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Four Black Oystercatchers continuing at Cabrillo NM; nest building (??) Pelagic Cormorant

Three Black Oystercatchers were together on the cliff just north of the second parking lot ("tidepool overlook") at Cabrillo National Monument this morning (May 18); I saw the other from the first (southmost) parking lot.

     Plenty of juveniles: A Brown Pelican with several adults on the cliffs, six Heermann's Gulls (no adults), a Brandt's Cormorant, and Cal Towhee.

     One of three Pelagic Cormorants on the cliff had some loose vegetation in its bill – the sort of stuff that might be used for a nest.  At the time the SD Bird Atlas was published (now about 15 years ago) it appears there was indication Pelagic Cormorants might breed along the cliffs in La Jolla or Point Loma but not definitive evidence.  Now eBird shows some Pelagic Corms in May-July, so I don't know if this additional non-definitive evidence is interesting.

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Sara Mayers
Point Loma (San Diego)
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