San Diego Nine & Thirty Mile Banks Dave Povey Friday May 7, 2010
By Dave Povey
Ashy and Leach's Storm Petrels just inside the 30 Mile Bank. A few Rhino Auklets left.
Kelp Patties had loafing Common, Least and Elegant Terns. Elegant Terns. Pacific Loons and Red-necked Phalaropes were the most abundant bird species of the day. Xantus's and Cassin's seen.
On the Marine mammals front we had a Guadalupe Fur Seal at 15 miles. Only the third I've seen in San Diego waters. We also had a great show with a large pod of Bottle-nosed Dolphin. Two animals appeared to be "fighting" going nose to nose in a mid air ballet.
Species List: Friday May 7, 2010
12 Brant 3 Surf Scoter 225 Pacific Loon 17 Pink-ft Shearwater 18 Sooty Shearwater 66 Black Storm Petrel 2-3 Ashy Storm Petrel 1 Leach's Strom Petrel 9 (+20 M. B.) Brown Pelican (2 M. B.) Double-cr. Cormorant 21 Brandt's Cormorant (4 M. B.) Great Blue Heron (1 M. B.) Snowy Egret (3 M. B.) Black-cr. Nght Heron 175 Red-n. Phalarope 2 Red Phalarope 6 Calif. Gull 40 (+50 M. B.) Western Gull 1 (+1 M. B.) Caspian Tern 85 (+10) Elegant Tern 2 Least Tern (5 n. miles west of Pt. Loma) (1 M. B.) Forster's Tern 3 Common Tern (12 M. B.) Black Skimmer 1 Pomarine Jaeger 2 Parasitic Jaeger 2 jaeger sp. 10 Xantus' Murrelet 21 Cassin's Auket 4 Rhinoceros Auklet 1 Yellow Warbler (10 n. miles west of La Jolla)
Marine Mammals 15-20 Common Dolphin 35-40 Bottle-nosed Dolphin 1 Guadalupe Fur Seal ( 15 n. miles w. of Mission Beach ) 20 California Sealion
Departed Mission Bay 0530, heading n.w. to w of La Jolla then s.w. to the inside of the 30 Mile Bank near the 182 spot,, ran south along the ridge to the Mexican border, then n.east to the upper end of the Nine Mile Bank, and returned to Mission Bay at 1330.
Seas, 3-5 ft. swell, light beeze <5kts s.w., hazy visiblity +6 n.m,. bright sun. air temps in the 60s. sea surface temps 62 to 68 (warmest at south end of 30 mile).
Observers Peter Ginsburg, Steve Brad, Tom Blackman, and Dave Povey
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