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Sooty Shearwater

Ardenna grisea (Gmelin, JF, 1789)

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Partial list of sound recordings available from xeno-canto, macaulaylibrary.org & avocet.zoology.msu.edu.
Species name Recordist Date Location Remarks Cat.nr.
Sooty Shearwater - Puffinus griseus Thomas Hamel 2017-09-02 offshore Half Moon Bay, San Mateo County, California, San Mateo (United States) (0 m) call, female, male -

Recorded with iPhone during a Shearwater Journey's pelagic trip aboard The New Captain Pete.

A large flock, 1000+, of Sooty Shearwater were sitting on the water, all making noise. There did not seem to be any threat, and the birds were not aggressive with one another - they were just yak yak yaking. Common Murre father and chick calls are mixed in there, as is the foghorn of Pillar Point. The birds were packed on the water in a clean edged group with perhaps three or four birds per square meter of undulating ocean.

Debi Shearwater, leading the pelagic, said she had never heard Sooty Shearwaters make this kind of commotion before when not at their breeding grounds; she has 42 years experience at sea.

The original recording on the iPhone was coverted into a MP3. I used Sony Acid to pump up the signal and to fade-in/fade-out the clip.

Sooty Shearwater gather in vast numbers along the California Coast, especially Monterey Bay to Half Moon Bay, arriving in August, leaving in October. They feed heavily on available baitfish and squid before leaving for breeding grounds off New Zealand. This noisy raft of birds appeared to be well fed - they were close inshore and uninterested in getting off the water as the boat drifted by. Skipper Dennis was kind enough to cut the engines so we could try to record the birds. Unfortunately, I was not carrying my standard Sennheiser shotgun and Marantz deck - the voice memo app was my fallback.

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

385325
xeno-canto.org
Sooty Shearwater - Ardenna grisea Matt Slaymaker 2019-03-19 Mangere Island, Chatham Islands, Mangere Island (New Zealand) (50 m) call -

Calls of birds at dusk in breeding colony

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

537874
xeno-canto.org
Sooty Shearwater - Puffinus griseus Rob van Bemmelen 2014-01-14 Rakiura National Park (near Stewart Island), Southland District, Southland, Stewart Island (New Zealand) (70 m) call -

Call from inside burrow in a mixed colony with Blue Penguins, but I believe this is a Sooty Shearwater.

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

198149
xeno-canto.org
Sooty Shearwater - Puffinus griseus Ryan Merrill 28-11-2004 Katiki Point, Otago, Waitaki District (New Zealand) (20 m) song (B) - at breeding colony as birds were arriving shortly after dark 41929
xeno-canto.org
Sooty Shearwater - Ardenna grisea David Boyle 2019-02-08 Rangatira South East Island, Chatham Islands, Chatham Islands (New Zealand) (30 m) song -

Presumably a pair calling to each other in a burrow

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

457257
xeno-canto.org
Sooty Shearwater - Puffinus griseus sjonnoh 2015-10-18 Otaki, Marlborough District, Marlborough, Marlborough District (New Zealand) (10 m) song -

A recording at nests of Sooty Shearwater.

288035
xeno-canto.org
Sooty Shearwater - Puffinus griseus Victor Raimilla Almonacid 2011-10-15 Bartolome Island, Diego Ramirez Archipelago, Chile (Chile) (0 m) call -

Fue grabado introduciendo el microfono dentro de su cueva. Las cuevas fueron hechas bajo CoirĂ³n.

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

263617
xeno-canto.org
Sooty Shearwater - Puffinus griseus Olivier SWIFT 2012-01-14 Stewart Island, Southland District, Southland, Stewart Island (New Zealand) (20 m) song -

Tascam DR05 and Sennheiser ME66. New Zealand, Oban, 14/01/2012, in the night

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

341686
xeno-canto.org
Sooty Shearwater - Puffinus griseus Rob van Bemmelen 2014-01-11 Rakiura National Park (near Stewart Island), Southland District, Southland, Stewart Island (New Zealand) (70 m) song -

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

198157
xeno-canto.org
Sooty Shearwater - Puffinus griseus Rob van Bemmelen 2014-01-14 Rakiura National Park (near Stewart Island), Southland District, Southland, Stewart Island (New Zealand) (70 m) call -

Call from inside burrow in a mixed colony with Blue Penguins, but I believe this is a Sooty Shearwater.

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

198150
xeno-canto.org
Sooty Shearwater - Ardenna grisea David Boyle 2021-02-12 Rangatira South East Island, Chatham Islands, Chatham Islands (New Zealand) (30 m) adult, flight call -

Took a while to be certain it was Sooty Shearwaters making this call, I think its mainly made by birds coming in in the evening

bird-seen:no

playback-used:no

654940
xeno-canto.org
Sooty Shearwater - Puffinus griseus Rob van Bemmelen 2014-01-14 Rakiura National Park (near Stewart Island), Southland District, Southland, Stewart Island (New Zealand) (70 m) song -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

198148
xeno-canto.org
Sooty Shearwater - Puffinus griseus Fernand DEROUSSEN 2013-10-11 Harington Point, Dunedin City, Otago, Dunedin City (New Zealand) (70 m) song -

bird-seen:yes

playback-used:no

152989
xeno-canto.org
Sooty Shearwater - Ardenna grisea Ryan Irvine 2021-12-28 Gypsy Cove, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Falkland Islands (Malvinas) (Falkland Islands (Malvinas))   -   403255751
macaulaylibrary.org
Sooty Shearwater - Ardenna grisea Ryan Irvine 2021-12-28 Gypsy Cove, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Falkland Islands (Malvinas) (Falkland Islands (Malvinas))   -   403255721
macaulaylibrary.org
Sooty Shearwater - Ardenna grisea Susan Pelmulder 2019-09-02 (37.4532,-122.4824), San Mateo, California, United States, San Mateo (United States)   - Call and paddle for flight 175513501
macaulaylibrary.org
Sooty Shearwater - Ardenna grisea William V. Ward 1968-02-02 Fisherman Is.; Abel Tasman Nat. Park, New Zealand, New Zealand (New Zealand)   -   994
macaulaylibrary.org
Sooty Shearwater - Ardenna grisea Donavin de Jager 2021-12-13 Codfish Island--Sealers Bay (general), Southland District, Southland, New Zealand, Southland District (New Zealand)   -   396768811
macaulaylibrary.org
Sooty Shearwater - Ardenna grisea Ken Chamberlain 2019-02-23 -51,5053x-58,0082 - 6 mars 2016 14:17, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Falkland Islands (Malvinas) (Falkland Islands (Malvinas))   -   145463411
macaulaylibrary.org
Sooty Shearwater - Ardenna grisea Donavin de Jager 2021-12-13 Codfish Island--Sealers Bay (general), Southland District, Southland, New Zealand, Southland District (New Zealand)   -   396768781
macaulaylibrary.org
Sooty Shearwater - Ardenna grisea Ken Chamberlain 2019-02-23 -51,5053x-58,0082 - 6 mars 2016 14:17, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Falkland Islands (Malvinas) (Falkland Islands (Malvinas))   -   145463401
macaulaylibrary.org
Sooty Shearwater - Ardenna grisea Lucas Corneliussen 2019-09-02 (37.4532,-122.4824), San Mateo, California, United States, San Mateo (United States)   -   282910561
macaulaylibrary.org
Sooty Shearwater - Ardenna grisea Maurice A. E. Rumboll 1971-11-16 Kidney Island; East Falkland, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Falkland Islands (Malvinas) (Falkland Islands (Malvinas))   -   996
macaulaylibrary.org
Sooty Shearwater - Ardenna grisea Ryan Irvine 2021-12-28 Gypsy Cove, Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Falkland Islands (Malvinas), Falkland Islands (Malvinas) (Falkland Islands (Malvinas))   -   403255761
macaulaylibrary.org
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