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Southern California Birding 2013-2, Day 1
So Cal Biring 2-1

October 12, 2013. 12-hour offshore birding trip. We lined up early with a hoard of birdwatchers eager for a long day at sea traveling far offshore to look for seabirds that rarely come close to shore in North America. We headed west from Ventura and birded along Anacapa Island where we saw Blue-footed Boobies and American Oystercatchers. We then turned west between Anacapa Island and Santa Cruz Island. We went some 80 miles offshore, but we saw few of the birds we hoped to see. The water was rough and the boat drove fast, making for a cold and difficult day. By the end of the day, most people were sitting indoors and sleeping. I was the last on the bow as the stars came out, and although it was by then too dark for photos, I was accompanied by lots of shearwaters finally flying close to the boat.

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