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SAN DIEGO MANX SHEARWATER

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  • Terry Hunefeld
    Greetings The volunteers of the San Diego Audubon put on another successful bird festival with wonderful trips, great leaders and nearly 400 registrants,
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 11, 2008
      Greetings

      The volunteers of the San Diego Audubon put on another successful
      bird festival with wonderful trips, great leaders and nearly 400
      registrants, capped off Saturday evening by a fun banquet with an
      entertaining keynote talk by Kenn Kaufman entitled Thirteen Ways of
      Looking at a Sparrow.

      The Saturday and Sunday pelagic boat trips to the 9-mile Bank and Los
      Coronados Islands were both resounding successes with well
      photographed highlights like MASKED BOOBY, MANX SHEARWATER (#480 San
      Diego for Guy McCaskie), multiple SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER, BLACK-
      LEGGED KITTIWAKE, and more than FIFTEEN HUNDRED CASSIN'S AUKLET.

      Mammals included several close Gray Whales each day, an enormous pod
      of 500 - 1000 Risso's Dolphin (the largest Todd McGrath has ever seen
      in the SoCal Bight), bow-riding Pacific White-Sided Dolphin plus
      Common and Bottlenose Dolphin.

      The Coronados Islands high count of BROWN BOOBIES was Saturday with
      20 on Middle Rock and one in flight several miles north of the
      islands for a total of 21. Not seen on Middle Rock Saturday, but
      present Sunday, was a MASKED BOOBY.

      The Coronados Islands high count of oystercatchers was Sunday with 18
      Black, 2 "American" and 4 hybrids.

      Two-day totals of species of interest (to us):

      5-7 Northern Fulmar
      2-3 Short-tailed Shearwater (Mexico)
      1 Manx Shearwater (US)
      1 Pink-footed Shearwater (Mexico)
      7-8 Black-vented Shearwater
      38 Bonaparte's Gull
      3 Mew Gull
      2 Herring Gull
      1 Thayer's Gull
      4 Glaucous-winged Gull
      1 Black-legged Kittiwake (Mexico)
      7 Pom Jaeger
      1 Jaeger sp
      19 Xantus's Murrelet (scrippsi) (Mexico & US)
      1,530 Cassin's Auklet
      29 Rhino Auklet

      Both trips were 6.5 hours in duration. The most productive life-zone
      was over Coronado Canyon, a deep submarine canyon south of the 9-mile
      bank.

      The March 15 pelagic trips into these waters is sold out. The next
      available trips are the weekend of May 10 with two trips back-to-back
      (we call it the "double-header"). You may book one trip, the other,
      or both: Trip #1 is an eight-hour trip to the 9-mile bank and the
      Los Coronados Islands. Trip #2 is an overnight trip to deep water to
      search for albatross and pterodroma petrels at the Cortes and Tanner
      Banks.

      Tickets are $75 for the 8-hour trip but if you sign up early you can
      get tickets for $55. The overnight trip is $200, but if you sign up
      early the cost is only $150. Leaders include Guy McCaskie, Paul
      Lehman, Todd McGrath, Jon Feenstra, Matt Sadowski, Mark Billings,
      Dave Povey and Dave Pereksta.

      Visit http://www.socalbirding.com/ for details.

      Life is short.
      Bird often.

      Terry Hunefeld, Leucadia
      www.SoCalBirding.com
      Pelagic Seabirding Trips From San Diego to:
      9-mile Bank
      Los Coronados Islands
      Cortes & Tanner Banks
      Channel Islands
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