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March 7, 2019

As February ran through its last few days the wildlife patterns have been slowly changing in the Santa Barbara Channel. Most notably we have had the continuing migration of Gray Whales but now they are starting their return trip north to the food rich arctic waters and...

February 5, 2019

Brandt's Cormorants, Anacapa Island

Things have turned around from a rather slow November/December with some seasonal turnover in the SB Channel.  Gray Whales are pushing south again on their yearly migration to Mexican waters. Fin and Humpback whales have been seen in...

December 23, 2018

 Long-beaked Common Dolphin

Long overdue, I have decided to merge November and December into one report due to my lack of getting out of the harbor this time of year. Pretty much most of December has been filled with harbor cruises, and November was rather slow due to s...

November 8, 2018

Another record setting Pelagic trip ran on October 6th out of Ventura, Ca. The Island Packers vessel Island Explorer set out on a full day adventure and ended up spotting a WHOPPING 5 different species of Booby. This is monumental and may never happen again in any...

October 5, 2018

September was another great month to be on the water or to visit one of the Channel Islands. With fall migration underway I was excited to be on the last two Island Packers summer whale watch trips and my first run out to San Miguel Island for the year. In late Septemb...

September 9, 2018

Okay well, let's do this in reverse order. I am going to start with our recent pelagic trip that ran on August 29th. I know I didn't even post it or advertise it on this site but I had my reasons. Immediately after our July 15th trip there was talk of adding another "c...

August 7, 2018

July has been one for the record books. This may be the most densely packed monthly report the SaltyBird will ever produce! Actually I hope not! but dang this will be a very hard month to beat.

So where do we start? at the beginning of course! I thought about breaking t...

July 8, 2018

 Bottlenose Dolphin taking in the view

The month of June was all about the Whales and Dolphins. Seabird variety was fairly static during this month and most migrants were already out of the area. One notable exception was this sweet Manx Shearwater.

Manx Shearwater

It buz...

June 8, 2018

 Long-beaked Common Dolphin 

The month of May brought a few changes to distribution of wildlife out in the Santa Barbara Channel. The last significant movements of the Loons passed through, Elegant Terns showed up in numbers, a few Jaegers zipped through, and there...

May 5, 2018

In March I thought it would be a good idea to give a monthly recap of what kind of birds and wildlife were around in the SB channel. I finally got around to it halfway into April. If you missed that post you can find it here. Originally, I forgot to mention that my goa...

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