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Large Cassin's Auklet movement off SCI, and other migrants...

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  • HeraldPetrel@aol.com
    Birders Yesterday, 5/17, was another good fallout of neotropical migrants here on San Clemente Island. The local conditions were as follows; midlevel heavy
    Message 1 of 1 , May 18, 2002
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      Birders

      Yesterday, 5/17, was another good fallout of neotropical migrants here on San
      Clemente Island. The local conditions were as follows; midlevel heavy marine
      layer, starting at about 1000 feet, calm winds at sea level changing to light
      east just under the marine layer. Warblers were raining from the sky until
      about 2:00 pm, the bulk of which were Wilson's Warblers with fair numbers of
      Yellows, Townsend's, Hermits, and Orange-crowneds mixed in. A smattering of
      other migrants was also noted but nothing unusual, and nothing in truly
      noteworthy numbers.

      Off China Point, at the southwestern tip of the island, a large movement of
      Cassin's Auklets took place during the AM, and possibly throughout the day.
      Myself and three other observers counted a conservative total of 125 passing
      to the north in 45 minutes between 900 and 945. In addition to the Auklets
      were dozens of both Pink-footed and Sooty shearwaters, a single Black
      Storm-Petrel and one Xantus's Murrelet. 4 Phalarope sp. were seen, as well
      as 10 Pacific Loons and one Red-throated Loon. Interestingly, no jaegers
      were seen. My intent was to find a Sabine's Gull but no dice!

      Lastly, John Brollini phoned from the north end of the island in the early AM
      after having located the island's 4th American Avocet, a first for spring
      migration.

      The fallout of passerines was island-wide and no one location seemed to
      contain a high concentration of migrants. Every bush seemed to have
      something though. I checked several of the usual vagrant/migrant traps with
      mediocre results, but still a great day to be out on the island.

      thanks

      Brian Sullivan
      Institute for Wildlife Studies
      SCE/NRO/NALF/SCI
      PO Box 357054
      San Diego, CA
      92135

      HeraldPetrel@...
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