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Saturday April 15th San Diego pelagic trip

Saturday April 15th San Diego pelagic trip
By {authorlink} – 5:25 am

A 9-hour pelagic trip on Saturday, 15 April, out to the 9-Mile Bank, SD Trough, 30-Mile Bank, and ‘The Corner’ aboard “Legacy” took place in light-to-moderate seas. Species seen during the day beyond a couple miles offshore were as follows:

Brant  7

Surf Scoter  16

Whimbrel  6

Surfbird  10

Red-necked Phalarope  95

Pomarine Jaeger  4

Scripps’s Murrelet  5

Cassin’s Auklet  36

Rhinoceros Auklet  6

Bonaparte’s Gull  2

Heermann’s Gull  1

Western Gull  250

California Gull  40

Royal Tern  1

Elegant Tern  50

Red-throated Loon  5

Pacific Loon  750  (many northbound flocks)

Common Loon  4

BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS  2  (both next to boat; 1 fairly close to shore inside 9-Mile Bank, 1 in outer SD Trough)

Black Storm-Petrel  50

Northern Fulmar  1

Pink-footed Shearwater  18

Sooty Shearwater  65

Black-vented Shearwater  1

Brown Booby  3

Brown Pelican  40

Brandt’s Cormorant  25

Great Egret  1

Fin Whale  lots!

–Paul Lehman, Dave Povey, Dan Jehl, Nancy Christensen, San Diego