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San Diego pelagic 9/19: Red-footed Booby, Buller's, Least Storm-Petrels, L-t Jaeger

The San Diego pelagic trip on 19 September, sponsored by Buena Vista Audubon Society, was aboard "Legacy" out of Mission Bay. We went out to the 9-Mile and 30-Mile Banks, as usual. Sea conditions were a bit bumpy and choppy when traveling west and northwest, but fine when going all other directions. The sea conditions made spotting some storm-petrels and all alcids difficult. Highlights included a cafe-au-lait Red-footed Booby just shy of the 30-Mile Bank, a Buller's Shearwater only 2 miles off the beach, a juvenile Long-tailed Jaeger, and some 6 Least Storm-Petrels, mostly on the 9-Mile Bank. Photos of all of these will appear in upcoming eBird lists. Species seen offshore (beyond 2 miles) were:

Red-necked Phalarope 30

Red Phalarope 1

Pomarine Jaeger 7

Parasitic Jaeger 2

LONG-TAILED JAEGER 1 juv. (21 mi. WSW of Point Loma)

jaeger sp. 2

Sabine's Gull 1

California Gull 7

Western Gull 240

Common Tern 7

Elegant Tern 35

Leach's Storm-Petrel 5

Black Storm-Petrel 48

LEAST STORM-PETREL 6 (5 along outer edge of 9-Mile Bank, 1 'only' ca. 8.5 mi. W of Sunset Cliffs)

Pink-footed Shearwater 28

BULLER'S SHEARWATER 1 (only 2 mi. off Ocean Beach)

Sooty Shearwater 1

Black-vented Shearwater 1150

Brown Booby 1

RED-FOOTED BOOBY 1 (26.3 mi WSW La Jolla, near inside edge of 30-Mile Bank)

Brown Pelican 1

Brandt's Cormorant 1

The next (and last trip for 2020) pelagic trip is again aboard "Legacy" out of Seaforth Sportfishing and is scheduled for 4 October. Ten hours, and presumably we will return to the 9-Mile and 30-Mile Bank areas. Details at

–Paul Lehman, Dave Povey, Nancy Christensen, et al., San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports