San Diego Nine Mile Bank & Islands 54 Brown Boobies, AMOY July 7, 2010
The Video - Dedicated to Chester the Black-footed Albatross
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By Terry Hunefeld
(San Diego) Wednesday July 7, 2010, found Dave Povey, Peter Ginsburg,Tom Blackman and Terry Hunefeld motoring out to the Nine Mile Bank.Up on the “bank” we encountered enormous “bait boils” of bait fish gorging on millions and millions of krill, tiny crustaceans that are savored by baleen whales, Cassin’s Auklets and bait fish.We released a Black-footed Albatross on behalf of Project Wildlife, but it couldn’t get it’s feathers aligned so we brought it back for more rehab.We encountered close Blue Whales (probably 2) and Minke Whales (probably 3), a record high count of 54 Brown Boobies and an American Oystercatcher on the Coronados Islands and krill – lots and lots of krill.
Next up from San Diego:Paul Lehman, Steve Howell et. al. lead an overnight trip for Buena Vista Audubon Society looking for tropicbirds, Craveri’s Murrelet, Hawaiian and Cook’s Petrel and multiple species of storm-petrels including Least, Ashy, Black and 3 subspecies of Leach’s.
Brown Booby54 at the islands(no downy young, one very dark immature, two pairs displaying)
Black Oystercatcher14 at the islands (including a long legged downy chick, N.Is.)
American Oystercatcher 1 (clean Am. plumage, seemed paired with Black )
Least Tern 5
Elegant Tern 225
Royal Tern 9
Caspain Tern 15
Cassin's Auklet 9
Blue Whale 1-2
Minke Whale 2-4
Common Dolphin 4-5 pods, 300+ (many young)
Calif. Sea Lion 150 (many pups)
Harbor Seal 25
Invertabrates Large surface spots of krill, mid Nine Mile Bank.
Wx: Heavy overcast, light breeze, 2-3 ft swell, air temps in the low to mid 60's, sea surface temps 63.3 to 65.5 (cooler than norm). Terry Hunefeld, Tom Blackman, Peter Ginsburg, and Dave Povey. 0600-1230
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