Victor Emmanuel Nature Tours Pelagic Trip for 02/02/02.
- Sorry this is late, but if you weren't on the boat, you wouldn't be able to
chase anyways. The trip started at 7:45 a.m. The air was cool ,the sun was
out, and the water was extremely calm. We had 54 fellows birders on board
the New Seaforth, A great birding platform! Leaders on the boat were Barry
Zimmer, Guy McCaskie, and myself.
Immediately from the dock we had Belted Kingfisher, Double-crested
Cormorants, and herons around the Bait Dock. Leaving the main channel to
hit the open ocean we had Black Turnstones and Surfbirds on the rock jetty.
We saw only a few birds as we headed up to La Jolla Cove.
We encountered several California Gray Whales heading south to their winter
homes in Baja California. The Sea Lions were out in force though out the
trip as we also had Pacific White-sided Dolphins join us on occasion. We
finally came across Black-vented Shearwaters and a Red Phalarope, before we
hit the La Jolla area and got very good looks at both.
It became clear from where we were, that there just wasn't many birds
outside of the cove. So I had the Captain head into La Jolla, and it is
here that we finally got some birds. Both Pomarine and Parasitic Jaegers
were harassing the gulls. A Rhino Auklet gave us great looks, and on our
way back to Mission Bay, Guy spotted a Mew Gull flying at the back of the
boat with the other gulls. It seems that Cheesy popcorn is the preferred
popcorn of gulls, as they swarmed over that, more than the plain buttered
These trips are designed for the east coast birder who wants to see the
Black-vented Shearwater, as anything past that is icing on the cake. Other
birds of note were 1 Royal Tern and several Bonaparte's Gulls.
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