[Tweeters] Pelagic Birding: 10 spaces available for Friday, September 14, 2018 (George Gerdts)

PHIL ANDERSON pmand001 at comcast.net
Fri Aug 17 14:27:24 PDT 2018


Westport Seabirds does not load our boat with 25 passengers. Unless requested by a single party group we limit our passenger loads to 20 birders. Good birding!

Phil and Chris Anderson
Owners
Westport Seabirds



> On August 15, 2018 at 3:28 PM George Gerdts <geopandion at gmail.com> wrote:

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> Dear birders,

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> Here’s a chance to join me and Gene Hunn on a private charter out of Westport to see pelagic birds.

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> As I write this, there are 10 spaces available on a Friday, September 14, 2018 private charter with Westport Seabirds for a full day pelagic birding trip. You are invited to join me and Gene Hunn and my Victor Emanuel Nature Tours (VENT) group of 4 birders for a full day of pelagic birding at a great time of year, with the skipper and regular spotters who have made Westport trips famous.

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> The group size for the charter will be limited to just 16, a good bit less crowded than the normal 25 or so aboard Westport Seabirds’ regularly scheduled outings. Two of the regular contingent of highly experienced spotters from Westport Seabirds will be aboard (plus me and Gene) to help spot and assist you in getting a look at the many possible seabird species seen this time of year (see below for a list of typical species).

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> The cost of the pelagic trip is $150 and may be paid by personal check payable to Victor Emanuel Nature Tours.

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> To register, please call the Victor Emanuel Nature Tours (800-328-VENT) office, and ask for Margaret or Patrick. You will receive a confirmation from VENT of your registration for the pelagic trip. [Please don’t contact George to register, as he can’t take registrations.]

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> You will need to make your own travel, rooming, and meal arrangements, including providing your own lunch on the boat.

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> Please be ready to meet at the boat (Monte Carlo) at Float #10 in Westport at 6:15 a.m. on September 14. Float #10 is on the main harbor in "downtown" Westport, and all the floats (i.e. docks) are numbered. To be properly prepared for potential weather, you should strongly consider: rainproof jacket, pants, and footwear; warm hat and gloves; long underwear if you get cool easily; snacks and lunch and drinks (there is drinkable water on board); and motion-sickness precautions if you are prone to this malady.

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> There are a variety of motels in Westport to consider for accommodations, some within walking distance to the boat. The VENT group stays at Chateau Westport (info at chateauwestport.com mailto:info at chateauwestport.com ; 800-255-9101), about a ten minute drive from the harbor.

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> This invitation to join this private pelagic charter is on a first come-first served basis. You will receive a note of confirmation when you have been registered. Once registered, please feel free to contact me before the trip if you have any questions.

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> Hope to see you in September. Call or write me if you have questions or need more information.

> George Gerdts

> geopandion at gmail.com mailto:geopandion at gmail.com

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> Birds seen regularly on Westport pelagic trips on mid-September species include Black-footed Albatross; Buller’s, Sooty, Pink-footed, and possibly Short-tailed and Flesh-footed shearwaters; Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel; Pomarine and Parasitic jaegers (Long-tailed less likely; Red and Red-necked phalaropes; Northern Fulmar; Cassin’s Auklet; Tufted Puffin (scarce); Arctic Tern; and the strikingly patterned Sabine’s Gull. South Polar Skua is seen on many trips at this season, and Laysan Albatross and Manx Shearwater occasionally. A wide variety of marine mammals is also possible, such as Dall’s Porpoise, Humpback Whale, or Northern Fur-Seal. The waters close in are good for loons, cormorants, and other near-shore diving birds.

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