offshore San Diego Friday: Red-footed Booby, etc.

On Friday, 21 Jan, several folks ventured offshore to the 9-Mile Bank area. The highlight of the trip was a dark, immature Red-footed Booby with Brown Boobies some 11.7 miles W of the tip of Point Loma. This is the first record of a non-rehabbed Red-footed Booby in San Diego County waters between early January and April.  Other highlights included single Pink-footed and Sooty Shearwaters, scarce at this time of year, a "Thayer's" Iceland Gull, 10 Brown Boobies, and--most unusual well offshore beyond just a couple miles out--a flock of 13 Forster's Terns (with Bonapartes's Gulls) some 12.4 miles off Point Loma. Other misc. totals for the trip included 14 Northern Fulmars, 40 Scripps's Murrelets, 15 Cassin's Auklets, 21 Rhinoceros Auklets, and 1 Parasitic & 2 Pomarine Jaegers.

For those interested in the dates of the scheduled pelagic trips off San Diego in 2022, the dates and prices are being finalized right now and should be available by 1 Feb or very soon thereafter. See for further details at that time. Be aware that there will indeed be trips offered in all the same months as we did in 2021, with an additional trip in July, plus two somewhat shorter trips offered, probably in April and October.

--Paul Lehman, San Diego