The pelagic trip out of San Diego today has placid seas. I am not on it. I am sure they have a good chance of seeing some terrific birds.
I am scoping from just north of children’s Pool. On a single scan I counted just under 500 storm petrels working offshore. More are working in the canyon to the north, too far away for me to count from here. Some of the storm-petrels have come quite close to shore. Most are 1 mile offshore. I have seen one Least storm-petrel and one probable Leach’s storm-petrel. Also 1 very close-in pink-footed shearwater.
If you are on today’s boat and haven’t seen enough storm-petrels, you might consider hitting La Jolla on your way back in to dock.
Stan Walens, San Diego
May 12, 2019; 10:30 am