Southern California Long Range Pelagic Trips
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:
By the way, another good source of information on pelagic trips is a
new Google group entitled Seabird News:
Terry Hunefeld, Leucadia
Life is short. Seabird often.