A record-breaking 237 Cook's Petrels were seen and photographed in Southern California waters last Saturday from the Condor Express out of Santa Barbara. Full trip report, photos and the Cook's Petrel video dedicated to Luke Cole are at:
Three subspecies of Leach's Storm-Petrels were seen, including one summer-breeding Guadalupe subspecies that is a good candidate for eventual splitting. The current issue of North American Birds has an article about the status and identification of the subspecies of Leach's off Southern California: http://www.socalbirding.com/images/NAB_63-4_Leach_s_Storm_Petrel.pdf
Other highlights included: Blue, Fin and Humpback Whales, Pacific White-sided Dolphins, Elephant Seals, a Blue Shark, Black and Ashy storm-petrels, a few late Sabine's Gulls and Arctic Terns, Black-footed Albatross, Sooty and Pink-footed Shearwaters and Red Phalaropes.
The next deep water pelagic seabirding adventure to the Cook's Petrel zone is from the Condor Express on July 31: http://www.socalbirding.com/trips/santabarbarajul312010.html
On August 16-17, the Buena Vista Audubon Society has chartered the live-aboard Grande from San Diego. This trip expects to see Laysan and Black-footed Albies, tropicbirds and 3 subspecies of Leach's Storm-Petrel. http://www.socalbirding.com/trips/sandiegoaug16182010.html
And on Labor Day week, the luxury live-aboard SEARCHER will spend depart Labor Day Monday and spend the week seabirding the life-rich Channel Islands, the deep waters off Point Conception and beyond San Nick Island, all the way south to the Mexican Border.
All SoCal Pelagic Seabirding Adventure Trips are listed at:
W. Terry Hunefeld, Encinitas
Life is short. Seabird often.
In memory of Luke Cole
"Come on out with us to see what's out there."
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
Next Condor Express trip is July 31 from Santa Barbara:
More SoCal Pelagic Trips: