Cook's Petrels and other tubenoses off our coast


Peter Pyle
 

Got a report from Kirsten Lindquist of the Greater Farallon Association of some Cook's Petrels and other interesting tubenoses seen during the ACCESS cruise over the past three days:

July 24 - Hawaiian Petrel (1), and Cook's Petrel (3 single observations over a 3 hr transit) Marin County off Bolinas in the proximity of the shelf break and off the shelf.

July 25 - Cook's Petrel (3 single observations over a 3 hr transit), Marin County off Point Reyes in the proximity of the shelf break and off the shelf.

July 26 - Cook's Petrel (5 single observations during a 3 hr transit), Manx Shearwater (1), Wilson's Storm-Petrel (1), Laysan Albatross (1) Sonoma County in the proximity of Cordell Bank and off the shelf.

The ACCESS research cruise (Applied California Current Ecosystem Studies) is conducted in partnership by Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, and Point Blue Conservation Science. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/ACCESSoceans and a map of the cruise track is here: https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/ppreviews-plos-725668748/2598239/preview.jpg.

Looks like it may be one of those years in which COPEs are closer to shore than usual, perhaps due to the good ocean productivity during thei La Nina year.

Good birding, Peter

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