On Thursday morning at 0600 hours, Dave Povey, Tom Blackman, P.A. Ginsburg and I went out to sea from MissionBay to visit La JollaCanyon, then west to the extreme upper end of the Nine Mile Bank, about 12n. miles off shore.
A Peregrine Falcon flew overhead as soon as we exited the channel into the ocean.Things were fairly slow until we reached La JollaCanyon where we saw our first fulmars and Sooties, and counted about 20 Black Storm-Petrels.
Sooty Shearwaters were plentiful throughout the trip – we counted more than 300 for the day plus 13 Pink-footed Shearwaters, eleven Fulmars and 90 or so Black Storm-Petrels.
Red-necked Phalarope were abundant on their northward migration to their Alaskan and arctic breeding grounds – most of the 450-500 we saw were in breeding plumage.
Location: Pelagic - San Diego County Observation date: 4/30/09 Notes: Dave Povey's boat from Dana Landing on MissionBay to Nine Mile Bank.
Location: MissionBayPark--FiestaIsland Observation date: 4/30/09 Notes: Seen from Dave Povey's boat between Dana Landing Marina on MissionBay and the ocean. Number of species: 13
Brant (Black) 2 Surf Scoter 12 Brown Pelican 15 Double-crested Cormorant 20 Great Blue Heron 5 Great Egret 1 Black-crowned Night-Heron 4 American Coot 6 Spotted Sandpiper 1 Western Gull 30 Forster's Tern 3 Elegant Tern 10 Black Skimmer 4
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