We enjoyed quite decent weather offshore out of Bodega Harbor via Bodega Canyon to the shelf, then south and east across Cordell Banks with Captain Rick Powers aboard the New Sea Angler.
Lots of birds throughout: highlights included a BROWN BOOBY, two LAYSAN ALBATROSSES with numerous Black-footeds, high numbers of Pink-footed and BULLER'S SHEARWATERS, plus the usual Sooties and Northern Fulmars. Four species of storm-petrels: good numbers of Fork-tailed and Ashy Storm-Petrels plus a few BLACK and three WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS. We spotted two SOUTH POLAR SKUAS, including one that circled close over the boat, plus a few LONG-TAILED JAEGERS and several each of ARCTIC TERNS and SABINE'S GULLS; many Red Phalaropes; lots of Cassin's Auklets, plus murres, guillemots, rhinos, one pair of SCRIPP'S MURRELETS (seen briefly), and four TUFTED PUFFINS. Also noted: lots of Humpback Whales, a distant Blue or two, and several bow-riding pods of Dall Porpoises. A fine day on the ocean.
Redwood Region Ornithological Society will sponsor two more fall excursions aboard the New Sea Angler out of Bodega Harbor: September 10 and October 15. Check the RROS website for details.