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SD Bird Festival Sunday Pelagic: LAYSAN ALBATROSS

4:14 pm

The
San Diego Bird Festival Sunday pelagic trip aboard “New Seaforth” out
to the Nine-Mile Bank area was blessed with almost smooth seas. The grand highlight was certainly the Laysan Albatross which flew in to the boat @ 32.6033, -117.4689, some 13.7 miles WSW of the tip of Point Loma, right at the very outer edge of the Nine-Mile Bank. We had it at our feet for half an hour, with plenty of selfies even taken of it with cellphones. Good numbers of alcids for the day. Species
seen once we were a mile or so offshore were as follows:
Surf Scoter  14
Pomarine Jaeger  5
Parasitic Jaeger  4
jaeger sp.  5
Common Murre  18
Scripps’s Murrelet  46
Cassin’s Auklet  15
Rhinoceros Auklet  100
Bonaparte’s Gull  450
Heermann’s Gull  19
Western Gull  250
California Gull  27
Herring Gull  2
Glaucous-winged Gull  1
Royal Tern  4
Pacific Loon  1
LAYSAN ALBATROSS  1
Pink-footed Shearwater  1
Sooty Shearwater  2
Black-vented Shearwater  1000
Brown Booby  3
Brandt’s Cormorant  150
Brown Pelican  45
hummingbird sp.  1
Also: Black Oystercatcher 1, Surfbird 36, Black Turnstone 7, Fin Whale 1
–Paul Lehman, Dave Povey, Bruce Rideout, Nancy Christensen, Peter Ginsburg, Dan Jehl, Stan Walens, San Diego