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La Jolla Cove, Feb 23 afternoon: Ancient murrelet, another kittiwake, fulmar….

La Jolla Cove, Feb 23 afternoon: Ancient murrelet, another kittiwake, fulmar….
By – 6:48 pm
I spent about 3 hours, from 12:30-3:30, this afternoon at the Point La Jolla and checking beaches and rocks for derelict birds elsewhere along the coast south of there.Bird numbers over the ocean had plummeted since early this morning: in all that time I saw a total of 5 black-vented shearwaters, and only 2 fulmars.The huge feeding frenzy that had been offshore for the past 3 days was totally gone.The wind was still ferocious and the light was fantastic, so it was hard to pull myself away despite the death of seabirds.At one point, a winter-adult black-legged kittiwake flew at eye level between me, sitting on my bench, and the seawall, 6 feet away.I did not find any kittiwakes roosting on cliffs or beaches to the south of the point or elsewhere in the Cove area, and did not find any oystercatchers.Totally unexpected was a single ancient murrelet. I haven’t seen one of those since November 2020.When I returned to the Point at about 3:15, a single gray Northern fulmar was swimming in the water about 15 feet off the beach in the Cove.I expect to find it on the beach tomorrow morning….Stan Walens, San DiegoFeb 23, 2022; 5:30 pm