Steve Brad, Peter Ginsburg, Bruce Rideout, and I set out of Mission Bay, July 31st., to follow the same general route of the 17th. (Paul Lehman et al.). We included a side trip to the south end of "The Ridge" some 22-24 n. miles to the west of San Diego and still in county waters. Overall the bird activity was lower, on a nearly flat calm day.
-Black-vented Shearwater, 2 on the Nine Mile Bank. -Ashy Storm Petrel, one near The Ridge, one outside the Nine Mile Bank. -Leach's Storm Petrel, one dark-rumped near The Ridge, one white/intermediate-rumped outside the Nine Mile Bank. All previous Leach's have been well offshore (50 n.miles +) this summer. -Black Storm Petrel, raft of 300+ birds outer edge of Nine Mile and just above Mexican Border. -Red Phalarope, on The Ridge. -Common Tern (adult), on kelp paddy w/ Elegants between The Ridge and the Nine Mile Bank. -Least Tern (adult) on fishing float 8 n.miles west of Pt Loma.
(1) Western Grebe (Mission Bay) 113 Pink-footed Shearwater 236 Sooty Shearwater -much lower than 17th numbers. 2 Black-vented Shearwater 2 Ashy Storm Petrel 2 Leach's Storm Petrel 350-450 Black Storm Petrel 17,(40)Brown Pelican (M.B.) (5) Double-crested Cormorant (M.B.) 4 Brandt's Cormorant (2) Whimbrel (M.B.) (1) Spotted Sandpiper (M.B.) (1) Black Turnstone (M.B.) (1) Sanderling (M.B.) (1) Western Sandpiper (M.B.) 1 Red Phalarope 190 Red-necked Phalarope -higher # than 17th. 5,(150) Heermann's Gull (M.B.) 27, (35) Western Gull (M.B.) 1 Common Tern (2) Forster's Tern (M.B.) 1,(6) Least Tern (M.B.) 120,(10)Elegant Tern (M.B.) 1 Royal Tern (2) Caspain Tern (M.B.) 17 Cassin's Auklet - lower # than 17th. 1 jaeger sp.
6+ Blue Whales - same area as 17th., north end of The Nine Mile Bank. Extraordinary SHOW ! (see Steve Brad's photos) 100+ Common Dolphin 6-7 California Sealions
6 Mola mola (ocean sunfish) 1 Swordfish (see Steve Brad's photo)
Overcast a.m., partly cloudy p.m., calm to breeze of < 5 kts., 1-3 ft swell, 12-15 n. miles visability, air temp mid 60's. sea surface temp 63.9F-67.6F.
Blue Whale San Diego (c) Steve Brad
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