Monthly Archives: October 2011

Bodega Bay – 10-15-11

Today was a good day with two large flocks of storm-petrels, a dozen South Polar Skuas, a flock of 77 Sabine’s Gulls, a couple of nice flocks of shearwaters, and highlighted by three Flesh-footed Shearwaters. The weather was excellent with … Continue reading

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A Trick Up My Sleeve

Westward Ho!  I’m in the skies once again.  Not towards a bird, but towards a boat- that we’ll take out of Bodega Bay Saturday and then again on Sunday.  This is one of the “tricks up my sleeve” I mentioned … Continue reading

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Battle of the Titans

Tom V and I decided to take Guy McCaske’s advice and bird off Kitchen Creek road for the Belding’s subspecies of Sage Sparrow.  That way I could bank it just in case it was ever split off.  No luck but … Continue reading

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On the Grande (Oct 8, 2011)

I’d been waiting for this pelagic trip for quite a while.  It would be 13-hours aboard the Grande, a sport fishing vessel capable of overnight trips, complete with a galley and prepared meals.  The planned route was out of San … Continue reading

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Numbers (10-07-11)

I’m on another United Airlines Flight  (late departure of course), this time from Victoria to San Diego with a connecting stop in San Francisco.  It’s a perfect opportunity to go over the numbers with you. So the Skylark has put … Continue reading

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Hark! Hark! The Lark

“Hark! Hark! The lark at heaven’s gate sings, And Phoebus ‘gins arise, His steeds to water at those springs On chalic’d flowers that lies; And winking Mary-buds begin To ope their golden eyes; With everything that pretty is, My lady … Continue reading

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A Ruff Plane Trip From Barrow

Decisions needed to be made quickly.  Option 1- maintain the current plan: When I arrived at Anchorage I’d stay over for the night, then take the 7:30 AM flight Wednesday morning to Victoria through Seattle. The Skylark awaited in Victoria. … Continue reading

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Barrow Summary – Oct 4 & 5

Barrow is simply fascinating at this time of the year.  There was already a carpet of snow on the ground when we arrived yesterday and it snowed more last night and this morning.  First of all, realize that most of … Continue reading

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Barrow – Oct. 3

It’s been another long day and I’ll post much more tomorrow, but I’m at 722 and here’s why. We actually had at least 237 Ross’s Gulls today.

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Reflections from St. Paul – Day 7

Bill and I are flying back to Anchorage this afternoon where we will spend the night. Tomorrow we head north to Barrow with Zugunruhe Tours.  Now it’s time to summarize the St. Paul adventure and reflect on a few things.  … Continue reading

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