We started the day off with fog on Saturday, had bright sunshine offshore and came back to the fog at the coast. It was an odd day, with activity building through the morning, particularly as we arrived on some offshore canyons. But then later on in the afternoon, as we headed south and back in shore there were few birds except for a nice end to the trip with thousands of wheeling Sooty Shearwaters right in Half Moon Bay. Within San Francisco county we found a good diversity of the expected species: Black-footed Albatross, Sooty and Pink-footed shearwaters, Common Murres, Cassin's and Rhinoceros Auklet, Red-necked and Red phalaropes. We also found several Northern Fulmars, a few Sabine's Gulls and Buller's Shearwater. When we reached the continental shelf we did find a nice little concentration of Ashy Storm-Petrel, and in there we did find a few SF Wilson's Storm-Petrel, as well as a Scripps's Murrelet which unfortunately flew off right at the point that we spotted it. Red Phalaropes have increased offshore, and still we have not seen a big move of jaegers. We did find Pomarine as well as a few Arctic Terns out there.
It was a trip with good diversity (species count), but low numbers on some. It is always fun to find groups of storm petrels out there of course. Scripps's Murrelet and Wilson's Storm-Petrels were our most unusual birds for SF I would say. It was fun to be out with many SF birders, and visiting folks from as far away as Europe and the east of the continent. The SF pelagic is almost like an annual reunion! I am always happy to be a part of it.