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Sunday, 24 April, San Diego half-day pelagic

Sunday, 24 April, San Diego half-day pelagic
By – 2:00 pm
On Sunday, 24 April, a half-day San Diego pelagic trip aboard “Legacy” and sponsored by Buena Vista Audubon Society ventured out to the 9-Mile Bank area. Seas were moderate at first, but improved later in the morning. Northbound shearwaters are clearly moving through the area, and Northern Fulmars continue in good numbers. A surprising lack of alcids. The lone rarity of the trip was an adult Masked/Nazca Booby (probably Nazca) unfortunately seen and photographed by only a single observer as it crossed way behind the boat. Offshore totals for the 6 hours:30 Surf Scoter2 Mourning Dove5 Whimbrel[3 Surfbirds–jetty]20 Western Sandpiper40 Red-necked Phalarope1 Pomarine Jaeger1 Parasitic Jaeger1 Bonaparte’s Gull10 Heermann’s Gull80 Western Gull7 California Gull1 Glaucous-winged Gull9 Royal Tern250 Elegant Tern50 Pacific Loon22 Northern Fulmar30 Pink-footed Shearwater50 Sooty Shearwater150 Black-vented Shearwater10 Black Storm-Petrel1 MASKED/NAZCA BOOBY (probably Nazca–will view photos in near future)2 Brown Booby250 Brown Pelican30 Brandt’s Cormorant4 Double-crested Cormorant–Paul Lehman, Dave Povey, Justyn Stahl, Dan Jehl, Tom Blackman, et al., San Diego