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San Diego pelagic trips: spring and early summer schedule

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  • lehman.paul@verizon.net
    There are several upcoming pelagic trips during the next three months (and through November) out of San Diego aboard the large fishing boat Grande, all
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 5, 2013
      There are several upcoming pelagic trips during the next three months (and
      through November) out of San Diego aboard the large fishing boat "Grande,"
      all sponsored by Buena Vista Audubon Society and departing from Point Loma
      Sportfishing (619-223-1627). Some trips stay entirely or almost entirely in
      San Diego County waters; the double-overnight trip in May spends much of
      its time in Los Angeles County waters. The spring and early summer trips,
      and their hoped-for species, are as follows:

      13 APRIL (Saturday--6 hours)
      This relatively short trip to the 9-Mile Bank should be excellent for
      Scripps's Murrrelet, as well as Northern Fulmar, Pink-footed and Sooty
      Shearwaters, phalaropes, jaegers, and Cassin's and Rhinoceros Auklets.
      Black-vented Shearwater is a possibility, and we can always hope for a
      Brown Booby or some other surprise.

      4 MAY (Saturday--12 hours)
      Goes well offshore to 9-Mile and 30-Mile Banks. A good trip for
      Black-footed Albatross, Ashy and Black Storm-Petrels, Sabine's Gull, and
      all the species mentioned for the 13 April trip. Red-billed Tropicbird is
      possible, though not expected quite this early in the season.

      18-20 MAY (Sat, Sun, return 6AM Mon)
      This double-overnight goes WAAAY southwest to deepwater at the shelf edge
      at the edge of ABA Area waters. There is a reasonable chance for Cook's
      Petrel, an excellent chance for Laysan Albatross, Red-billed Tropicbird,
      Leach's Storm-Petrel, and South Polar Skua, plus all the species mentioned
      for the 4 May trip. Slight chance for Guadalupe Murrelet, although this
      species is much more likely on trips between late July and late October.
      Rarities such as Brown Booby, Flesh-footed Shearwater, etc, are always a

      16 JUNE (Sunday--12 hours)
      Like the 4 May trip, this will likely go well offshore to the 9-Mile and
      30-Mile Banks. Still a good time of year for Black-footed Albatross and
      Ashy Storm-Petrel, and is better than early May for Red-billed Tropicbird.
      Also the more usual shearwaters, storm-petrels, and about as late in the
      year that Scripps's Murrelet is still fairly reliable. And there is always
      that rarity potential...

      For further information on all 2013 pelagic trips scheduled off southern
      California, go to: socalbirding.com

      --Paul Lehman, San Diego

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