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Southern California Long Range Pelagic Trips

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  • Terry Hunefeld
    Greetings, The Searcher long-range 5-day pelagic trip to deep So California waters, departing San Diego on Labor Day, September 3 and returning Friday
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 7, 2007
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      Greetings,

      The Searcher long-range 5-day pelagic trip to deep So California
      waters, departing San Diego on Labor Day, September 3 and returning
      Friday September 7, is sold-out. You may, however, place your name
      on a waiting list.

      Another great way to get out to see deep-water Southern California
      rarities this year is the one-day LA Audubon trip on the fast boat
      The Condor Express out of Santa Barbara on July 21 where we'll be
      targeting rarities like Cook's, Dark-rumped and Stejneger's Petrels
      (See previous post to CalBirds by Todd McGrath on June 2)

      The annual spring (April) and fall Searcher trips are selling out
      earlier and earlier due to the rarities seen, a wonderfully
      comfortable boat, an experienced and personable crew (featuring
      beloved head-chef "Lurch"), the fun and camaraderie of being with 30
      other dedicated birders for 5 days and a team of highly proficient
      seabird spotters/leaders/guides that this year include Mr. Seabirding
      himself, Todd McGrath, accompanied by accomplished seabird experts
      and guides: Walter Wehtje, Paul Guris and Jon Feenstra.

      Target species for the September Searcher trips include Murphy's and
      Cook's Petrel (13 Cook's seen on the 2006 fall trip - last year's
      show-stealer was a Dark-rumped Petrel); Least, Leach's and Ashy Storm
      Petrel; Red-billed and Red-tailed Tropicbird; Xantus' and Craveri's
      Murrelet and five (or more?) species of shearwater.

      If you would like to put your name on this September's waiting list
      for the Searcher - or get your name on the "early-bird notification
      list" for next year's April and September trips - call Celia at (619)
      226-2403 or email her at "searcher at bajawhale.com"

      Their website with all the details can be viewed at:
      http://www.bajawhale.com/birdingtrips.asp

      By the way, another good source of information on pelagic trips is a
      new Google group entitled Seabird News:
      http://groups.google.com/group/Seabird-News/

      Terry Hunefeld, Leucadia
      Life is short. Seabird often.
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