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half-day pelagic to 9-Mile Bank

On Tuesday morning the 27th, several of us ventured offshore for a half-day trip to the outer edge of the 9-Mile Bank.  Except for Black-vented Shearwaters and Cassin's Auklets, it was fairly quiet. True highlights were hard to come by, and probably would include Common Murre, Pink-footed Shearwater (getting late), and Brown Booby. Offshore totals included:

Pomarine Jaeger:  3

Red Phalarope:  3

Common Murre:  1  (11 miles off Point Loma)

Cassin's Auklet:  300

Bonaparte's Gull:  50

Pacific Loon:  15

Pink-footed Shearwater:  1

Black-vented Shearwater:  800

Brown Booby:  1 or 2

Western Grebe:  1 swimming ca. 10 miles offshore

American Coot:  1 at a kelp patty ca. 5 miles offshore

Fin Whale:  1+

Humpback Whale:  2+

Also, 3 Surfbirds on the Mission Bay north jetty

–Paul Lehman,  San Diego
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