San Diego pelagic trip results, 15 May

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