San Diego pelagic trip results, 15 May


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The San Diego pelagic trip on 15 May, sponsored by Buena Vista Audubon Society and aboard "Legacy," went out to approximately 30 miles offshore--to the 30-Mile Bank and "the Corner." It was a good day offshore, with light seas, nice neutral-lighting overcast, good photography, and a reasonable number of birds to look at almost all day long. Offshore (beyond 2 miles) totals were as follows:

Red-necked Phalarope 125

Scripps's Murrelet 41 (including a couple fully-grown young with parents, providing excellent views and photos)

Cassin's Auklet 12

Rhinoceros Auklet 1

Sabine's Gull 2

California Gull 1

Western Gull 200

Least Tern 12

Forster's Tern 1

Royal Tern 15

Elegant Tern 250

Pacific Loon 40 (northbound migrants)

Ashy Storm-Petrel 10

Black Storm-Petrel 420

Northern Fulmar 1 (dark)

Pink-footed Shearwater 32 (mostly northbound)

Sooty Shearwater 500 (noticeable northbound movement all day long)

Black-vented Shearwater 1

Brown Pelican 250

Brandt's Cormorant 1

It was also an excellent day for marine mammals, with numbers of Fin Whales, a couple Humpbacks, Minke Whale, and at least one Bryde's Whale, as well as a good-sized, cooperative group of Risso's Dolphins.

The next scheduled San Diego pelagic trip is Sunday, 13 June. Only a small number of spaces remain.

--Paul Lehman, Dave Povey, Bruce Rideout, Matt Sadwoski, et al., San Diego