Thanks Chris for your informative post. I'd just like to add that the figure
of $8 that I gave for the cost of the boat trip in my last post was based on
a preliminary and erroneous notion as to the location of the Snowy Owl. The
true location is much farther away resulting in a 5-6 hour trip and so the
cost, even if the boat is full, will be considerably more, just how much
more I cannot say. Also, owl or no owl, the trip was birdy, with one
Barrow's Goldeneye sighting amongst large flocks of waterfowl everywhere
including scores of Tundra Swans. However, county listers should make sure
there target waterfowl actually moves as decoys were plentiful. If the boat
is not crowded, you can use your scope (low power) and tripod.
Lastly, let me say that everyone on today's successful boat trip has nothing
but praise and thanks for John Sterling.
Paul Keller, SBA Vandenberg Village
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From: "cckdld" <ckruger@...
Date: Thu, 04 Jan 2007 21:03:19 +0000
Subject: [CALBIRDS] Snowy Owl Boat Trips
Hello, I just spoke to Captain Dan and he asked me to post that he
intends to take an excursion out tomorrow leaving at 10:00 and Saturday
and Sunday at noon. He was so excited at what he saw that I think we
have a new birder among us. The trip is 20 miles each way and takes
about 6 and a half hours. He's trying to make it affordable for people
so we can all take advantage of having this wonderful bird in our own
backyard. He's reduced his usual charter prices but because there were
only 8 birders this morning he had to cover over 150.00 out of his own
pocket. If you plan to go, honor his generousity and pay what he asks
and if the boat isn't full and you get to see the owl then consider
throwing in a few extra dollars to help defer his costs. He seems like
a really good guy so make your reservations for any of the 3 trips that
he's planning to make over the next few days by calling him at 916-289-
8375 and make sure you don't miss your opportunity to see this bird.
Apparently someone from the trip will be posting some pictures later so
keep checking for updates.