Summer is just beginning, but California pelagic trips for the early fall migration are now taking reservations. Four classic SoCal trips are coming up; all have diverse itineraries; all have sold out in past years; all have seen phenomenal birds.
If you've been wondering what it's like on a pelagic trip from SoCal, you can get a "sneak peek" inside and onboard our three primary vessels: SEARCHER, GRANDE, and CONDOR EXPRESS. http://tinyurl.com/pelagics-sneak-peek
Come on out and ride along with us in real life. It's loads of fun and we never know for-sure what to expect out there. Every trip begins as a blank canvas. By the time we return to the harbor, a rich tapestry of unique sights, sounds and experiences has been woven - and it's always a surprise.
Summer and fall are exciting months for pelagic birding in Southern California with the arrival of various species like tropicbirds and storm-petrels and the late-summer and fall migration of tubenoses and pterodromas.
Starting in July there will be at least one trip a month from San Diego or Santa Barbara into the mysterious deep through October. Debi Shearwater's awesome trips from central California also kick into gear July - October.
July 19: CONDOR EXPRESS. Santa Barbara.
Past sightings: Tristram's Storm Petrel, 136 Cook's Petrels in 2009, Red-billed Tropicbird
August 13-15: GRANDE. San Diego. 56-hours.
Past sightings: Tropicbirds, Cook's Petrels, Long-tailed Jaegers, Sabine's Gulls, Arctic Terns, Murrelets.
September 3-7: SEARCHER. San Diego. 4 days.
The most luxurious pelagic birding live-aboard in the world.
2011: White-chinned Petrel. 2010: Cook's Petrel, Wilson's Storm-Petrel, Flesh-footed Shearwater. 2009: Craveri's Murrelet, Brown Booby.
October 13-14. GRANDE. San Diego. 48-hours.
Past sightings: Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel, Flesh-footed Shearwater, Brown Booby, Wilson's Storm-Petrel, Craveri's Murrelet.
The entire SoCal pelagic birding trip schedule with details, trip reports, and video montages can be found at www.socalbirding.com. Debi Shearwater's schedule is at www.shearwaterjourneys.com/
Come on out with us to see what's out there..
Terry Hunefeld, Encinitas
Life is short. Seabird often.
In memory of Michelle "Shellie" Matson, Mike San Miguel and Luke Cole.
Southern California Seabirding Trips
by: Buena Vista Audubon Society
Los Coronados Islands & Nine Mile Bank
all the way to the edge of the Continental Shelf