offshore San Diego Sunday: 9 COOK'S PETRELS, South Polar Skua, 7 Craveri's, 4 Leach's


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A trip offshore to the 30-Mile Bank and "The Corner" in San Diego County waters on Sunday the 11th, produced a total of ca. 9 COOK'S PETRELS, 8 at The Corner (32-33 mi offshore) and 1 bird much closer in to shore at the INNER part of the San Diego Trough only some 16.4 nm west of Point Loma. Lots of excellent photos obtained of several of the Cook's, which should appear later in eBird reports. Also at The Corner was a worn South Polar Skua and ca. 4 Leach's Storm-Petrels of various rump colors. A total of ca. 7 Craveri's Murrelets (plus another 5-7 murrelet sp.) were seen scattered during the trip (mostly in the Trough and at 30-Mile), as well as 5 Ashy Storm-Petrels, 8 Cassin's Auklets, 1 Brown Booby, and 1 Common Tern. OK numbers of Pink-footed and Sooty Shearwaters, Black Storm-Petrels, and Red-necked Phalaropes.

--Paul Lehman, Dave Povey, Matt Sadowski, Curtis Marantz.

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