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San Diego pelagic: 2 Nazca & 1 Red-footed Boobies, Least Storm-Petrels

San Diego pelagic: 2 Nazca & 1 Red-footed Boobies, Least Storm-Petrels

By – 5:31 am

The San Diego pelagic trip on Saturday, October 1st aboard “Legacy” and sponsored by Buena Vista Audubon Society took place under very pleasant conditions of light seas and high overcast. We ventured offshore to the Nine-Mile Bank, San Diego Trough, 30-Mile Bank, and The Corner. Highlights of the day certainly involved the booby show, with excellent looks at three species. A Red-footed Booby repeatedly approached and circled the boast, and it even briefly landed on the wheelhouse. An adult or near-adult Nazca Booby flew right over the boat. An additional adult Nazca was seen later in the trip at great distance, and a Masked/Nazca was also seen at some distance. Brown Boobies appeared repeatedly during the day and totaled some 11 individuals. Another highlight of the trip were the good numbers of scattered Least Storm-Petrels seen over large parts of the route. Offshore totals for the day were:

Cinnamon Teal  4

Red-necked Phalarope  50

Red Phalarope  4

Pomarine Jaeger  1

Parasitic Jaeger  2

Cassin’s Auklet  10

Heermann’s Gull  40

Western Gull  200

California Gull  5

Royal Tern  1

Elegant Tern  6

Common Loon  2

Black Storm-Petrel  85

Least Storm-Petrel  40

Pink-footed Shearwater  65

Sooty Shearwater  1

Black-vented Shearwater  1800

Nazca Booby  2  (Nine-Mile Bank @ 12-1/2 mi W of Point Loma; and western SD Trough)

Masked/Nazca Booby  1  (eastern SD Trough)

Brown Booby  11

Red-footed Booby  1  (Nine-Mile Bank @ 12-1/2 mi W of Point Loma)

Brand’s Cormorant  3

Brown Pelican  7

Black-throated Gray Warbler  1

There is still space on the shorter, 6-hour trip on October 22nd, which will likely visit the Nine-Mile Bank and eastern San Diego Trough. This will be the last trip of the year.

–Paul Lehman, Dave Povey, Bruce Rideout, Tom Blackman, Dan Jehl, Justyn Stahl, San Diego