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La Jolla Cove, March 5 afternoon: Fulmarpalooza!

La Jolla Cove, March 5 afternoon: Fulmarpalooza!
By – 7:43 pm
A small group of birders was at the Cove this afternoon. Not the battalion from this morning.I was there from 1:00-5:00, at which point I realized I had gotten so cold that I couldn’t stop shivering.A constant stream of wildetourists passed in front of us, stopping to stare at the sea lions, making looking at the ocean very difficult.Sometimes the only view of the ocean was in the few inches between one person’s derriere and the next’s.We were bombarded with constant questions as to what we were looking at: the only true answer would have been human posteriors.On the horizon, a large number of black-vented shearwaters continued their southward movement; I’d say maybe 800-1000.Highlight of the afternoon was Northern fulmars: I had 137 in 4 hours, and there were probably more out amongst the distant shearwaters.[I expect to find some of those dead on the beach at La Jolla Shores/Torrey Pines tomorrow morning. The beaches of south county are also really good for finding wrecked seabird carcasses.]A single 1st winter black-legged kittiwake and a close-in short-tailed shearwater [spotted by Gary N] were the other standout birds.Photographers:When I left at 5:00, the cliffs between the Brandt’s cormorant nests and Goldfish Point were heavily carpeted with pelicans, cormorants and gulls.Very photogenic. Would make a good first picture if you just happened to have a new camera…Stan Walens, San DiegoMarch 5, 2022; 6:20 pm