September 2005 Long Range Pelagic
- 2005 September Long Range Pelagic
"Going Out Deep in Southern California" is now a reality, and has been
for the last two years aboard the 95' Searcher, based in San Diego.
Please join us for our third fall multi-day pelagic birding trip
leaving San Diego, California on Monday 5 September at noon, and
returning on Friday the 9th at around 8:00am. We'll be birding the
warm waters off Southern California as far offshore as possible. Among
the species we've encountered during the last two September trips, are
Black-footed Albatross, Buller's Shearwater, Flesh-footed Shearwater,
Bulwer's Petrel, Least, Ashy, Black, and Leach's Storm-petrels,
Red-billed Tropicbird, Red-tailed Tropicbird, all three jaegers, South
Polar Skua, Xantus' Murrelet (hypoleucus), and Craveri's Murrelet.
Cetaceans have included Sperm Whale, Baird's Beaked Whale, Orca, Blue
Whale and Fin Whale.
Early September is when water temperatures peak in Southern
California, bringing up tuna and dorado from Baja California along
with accompanying birds. Our target species for this trip include
Cook's Petrel, warm water storm-petrels, Red-billed Tropicbird,
Red-tailed Tropicbird, Xantus' Murrelet, and Craveri's Murrelet.
We'll have three nights when we can lay out fish oil slicks while on
sea anchor to attract bird, several hours before dawn. We'll also be
on the lookout for sharp temperature breaks and upwelling where birds
tend to congregate.
Now in our third year of running these multi-day trips we have a good
sense of where to search for the rarer pelagic species, and hope to
find a few surprises. Water temperatures are already higher than
normal for this time of year, and by late summer should provide us
with excellent birding conditions. The entire trip will be
in the ABA count area. If you want to check out previous trip lists,
trip maps, and comments, please go to
The cost is $750, which includes all food and beverages. Clean sheets,
hot showers, three great meals a day with unlimited snacks in between,
real china at mealtime, wine in the evening, this is not a sparse voyage.
If you have additional questions or need more detailed information,
please contact me directly.
Contact & Reservation Information:
Searcher Natural History Tours
2838 Garrison Street
San Diego, California 92106 USA
Phone: (619) 226-2403
Fax: (619) 226-1332