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Cruise ship pelagics well west of Point Arguello

Paul Lehman
 

Late on Sunday November 3rd a slug of birders aboard a southbound princess cruise ship entered Santa Barbara County waters over 90 km west of Point Arguello. We had only just over 30 minutes of light before sunset and during that time saw a Flesh footed shearwater and a Buller's shearwater and a South Polar skua and two black-footed albatrosses and 30 Pomarine Jeagers, 27 of which were in a single flock. Overall bird numbers were rather low. However. but then instead of hanging a left and going down the Santa Barbara Channel, as usual, to Los Angeles, the boat continued south over deep water all the way to the San Juan Seamount and then turned east past San Nicolas Is. But all of that was in the dark. Bummer!!!!!!!!

Paul Lehman

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