A temporary WhatsApp group has been made for the trip out today on the Legacy, to share any interesting or confusing finds people make as they look through their photos. Not sharing the link publicly so it doesn’t get potentially bombed.
If you would were on the Legacy today and would like to join the group, DM me.
Thanks to Linda King’s resourcefulness in sleuthing, I was able to get in touch with the wife of the finder of the “Anza-Borrego” Red-billed Tropicbird. Her husband found it while he was plowing a field. The bird was not in the Anza-Borrego Desert in San Diego County but in Terwilliger Valley, 5.1 miles southeast of the community of Anza in Riverside County—and thus represents a first record for that county, if I am not mistaken. Linda kindly sent a link to pictures of the two tropicbirds in rehabilitation at Sea World: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMztQbqeKreU-9Q5CzNAoIb_tPhxDyADPVJA9MDdRylRyvSEwVPPurNgbF2pFVsRg?key=dmhYa0s5STd0WmFYajNYbUU0TlJqWVk4eGxNZk53. Enjoy!
Following recent posts, Debby Porter and I went out on AM Legacy whale watch today. Skipper Rob Downing (same skipper as Sat, Sun) took us to “first fathom incline”, about 5 miles west, where we cruised N-S fir a mile or two. Furthest west we got was about 7 miles. In contrast to Saturday, we saw only a modest few hundred black-vented shearwaters, about 50 phalaropes, one brown booby, one Nazca/masked booby. We are both inexperienced pelagic birders, so may have missed some or many species, but we, and skipper Rob, are confident that there was a marked contrast between total bird numbers of all species at the same near-shore location. Another whale watching boat saw plentiful birds off La Jolla coast today. On the plus side, calm and sunny offshore today, light breeze, minimal swell. Lee Wagner