American-type Oystercatcher, Red-nk Phalarope glut, more on Cook's Petrels
On Sunday, 25 July, the continuing American-type, borderline-hybrid Oystercatcher continued at La Jolla Cove, where present on the rocks at the seawatch site for a full hour starting at dawn, with 2 Blacks, until it finally flew south. Large numbers of Black-vented Shearwaters offshore. Not much else. At the San Diego River channel/mouth there were 4 adult Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, a Reddish Egret, and a slightly early Blue-winged Teal arrival.
For the past number of days, Red-necked Phalaropes seem to be especially numerous and widespread, with small numbers on many inland bodies of water, and even one seen yesterday flying through a residential part of Encinitas. Good numbers are in nearshore waters and at coastal estuaries.
Yesterday's two-boat total of Cook's Petrels in San Diego County waters ended up at approximately 28 birds, a new one-day record for the county (previous record was 24+). The one bird very close in to shore was 13.8 miles west of the tip of Point Loma, besting the only previous close-to-shore individual seen only 16 miles off La Jolla on 13 June 1997. Other total's from our boat offshore yesterday included: 10 Craveri's Murrelets, 5 Sabine's Gulls, 5 Least Terns, 1 Common Tern, 1 Black-footed Albatross, 52 Pink-footed Shearwaters, 45 Sooty Shearwaters, 3 Black-vented Shearwaters, 20 Leach's Storm-Petrels (good count), 8 Ashy Storm-Petrels, 2 Least Storm-Petrels, 200 Black Storm-Petrels.
--Paul Lehman, San Diego