This past Saturday, June 9, was the annual Los Angeles Audubon Society Island Scrub-Jay/pelagic trip. We left Oxnard harbor at approximately 8AM and traveled aboard the Island Packerís boat, Vanguard, to Prisonerís Harbor on Santa Cruz Island. We wandered around the island for about an hour watching the Scrub-Jays before re-boarding our boat and heading back out to sea. We drove south of the gap between Santa Cruz and Anacapa Islands to a rich current break that we rode east to nearly the tip of Anacapa Island. We then approached the island and followed its rocky shoreline along much of the east end, after which we departed for home, arriving back at the dock at 5PM.
Highlights (other than the Island Scrub-Jay) were: a Flesh-footed Shearwater, 2 Red Phalaropes, hundreds of each Xantusís Murrelets and Cassinís Auklets, and a (at least mostly) American Oystercatcher on the south side of Anacapa Island. Numerical details below.
We also encountered about 20 Bottlenose Dolphin and a pod of Rissoís Dolphin that may have numbered close to 200 individuals.
List 1: Pelagic waters: covering the ride between Oxnard Harbor and Santa Cruz Is., the current break south of Anacapa Is., and the ride from Anacapa Is. back to the harbor.
List 2: covering the time on and around Santa Cruz Island (less than 200m from shore)
Surf Scoter 101 Brown Pelican 100 Brandtís Cormorant 100 Pelagic Cormorant 11 Northern Harrier 1 Red-tailed Hawk 1 Black Oystercatcher 4 Western Gull 170 Pigeon Guillemot 53 Annaís Hummingbird 1 Allenís Hummingbird 5 Northern Flicker 1 Pacific-slope Flycatcher 2 Black Phoebe 1 Ash-throated Flycatcher 2 Huttonís Vireo 3 Island Scrub-Jay 6 Common Raven 1 Barn Swallow 5 Bushtit 1 Bewickís Wren 2 Orange-crowned Warbler 2 Spotted Towhee 2 Song Sparrow 1 Black-headed Grosbeak 1 House Finch 9 Lesser Goldfinch 1
List 3: covering the shoreline of Anacapa Island
Surf Scoter 19 Brown Pelican 400 Brandtís Cormorant 426 Pelagic Cormorant 4 Mostly American Oystercatcher 1 Black Oystercatcher 5 Western Gull 700 Pigeon Guillemot 7 White-throated Swift 2
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