La Jolla Cove, Aug 20, 2019: storm-petrels
After days without any storm-petrels in the Cove, today I watched as a dozen or so Ashy Storm-petrels flew in from the south.
They were working the near patch of smooth water directly north from my bench [so in line with the 2-mile buoy off of Del Mar].
A very few Black Storm-petrels were much further out in the canyon.
I got a brief glimpse of a smaller storm-petrel, possibly a Least, but not seen well enough to identify for sure.
I also wanted to note that, if the Masked Booby reported on a whale-watching trip turns out to be that species, in a 24-hour period on August 17–18, all 5 species of booby were seen in San Diego County.
Stan Walens, San Diego
August 20, 2019; 9:45 am
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports