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San Diego pelagic trip, Saturday June 8th

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The San Diego pelagic trip on Saturday, June 8th, sponsored by Buena Vista Audubon Society and aboard “Legacy” out of Mission Bay was blessed with very light seas and nice overcast (good lighting) all day. Virtually all the expected pelagic species were seen, along with several scarce or rare species for June (e. g., Common Murre, Sabine’s Gull, Northern Fulmar). Good photo opportunities were had of species like breeding-plumaged Red Phalarope, multiple very close Craveri’s Murrelets, Northern Fulmar, etc. Totals for the day, once we were about two miles offshore were:
Red-necked Phalarope  1 (basic)
Red Phalarope  2 (1 alternate, 1 basic)
Pomarine Jaeger  1
Parasitic Jaeger  1
Common Murre  3 (off Mission Bay)
Scripps’s Murrelet  6
Craveri’s Murrelet  16
murrelet sp.  2
Cassin’s Auklet  55
Sabine’s Gull  3 (one-year-olds, 30-Mile Bank)
Heermann’s Gull   5
Western Gull  175
Common Tern  1 (The Corner)
Least Tern  2
Royal Tern  2
Elegant Tern  3200
Pacific Loon  3 (basic, northbound)
Ashy Storm-Petrel  8
Black Storm-Petrel  175
Northern Fulmar  2 (SD Trough)
Pink-footed Shearwater  25
Sooty Shearwater  1250
Black-vented Shearwater  11
Brown Booby  2
Brown Pelican  130
Brandt’s Cormorant  2
Also: American X Black Oystercatcher & Black Oystercatcher (Mission Bay jetties)
The upcoming July trip is sold out, but there is space remaining on the three August and three September trips. See for more information.
–Paul Lehman, Dave Povey, Bruce Rideout, Nancy Christensen, Dan Jehl, Jimmy McMorran, San Diego