Went offshore yesterday, had high numbers of Wilson's Storm Petrels with some larger flocks. A conservative total count would be in the 200s. Birds were concentrated in areas of bait fish slicks. Also had a single Jaeger Sp. in the distance cruise by a dragger. Noticeably absent were shearwaters in the area, with only a few Cory's seen. The weather might of had something to do with it, as things got nautical with storms and swells passing through. I am thinking the shearwaters went further offshore to avoid the storm system, although I did notice two shearwater sp. about 2 miles from the beach coming in, but definitely not big numbers. Some small striped dolphin pods and humpbacks were also in the area of the Coimbra. Tuna were breaking the surface, seemingly made up of mostly false albacore and smaller blue-fin.
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