San Diego Brown Boobies (3); Skua, Murre, Oystercatchers
Today, Saturday, July 18, 2009, Dave Povey, B.J. Stacey and two of his guests from Buffalo N.Y. and I pelagically birded the Nine Mile Bank off San Diego and the Mexican Los Coronados Islands off Tijuana.
Things today were slower than Dave's Least Tern survey trip on July 13 when he saw three BROWN BOOBIES, a SOUTH POLAR SKUA and a COMMON MURRE, all in SAN DIEGO waters. Dave's trip report is posted to SoCalBirding.com:
Today we saw 2 BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS on the Zuniga Jetty as we departed San Diego harbor, and counted 24 BROWN BOOBIES on the islands. Along the Nine Mile Bank we saw Black Storm-Petrels, Sooty and Pinky Shearwaters, Cassin's Auklets, Elegant and Elegant Terns, Common Dolphin, phalaropes and mola molas. Trip report:
With next weekend's Condor Express and the Searcher trips sold out, the next SoCal pelagic charter with space available is the 48-hour Grande Trip on Mon Wednesday, August 24-26, sponsored by the Buena Vista Audubon Society. Red-billed Tropicbirds, Cook's Petrel, Hawaiian Petrel and Craveri's Murrelets are possibilities on this trip. There are 12 spots left. Early birds save $35 if registered before July 30.
See ya'll in Santa Barbara next Saturday on the Condor Express!
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