Leader: Gene Hunn (707-981-7301)
Spaces are still available for the three fall pelagic trips we have scheduled aboard the New Sea Angler (Captain Rick Powers – 707-875-3495) out of Port-o-Bodega on
Bodega Bay. All trips leave at 7 AM (be at the dock by 6:30 to check in) and return at about 4 PM, give or take, depending. All trips cost $150 per person (with a $10
surcharge for non-members, to be credited toward a one-year’s membership). Junior birders may sail for a reduced $50 fee. [To reserve a spot send a post-dated check
for the appropriate amount made out to the RROS treasurer, Rob O’Donnell, and mail that to Gene Hunn, at 1504 Smokey Mtn. Dr., Petaluma, CA 94954. It is best to send
separate checks for each trip, if you plan for more than one.
Our first pelagic trip this year is Sunday, August 20. We share this boat with Alvaro Jaramillo’s clients. Besides Alvaro, Steve Howell, renowned pelagic bird expert,
will assist as a spotter. Other leaders TBA.
Our September trip is Sunday, September 10. This is the time of maximal diversity offshore.
Our final trip is Sunday, October 15 (NOTE WELL: this is a change from the original posted date).
Unusual species often turn up in October (e.g., Short-tailed
Albatross, but don’t hold your breath).
We might hope to get lucky and spot Cook’s Petrels, as seen recently out of Ventura, but we should expect the usual suspects (Black-footed [and maybe Laysan] Albatross, Northern Fulmar, Pink-footed
[and maybe Flesh-footed] Shearwaters, Sooty Shearwater, Fork-tailed, Ashy, and Black Storm-Petrels [and maybe Wilson’s and/or Leach’s]. We might hope for Buller’s and
Short-tailed Shearwaters on our later trips. Also possible are Sabine’s Gull, Common and Arctic Terns, South-Polar Skua, Long-tailed, Parasitic, and Pomarine Jaegers
[Long-tailed in August; 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].
Last year was an excellent year for cetaceans with numbers of Humpback and Blue Whales [largest animal in the world] and a Fin Whale with a variety of dolphins,
porpoises, and pinnipeds.
In short, you never know what might turn up. The weather is always a bit unpredictable: sometimes fog, sometimes wind and rough seas, often quite smooth seas, always
colder than you might expect, so wear lots of warm clothing. We have very rarely had to cancel a trip due to weather, but if that should be necessary for our safety
Captain Powers will make the decision and you will be informed via e-mail 12 hours in advance (money refunded in full). Don’t forget sun screen. Bring enough food and
liquids for the duration, as there is no galley aboard. Consult knowledgeable friends and colleagues about dealing with the threat of seasickness as it can afflict
the strongest stomachs.