The Sunday BVAS Pelagic turned up some nice birds. The biggest hit a Red-billed Tropicbird
about 13-14 n.m. west of Bird Rock in La Jolla. This bird took us a little while to everyone on it. We finally caught up with the bird on the water, for nice views and lots of photos.
Two Craveri's Murrelets were found over the San Diego Trough near the north end of the Thirty Mile Bank. We had unknowingly split a pair so each was reluctant to leave. We got some decent looks and could heard the pair doing their trill contact call. Yes, they did eventually join up and flew off together.
The San Diego Trough also turned up an Arctic Tern sitting on the water with four Sabine's Gulls. We may have had that bird or a second Arctic Tern with a Common Tern flock nearby. Photos will be checked.
Good numbers of Sabine's Gulls today with perhaps a dozen seen.
A bit out of season Rhinoceros Auklet was also on the far side of the S.D. Trough. This a young bird and is now the third I've seen this season. Usually I would expect that species here arrival in late fall or winter.
The jaeger show continues, with more than thirty seen today. All three species Pomarine, Parasitic and Long-tailed Jaegars present. Twice during the day I could count three separate attacks of jaegers on terns at one time, and one hapless Elegant Tern had four jaegers chasing it all at once !
I'm not sure how we will sort out the species ratio for jaegers but my feeling is that Parastic Jaegers were in the majority today. Pomarine Jaeger would be next. I think we had two or three Long-tailed Jaegers
The closest Long-tailed Jaeger to shore was a youngster over the boat's wake at the top of the Nine Mile Bank, 10-11 n.m. from Point Loma.
Many terns mostly Elegant Terns, but also perhaps a hundred plus Common Terns. Many feeding on large areas of small bait fish, when not trying to avoid said jaegers.
Pink-footed (low numbers), Sooty ( only one? ), and Black-vented Shearwaters (abundant) were all seen.
I'd have to say the big disappointment was the near total lack of storm-petrels. We had very small numbers of Black Storm-Petrel. and perhaps two non Blacks. one an Ashy Storm-Petrel, one likely a chapmani Leach's Storm-Petrel.
We had five or six Brown Booby for the day, all immatures, and seen as singles
The Nine Mile Bank had a cooperative Humpbacked Whale, and we also saw several pods of Common Dolphin.
I think we had three sharks on the day. One Hammerhead, a Mako, and one not Id.
We had a fun look at a school of Yellowfin Tuna chewing up an anchovy school, and a couple of Flying Fish were seen.
The next and last local pelagic for 2019 is Oct. 13th. and has spaces, call 619 222-1144
or go to H & M Landing's website www.hmlanding .com.
I hope you'll join us,