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Sunday June 10, 2018 pelagic

The Sunday  June 10th. Buena Vista Audubon pelagic had a two white bodied Boobies. An adult Nazca Booby was well seen

close in on the water and in the air off Coronado/Silver strand. This bird had a bright orangey bill. Photos of this bird showed

the that the bird was banded and we could read a partial number. ( Oregon rescue bird ? ).

A sub/near adult Masked Booby few over the boat mid San Diego Trough ( south end ). This bird had a little dark shading to

the head and some scattered dark feathers in the upper wing coverts. Otherwise adult plumage. The bill color on this bird a

dull yellowish .

A Townsend's Storm-Petrel was seen and photo'd with a small group of "Chapman's" Leach's Storm-Petrels mid San Diego

Trough ( north end ). Based on smaller size, stubbier wings and bright white upper rump patch.

We also had a very distant mystery shearwater on the Thirty Mile Bank. Once we looked at photos on a bigger screen, and

no longer bouncing around the ocean We now believe that bird was  a Pink-footed Shearwater.

A partial species list with estimated numbers of birds at sea:

Northern Fulmar   1

Pink-footed Shearwater  10

Sooty Shearwater    500

Black-vented Shearwater  150

Leach's Storm-Petrel   15

Townsend's Storm-Petrel  1

Ashy Storm-Petrel    5

Black Strom-Petrel   60

Masked Booby   1

Nazca Booby   1

Brandt's Cormorant   4

Double-crested Cormorant  3

Brown Pelican  20

Black Oystercatcher   1   (about  mile off Point Loma )

Scripps's Murrelet   2

murrelet sp.   2

Cassin's Auklet   5

Heermann's Gull    2

Western Gull    300

California Gull   1

Least Tern  12

Caspian Tern    1   ( first mile off Point Loma )

Royal Tern   3

Elegant Tern    500



Fin Whale   1

Long and Short-beaked Common Dolphin

Guadalupe Fur Seal   1 ( photos )

California Sea Lion



Mola mola  ( Ocean sunfish )


Dave Povey




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