Sooty Shearwaters

Scientific Name: Puffinus griseus


What is special about Sooty Shearwaters along the California Central Coast?

"In summer, hundreds of thousands of Sooty Shearwaters use the Monterey Bay as a staging ground. They hold the record for the world’s longest bird migration, leaving their nesting colonies off New Zealand and traversing the entire Pacific Ocean in a figure-eight pattern. After arriving in the bay, they feast on the abundant resources while they molt their feathers and prepare for the nearly 20,000-mile journey home. On midsummer days when the west wind blows, the beach can be littered with the feathers of Sooty Shearwaters, as swarms of the birds feed offshore."

Brian Sullivan
Birding California's Central Coast
All About Birds, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

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Where and when can I see Sooty Shearwaters along the California Central Coast?

Spring through Fall, hundreds of thousands of Sooty Shearwaters can be observed in Monterey Bay off of Moss Landing or  the Elkhorn Slough. 

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