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Southern California Birding 2013-4, Day 2

November 09, 2013. Birding Offshore San Diego. At about 6:30 AM, we met the Buena Vista Audubon Society for a pelagic trip to 9-mile Banks, an offshore area about 9 miles out where underwater ridges force nutrient rich waters to the surface. Nutrients feed the algae, which feed the bugs, which feeds the fish, which then feeds flocks of pelagic birds and herds of marine mammals. With high hopes and calm seas, we headed out. We saw about 50 species of birds (including Brown Booby, Flesh-footed Shearwater, Pink-footed Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, Black-vented Shearwater, Northern Fulmar, Red Phalarope, Pomarine Jaeger, Parasitic Jaeger, and Cassin's Auklet) plus California Sea Lions, Elephant Seal, and lots of Common Dolphin. Back onshore, we returned to the San Diego River for an evening of birding and take-out dinner.

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Boarding the Grande
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Red-crowned Parrots in palm tree as seem from aboard ship
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Leaving San Diego Bay
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At sea with gulls and shearwaters following the boat
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Pink-footed Shearwater
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Cassin's Auklet
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Brown Booby
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Northern Fulmar
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Flesh-footed Shearwater and Pink-footed Shearwater
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Red Phalarope
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Common Dolphins under the boat
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Star of India at sea
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Sleeping birders on the way back in
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Returning to San Diego Harbor with flotilla of sailboats

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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