Northern Fulmar Irregular and irruptive. Uncommon to common winter visitor Oct - April. A few may be present in deep water all year (McGrath & Feenstra, 2005). Seen often on Searcher deep water pelagics April - September, e.g. (150) 18 Apr 2003; (186) 26 Apr 2003; (210) 23 Apr 2004; (5) 9 Sep 2004; (1) 7 Sep 2005 (Searcher Trip Reports, 2003-2007).
2007: 32 from Condor Express 21 Apr (eBird). One seen from Condo Express 21 Jul (CalBirds). 160 seen from shore off Point Vicente Los Angeles 22 Nov (Fisher, Mar/Apr 2008). 18 offshore San Diego 5 Dec (Hunefeld, SDBirds).
2008: 2 seen between San Diego and the Coronados Islands 19 Jan (Hunefeld, SDBirds). A total of 7 seen on two Bird Festival trips between San Diego and Coronados Islands 9-10 Feb (Hunefeld, SDBirds). Three off Baja Mex at US border 10 May (NAB, Erickson, et al).
2009: On 17 Jan "a few hundred" were west of Port San Luis (Edell, SLOcobirding); 23 there a week later 24 Jan. One at La Jolla 26 Jan (Keller, SDBirds), one there 9 Feb (SDBirds) and one 25 Feb (Lehman, SDBirds). 454 off Santa Barbara 1 Mar from Condor Express. Three San Diego bird festival pelagic trips aboard Grande 5-8 Mar produced one on 8 Mar. Three were off La Jolla 15 Mar. 63 from a day trip aboard Grande4 Apr included 43 in US waters and 20 in Mexico. 110 were near the Channel Islands 16 May. First of season for SoCal were reported by mid-Sept and numerous off shore by November (NAB, McCaskie and Garrett). 131 off Santa Barbara from Condor Express15 Nov.
2010: 3 offshore on the 26th annual San Diego New Year's Day pelagic. 8 off San Diego 21 Jan. One at Nine Mile Bank 7 Mar on San Diego Bird Festival pelagic day trip. One off San Diego 14 Mar. One off San Diego 14 Mar. 61 from Condor Express May 1. 3 from Grande May 15-17. Two from Searcher May 29-31. 5 from Condor Express June 12. One from Condor Express Jul 31. 3 from Searcher Sep 7-9. First from Pt Loma 8 Nov (NAB, McCaskie and Garrett). 14 from Grande Nov 13. From La Jolla: 2 on Nov 11, 5 on Nov 21, several on Nov 22 (Paul Lehman, SDBirds). 350 from Montana de Oro San Luis Obispo 26 Nov (NAB, McCaskie and Garrett).
2011: The San Diego Bird Festival had 4 day trips to the Nine Mile Bank and Coronados Islands Mar 3-6 with a high count of 4 on Mar 6. 9 were seen between Santa Barbara and the Rodriguez Dome from the Condor Express on Apr 30. 2 were reported between the Nine Mile Bank and Thirty Mile Bank San Diego from Grande May 14. One seen from Searcher May 28-30 between the Thirty Mile Bank and San Clemente Island.
Northern Fulmar (c) Todd MaGrath
Northern Fulmar (c) Tom Blackman
Northern Fulmar (c) Tom Blackman
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NAB, Erickson, et al: North American Birds - Baja Mexico reports, edited by Erickson, et al. Published quarterly by the American Birding Association.
NAB, McCaskie & Garrett: North American Birds - Southern California reports, edited by Guy McCaskie and Kimball Garrett. Published quarterly by the American Birding Association.
Status and distribution data (c) 2008 - 2011 W. Terry Hunefeld
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