Date: 9/23/19 11:45 am From: Alvaro Jaramillo <chucao...> Subject: [MBBIRDS] Sabine's Gull close to shore
A choppy and foggy pelagic yesterday, but with nice views of a lot of the regularly occurring species. Arctic Tern numbers were high as they have been this season, and many Sabine's Gulls. Two Scripp's Murrelets flew off but we did not have the weather to try and chase them down. Many Parasitic Jaegers were offshore chasing the terns, with a few Pomarines out there as well. Friendly Black-footed Albatross were a hit. Shearwaters near shore were absent, all were out in the canyon, with a few Buller's in the mix. No Black-vented yet, although we did have the arrival for them on Saturday out of Morro Bay so they may head north still.
Of particular interest was this juvenile Sabine's Gull very close to shore (would be visible with scope) as we approached the jetty. It appears to be eating a California Tortoiseshell butterfly!! Maybe a once in a lifetime photo.