Laguna Point Seawatch - Sun Dec 2
- When God created scopes, he probably had a day like yesterday in mind.
The wind at Laguna Point was blowing hard (my guess was at least 35 mph)
out of the southwest and the waves were huge. During the three hours I
spent scoping, a veritable cornucopia of pelagics put in appearances.
SOOTY SHEARWATERS were present in large numbers. Everywhere I pointed
the scope, sooties were swooping up above the horizon. Mixed in with
the sooties was at least two SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATERS. Other tubenoses
present were one BULLER'S SHEARWATER and two PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS.
There were several additional "white-bellied" shearwaters I was unable
to ID but surprisingly, no fulmars.
On the larid front, I had one dark-morph POMARINE JAEGER and two
light-morph PARASITIC JAEGER fly-bys. There were also four BLACK-LEGGED
KITTIWAKES and one first winter THAYER'S GULL.
Alcids were particularly entertaining. Any alcid flying south had to
work much harder than normal. The wings were a blur but the body didn't
make much headway. As a result, I got leisurely looks at two ANCIENT
MURRELETS as they worked their way south. Finally, there were two ROCK
SANDPIPERS on the rocks just off the point.
Birds of interest
Red-throated Loon - 3
Pacific Loon - 250+
Common Loon - 2
Red-necked Grebe - 1
Western Grebe - 4
Buller's Shearwater - 1
Pink-footed Shearwater - 2
white-bellied shearwater sp - 3
Short-tailed Shearwater - 2
Sooty Shearwater - 300+
Brant - 150+
Red-breasted Merganser - 3
Greater Yellowlegs - 1
Rock Sandpiper - 2
Parasitic Jaeger - 2
Pomarine Jaeger - 1
jaeger sp - 1
Thayer's Gull - 1
Heermann's Gull - 2
Black-legged Kittiwake - 4
Common Murre - 35
Ancient Murrelet - 2
Cassin's Auklet - 2
Rhinoceros Auklet - 1