Re: Orange County pelagic trip - Apr 27
- I posted some photos of the birds from yeasterday's pelagic for those interested including the Franklin's Gull, Sabine's Gull, Pomarine Jaeger, Cassin's Auklet (flock), and adult and fledgling Scripp's Murrelets: http://www.flickr.com/photos/47862125@N03/8690393844/in/photostream
--- In OrangeCountyBirding@yahoogroups.com, Thomasabenson@... wrote:
> Today (Apr 27) six birders (myself, Tom Ford-Hutchinson, Robert McNab, Jerry Tolman, Jan Wilson, and Pat Vranicar) spent seven hours aboard the Vranicar's boat captained by Frank Vranicar, covering portions of Newport and San Gabriel Canyons and the Lausen Sea Mount. The numbers of most species were low, but diversity was relatively high, and we saw several notable species in the county. Highlights included an alternate plumaged Franklin's Gull about five miles off shore, four Scripps's Murrelets (two adults with two chicks) about seven miles off shore, four Sabine's Gulls (one in alternate plumage, the rest transitioning) at the high point of the sea mount, and eight Red Phalaropes (most mostly in basic plumage) in the vicinity of the sea mount. Additionally, we had large numbers of birds moving north, including all three expected species of loons, about 500 Red-necked Phalaropes, and 100+ Cassin's Auklets, as well as 3+ Pomarine Jaegers, 10 Pink-footed Shearwaters, 50 Sooty Shearwaters, a Glaucous-winged Gull, and a very lost Wilson's Warbler.
> Tom Benson
> San Bernardino, CA
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