San Diego pelagic Sunday: 2 Nazca & 1 Red-footed Boobies, 17 Least & 1 Townsend's Storm-Petrels

The Sept 19th Buena Vista Audubon Society sponsored pelagic trip aboard "Legacy" out to the 9-Mile Bank, 30-Mile Bank, and "The Corner" was quite successful and took place under very pleasant weather and sea conditions. Highlights included fine views of a sub-adult Nazca Booby at the inner San Diego Trough, an adult Nazca Booby at the 30-Mile Bank, and a dark-morph immature Red-footed Booby at the outer San Diego Trough, as well as one Brown Booby; a total of 17 Least Storm-Petrels seen well and with good comparisons scattered mostly on the 30-Mile Bank and at The Corner, 1 Townsend's Storm-Petrel in the SD Trough, about 8 Leach's Storm-Petrels at the 30-Mile and The Corner, an unseasonal Northern Fulmar, 3 Sabine's Gulls, and plenty of jaegers of three species. Totals offshore were:

Northern Pintail 17

Red-necked Phalarope 7

Pomarine Jaeger 20

Parasitic Jaeger 11

Long-tailed Jaeger 1 or 2

jaeger sp. 12

murrelet sp. 3

Rhinoceros Auklet 1

Sabine's Gull 3

Heermann's Gull 3

Western Gull 250

California Gull 1

Common Tern 40

Elegant Tern 150

Leach's Storm-Petrel 8 (incl. mostly white and mostly dark rumped birds)


Black Storm-Petrel 240


NORTHERN FULMAR 1 (ratty looking; likely summered locally)

Pink-footed Shearwater 140

Sooty Shearwater 5

Black-vented Shearwater 1100

NAZCA BOOBY 2 (sub-adult and adult)

Brown Booby 1

RED-FOOTED BOOBY 1 (dark-morph imm)

Brandt's Cormorant 10

Brown Pelican 120

Lots of photos will be posted with upcoming eBird lists in a few days.

Our last trip of the season is on Oct 3rd and is currently sold out.

For additional information and the 2022 schedule (not posted until early 2022), see

--Paul Lehman, Dave Povey, Bruce Rideout, Matt Sadowski, Justyn Stahl, et al., San Diego

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