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SD Bird Festival Friday Pelagic Trip

4:58 pm

The Friday San Diego Bird Festival pelagic trip out to the 9-Mile Bank aboard “New Seaforth” took place under very pleasant sea conditions. A good day for alcids. Totals for the trip, once about a mile or so offshore were:
Surf Scoter  3
Pomarine Jaeger  3
Parasitic Jaeger  3
jaeger sp.  1
Common Murre  17  (good count)
Scripps’s Murrelet  11
Rhinoceros Auklet  85  (good count)
Cassin’s Auklet  12
Bonaparte’s Gull  450
Heermann’s Gull  18
Western Gull  80
California Gull  45
Herring Gull  1
Glaucous-winged Gull  1
Royal Tern  1
Pacific Loon  3
Black-vented Shearwater  420
Brown Booby  1
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Brandt’s Cormorant  40
Also:  22 Surfbirds, 3 Black Turnstones, 3 Gray Whales
–Paul Lehman, Dave Povey, Nancy Christensen, Tom Blackman, Dan Jehl, San Diego