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San Diego offshore report — Least SP, Craveri's Murrelet, 27 Sep 2020

On Sunday 27 September, 2020 four of us, Peter Ginsberg, Jim Pawlicki, Matt Sadowski, and myself, visited offshore waters of San Diego County.  We ran directly out to The Corner then traveled northeast across the 30 Mile Bank stopping at the 182.  From there we probed about another 5 miles northwest following the dropoff contours toward the 181 but came across almost no birds and turned east cutting across the San Diego Trough to the 9 Mile Bank. Then down the bank to just north of the Mexico border and home. 90 NM traveled.

Overall bird numbers were low and some periods traveled with zero to few sightings.
The main highlight was a good number of LEAST STORM-PETREL seen scattered about as singles on the 30 Mile Bank and then also concentrated over an oil slick at the 9 Mile Bank about 2.5NM north of the Mexico border.  Close views and photographs were had at the oil slick in particular with about 10 individuals mixed in with 70-80 Black Storm-Petrels.  Also one Sabine's Gull at the slick.
One fast away CRAVERI'S MURRELET photographed.
Cetacean sightings included Common Dolphin and Offshore Bottlenose Dolphin.  Pinniped sightings included close looks at a young Guadalupe Fur-Seal "jug-handling" and one Northern Elephant Seal.

Gary Nunn
Pacific Beach

Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports