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Amazing Day at La Jolla

Hi all,

Today, I was one of many people seawatching at La Jolla Cove. After the morning hours, it was Gary N., Matt S., and me scanning back and forth for hours. I was there from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and had a ton of birds to show for it. The highlights were:

-4 Ancient Murrelets, two pairs flew by in the afternoon
-2 Arctic Terns, one adult one young flew by with Common Terns, pics of both
-2 Black-legged Kittiwakes
-4 Sabine’s Gulls (all young)
-250+ Bonaparte’s Gulls
-2 Sooty/Short-tailed Shearwaters, the second one flew close and Gary got good pics, should be IDable
-1 unidentified Shearwater arching up and down like crazy, the one that got away
-6 Black Scoters, mixed in with 2500+ Surfs
-2 Cackling Geese, single birds with flocks of Brant
-1 Leach’s Storm-Petrel, super close in, Gary and Matt S. got great pics
-Great movement of Common Murre, likely 50+
-1 Mew, 1 Iceland, 2 Glaucous-winged Gulls flying by amongst the California Gulls
-Good movement of Pomarine and Parasitic Jaegers
-Decent numbers of Red Phalarope, 2 Red-necked as well
-Always at least one Northern Fulmar in view

As you can see, a wildly successful day. I may have missed some other highlights, but this is most of them. Thank you to Nancy and Gary for keeping checklists. Weather is very similar tomorrow, so the great birds may keep coming!

Aaron Gyllenhaal
San Diego, CA
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