San Diego pelagic Sunday: 2 Nazca & 1 Red-footed Boobies, 17 Least & 1 Townsend's Storm-Petrels


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The Sept 19th Buena Vista Audubon Society sponsored pelagic trip aboard "Legacy" out to the 9-Mile Bank, 30-Mile Bank, and "The Corner" was quite successful and took place under very pleasant weather and sea conditions. Highlights included fine views of a sub-adult Nazca Booby at the inner San Diego Trough, an adult Nazca Booby at the 30-Mile Bank, and a dark-morph immature Red-footed Booby at the outer San Diego Trough, as well as one Brown Booby; a total of 17 Least Storm-Petrels seen well and with good comparisons scattered mostly on the 30-Mile Bank and at The Corner, 1 Townsend's Storm-Petrel in the SD Trough, about 8 Leach's Storm-Petrels at the 30-Mile and The Corner, an unseasonal Northern Fulmar, 3 Sabine's Gulls, and plenty of jaegers of three species. Totals offshore were:

Northern Pintail 17

Red-necked Phalarope 7

Pomarine Jaeger 20

Parasitic Jaeger 11

Long-tailed Jaeger 1 or 2

jaeger sp. 12

murrelet sp. 3

Rhinoceros Auklet 1

Sabine's Gull 3

Heermann's Gull 3

Western Gull 250

California Gull 1

Common Tern 40

Elegant Tern 150

Leach's Storm-Petrel 8 (incl. mostly white and mostly dark rumped birds)

TOWNSEND'S STORM-PETREL 1

Black Storm-Petrel 240

LEAST STORM-PETREL 17

NORTHERN FULMAR 1 (ratty looking; likely summered locally)

Pink-footed Shearwater 140

Sooty Shearwater 5

Black-vented Shearwater 1100

NAZCA BOOBY 2 (sub-adult and adult)

Brown Booby 1

RED-FOOTED BOOBY 1 (dark-morph imm)

Brandt's Cormorant 10

Brown Pelican 120

Lots of photos will be posted with upcoming eBird lists in a few days.

Our last trip of the season is on Oct 3rd and is currently sold out.

For additional information and the 2022 schedule (not posted until early 2022), see sandiegopelagics.com

--Paul Lehman, Dave Povey, Bruce Rideout, Matt Sadowski, Justyn Stahl, et al., San Diego