Sorry for the late post. I sent this out this morning but it seems lost in the ether zone. This is an updated
The San Diego pelagic on Aug. 21, 2016 went off in sloppy conditions. Bird numbers were Ok, but lacked in
numbers of species. We did get very good looks at CRAVERI'S MURRELETS. We counted 10 on the day
in at best fair to poor alcid view conditions.
The only other species of note for us were LEACH'S STORM-PETRELS. Not usually seen in any numbers inshore.
We had perhaps twenty five+ for the trip. The majority chapmani dark rumped or intermediate white rumped,
but a couple of bright white rumped birds had us looking at photos for possible Townsend's or Wilson's Storm-Petrels.
These likely nominate race Leach's Storm-Petrels.
A bit of good news on the seabird reproduction front, Black-vented Shearwaters appear to have done well this year
as we saw good numbers on bright fresh plumaged birds I take to be birds of the year. All clearly thriving on this
years mass of Northern Anchovy locally.
The last species of note was an apparent albino Brandt's Cormorant on the security fence at submarine base near
Ballast Point. This bird appears to lack any pigment in its feathers, legs, feet and bill. (many photos). We were alert
of this bird's presents by an alert birder on one of the harbor cruises.
Sea surface temps were 69-73 mostly 70 degrees.
partial species list offshore;
Pink-footed Shearwater 67
Sooty Shearwater 7
Black-vented Shearwater 750
Leach's Storm-Petrel chapmani 25
Leach's Storm-Petrel leucorhoa (?) 2
Ashy Storm-Petrel 3
Black Storm-Petrel 110
Brown Booby 4
Red-necked Phalarope 40
CRAVERI'S MURRELET 10
Cassin's Auklet 1
Common Tern 12
Elegant Tern 108
p.s. The next BVAS / Grande trip is Sept 25th. and only has 9 spots left call 619 223-1627