sharing Your Love of Birds . NOTE - click on the date to download the detailed trip information. Monterey Seabirds Seabird Cruise Trip Reports. brown pelican-110/0. SHEARWATER JOURNEYS' 2019 SCHEDULE OF PELAGIC TRIPS Schedule is also available in a calendar format. Inshore species are excluded. Up and down! Worcestershire, United Kingdom 45 contributions 20 helpful votes. The trips also offer A few of the marine mammals Friendly and experienced local leaders ensure exciting encounters with birds… Price $62. These trips are part of the Monterey Bird Festival, so come and enjoy the other trips, lectures and more. These pages feature the regular pelagic birds to be found on Monterey Bay boat trips, but each species has its own season. Saturday, October 24, 2020 - Late season seabird search - Half Moon Bay $220 - Booking and payment. Thanks for getting on the birds, great meals, and care/attention from the crew! These pages feature the regular pelagic birds to be found on Monterey Bay boat trips, but each species has its own season. Fortunately, such trips are available throughout the year on Monterey Bay (most frequently August to October). prepared for any type of weather while out on the water. Bookings for 2020 Pelagic Trips are Now Available . Date/Times: Friday, 9/22/17, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monterey Bay: Fall Seabird Classic Sunday, 9/24/17, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monterey Sea valley: Fall Seabird Classic Both trips depart from Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey at Chris’ Fishing shop, and run from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Just offshore of Monterey, California lies a 6000-foot deep submarine canyon running right down the middle of the Monterey Bay. Seabird Trips on Selected Dates in 2021 Seabirding & COVID-19 ; Seabird Diversity. Wendy S wrote a review Oct 2016. The fall season of 2019 will be my last one at sea. Board Searcher at Fisherman’s Landing by 11 a.m. for passenger orientation. These trips were offered in conjunction with the Monterey Bay Birding Festival which is headquartered in Watsonville, CA. The Monterey Bay Birding Festival field trips leaders are all extraordinary birders who delight in sharing their love of birds and favorite birding venues with you. Search for: About Seabirding. Much of the northern rim of the main submarine canyon is in Santa Cruz County, as is its productive tributary, Soquel Submarine Canyon. Spend several days offshore over deep-water canyons, underwater seamounts, and around islands of the southern California bight. Regular dedicated birding pelagic trips from North Carolina and Virginia See Life Paulagics Ten or more pelagic trips from Cape May, Belmar, NJ, or Lewes,DE including winter trips for Great Skua and Alcids. Just offshore of Monterey, California lies a 6000-foot deep submarine canyon running right down the middle of the Monterey Bay. The Monterey Bay Birding Festival field trips leaders are all extraordinary birders who delight in sharing their love of birds and favorite birding venues with you. K Gabriel, September 2020. Here are some sites which teem with information. Trips farther offshore may have fewer birds — and long We shall leave San Mateo at 5 AM to drive to Monterey for an all day Fall Seabird Classic pelagic trip on Monterey Bay with Shearwater Journeys. Our Boat; Trip Leaders; 2021 Schedule. Sunday September 19 (8 hr) Reservations can be also be made by calling our office at 831-375-4658. (Pelagic comes from the Greek word for sea, pelagos.) ELKHORN SLOUGH SAFARI. I took a very brief business trip to California last week. Send reservations to: Debi Shearwater, PO Box 190, Hollister, CA 95024. http://shearwaterjourneys.blogspot.com Pelagic sea birding on Monterey Bay The combination of these elements within a semi-protected bay makes Monterey a worldwide destination for pelagic birding. We see a variety of seabirds including shearwaters, cormorants, pelicans, grebes, phalaropes, gulls, and albatross. home address, phone/email of each person in your party as required by the USCG. Sunday October 3 (8 hr) … Read more. Ron Weeks, September, 2019. We're literally jumping straight into pelagic birding on day one. We begin with albatrosses through shearwaters. Monterey Bay pelagic birding. Our signature birding voyage. Share. November 21st (Sat), 2020 . Price $24. More Trip Details: A variety of snack foods and drinks will be available. Monterey Bay Pelagic Bonanza Report for September 2016 September 3, 2016 August 19, 2016 Beth Hamel Photos August 26, 2016 ... 29 August 2008 Linda Terrill trip report on Debi's blog August 22, 2008 on Debi's blog August 15, 2008 from Linda Terrill on Debi's blog. Monterey Seabirds features year-round pelagic trips enabling you to experience the seabirds of the Monterey Bay in their respective seasons. Pelagic Birding on Monterey Bay. All photos on this page were taken on Monterey Bay. If it is raining, do NOT assume the trip will be cancelled. For trips with Limited Spaces Available: Please indicate a second choice in case your first choice is sold out. Flew in late, had a late dinner at the best Chinese restaurant in the world (Golden Willow in Concord, if you’re curious). Pelagic birding is often described as "the last frontier" of birding. During our stay, we take a pelagic boat trip for seabirds and cetaceans into famous Monterey Bay and beyond. Primarily whale watching but birds are; N. Fulmar, Sooty, Greater, Cory's, Manx Sh/ws, Wilson's and Leach's Storm Petrels, jaegers. At any time of year many species of pelagic birds … pink-footed shearwater- 250/120. RESERVATIONS: Payment, in full by check or money order will secure your booking. Book directly at www.elkhornslough.com. My recommendation for a first trip is to go out from Monterey Bay. Each year we have a stellar line-up of evening presentations and daily workshops to augment your birding festival experience. Helpful. Pelagic Seabird Trips in 2021. seasickness medicine (Bonine or Dramamine 2) is highly recommended Monterey Bay Whale Watch: Excellent birding pelagic with whales thrown in! SHEARWATER JOURNEYS, INC. PO BOX 190, HOLLISTER, CA 95024 - See 1,448 traveler reviews, 363 candid photos, and great deals for Monterey, CA, at Tripadvisor. www.shearwaterjourneys.com Monterey Bay Whale Watch Please be with limited or no internet connection. 514 likes. All photos on this page were taken on Monterey Bay (except for one San Diego photo so labeled). trip on Monterey Bay is different. Boats chartered for whale watching or fishing also encounter pelagic birds, but these forays are usually unsatisfactory. Of course, not all birds will be found every trip, even in the prime season. Take a pelagic seabird trip from Fisherman's Wharf. It is worthy of note that only my observations are noted and does not truly reflect the amount of seabirds present which are accurately recorded on the Shearwater Journeys RJ ADAMS A native Californian, RJ has lived and birded throughout the state for nearly 30 years. All trips start at 7:30 a.m. (boarding at 7 a.m.) Prices are You can still send in a check to reserve a trip during this time period. buller's shearwater- 0/2. Just a few miles from shore one can observe pelagic seabirds that travel across both the hemisphere and the ocean to feed in the bountiful waters of Monterey Bay. Monterey Bay is about two hours south of San Francisco, and Bodega Bay is a little less than two hours north of San Francisco. They do not venture far from shore (gray whale trips) or they stay in one place a long time (fishing trips), and they lack expert birding leaders. Black-footed albatrosses are commonly seen on Bodega pelagic trips but disappear after summer from Monterey Bay. Monterey Bay is about two hours south of San Francisco, and Bodega Bay is a little less than two hours north of San Francisco. Deep-water rarities are more likely off Bodega Bay, but sea conditions can be rougher there. Pacific White-sided Dolphins. black-footed albatross- 17/28. YOUTH PRICE – Birders 19 and under are eligible for a discounted price on Half Moon Bay and Monterey trips. SHEARWATER JOURNEYS PELAGIC TRIPS . If it is raining, do NOT assume the trip will be cancelled. Winter Trips; Gulf Stream Trips; Sign Up; Essential Info; Checklist; Subscribe for Updates! the complete species list for shearwater journeys' september 3, 2016 monterey bay pelagic trip follows. Trips from Monterey often venture into Santa Cruz County waters. Costs for 8 hour Monterey Sea Canyon trips are $125 per person and 12 hour offshore Albacore Grounds trips are $160. Monterey Seabirds offers the most affordable pelagic trips on the west coast. From the base of the wave to the billow’s crown; And amidst the flashing and feathery foam. These tours are run by the Sydney Pelagic Group Cooperative comprising four local birders who are keen to keep these pelagics operating, and will continue to run as long as the support of the local and overseas birding fraternity continues. Please do not call me or the shop because the weather can change drastically overnight. Please include the name, home address, phone/email of each person in your party as required by the USCG. Of course, not all birds will be found every trip, even in the prime season. Flew in late, had a late dinner at the best Chinese restaurant in the world (Golden Willow in Concord, if you’re curious). Excellence in Pelagic Birding. Listing of species seen for each two week period that we run trips from Hatteras,... Read More "Seabird Diversity" Black-capped Petrel. Monterey Bay is ideal for pelagic bird trips for several outstanding reasons: 1) The edge of the continental shelf is very close to shore at this point, bringing deep-water species in and cutting down boat com- muting time to truly oceanic waters. Beginning August and running until October 21, we have a full line up of seabird and offshore trips ahead. Friendly and experienced local leaders ensure exciting encounters with … spectacular views of California's Central Coast. Sunday October 17 (8 hr) Our Pacific Pelagic Cruise trips travel back-and-forth between Los Angeles, California and Vancouver, British Columbia. Just offshore of Monterey, California lies a 6000-foot deep submarine canyon running right down the middle of the Monterey Bay. Sur, views over El Sur … Harbor Seal So come on down to the City of Monterey and experience a birder's paradise. RESERVATIONS: Payment, in full by check or money order will secure your booking. MONTEREY BAY : PELAGIC BIRDS These pages feature the regular pelagic birds to be found on Monterey Bay boat trips, but each species has its own season. WEATHER is rarely a problem inside sheltered Monterey Bay. Shearwater Journeys Pelagic Birding Trip on Monterey Bay October 26, 2018 / Ezra Staengl I stood along the railing of a large fishing boat, a strong, cold wind blowing on my face. Expand a Monterey or Bay Area vacation with a professionally guided Monterey Bay ($145 as of 2010), Offshore Half Moon Bay ($148 as of 2010) or other birding tour. seen on our trips: Monterey Bay Whale Watch features pelagic birding trips on selected days throughout the year, enabling you to experience the seabirds of the Monterey Bay in their respective seasons. Sunday August 22 (8 hr) Seabird trips are scheduled on the following dates in 2021. Skipper Richard Ternullo has more than 28 years experience leading seabird and whalewatching trips. — Debi Shearwater. Shearwater Birding Tours. The Monterey Bay was full of whales and Debi and her crew were excellent finding the pelagic birds and getting everyone on them, ... it was a great trip to see bird species you almost never see from land. Rarities Observed on Seabird Cruises: September 27, 2020 : juv. Each year we have a stellar line-up of evening presentations and daily workshops to augment your birding festival experience. The boat fee is $170/person. debi@shearwaterjourneys.com Trips from May to June. Please see our web site and blog for more information and updates. ELKHORN SLOUGH SAFARI Date/Time: 9/23/16 to 9/25/16. San Diego. Upwelling of nutrient-rich water attract a wide variety of pelagic seabirds. So, let's take a look at how that would have played out, had you booked the Shearwater Journeys's August 1 Monterey Bay trip, August 2 Half Moon Bay trip and August 3 Farallon Islands trip departing from Sausalito. The water of Monterey Bay was choppy and dark beneath a cloudy sky. It was my first choice. It was her boat that hosted the three competing birders whose adventures were chronicled in the film, “The Big Year”, as well as 70,000 other birders. 9 hr Late Fall Pelagic This trip will be on the Island Explorer out of the Ventura Harbor in Ventura, Ca November 21st. 9 hrs 8 am- 5 pm Ticket prices are $125 and can be booked by calling Island packers at (805) 642-1393 or online at www.IslandPackers.com . It has been an amazing journey, to be sure. Monterey Bay, California. The Monterey Bay Birding Festival field trips leaders are all extraordinary birders who delight in sharing their love of birds and favorite birding venues with you. 831.637.8527, Looking forward to birding at sea with you in our 44th and final year offshore! Trip was well-planned for maximizing birds. Similar in size to the Grand Canyon of the American Southwest, this geologic feature creates cold-water upwellings, rich in nutrients that foster a remarkable diversity of seabirds and cetaceans. Met clients in the SF Bay area on Thursday morning, then drove down to Monterey for Friday morning meetings. Winter Trips; Gulf Stream Trips; Sign Up; Essential Info; Checklist; Subscribe for Updates! Bird ABA’s southernmost borders and beyond. Monterey Bay Whale Watch features pelagic birding trips on selected days throughout the year, enabling you to experience the seabirds of the Monterey Bay in their respective seasons. Inshore species are excluded. The two sites share the same ocean, but the bird watching at each can be quite different. Sunday September 12 (8 hr) Contact us for details. Trips depart from Monterey Bay, Half Moon Bay, and Sausalito to the Farallon Islands. Boats chartered for whale watching or fishing also encounter pelagic birds, but these forays are usually unsatisfactory. We’re fortunate in the Bay Area to have access to good day-long pelagic birding trips. Monterey Bay Birding Festival. Birding Trips. 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