Sunday, January 11, 2015

New Year's Day Pelagic Trip

Point Loma
Point Loma, San Diego, California. January 1, 2015. Greg Gillson.
The San Diego Field Ornithologists have been holding annual January 1 pelagic trips for many years. This trip went out over the Nine Mile Bank and back. [Trip report]

Next trips are April 25, May 16, and June 14. [Schedule on SoCalBirding.com]
These 10 and 12 hour trips are certainly the least expensive pelagic trips in North America.

Highlights from January 1 included about 10 Ancient Murrelets.

Ancient Murrelet
Ancient Murrelet
Bonaparte's Gull
Bonaparte's Gull
Black-vented Shearwater
Black-vented Shearwater
Common Dolphin
Common Dolphin
Brown Booby
Brown Booby
Cassin's Auklet
Cassin's Auklet
Brown Pelican
Brown Pelican
Pomarine Jaeger
Pomarine Jaeger
One interesting bird was this partially leucistic Black-vented Shearwater. I had heard about such birds, but I believe this is the first shearwater that I've seen like this.

leucistic Black-vented Shearwater
Leucistic Black-vented Shearwater. Off San Diego, California. January 1, 2015. Greg Gillson.