SAN DIEGO PELAGIC BIRDING SCHEDULE 2013
BUENA VISTA AUDUBON SOCIETY & GRANDE SPORTFISHING
Note: all trips listed below are aboard the sportfishing vessel GRANDE at
Point Loma Sportfishing. All prices are for bookings made 5 days or more
ahead of sailing date. Late signups will be higher.
Check the website www.socalbirding.com for further information and for
Reservations are made through Point Loma Sportfishing: telephone (619)
April 13, 2013 (Sat. 6 hr.) Coastal San Diego Co. Cost $45.
A great beginners trip with a mix of early spring migrants and lingering
winter birds. Peak season for newly split Scripps's Murrelet. Good for
regular-occurring shearwaters, jaegers, and alcids.
May 4, 2013 (Sat. 12 hr.) 9-Mile & 30-Mile Banks majority San
Diego Co., may briefly bird in L.A. Co. waters. Cost $55.
Near peak of spring migration. Good chances for Black-footed
Albatross and Ashy Storm-Petrel, possibly Red-billed Tropicbird
and South Polar Skua. Likely are Scripps's Murrelet, Cassin's and
Rhinoceros Auklets, variety of regular-occurring shearwaters,
storm-petrels, phalaropes, and jaegers.
May 18-19-20, 2013 (Sat., Sun., return 6 AM Mon. 48 hr.)
9-Mile & 30-Mile Banks, San Clemente Basin, Butterfly and/or
Bell Banks, shelf edge well sw. of San Diego in ABA Area waters. Some
birding in San Diego Co., most in L.A. Co. Cost $225.
Good chances for Cook's Petrel, Laysan Albatross, Red-billed
Tropicbird, South Polar Skua, Ashy Storm-Petrel. Likely are
Black-footed Albatross, Leach's and Black Storm-Petrels,
Sabine's Gull, Scripps's Murrelet, regular-occurring shearwaters,
phalaropes, jaegers, alcids.
June 16, 2013 (Sun. 12 hr.) A rare "in fishing season" trip offshore in
San Diego waters. San Diego Co. and some L.A. Co. Cost $55.
Possibles include Black-footed Albatross, Red-billed
Tropicbird, and Ashy Storm-Petrel. Likely are a variety of
shearwaters, Black Storm-Petrel, and perhaps late-season Scripps's
August 12-13-14, 2013 (Mon., Tue., return 3 PM Wed. 56 hr.)
Most in L.A. Co., but some in San Diego Co., possibly some Ventura Co. To
9-Mile and 30-Mile Banks and out to shelf edge well southwest
of San Diego in ABA Area waters. Cost $350.
Best trip off California for Guadalupe Murrelet. Fair chance for Cook's
Petrel. Excellent chances for Black-footed Albatross, Red-billed
Tropicbird, multiple storm-petrels including dark-rumped
Leach's, Black, possibly Least; Sabine's Gull, Arctic Tern, Long-tailed
Jaeger. Other possibilities include Black-vented Shearwater, Ashy
Storm-Petrel, South Polar Skua. Several regular-occurring
shearwaters, phalaropes, jaegers. Slight chance Craveri's Murrelet, Brown
Booby. Also excellent for whales.
October 5, 2013 (Sat. 12 hr.) 9-Mile and 30-Mile Banks, most
in San Diego Co., small amount in L.A. Co. Cost $60.
Good trip for storm-petrels--with likely Black and
possibly Least, Leach's, and Ashy--and Black-vented
Shearwater, Sabine's Gull; variety of fall-migrant seabirds and
regular-occurring shearwaters, phalaropes, jaegers. Fair chance for
Red-billed Tropicbird, Flesh-footed & Buller's Shearwaters, Arctic
Tern, South Polar Skua; slight chance Craveri's Murrelet.
October 12-13-14, 2013 (Sat., Sun, return 6 AM Mon. 48 hr.)
Some San Diego Co. and most in L.A. Co., maybe briefly in Ventura Co. Cost
Good trip for Guadalupe Murrelet, Red-billed Tropicbird,
storm-petrels--with likely Black and Leach's and possibly
Least and Ashy--and Black-vented Shearwater, Sabine's
Gull; variety of fall-migrant seabirds. Fair chance for
Black-footed Albatross, Flesh-footed & Buller's Shearwaters,
Northern Fulmar, Arctic Tern, South Polar Skua, Long-tailed Jaeger;
slight chance Craveri's Murrelet. Also excellent for whales.
November 9, 2013 (Sat. 6hr.) Local San Diego Co. waters, may include
9-Mile Bank, Loma Sea Valley, 6-Mile Bank, and/or La Jolla.
Limited load. Cost $50.
Good trip for returning winter seabirds including Black-vented &
Pink-footed Shearwaters, Red Phalarope, jaegers, Cassin's and
Rhinoceros Auklets; possibly Short-tailed Shearwater, Northern Fulmar.
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