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Pelagic Birds Sighted – April 30

Here is the list of seabirds and pelagic birds recorded by one of the expert trip leaders from the Condor Express pelagic bird trip, Saturday April 30th.  This 14 hour expedition set up the coast to Point Conception, then west to a point approximately 38 miles from Point Arguello, then south to the Rodriguez Dome area, continued south and finally took a northeasterly track home through the gap between Sta Rosa and San Miguel Island.  Seas were rough, but not as bad as forecasters predicted, and the highlight of the trip was a close encounter with a Murphy's Petrel.

The next scheduled joint LA Audubon/Condor Express pelagic adventure will be July 23 to the San Juan Seamount.   Call (805) 882-0088 for trip information and reservations.

eBird Totals by Jon Feenstra:

Brant 42

Surf Scoter 13

Pacific Loon 78

Common Loon 3

Laysan Albatross 1

Black-footed Albatross 25

Northern Fulmar 9

Murphy’s Petrel 1

Pink-footed Shearwater 23

Sooty Shearwater 90

Ashy Storm-Petrel 13

Brandt’s Cormorant 13

Pelagic Cormorant 2

Brown Pelican 6

Marbled Godwit 4

Red-necked Phalarope 4,010

Red Phalarope 240

phalarope sp. 1,500

Sabine’s Gull 99

Bonaparte’s Gull 203

Western Gull 626

California Gull 80

Herring Gull 2

Black Tern 13

Common Tern 17

Arctic Tern 20

Common/Arctic Tern 3

Elegant Tern 2

Pomarine Jaeger 19

Common Murre 18

Pigeon Guillemot 100

Xantus’s Murrelet 6

Cassin’s Auklet 56

Rhinoceros Auklet 111

Best fishes and have a WHALE of a day (with lots of rare pelagic birds around too)

Bob Perry

Condor Express

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