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Wednesday, September 2, 2015


Just a quick picture to note that thousands of Sooty Shearwaters are still streaming by Bodega Head.  Tonight, on 2 September 2015, they were flying north in the late afternoon.

They were pretty far out at least 0.5 mile offshore but this picture will serve as a record.

Ocean temperatures have been fluctuating quite a bit.  From over 20°C (68°F) during the weekend, down to 13.2°C (55.8°F) yesterday (after some strong northwest winds), and back up to 16°C (61°F) today.  A small craft advisory is in effect tomorrow — those winds will probably cause another temperature drop.

If you're interested in the relationship between seabirds and sea water temperatures, you can read this recent description posted by Debi Shearwater.

And if you'd like to track how the sea water temperatures this year compare to the long-term average, check out this web page showing offshore temperatures (click on the "Seawater Temp" tab).

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