Two tropicbirds...upon further inspection, one White-tailed (top) and one Red-billed (bottom)! The White-tailed was calling as they flew over!
A couple of Laughing Gulls joined us, and then we spotted a white tern way out there, but making a beeline for us - it turned out to be a young Arctic Tern! Later we had another, older individual join us behind the boat. Excellent day for the birds from the east, perhaps they were held up by all of this north wind lately!
For contrast, we had some Common Terns around the boat out there as well, including one very tired individual who decided to land on the pulpit of boat for a quick rest!
While we were out there in the mega deep we saw some Atlantic Patchwings (pictured below) plus other flying fish species.
Black-capped Petrels were scarce, with only five individuals seen over the course of the day. But a few came quite close to the boat, so those who wanted to see this gadfly petrel, had excellent views!
Great Shearwaters were more numerous than Wilson's Storm-Petrels behind the boat for most of the day! They kept us entertained diving, calling, and feeding! Here is a juvenile, and the second photo is of a third year individual.
We had a nice flight of Long-tailed Jaegers; one even put on a spectacular show chasing a Wilson's Storm-Petrel! Here is one individual with extensive white in the primaries, and another, more typical young bird below.
We did have one second summer Pomarine Jaeger that came in to harass our shearwaters - but it in turn was harassed by one of the Long-taileds!
Bottlenose Dolphins joined us a couple times over the course of the day.
This Loggerhead Turtle was seen on the way in this afternoon as well!
Black-capped Petrel 5
Cory's Shearwater 59
Great Shearwater 39-41
Sooty Shearwater 1
Manx Shearwater 1
Audubon's Shearwater 23
Wilson's Storm-Petrel 70-75
Leach's Storm-Petrel 4-5
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel 2-3
White-tailed Tropicbird 1
Red-billed Tropicbird 1
Northern Gannet 1
Laughing Gull 2
Common Tern 8
Arctic Tern 2
Pomarine Jaeger 1
Long-tailed Jaeger 7
Beaked Whale sp 2
Bottlenose Dolphin 13-18
Loggerhead Turtle 1
Blue Marlin (seen) 1
A big thank you again to everyone who joined us, especially the enthusiastic Chris Feeney who joined us for all 15 trips this spring! Thanks to Steve Howell & Jeff Lemons for helping to lead the trip today, it was a good one!
Our next trips are this Friday & Saturday. Alvaro Jaramillo of Alvaro's Adventures has chartered the boat for these trips, so if you're interested in joining us, please let him know - email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call him at (650) 504-7770!