Snowy Egret 


San Diego Field Ornithologists Pelagic!
Jan 01, 2004 
Bob Miller

A new Years Day tradition continues! 

species (list follows at end of page)

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Pacific Ocean 

The weather could not have been nicer as we headed out to sea on the "New Seaforth" out of Quivira Basin.  Red-breasted Merganser was in the harbor and the Osprey was bringing nesting material to it's nest on a sailboat mast.
Lots of the regulars on the bait docks.  Wandering Tattler and Surfbird were along the jetty. As we headed up the coast we began to see trickles of Black-vented Shearwaters go by and a flight of Pacific Loons as well as a few Northern Fulmars were being seen.

California Gull

Brown Pelican

It soon became apparent that there was a lot of activity further out so we swung around to the west and were soon in the midst of thousands of Black-vented Shearwaters, Brown Pelicans, gulls and cormorants.  A few pink-footed Shearwaters were soon picked out.
We had a great day for mammals with four dolphin species!  The action really picked up when we got into a pod of hundreds of Common Dolphins who were launching into acrobatics and racing toward us to ride the bow!

Common Dolphins

Common Dolphins

There were a lot of birds following the dolphins as well and a few Jaegers were soon spotted.  
Our fearless bird pointer outers were soon in fine form as Stan Walens demonstrates here!

The pointer outer



Don tossing popcorn

Popcorn lovers

Don and Marjorie Hastings did a fine job of attracting a following with their popcorn trail.  As Matt Sadowski and I were talking at the side rail he suddenly pointed down and calls Northern Fulmar.  It came back around and cruised slowly past us again and I was lucky to get this nice pic!

Northern Fulmar 

Checking them all

A Shot-tailed Shearwater made a brief appearance at the rear of the boat and was gone as quickly so I missed that one! I happened to pass by Stan as he tried to call out a Rhinoceros Auklet that was too far out and falling behind too fast to possibly get anyone onto but those beside him.  Lucky me cause I got that one! 

We were now heading back in and most folks had taken a seat but the diehards were still at it! 

Had enough excitement

Enjoying the view

It was a fine day for birding but not the greatest for sailing as this sailboat was headed in under power.
I caught site of a lone Black Turnstone along the jetty going in which was a welcome addition to the year list.  Snowy Egrets were a bit disappointed that we were not a fishing boat with juicy morsels but I appreciated the photo-op!

The view 


Folks scattered to add to their year list. Terry and I headed for Imperial Beach where we met up with others to look for the warblers.  We finally had the Blackburnian but the Pine Warblers just did not make it into view.  The sunset in my rearview mirror was fantastic as I climbed out over the Laguna Mountains and dropped off to my " view from below sea level"  I Had a fantastic time and Happy New Year to all.
San Diego  Jan 01, 2004
  1. Pacific Loon

  2. Common Loon

  3. Northern Fulmar

  4. Pink-footed Shearwater

  5. Black-vented Shearwater

  6. Brown Pelican

  7. Brandt's Cormorant

  8. Double-crested Cormorant

  9. Great Blue Heron

  10. Great Egret

  11. Snowy Egret

  12. Red-breasted Merganser

  13. Osprey

  14. Cooper's Hawk

  15. Red-tailed Hawk

  16. American Kestrel

  17. Black-bellied Plover

  18. Wandering Tattler

  19. Spotted Sandpiper

  20. Red Phalarope

  21. Pomarine Jaeger

  22. Bonaparte's Gull

  23. Heermann's Gull

  24. Ring-billed Gull

  1. California Gull

  2. Herring Gull

  3. Western Gull

  4. Royal Tern

  5. Forster's Tern

  6. Rhinoceros Auklet

  7. Rock Pigeon

  8. Mourning Dove

  9. Anna's Hummingbird

  10. Belted Kingfisher

  11. Black Phoebe

  12. Western Scrub-Jay

  13. Northern Mockingbird

  14. European Starling

  15. American Pipit

  16. Orange-crowned Warbler

  17. Yellow-rumped Warbler

  18. Townsend's Warbler

  19. Blackburnian Warbler

  20. Common Yellowthroat

  21. White-crowned Sparrow

  22. Brewer's Blackbird

  23. House Finch

  24. House Sparrow

Photos Bob Miller