San Diego Pelagic Trip: October 4th through 6th, 2008

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Saturday: south from San Diego to Los Coronados Islands, back to the dock in the afternoon, then headed west

Sunday: all night traveling west, awoke to rough seas, chummed various places, headed back toward San Diego at dark, arrived at the dock at 6 a.m.


Pictures

Blue-footed Booby


Black-vented Shearwaters


Common Dolphins


Brewster's Brown Boobies


Los Coronados Islands


HIGHLIGHTS:

Blue Whale close to the boat lunge feeding on the surface; much larger than any other whale I've seen, absolutely spectacular

Five Pomarine Jaegers in view for over half an hour, sometimes flying over the boat

Buller's Shearwater flying over huge swells Sunday morning

Thousands (10,000+?) of Black-vented Shearwaters

Craveri's Murrelet for my 1,000th world bird


Species list: (asterisks = lifers)

MAMMALS

Blue Whale*

Risso's Dolphin

Common Dolphin

Bottlenose Dolphin

Northern Elephant Seal

California Sea Lion

Harbor Seal


FISH

Mola mola

Flying fish species


BIRDS

Xantus's Murrelet*

Craveri's Murrelet*

Pink-footed Shearwater*

Buller's Shearwater*

Black-vented Shearwater*

Blue-footed Booby*

Brown Booby (Brewster's subspecies)

Sabine's Gull*

Black Storm-Petrel*

Elegant Tern*

Sooty Shearwater

Red Phalarope

Red-necked Phalarope

Parasitic Jaeger

Pomarine Jaeger

Cassin's Auklet

Rhinoceros Auklet

Heermann's Gull

Western Gull

Brandt's Cormorant

Pelagic Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant

Brown Pelican

Royal Tern

Peregrine Falcon

Wandering Tattler

Spotted Sandpiper

Eared Grebe

California Gull

Snowy Egret

Great Egret

Great Blue Heron

Osprey

Black-crowned Night-Heron


ON LAND

Marbled Godwit

Anna's Hummingbird

Willet

Orange-crowned Warbler

White-crowned Sparrow


Birds seen on the trip but not identifiable or unseen by me: Arctic Tern, Least Storm-Petrel, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Red-billed Tropicbird


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