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La Jolla Seawatch Ancient Murrelet

11:41 am

A full-morning seawatch by a moderate-sized crew in the appreciable onshore winds on Sunday was largely very disappointing, with not a single tubenose or jaeger seen. We finally managed our first alcid at mid-moring when a Common Murre flew by very close to shore. And then at 10:30 an Ancient Murrelet plopped into the water close to shore and swam around for a while before we lost it. Photos. This is only the second Ancient seen this March, and with only one found during February, following the notable incursion during December and the first half of January.
–Paul Lehman et al., San Diego