La Jolla Cove, Sunday Sep 21, 2020: early migrating surf scoter[s] et al.
I spent about 4 hours yesterday at the Cove, 7–11 a.m.
Joined by Lindsay Willrick for the last 3 hours of that.
Lindsay’s eBird report has her numbers.
Worth reporting as out-of-season was a surf scoter migrating south. This is by several weeks, so far as I remember offhand, a record early date for a surf scoter migrant.
Lindsey felt she saw another group of 7 scoters on the horizon. I could not get onto them.
Otherwise it was quite busy, with maybe 1500 black-vented shearwaters [no other tubenoses of any kind], 300-400 red-necked phalaropes, 10–12 parasitic jaegers [all but one adults] and 3 pomarine jaegers [2 adult light morph, one dark morph or juvenile].
Jaegers were chasing gulls, terns, shearwaters and other jaegers continuously.
There are numerous second-cycle Heermann’s gulls around, but I personally have yet to see a juvenile this fall.
Stan Walens, San Diego
Sep 21, 2020; 11:42 a.m.
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports