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Encinitas Black-vented Shearwater Show! (6/20/18)

Hi Birders,

I was simply amazed for this time of year to witness the numbers of Black-vented Shearwaters that were present off the coast of Encinitas this morning and into the early afternoon.Several rafts of many hundreds,  one raft contained 1000+ birds, while many, many, many more were flying. This was all from Cardiff State Beach and Fletcher Cove, in Solana Beach. Later, I headed up to the bluffs of Leucadia, and witnessed thousands flying north. More than likely many of the flocks I had seen earlier in the day in Cardiff, but a non-stop stream no matter where you looked.
I did four 10-minute/one-minute counts during my seawatch at this location in Leucadia. The lowest per-minute was 93, with the highest being 204 in one minute.  I do not believe these birds were circling, but a massive movement.
Just wanted to share, and curious if anybody seawatched from La Jolla and saw any numbers of Black-vents there? I feel like they were all up off the coast of Encinitas! 
Good Birding,
Jimmy McMorran
Leucadia, CA  


Good Birding,
Jimmy McMorran,
Leucadia, CA
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