[Tweeters] RE: Horned Puffin Special Charter Chase - Thursday - Details

Tom Mansfield birds at t-mansfield.com
Tue Jul 16 18:26:58 PDT 2013

Correct, Blair - No sea legs here. I hiked out as far as I think you can go toward Davis Bay where the HOPU was seen and did a sea watch. There were a number of whale watching boats crisscrossing the area during my 3 hours so it will be interesting to see if the bird was seen today. Cheers, tm.

-----Original Message-----
From: Blair Bernson [mailto:blair at washingtonadvisorygroup.com]
Sent: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 3:15 PM
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Cc: Andy Stepniewski; Ann Marie Wood; George Pagos; John Puschock; Guy McWethy; Steve Pink; Carol Riddell; MaryFrances Mathis; Tom Mansfield; Sam Iam
Subject: Horned Puffin Special Charter Chase - Thursday - Details

Hi all...

I had a great talk with Ivan Reiff, owner of Western Prince Whale and Wildlife Tours out of Friday Harbor this morning and we have worked out the following details for a chase of the Horned Puffin if there is a sufficient number of people who commit:

The Boat would leave from their Friday Harbor dock Thursday morning. Sailing would be around 10:30 I believe, but in any event would be tied in to arrival of the ferry from Anacortes that leaves at
9:05 a.m. Their dock is adjacent to the ferry terminal so everyone could walk on to the ferry.

We would look for the Horned Puffin and also try for the Parasitic Jaeger that they saw chasing Bonapartes gulls yesterday. The HOPU has been seen from the boat on several days in the mornings but of course there is no guarantee. Just best efforts. Probably back at the dock around 1:00-1:30.

We need at least 9-10 people to make this work, but there is room on board for twice that many.

Cost would be $85.00 plus tax per person plus a
$1.00 dock fee. (If there are fewer than 10, the price could go up to still make it doable)

Captain Reiff would need to know for sure not later than tomorrow (Wednesday afternoon) to be able to make this happen. I have been contacted by 10+ people who have interest so I am optimistic that a full group can be put together. Please note that Tom Mansfield made an unsuccessful try for the bird this morning but I do not believe it was from this boat (any boat?).

If you want to go please contact the charter group directly and sign on. Here is the contact

Captain Ivan Reiff
Western Prince Whale & Wildlife Tours

Please reference that this is the Horned Puffin chase that Captain Reiff set up with me.

Look forward to seeing everyone there and hope it is a go and a success.


Blair Bernson

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