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San Diego pelagic trip results, May 14th

San Diego pelagic trip results, May 14th
By – 5:19 am
The San Diego pelagic trip on 14 May aboard “Legacy” and sponsored by Buena Vista Audubon Society took place under beautiful sea conditions. We explored out to the western edge of San Diego County waters. The light seas provided for fine looks at virtually all species and for excellent photographic opportunities. The biggest surprise was the loose group of 3 breeding-plumaged Black Terns at the inside of San Diego Trough. eBird lists with lots of photos will be posted in the next couple days. Offshore totals for the day were as follows:Brant 16 (northbound)Red-necked Phalarope 170Red Phalarope 18 (incl. in full breeding plumage)Pomarine Jaeger 2Cassin’s Auklet 29Scripps’s Murrelet 68 (excellent total, and incl. large chicks)Sabine’s Gull 2Heermann’s Gull 5Western Gull 180California Gull 15Herring Gull 1 (getting late; first-cycle)BLACK TERN 3 (breeding plumage; 17.8 mi off Point Loma)Least Tern 25 (good number well offshore)Royal Tern 2Elegant Tern 350Pacific Loon 31 (northbound flocks)Northern Fulmar 8 (starting to look worn and tattered)Pink-footed Shearwater 38Sooty Shearwater 48Black-vented Shearwater 3Ashy Storm-Petrel 4 (good comparisons with Blacks)Black Storm-Petrel 300Brandt’s Cormorant 1Brown Pelican 180Great Blue Heron 1passerine sp. 1The next scheduled pelagic trip is Sunday, 12 June. Please come join us!–Paul Lehman, Dave Povey, Nancy Christensen, Pete Ginsburg, Matt Sadowski, et al.