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Saturday Bird Festival Pelagic Trip totals

The San Diego Bird Festival pelagic trip on Saturday, 29 Feb, aboard the "New Seaforth" enjoyed light seas (light chop, no swell) and some nice feeding concentrations of both birds and marine mammals. Totals for species OFFSHORE only (and on jetties) were:

Surf Scoter: 2

Surfbird: 10

Black Turnstone: 2

Red Phalarope: 4

Pomarine Jaeger: 1

Scripps's Murrelet: 18

Heermann's Gull: 15

California Gull: 450

Western Gull: 600

Royal Tern: 5

Red-throated Loon: 1

Pacific Loon: 4

Common Loon: 1

Northern Fulmar: 35 (very good year for this species off southern CA)

Black-vented Shearwater: 1300

Brown Booby: 9 (good count)

Brown Pelican: 180

Double-crested Cormorant: 1

Brandt's Cormorant: 15

Pelagic Cormorant: 1


Gray Whale: 9

Common Dolphin: 1000+

–Paul Lehman and other pelagic leaders, San Diego
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports