Date: 3/11/23 12:42 pm
From: Naresh Satyan <naresh.satyan...>
Subject: [LACoBirds] Palos Verdes escarpment, 3/11/23
Hi all,

Loren Wright, Chris Dean and I headed out on Danny's small Parker boat out
of San Pedro to check out the Palos Verdes escarpment this morning. The
storm swell had mostly subsided with approx 3-4 ft swells and light winds.
But there was heavy fog for the most part, which meant that we were always
in a bubble with visibility ranging from 20 ft to no more than several
hundred ft. We went out from Angels gate to the mouth of Redondo canyon and
back, going out approximately along the 1500' line and back on the top of
the shelf, with a couple of excursions going a couple miles offshore from
the escarpment when we found some current breaks.

In spite of the suboptimal viewing conditions, the birding was excellent:

- The alcid show was spectacular. We tallied 15 Cassin's Auklets and an
impressive 165 Rhinoceros Auklets. One of the Rhinos was standing on a
piece of driftwood, which I've never seen before. We also had a pair of
Scripps's Murrelets and close looks at another pair of ANCIENT MURRELETS
along a current break south of Point Vicente.

-Jaegers included a couple of adult Parasitic Jaegers (one of which traded
an anchovy with a Heermann's Gull a couple of times) and an adult Pomarine

- A BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE flew over the boat less than a half mile south
of Cabrillo Beach. It may be a good time to check Cabrillo Beach for this
species with the ongoing storms. There were a few hundred Bonaparte's
Gulls, with the largest concentrations along a current break. Also present
were a small number of Western, California and Heermann's Gulls.

- We had a couple of Royal Terns and my first-of-spring Elegant Terns.

- We only had 4 individual shearwaters all day, but one of them was a
cooperative MANX SHEARWATER that flew a couple of circles near the boat
along another current break.

- There was a single Red Phalarope on the entire trip.

Another group is heading out on the boat this afternoon, and maybe they
will add a Tufted Puffin or two to the day's list.

Good birding,

Naresh Satyan
Pasadena, CA

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