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boat trip to 9-Mile Bank, W-w Scoter

boat trip to 9-Mile Bank, W-w Scoter
By {authorlink} – 1:52 pm

On Weds AM the 25th, a few folks went on a half-day pelagic trip out to the outer edge of the 9-Mile Bank. Pleasant sea conditions. Pretty much reasonably expected species were seen, with no real surprises. On the way back in, we swung over toward the Coronado shoreline and had a White-winged Scoter with Surfs approx. off the Hotel del Coronado. Offshore totals for the trips were:
Red Phalarope  20
Pomarine Jaeger  2
Parasitic Jaeger  2
Scripps’s Murrelet  12
Cassin’s Auklet  23
Rhinoceros Auklet  8
Bonaparte’s Gull  230
Heermann’s Gull  13
Western Gull  160
California Gull  180
Herring Gull  2
Forster’s Tern  3  (farther offshore than usual @ 9.4 mi W of Sunset Cliffs)
Royal Tern  1
Pacific Loon  1
Sooty Shearwater  2  (scarce but regular in winter)
Pink-footed Shearwater  2  (scarce but regular in winter; 14 mi W of Point Loma)
Black-vented Shearwater  800
Brown Booby  5
Brown Pelican  73
Brandt’s Cormorant  7
–Paul Lehman et al., San Diego