Bird Festival Friday (19 Feb) Pelagic Trip: Manx Shearwater

The Friday, 19 Feb, 2/3-day San Diego Bird Festival pelagic trip aboard "New Seaforth" out to the 9-Mile Bank and off La Jolla enjoyed fairly light seas and overall good weather. Species seen were as follows. The highlight of the trip was the individual Manx Shearwater sitting on the water at moderate distance, with Black-venteds, off La Jolla; photos will be included in eBird lists to appear in the days ahead.

Brant: 50

Surf Scoter: 14

Red-breasted Merganser: 2

Eared Grebe: 4 (offshore)

Whimbrel: 1

Black Turnstone: 1

Surfbird: 6 (Mission Bay jetties, which they like every winter)

Least Sandpiper: 3

Spotted Sandpiper: 5 (they also like jetties)

Red Phalarope: 2

Pomarine Jaeger: 1

jaeger sp.: 1

SCRIPPS'S MURRELET: 12 (mostly flighty, but very good views of one pair)

Cassin's Auklet: 6 (mediocre views)

Rhinoceros Auklet: 1 (good views)

Bonaparte's Gull: 130

Heermann's Gull: 25

California Gull: 250

Western Gull: 1500

Royal Tern: 6

Pacific Loon: 2

Common Loon: 6

Herring Gull: 1

PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATER: 1 (rare to very rare in February; distant)

MANX SHEARWATER: (6 miles W of La Jolla, in with rafts of Black-venteds; photos; approx. the 17th individual recorded in San Diego Co. waters, of which all but two are between mid-Feb and mid-Apr)

Black-vented Shearwater: 2500 (mostly off La Jolla)

BROWN BOOBY: 2 (distant views)

Double-crested Cormorant: 4

Brandt's Cormorant: 60

Brown Pelican: 120

Great Blue Heron: 4

Great Egret: 8

Snowy Egret: 2

Osprey: 1

and.... TRICOLORED HERON: 1 (flying south past dock in AM, heading toward its favored San Diego River channel)

--Paul Lehman, Dave Povey, Bruce Rideout, Nancy Christensen, Tom Blackman, Matt Sadowski, et al., San Diego