Our missing summer seems to have found us. It's been so hot here that our chickens are laying boiled eggs.
Vic beat the heat this past weekend by taking a pelagic trip with his birding class. They joined members of Sea & Sage Audubon Society on a cruise on the Sea Explorer, one of the vessels operated by the Ocean Institute in Dana Point.
Vic reported that they had a fantastic cruise, with clear skies and glassy seas. The smoothness of the trip made it far easier for Vic and the other leaders to point out birds on the horizon and for the students to get their binoculars onto the birds.
The avian highlight of their trip was a flesh-footed shearwater, a species I had never even heard of. This was the first time that even the most experienced of the trip leaders has seen this species. Flesh-footed shearwaters are medium-sized, narrow-winged, brownish-black birds with light pink feet and pale pink bills with black tips. They spend their lives at sea except during breeding season.