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Tennessee Warbler – Robb Field

Tennessee Warbler – Robb Field
By – 12:41 pm
Initially found yesterday evening but couldn’t confirm ID until I got better looks today. Moving around ficus trees behind the clubhouse just west of the tennis courts. Last seen in this tree (32.7546799, -117.2406177)Was in this ficus yesterday (32.7545350, -117.2411699)Several OCWA and YEWA present as well. Joe

San Deigo pelagic: Wedge-tailed Shearwater, Blue-footed Booby, R-b Tropicbird, Mag. Frigatebird, 4 Nazcas, 1 Red-footed

San Deigo pelagic: Wedge-tailed Shearwater, Blue-footed Booby, R-b Tropicbird, Mag. Frigatebird, 4 Nazcas, 1 Red-footed
By – 4:01 am

The San Diego pelagic trip on Sunday, 11 Sep, aboard “Legacy” and sponsored by Buena Vista Audubon Society was…..awesome! Well, certainly three hours of it in the morning were extra awesome. Sea conditions were surprisingly pleasant, post-“KAY,” all day. Just several miles out to sea we had a very cooperative sitting RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD that allowed us to get quite close. That was followed by two separate sub-adult Nazca Boobies. Then, as we crossed the San Diego Trough in quick succession we had a BLUE-FOOTED BOOBY circle the boat–a casual visitor to coastal California–and then a casual, light-morph WEDGE-TAILED SHEARWATER–the third record for San Diego County and perhaps only around ten or so records for the state–which flew around and in front of the boat for an extended period. This was a new California bird for everyone on the boat except for two folks. Not too long after that an adult Nazca Booby appeared, followed immediately by a Red-footed Booby! Later on we added a Masked/Nazca Booby (photos will be examined further) and another Nazca! Also present were Least Storm-Petrels for much of the trip, a few exceedingly close to the boat, as well as a small-to-moderate number of Townsend’s and Leach’s Storm-Petrels and one Ashy Storm-Petrel. And then to cap it all off at the very end, there was an adult male MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD circling around near the dock when we returned!! Perhaps the strangest sight of the day, in a depraved sort of way, was the flock of five Killdeer that flew past the boat several miles offshore–not your typical “pelagic” species. We also had good looks at a Guadalupe Fur Seal. Lots of photos will appear in the shared eBird checklists when they are ready in a few days. Offshore totals for the day were as follows:

KILLDEER  5  (!!!)

Red-necked Phalarope  140

Red Phalarope  17

Pomarine Jaeger  6

Parasitic Jaeger  3

Cassin’s Auklet  1

Craveri’s Murrelet  3

Sabine’s Gull  3

Heermann’s Gull  8

Western Gull  400

California Gull  1

Common Tern  120  (good count)

Elegant Tern  125

RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD  1  (3.8 mi off n. Point Loma)

Leach’s Storm-Petrel  9

Townsend’s Storm-Petrel  8

Leach’s/Townsend’s Storm-Petrel  27

Ashy Storm-Petrel  1

Black Storm-Petrel  55  (low)

Least Storm-Petrel  95  (along entire route)

WEDGE-TAILED SHEARWATER  1  (21.8 to 21.3 mi W of tip of Point Loma)

Pink-footed Shearwater  48

Black-vented Shearwater  5000


NAZCA BOOBY  4  (high count; 1 immature, 2 sub-adults, 1 adult)

BLUE-FOOTED BOOBY  1  (21.7 mi W of  tip of Point Loma)

Brown Booby  7

RED-FOOTED BOOBY  1  (23.4 mi W of tip of Point Loma)

Brandt’s Cormorant 17

Brown Pelican  16

The next scheduled San Diego pelagic trip is on 1 October, but it is currently sold out. Wait-listers welcome. The final trip of the season is on 22 October, a shorter 6-hour trip, and it still has space.

— Paul Lehman, Dave Povey, Bruce Rideout, Alex Abela, Jimmy McMorran, Gary Nunn,  San Diego

Frigatebird continuing

Frigatebird continuing
By – 5:44 pm
The male frigate bird circling around the Hyatt hotel at Mission Bay remain there for 15 minutes and has now gone inland aways and is somewhere probably around SeaWorld or the southern end of fiesta Island. But it may well come back to this area as well. This may well be the same adult male seen late yesterday afternoon near Robb field.Paul lehmanSent from the all new AOL app for Android


By – 5:34 pm
At 5:33 p.m. there is a male frigate bird circling around near the Hyatt hotel near the mouth of Mission Bay not far from seaforth sportfishing could well be the same bird seen late yesterday in the same general areaPaul lehmanSent from the all new AOL app for Android

San Diego Pelagic: WEDGE-TAILED Shearwater, BLUE- footed Booby, Tropicbird, 4 Nazca 1Red-footed 1

San Diego Pelagic: WEDGE-TAILED Shearwater, BLUE- footed Booby, Tropicbird, 4 Nazca 1Red-footed 1
By – 4:48 pm
Today’s San Diego Pelagic trip had a fantastic several hours this morning when we had a red-billed tropicbird sitting on the water 2 miles out followed by two separate Nazca boobies, then a very unexpected blue-footed booby circling right next to the boat, and immediately followed by a sensational wedge-tailed shearwater also close to the boat. A light morph. These latter two birds were in the San Diego trough. Later on we also added a masked/Nazca and a red-footed booby! Least Storm petrels we’re seen for much of the day.Lots and lots of photos taken of most everything. More details posted tomorrow.Paul Lehman, San DiegoSent from the all new AOL app for Android

La Jolla Cove, Sep 11, 2022

La Jolla Cove, Sep 11, 2022
By – 3:27 pm
Yesterday there were about 40 birders at the Cove, Today, while every real birder is on the pelagic trip dreaming of their county wedge-rumped storm-petrel, there were 6.I was there from 7:15–10:30. It was sunny and hot and windless.Clear skies and only scattered high clouds meant little chance of frigatebirds, and as expected we did not see any.The ocean was flat and the light clear, making it easy to see storm-petrels flying past.I counted 31 Least Storm-Petrels, all heading south past the point, a high count for me from land, and I think more than I’ve seen in the county on any single pelagic trip.I’m curious to see how many are reported from the pelagic trip today.Other good birds included an adult Sabine’s gull and 2 Cassin’s auklets [the first I’ve seen from shore in months].About 1000–1100 black-vented shearwaters.No jaegers—a surprise after the plethora yesterday—and no boobies, again surprising, because often in the calm after a storm they come out to feed at the Cove.Small flocks of migrating dabbling ducks: shovelers, teal, lesser scaup, but no scoters. No loons.Stan Walens, San DiegoSep 11, 2022; 3:20 pm

Re: Solitary Sandpiper – Tecolote Canyon

Re: Solitary Sandpiper – Tecolote Canyon
By – 6:27 pm
The Solitary Sandpiper was not present at about 4 PM.  The bird I believe is the Solitary Sandpiper was present west of the bridge at about 4:40.  It disappeared and reappeared east of the bridge about 5:15  and was still there at 6:15 PM.  There was a spotted sandpiper present for comparison part of the time.– Ross CohenSan Diego

Sunday pelagic trip logistics

Sunday pelagic trip logistics
By – 4:42 pm

Tomorrow’s (Sunday) San Diego pelagic trip is a “go” and departs aboard “Legacy” from Seaforth Sportfishing in Mission Bay promptly at 7 AM. You should be at the dock and office no later than 6:15 AM to check in, sign the manifest, and attend the orientation which starts at about 6:30. A bunch of fishing boats delayed by the tropical bad weather are now scheduled to head out tomorrow morning as well. So please give yourself a little EXTRA time to find parking and to check in with the landing. It will be busy.

Forecast is for moderate seas (3-5 foot swell), dropping as the day goes on. Light winds. Plan accordingly. Bring your own food and drink, although snacks and drinks may be purchased on board.

See you there!

–Pelagic Trip Leaders, San Diego