Four of us did a loop around local waters out of Mission Bay this morning, Peter Ginsburg, Steve Brad,
Tom Blackman, and I. Still a little slow but some species seem on the increase i.e.; Pink-footed and
Sooty Shearwaters, Black Storm-Petrels, Scripps's Murrelets, Cassin's Auklets, and Red-necked Phalarope.
Other species clearly on the decline i.e.; Black-vented Shearwaters, California and Bonaparte's Gulls.
Good movement of loons, Brant, and scoters, today. All well offshore, mostly beyond 10 miles out.
Notable were two pairs of Scripps's Murrelet that were made up of an adult and a non flying chick. Apparently this
species waste no time once they return here.
La Jolla was very quiet, most of the life was down the Coronado Escarpment and the Nine Mile Bank. So more… like normal.
species list; ( from ocean unless otherwise noted )
Surf Scoter 60
scoter sp. 25
Pacific Loon 150
Common Loon 4
loon sp. 375
Pink-footed Shearwater 7
Sooty Shearwater 15
Black-vented Shearwater 17
Black Storm-Petrel 8
storm-petrel sp. 3
Brandt's Cormorant 3 (one over outer edge of Nine Mile Bank).
Brown Pelican 52
Black Turnstone 1 ( N. Mission Bay Jetty ).
Surfbird 2 ( S. Mission Bay Jetty ).
Red-necked Phalarope 250
Scripps's Murrelet 17 ( 2 non flying chicks ).
Cassin's Auklet 14
lg. auklet sp. 2 ( possible Rhinoceros Auklets ).
Heermann's Gull 1 ( Mission Bay Jetty)
Western Gull 75
California Gull 20
Bonaparte's Gull 18
Elegant Tern 14
Royal Tern 2
swallow sp. 1
passerine sp. 2
also noted marine mammals;
Harbor Seal 1
Elephant Seal 2
Guadalupe Fur Seal 2 ( first time I can remember ever seeing two in a day locally).
California Sea Lion 1 (dead)
Bottle-nosed Dolphin 1-2 ( Mission Bay Channel )
Common Dolphin 2 pods 30-40 total
Minke Whale 1
p.s. The two Spring BVAS/ Grande trips are May 20th. and June 10th. You can sign on by calling
H & M Sportfishing Sportfishing Landing ( NEW ) at 619 222-1144, or going on line to their website.
This Landing is just to the right of the Point Loma landing that we've used in the past.
The "Early Bird rate" end tomorrow for the May 20th. trip.
Come join us and let's go see what's out there.