Join/Renew (2022 Dues)
News from https://groups.io/g/SanDiegoRegionBirding

San Diego Bird Festival pelagic trip, Friday February 18

San Diego Bird Festival pelagic trip, Friday February 18
By – 5:12 am
On Friday, 18 Feb, the San Diego Bird Festival pelagic trip to the Nine-Mile Bank area took place under very pleasant conditions. The most unexpected bird was the hybrid-looking Americanish American X Black Oystercatcher on the Mission Bay jetties as we headed out (but not on the way back in), perhaps the same bird seen up at La Jolla a while back or perhaps new and even slightly closer to a “true” American Oystercatcher. Further study of our photographs needed. High counts for the day offshore included 39 Scripps’s Murrelets and 22 Brown Boobies, as well as several scarce-in-winter Pink-footed and Sooty Shearwaters. A flock of 11 Forster’s Terns some 9-1/2 miles off La Jiolla were much farther offshore than normal.Brant 3Surf Scoter 5Western Grebe 3Pomarine Jaeger 4Scripps’s Murrelet 39Cassin’s Auklet 2Rhinoceros Auklet 2Bonaparte’s Gull 2Heermann’s Gull 9Western Gull 250California Gull 35Forster’s Tern 11Royal Tern 7Red-throated Loon 1Pacific Loon 3Common Loon 2Northern Fulmar 3Pink-footed Shearwater 3Sooty Shearwater 2Black-vented Shearwater 650Brown Booby 22Brandt’s Cormorant 25Pelagic Cormorant 2Brown Pelican 150Paul Lehman, Dave Povey, Bruce Rideout, Tom Blackman, Gary Nunn, Matt Sadowski, Stan Walens, San Diego