Seasons in the Sea - A month-by-month guide to Central California sea life

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Cormorants: Image credit-Mary Hollinger - NOAA


in July

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Here are some of the topics that will be covered in this chapter. More text and images will eventually be added to this section. Thank you for your patience.

Seabird events in July:

  • Western gull chicks fledge (6-7 weeks after hatching). By the end of July, most will be fending for themselves.
  • Black oystercatcher chicks fledge, but will rely on parents until end of summer, learning learn site-specific hunting techniques.
  • Common murre chicks at Farallones fledge at only three weeks old, and begin feeding near shore.
  • Brown pelicans arrive in large numbers from Southern California and Mexico, following the northward migration of anchovies and sardines.
  • Heerman's gulls arrive from Mexico, following the anchovies and the pelicans (from whom they steal food).
  • Elegant terns arrive from Mexico, following the anchovies.
  • Sooty shearwaters become even more numerous in outer coastal waters.
  • Sabine's gulls and arctic terns pass through the area,traveling from summer nesting areas in Alaska to Northern Canada down to "winter" feeding areas over the open ocean of the Southern Hemisphere.
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