San Diego pelagic Oct 3rd: Wilson's Storm-Petrel, 2 Masked Boobies, 12 Least Storm-Petrels

The October 3rd San Diego pelagic trip sponsored by Buena Vista Audubon Society aboard "Legacy" out of Mission Bay, out to the edge of San Diego County waters around 33 miles offshore, enjoyed nice weather and several good birds. We had extended views of a casual WILSON'S STORM-PETREL at the border between the sw. 30-Mile Bank and "The Corner," two separate very rare MASKED BOOBIES at and inside the 9-Mile Bank, and a dozen LEAST STORM-PETRELS at the 30-Mile Bank and The Corner. Also several Brown Boobies and a pleasing number of jaegers. Lots of photos forthcoming with eBird reports when ready soon. Overall numbers of many species were rather low. Offshore (beyond 2 miles) totals for the trip were:

Sanderling 4

Red-necked Phalarope 100

Pomarine Jaeger 18

Parasitic Jaeger 9

jaeger sp. 4

Cassin's Auklet 5

Rhinoceros Auklet 1

Sabine's Gull 1

Heermann's Gull 20

Western Gull 300

California Gull 4

Common Tern 5

Elegant Tern 150

Common Loon 1

WILSON'S STORM-PETREL 1 (32.631, -117.778; border between 30-Mile Bank and The Corner)

Black Storm-Petrel 90

Least Storm-Petrel 12

Pink-footed Shearwater 55

Black-vented Shearwater 3200

MASKED BOOBY 2 (approx. 2nd-year and 3rd-year birds; at n. end 9-Mile Bank and 7-1/2 miles W Mission Bay, respectively)

Brown Booby 3

Brown Pelican 75

Brandt's Cormorant 11

Yellow-rumped Warbler 1

passerine sp. 1

This was the final scheduled trip of 2021. The 2022 schedule of San Diego pelagic trips will be determined after the New Year.

--Paul Lehman, Dave Povey, Todd McGrath, Tom Blackman, Jimmy McMorran, Matt Sadowski, Nancy Christensen, San Diego

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