Our Saturday 16 May 2015 pelagic aboard the Grande out of San Diego, sponsored by Buena Vista Audubon Society, hit the jackpot with close looks at an immaculate LAYSAN ALBATROSS, first seen approximately 8 miles from shore. The bird reappeared several times around the boat when we were as close as about 5 miles from shore. We motored out to the Thirty Mile Bank but found few birds there, eventually heading back to the area of the Nine Mile Bank spending some time around the "178 spot" on the west side of the bank escarpment.
The highlight of the trip was definitely the Laysan Albatross - found just inside the Nine Mile Bank on the return leg after checking out the "178 spot", where Dave Povey had discovered a Laysan Albatross on May 3. We came a bit further south and east, finding a good concentration of birds in the area. This may be only the third record of a Laysan Albatross in San Diego waters. It was a lifer for some participants, and a County bird for nearly all the leaders. Additional highlights are listed below.
Black-footed Albatross - two at the same location as the Laysan Pink-footed Shearwater - 60 Sooty Shearwater - 200 Black-vented Shearwater - 15 Black Storm-Petrel - 75 Ashy Storm-Petrel - 4 Brown Booby - 10 Pacific Loon - 40 Black Tern - 2 Common Tern - 6 Scripps's Murrelet - 10, including a pair and one recent fledgling Rhinoceros Auklet - 2 Cassin's Auklet - 50 Red-necked Phalarope - 30 Black Oystercatcher - 1 at Ballast Point, San Diego Bay entrance
Grande trip track, 16 May 2015
Point Loma Lighthouse
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