David Povey <dpovey@...>
The Buena Vista Audubon and Grande Pelagic Sunday was a great success. Bird species of note included Least Storm-Petrel,
Masked/Nazca Booby, Red Billed Tropicbird, Long-tailed Jaegers, Craveri's Murrelets.
We found a large raft of storm-petrels on the Thirty Mile Bank. The makeup of 700-800 Black Storm-Petrels and 100 plus
Least Storm-Petrels. This about 26 nautical miles west of Ocean Beach.
A immature Masked/ Nazca Booby was well seen and photographed on the Nine Mile Bank near
the end of the trip. This bird about a half mile north of the border and 11 n.m. s.w. of Point Loma, This sighting continues a
long string of white bodied booby reports for 2017-2018.
A close in Red-billed Tropicbird was on the water over the San Diego Trough early in the day perhaps 15 n.m. southwest of
Point Loma. This species has been rather scarce this year.
Long- tailed Jaegers best considered rare locally inside San Clemente Is. were in exceptional numbers with at least five.
We had three adults fly right in to the chummed gull flock for nice photo opportunities. All Long-tailed Jaegers seen from the
Nine Mile Bank or further offshore.
Three pairs of Craveri's Murrelets were found. One pair allowed close approach for photos. Two of the pairs were in the expected
area of the Thirty Mile Bank. The last pair, I. D. form photos, was surprisingly inshore on the inner edge of the Nine Mile. Likely
8 n.m. or less from Point Loma.
A partial list;
Greater White-fronted Goose 30+ (high V seen off Point Loma).
Northern Fulmar 3
Pink-footed Shearwater 27
Sooty Shearwater 2
Black-vented Shearwater 110
Leach's Storm-Petrel chapmani 2
Ashy Storm-Petrel 4
Black Storm-Petrel 850
Least Storm-Petrel 120
Red-billed Tropicbird 1
Masked /Nazca Booby 1
Brown Booby 5
Red-necked Phalarope 27
Red Phalarope 4
Pomarine Jaeger 5
Parasitic Jaeger 3
Long-tailed Jaeger 5
jaeger sp. 1
Craveri's Murrelet 6
Sabine's Gull 3
Common Tern 10
Elegant Tern 225
p.s. The last 2018 Buena Vista Audubon and Grande Pelagic is Oct. 21, 2018. For reservations call 619 222-1144 or log on