San Diego Bird Festival Pelagic Preliminary Report
This season's complete list for upcoming Southern California pelagic trips is posted at http://www.socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips.html
The four San Diego Bird Festival Pelagic trips (Thursday Sunday) enjoyed perfect marine weather and a rich assortment of seabirds and marine mammals. Trip highlights included Black-legged Kittiwakes on all four trips, two Brown Boobies in San Diego County on Friday and close-ups of seven northbound migrating California Gray Whales.
Some of the species participants enjoyed on all four trips included: Black-legged Kittiwakes, Sooty Shearwaters, Pomarine and Parasitic Jaegers, Xantus's Murrelets, Cassin's Auklets, Rhinoceros Auklets, Black Turnstones, Brant Geese, Common Loons, Common Dolphins, Bottlenose Dolphins and California Sea Lions.
Seen on multiple trips (but not all): Northern Fulmars, Common Murres, Brown Boobies, Wandering Tattlers, Surfbirds, Red-throated Loons, Bonaparte's Gulls, Mew Gulls, Herring Gulls, Minke Whales, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Harbor and Elephant Seals, Mola-molas.
Seen on one trip: Pink-footed Shearwater, Black-vented Shearwater (!!), Elegant Tern (first of season for 99% of the participants and leaders).
About 30 Brown Boobies were counted Sat & Sunday at the Coronados Islands. Also seen there were Elephant Seals, a hybrid American X Black Oystercatcher and more than 20 Black Oystercatchers.
A complete trip report will be posted in a week or two (following compilation of the eBird lists, photos, videos and trip report) to http://socaltripreports.com
W. Terry Hunefeld, Encinitas
Life is short. Seabird often.
In memory of Luke Cole and Mike San Miguel
"Come on out with us to see what's out there."
Southern California Seabirding Trips
by: Buena Vista Audubon Society
Los Coronados Islands & Nine Mile Bank
all the way to the edge of the Continental Shelf