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San Diego pelagic 6 Aug: 5 Cook’s, 1 Nazca, 2 B-f Albatross, Townsend’s S-Petrels, L-t Jaegers, 17 Craveri’s, 5 Fulmars

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The San Diego pelagic trip on 6 August aboard “Legacy” and sponsored by Buena Vista Audubon Society took place under very nice weather and sea conditions. As is usual, we ventured out to the Nine-Mile Bank, across the San Diego Trough, to the 30-Mile Bank and “The Corner,” some 34 miles offshore. There were a reasonable number and variety of birds offshore, including such highlights as 5 Cook’s Petrels, 1 adult Nazca Booby, 2 Black-footed Albatrosses, plenty of Townsend’s & Leach’s and Ashy Storm-Petrels, 2 Long-tailed Jaegers, a getting-late Scripps’s Murrelet, 17 Craveri’s Murrelets, a surprising 5 summertime Northern Fulmars, 10 Common Terns and 2 offshore Forster’s Terns, and a good count of 15 Brown Boobies. Totals for the trip once we were over a mile or so offshore were:
Semipalmated Plover  1
Black Turnstone  1
Least Sandpiper  1
Western Sandpiper  1
Red-necked Phalarope  135
Red Phalarope  3
Parasitic Jaeger  2
Long-tailed Jaeger  2  (Nine-Mile Bank)
jaeger sp.  2
Scripps’s Murrelet  1  (getting late)
Craveri’s Murrelet  17
murrelet sp.  10
Sabine’s Gull  8
Heermann’s Gull  4
Western Gull  40
Common Tern  10
Forster’s Tern  2  (unusual offshore; 13 mi W of Mission Bay)
Elegant Tern  55
Black-footed Albatross  2  (30-Mile Bank, SD Trough)
Leach’s Storm-Petrel  10+  (incl. 7 “Chapman’s”)
Townsend’s Storm-Petrel  7+  (30-Mile Bank & The Corner)
Leach’s/Townsend’s Storm-Petrel  35  (a number may prove to be Townsend’s)
Ashy Storm-Petrel  10
Black Storm-Petrel  150
Cook’s Petrel  5  (vic. 30-Mile Bank)
Northern Fulmar  5  (scattered; unusual number for summer)
Pink-footed Shearwater  105
Sooty Shearwater  75
Black-vented Shearwater  570
Nazca Booby  1  (adult; The Corner)
Brown Booby  15  (scattered; good count)
Brown Pelican  4
Rufous/Allen’s Hummingbird  2
Blue Whale  1
Minke Whale  2
There are three more similar trips remaining in August and September:  26 Aug, 10 Sep, 30 Sep. See sandiegopelagics.com for further details.
–Paul Lehman, Dave Povey, Bruce Rideout, Alex Abela, Pete Ginsburg, Dan Jehl, San Diego