September 24th Santa Barbara Pelagic
This Saturday, The Condor Express will be running a 9 hour pelagic
from Santa Barbara. This trip will visit the west end of Santa Barbara
Channel, some deeper water south west of San Miguel, and various spots
south of the nothern channel Islands. This is the same area where the
Cscape crusie found North America's first Hornby's (Ringed) Storm-
petrel, and where a recent mulit-day trip encountered a Cook's Petel
just 12 miles south of San Miguel. This is also an area with several
Sept records for Wedge-rumped storm-petrel. Obviously we don't expect
to find rarities of that caliber, but there is always that potential,
as this area is infrequently visited by birding trips
When I visited this area a few weeks ago it was very birdy with
thousands of shearwaters and numerous Skuas, but we were headed for
Tropicbird waters and couldn't spend the time I would have liked
looking through the flocks.
The leaders for this trip will be Dave Compton, Dave Perekstra, Brad
Schram, and Todd McGrath.
The cost of the trip is $98 and you can make a reservation by calling
the Sea Landing at 888-77-Whale. You can see pictures of the fast,
cimfortable Condor Express by going to www.condorcruises.com
I hope to see some of you on Saturday.
Marina Del Rey