offshore San Diego, Sat, 17 July: 5+ Cook's Petrels, 68 Craveri's Murrelets (all-time record), Long-tailed Jaeger

A small group of birders went offshore on Saturday, 17 July, out to the San Diego Trough, 30-Mile Bank, and "The Corner." Conditions were reasonably nice, with light winds. The highlights of the day were yet 5+ more COOK'S PETRELS in San Diego waters and a record one-day count for the state of 68 CRAVERI'S MURRELETS. The Cook's were in the San Diego Trough (2)--as close as 20.5 mi W of Point Loma--on the 30-Mile Bank (2), and at "The Corner" (1+, repeated sightings). Photos by John Dumlao will be posted in eBird reports to follow. Almost all the Craveri's were in the western quarter of the Trough and on the 30-Mile Bank and were regularly in flocks of four to six birds. Other species of note included two one-year-old jaegers, of which one appears to be a young LONG-TAILED and the other currently uncertain (rare in July; both in Trough), 2 Leach's Storm-Petrels (Trough), 8 Ashy Storm-Petrels, a getting-late Scripps's Murrelet (Trough), a Brown Booby, and a Common Tern. Also well-offshore flocks of Black-bellied Plovers and Short-billed Dowitchers. Another clear highlight of the trip was the spread-out group of FALSE KILLER WHALES in the Trough which were clearly shredding fish, as large numbers of Black Storm-Petrels and Pink-footed Shearwaters were actively feeding over and around them. Some misc. totals for the trip included 32 Red-necked Phalaropes, 5 Cassin's Auklets, 400 Black Storm-Petrels, and 80 Pink-footed & 55 Sooty Shearwaters.

--Paul Lehman, Dave Povey, David Trissel, John Dumlao

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