Sunday 12-09-2018 half day pelagic
Four of us ventured out of Mission Bay this morning. Overall bird numbers were low. One or two well seen and photographed Sooty Shearwaters were out of season. I believe there were two. Photos should prove one way or the other.
Both appeared to be in high plumage and healthy.
Bonaparte's Gull numbers were up from the Nov. 27 th. trip to the same area. Black-vented Shearwater, and Cassin's Auklet numbers were both down from that trip.
Most everthing well offshore, as in beyond 5 or six miles or more. That doesn't bode well for San Diego's count circle.
The North Mission Bay Jetty had a single Black Turnstone, and five Surfbirds. The return trip past the South Jetty had three Surfbirds.
A partial list from ocean;
American Wigeon 1
Surf Scoter 10
Pacific Loon 115 (most in two large flight groups)
Western Grebe 1
Sooty Shearwater 1 or 2
Black-vented Shearwater 450
Brown Booby 6
Brandt's Cormorant 8
Brown Pelican 16
Red Phalarope 16
Pomarine Jaeger 4
Cassin's Auklet 60
Bonaparte's Gull 535
Heermann's Gull 6
Western Gull 150
Herring Gull 1
California Gull 125
Royal Tern 1
We had a good size pod of offshore Bottle-nosed Dolphin west of Pacific Beach, and a very distance breeching whale on the Nine MIle Bank.
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports