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Pelagic Birds just south of the Border

Hi Birders,
Not in SD County, but thought I’d still share some birds I saw offshore not too far south in Mexico Waters on September 6, 2019. While this was a fishing trip it was hard to ignore the numbers of seabirds around.
Highlights:
(1) Black-footed Albatross
(1) Buller’s Shearwater
(1) beautiful adult Long-tailed Jaeger with full tail streamer circled closely several times. The only Jaeger of the day.

And easily the most Sabine’s Gulls I have ever seen at once and in a single day. Both adults and juveniles. Hard to get a good count but could have seen upwards of (100)individuals throughout the day, with a count of (42)in one scan. Amazing.

Only (2) Common/Arctic Terns

Pink-footed, Sooty, and Black-vented Shearwaters very numerous.

Ashy, Leach’s, and Black Storm-Petrels in ho-hum numbers

And plenty of Red and Red-necked Phalaropes, ZERO boobies, except for the Nazca at the bait docks early that morning.

Good Birding,
Jimmy McMorran
Leucadia, CA


Good Birding,
Jimmy McMorran,
Leucadia, CA
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