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 Post subject: Re: Upcoming Young Birder Trips and Mini Pelagic!
PostPosted: Aug 25 8:16 pm 
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You guys check out these incredible shearwater numbers and other great pelagic birds on the checklist below.

This is near where we are going for our trip so bodes well for us!

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31213721

Excited!!

Cheers,
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 Post subject: Re: Upcoming Young Birder Trips and Mini Pelagic!
PostPosted: Aug 25 9:21 pm 
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Wow!! That's incredible!!!
Can't wait!!



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 Post subject: Re: Upcoming Young Birder Trips and Mini Pelagic!
PostPosted: Aug 26 9:19 am 
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Wow, that's soooo awesome, hope we get them all!!!!!!
See you tomorrow!!! :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Upcoming Young Birder Trips and Mini Pelagic!
PostPosted: Aug 26 3:42 pm 
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Hey guys, unfortunately I have to be the bearer of some bad news. There is gale force wind warnings and heavy rain forecasted for the open ocean and the captain said it's unsafe to go out tomorrow.

More info on the marine forecast here
https://weather.gc.ca/marine/forecast_e ... teID=07003

https://weather.gc.ca/marine/forecast_e ... teID=07010

I am rescheduling the trip to next Sat Sept 3rd for those who cannot come please send me an email or call and I will issue a full refund.

If we don't get enough kids we will unfortunately cancel the trip.

Sorry about this guys, I know we were all really looking forward to it.

Please let me know if you can come tonight.

Thanks again,
Melissa

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 Post subject: Re: Upcoming Young Birder Trips and Mini Pelagic!
PostPosted: Aug 26 5:50 pm 
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Hey guys thanks to all of you for your prompt replies! We are a go for next weekend! See you next Saturday Sept 3rd and thanks for your positive attitudes!

I will send out an email with some specifics but we will be meeting at the same place and same time 6 am sharp don't forget waivers and your warm clothes, lunch money and everything else I posted above.

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 Post subject: Re: Upcoming Young Birder Trips and Mini Pelagic!
PostPosted: Sep 01 6:01 pm 
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Hey Guys!

We are all excited to go on our trip saturday with a full boat of kids!

Please triple check that you have BOTH of your waivers with you!

Ann Nightingale sent me this update from the Facebook page of the tour company we are going with! Look at the killer whales guys!! Let's hope we get them as well in addition to great birds!

https://www.facebook.com/sookewhalewatc ... 7634221535

See you at 6 am on Sat Sept 3rd!

Cheers,
Mel

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PostPosted: Sep 03 9:32 pm 
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Thanks to Mel for organizing another great trip! :)

We got off to a good start with a Franklin's Gull from the ferry as we pulled out of the terminal in Tsawwassen. We had a fun time on the water, too! It was incredible to see some of what the wild west coast has to offer. We saw an estimated 70+ humpback whales, a truly incredible sight! Additionally, we watched and listened to Steller's and California Sea Lions at a haulout. There were large numbers of alcids out on the water, particularly Common Murres, Rhinoceros Auklets, Pigeon Guillemots, and even a brief Tufted Puffin seen by a few. Heermann's Gulls and Herring Gulls also gave nice views, as did a couple young Red-necked Phalaropes and a Pacific Loon. We also got to hear a Sky Lark in Saanich on the way home. A great day! :)

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 Post subject: Re: Upcoming Young Birder Trips and Mini Pelagic!
PostPosted: Sep 03 9:52 pm 
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Thanks again, Mel, for the awesome trip!!
I got 9 lifers, and it was really awesome seeing the rednecked phalaropes so close and the humpback whales so close, and breaching too!! 8) The franklins gull was a real highlight too, as well as all the alcids! Really cool to hear those sea lions echoing out of the caves too!
All together it was a really awesome trip!!!! :D

Have a good weekend everyone!!


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 Post subject: Re: Upcoming Young Birder Trips and Mini Pelagic!
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You guys are really sweet, very glad to hear you enjoyed today. Those humpbacks were pretty incredible never seen anything like that in my life before.

All the best and thanks again for coming.
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 Post subject: Re: Upcoming Young Birder Trips and Mini Pelagic!
PostPosted: Sep 06 7:13 am 
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Here are some group photos from our pelagic

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Photos by Warren Lee and used with permission*


See you on Saturday at 7am for our last trip of the year the Ptarmi hike.

Cheers,
Mel

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 Post subject: Re: Upcoming Young Birder Trips and Mini Pelagic!
PostPosted: Sep 06 10:19 pm 
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Thank you, Mel, for organizing this trip! It was a lot of fun, and we saw some great birds and mammals! Here are a few of my photos…

Two of the many Humpback Whales:

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Red-necked Phalaropes:

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So many alcids! Never seen so many Common Murres or Rhinoceros Auklets, either. Here was a closer Rhino:

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And the sea lions:

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Thanks again Mel!

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 Post subject: Re: Upcoming Young Birder Trips and Mini Pelagic!
PostPosted: Sep 06 10:34 pm 
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Awesome shots B! Glad to hear you too had a great time.

I love the humpback and how you caught him pec slapping!

Weather was too calm and no wind for any tubenoses. I suspect they were sitting on the water way out (even though we went past Port Renfrew) but we still had a blast.

Thanks again for sharing your beautiful shots!

Cheers,
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 Post subject: Re: Upcoming Young Birder Trips and Mini Pelagic!
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Don't remember not smiling in that photo. Anyways, here is one of my photos of the Red-necked Phalaropes:

ImageRed-necked Phalarope by VancouverBirder, on Flickr

Thank you so much for the great day Mel!


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 Post subject: Re: Upcoming Young Birder Trips and Mini Pelagic!
PostPosted: Sep 06 10:51 pm 
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Hey you are most welcome Cole!

It's really fun to get all together like we did, no matter what we see or don't see. I really like your shot of the RNPH, it was really cute watching them swim around in circles endlessly haha!

Cheers,
Mel

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 Post subject: Re: Upcoming Young Birder Trips and Mini Pelagic!
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Absolutely Fantastic shots everyone!! We sure did have a blast, it was great birding with all of you guys, I don't think I've ever heard so much laughing in one day :lol:
Happy birding everyone!!!!


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