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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