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San Diego pelagic trip 12 June: MANX Shearwater, 17 Craveri’s, Blue Whales galore

San Diego pelagic trip 12 June: MANX Shearwater, 17 Craveri’s, Blue Whales galore

By – 5:03 am

The pelagic trip on 12 June from Mission Bay out to the Nine-Mile & 30-Mile Banks and “the Corner” aboard “Legacy” and sponsored by Buena Vista Audubon Society took place under wonderfully light seas and a nice full-day overcast. Overall bird numbers were OK, and we had a great Blue Whale show, including one mammal right next to the boat, exhaling loudly. Certainly the best bird of the day unfortunately escaped detection until it had flown and photos were checked: a MANX SHEARWATER in with a flock of 100 Sooties on the central Nine-Mile Bank. We also had a good total of 17 Craveri’s Murrelets, 10 Scripps’s Murrelets including fuzzy chicks, a very rare in summer Rhinoceros Auklet, a very rare in mid-June adult Sabine’s Gull, 2 Brown Boobies, 10 Northern Fulmars, 6 Ashy Storm-Petrels, and some good rafts of Black Storm-Petrels. Offshore totals for the day were:

Scripps’s Murrelet 10


murrelet sp. 4

Cassin’s Auklet 16

RHINOCEROS AUKLET 1 (inside Nine-Mile Bank)

SABINE’S GULL 1 (adult; 30-Mile Bank)

Heermann’s Gull 4

Western Gull 95

California Gull 1

Least Tern 5

Forster’s Tern 2 (unusual was one 5-1/2 miles off La Jolla; typically not pelagic)

Royal Tern 3

Elegant Tern 320

Common Loon 1 (basic plumage, Nine-Mile Bank)

Ashy Storm-Petrel 6

Black Storm-Petrel 750

NORTHERN FULMAR 10 (very good count for June)

Pink-footed Shearwater 22

Sooty Shearwater 280

MANX SHEARWATER 1 (Nine-Mile Bank; very rare in county and casual in summer; photo’d)

Black-vented Shearwater 100

Brown Booby 2

Brown Pelican 55

Double-crested Cormorant 1

Brandt’s Cormorant 10

The next pelagic trip out of San Diego on 16 July is now full. There is still space on the trips on 13 August, 11 September, 1 October, and 22 October.

–Paul Lehman, Dave Povey, Bruce Rideout, Dave Pereksta, Stan Walens