San Diego Bird Fest pelagic - 26 Feb
The third and final San Diego Bird Festival pelagic trips on 26 February
visited the 9-Mile Bank and waters off La Jolla. We had light seas for much of the day, with occasional light rain, and wind picking up around noon. Highlights were 5 Black-legged Kittiwakes, 2 Brown Boobies, 1 Sooty Shearwater, and cooperative Rhinoceros Auklets.
Select seabird totals included:
Northern Fulmar: 1
Sooty Shearwater: 1
Black-vented Shearwater: 500
BROWN BOOBY: 2
Pomarine Jaeger: 1
Parasitic Jaeger: 1
Scripps's Murrelet: 9
Cassin's Auklet: 11
Rhinoceros Auklet: 13
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE: 5 (2 first-cycle, 3 adults)
Mew Gull: 1
The 2017 San Diego pelagic schedule is available at http://www.socalbirding.com with the next trip schedule for 21 May. Early bird sign-ups save $20.