Afternoon Whale Watching Boat (6/16/20)
I made a last minute decision to get on the afternoon whale watching boat "Privateer" out of Mission Bay, today (6/16/20). It was a little bumpy and breezy out there, but very nice to be on the ocean again.
Given the circumstances we all are in with COVID-19, the crew did an amazing job keeping folks at safe distances from others when possible, ensured masks were worn by all, and sanitized high-touch areas (railings, etc.) multiple times throughout the trip.
During the 3 hours at sea, species of interest were:
Least Tern – 8
Elegant Tern – (Numerous)
Ashy Storm-Petrel – 3
Black Storm-Petrel – 20
Northern Fulmar – 1 (dark brown or gray individual; lighting and distance were an issue for this unseasonal observation)
Pink-footed Shearwater – 1
Sooty Shearwater – 2
Black-vented Shearwater – 70
Common Dolphin – 30-ish
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports