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

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.


Blue-footed Booby

Black-vented Shearwaters

Common Dolphins

Brewster's Brown Boobies

Los Coronados Islands


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)


Blue Whale*

Risso's Dolphin

Common Dolphin

Bottlenose Dolphin

Northern Elephant Seal

California Sea Lion

Harbor Seal


Mola mola

Flying fish species


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


Black-crowned Night-Heron


Marbled Godwit

Anna's Hummingbird


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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