Our first day of our spring wildlife weekend was a success. Good birding! Black-vented, sooty, flesh-footed and pink-footed shearwaters, Cassin’s and rhino auklets, common murres, Xantus murrelets, red-necked phalaropes, black and ashy storm petrels, royal and elegant terns, and plenty of gulls.
We saw bottlenose dolphin in the harbor with California sea lions. Since the weather was a little choppy we elected to head downswell to the area with some whale reports. We saw one blue whale really close and about 20 fin whales really close at times. We also saw about 20 Rissos dolphins. What an afternoon of whale watching! You can’t ask for more than that. We are headed offshore tonight and we will see what tomorrow brings.
Day 1: Wildlife Weekend, 2012
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