Four of us weathered the bumpy ride to the 30 Mile Bank Friday. The n.w. winds the previous two days stirred up the ocean surface and although winds were mostly light today there was a lot of left over energy in the waves.
Overall a much different day than Sunday's BVAS/Grande Pelagic. Many fewer birds, particularly phalaropes, and terns. No boobies, no Sabine's Gulls, no storm-petrel raft(s).
We picked up more of the offshore types. Black-footed Albatross, N. Fulmar, Leach's and Townsend's Storm-Petrels, Long-tailed Jaeger.
Due to slow travel to the Thirty Mile Bank only about a third of the bank was covered today.
Very smoky/smoggy air all day. Left over from recent fires up north?
Black-footed Albatross 2-3 photos may separate
Northern Fulmar 2 a dark brown morph, and pale gray morph, both healthy looking birds.
Pink-footed Shearwater 50
Sooty Shearwater 1
Black-vented Shearwater 240
Leach's Storm-Petrel 10
Townsend's Storm-Petrel 4 San Diego Trough and Thirty Mile Bank
Ashy Storm-Petrel 6
Black Storm-Petrel 115
Least Storm-Petrel 2 One on Thirty Mile Bank, one outside top of Nine Mile Bank
Black Turnstone 1 south Mission Bay Jetty
Surfbird 1 north Mission Bay Jetty
Red-necked Phalarope 15
Red Phalarope 90
Pomarine Jaeger 2
Parasitic Jaeger 1
Long-tailed Jaeger 3 one as close as 8.5 n.m.
Craveri's Murrelet 4 two pairs both at Thirty Mile Bank
Cassin's Auklet 6
Loggerhead Turtle 1