Date: 12/26/17 10:08 pm From: 'Alvaro Jaramillo' <chucao...> [peninsula-birding] <peninsula-birding-noreply...> Subject: [pen-bird] mini pelagic - lots of fulmars
I was able to hitch a ride on a commercial crab boat today out of Pillar Point Harbor. Lots of birds out there, with a couple of hundred fulmars ranging from dark to pale morph. They were drawn to the fishing activity for some great views. We got to about 10 miles out. Highlights included one Short-tailed Shearwater, a young Glaucous Gull, Pink-footed Shearwater (out of season), and two Sooty Shearwaters. One juvenile Black-legged Kittiwake went by. I was wondering why there were no Ancient Murrelets, although there were lots of Murres (about 10-20% in breeding plumage), and a good number of Rhinoceros Auklets and just before we got into the harbor close to shore there were two Ancients! Before I could get a camera on them, they dove and did not reappear.
Lots of hybrid gulls as well, but I will spare folks the confusing details. Here are some photos: