Long Range Pelagic
- Spring 2006 Searcher Pelagic Trip
Please join us for a 5-day pelagic trip out of San Diego on April 26-
30. During the previous three years we've had good looks on every
trip of such difficult west coast specialties as Laysan Albatross,
Black Storm-petrel, Red-billed Tropicbird, and Xantus' Murrelet.
We've found multiple Murphy's Petrels on three of our four trips.
We've had a few Cook's Petrels during the spring, although our
September trip is more reliable for that species.
Other expected species include Black-footed Albatross, Northern
Fulmar, Pink-footed Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, Short-tailed
Shearwater, Black-vented Shearwater, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Ashy Storm-
Petrel, Red-necked Phalarope, Red Phalarope, Pomarine Jaeger,
Parasitic Jaeger, Long-tailed Jaeger, Sabine's Gull, Black-legged
Kittiwake, Arctic Tern, Common Murre, Xantus' Murrelet (scrippsi),
Cassin's Auklet, and Rhinoceros Auklet. We've also found Manx
Shearwater and Flesh-footed Shearwater during these trips.
We bird offshore at the extreme southwestern corner of the ABA area.
We visit the California Channel Islands, Point Conception, Rodriquez
Dome, San Juan Seamount, Cortez Bank and deep water beyond the
continental shelf. On our last day, we often edge into Mexican
waters, so this is an opportunity to add to your Mexico list.
We've had impressive numbers of whales on these tours, including
sperm, mesoplodon, ziphius, humpback, blue, and fin. We've also seen
Orca, bottlenose, long-beaked common, short-beaked common, northern
right-whale, Risso's, Pacific white-sided dolphins and Dall's
porpoises. Other marine mammals include California Sea-lion,
Guadalupe fur seal, northern fur seal, northern elephant seal, and
Using the 95-foot live-aboard "Searcher," we limit our trips to 29
passengers and 4 leaders. The boat provides 2-3 person cabins,
showers and three excellent meals a day. Our leaders for this trip
are Walter Wehtje, Todd McGrath, David Compton and a special mystery
leader to be announced next week. Todd McGrath has several hundred
days experience leading pelagic trips on the Pacific and Atlantic
coasts, Walter Wehtje has led pelagic trips in Southern California
for more than 10 years, and David Compton is a very experienced
birder from Santa Barbara, and a member of the California Bird
We will travel north from San Diego and arrive in the Santa Barbara
Channel the following morning. After spending a day in the Santa
Barbara Channel, we overnight at Point Conception, and head out
towards deep water the following morning. We travel to Rodriguez
Seamount, San Juan Seamount, and points along and past the
continental shelf. The exact itinerary will vary based on the
leaders' and captain's judgments about bird abundance and weather
Additional information and trip lists are at
Date of 2006 trips: April 26-30, September 4-8
Cost: $850 (includes all food and beverages, excludes crew gratuity).
For more information on this and future trips, feel free to contact
me directly, or:
Searcher Natural History Tours
2838 Garrison Street
San Diego, California 92106 USA
Phone: (619) 226-2403
Fax: (619) 226-1332