Went out on the HB today, joined by some other birders.
So different from last week’s trip.
Overcast skies, calm sea with just some wind chop.
Virtually not a bird until we got to the first drop off, about 6 miles west of the tip of Pt. Loma.
1200-1500 common dolphins attracted a slew of birds.
We estimated there were 3000+ black-vented shearwaters.
Most shearwaters were rafting on the ocean, unless we scared them up or they were feeding in with the dolphins.
Also a juvenile humpback whale which we watched mill about—sometimes swimming left, sometimes swimming right—for a truly boring 90 minutes.
Only unusual bird in that feeding frenzy was 1 juvenile brown booby.
Then we went a few miles to the Northwest, where we came upon several hundred bottlenose and common dolphins, including the infamous Patches.
This pod attracted about 400 more black-vented shearwaters.
1 pink-footed shearwater and 11 sooty shearwaters.
A minke whale which we watched mill about—sometimes swimming left, sometimes swimming right—for a truly boring 70 minutes.
Scattered groups of alcids:
33 Cassin’s auklets
2 Craveri’s murrelets
1 Guadaloupe murrelet
15 black storm-petrels
5 boobies; 3 definite browns including a beautiful adult male which came right up to the boat, the other 2 too distant for identification.
Stan Walens San Diego
July 15, 2019; 2:30 pm
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