Date: 3/4/23 6:52 pm
From: Kimball Garrett <cyanolyca818...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Tufted Puffin, Brown Booby at Redondo Canyon

I was out on the RV Yellowfin out of San Pedro today with a couple of Cal.
State Northridge classes, cruising the Palos Verdes Escarpment to Redondo
Canyon. The escarpment was almost totally birdless (and no cetaceans all
day), but there was a lot of feeding activity of gulls (mainly Western and
Bonaparte's), Cassin's Auklets, Brandt's Cormorants, and Brown Pelicans in
Redondo Canyon nw. of the nw. tip of Palos Verdes Peninsula. Joining the
feeding frenzy was an adult Brown Booby (presumably a female - no pale
areas noted on the head). Besides some 65-70 Cassin's Auklets, alcids
included 4+ Rhinoceros Auklets and 3 Scripps's Murrelets. And at 33
46.716'N, -118 30.252'W was an adult Tufted Puffin; it appeared to be in
non-breeding plumage, as whitish tufts on the head were not very
noticeable, but it had a large bright orange bill visible at a great
distance and was entirely blackish below, down through the belly and
undertail coverts. It was seen at a distance on the water, where it dove a
couple of times, and was fully capable of flight and in fact flew off
(toward the peninsula) and was not refound. Little else of note besides
some Red Phalaropes off Pt. Fermin and just a handful of Black-vented

Kimball Garrett
Juniper Hills, CA

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