My apologies for this advertisement, but if all goes well, future rare
bird reports will result.
This is the final call for people to sign up for Los Angeles Audubon
Society's May 3 deep-water pelagic trip out of Santa Barbara. The trip is
in danger of being cancelled without further participants and it would be
a particular shame for this proven exciting trip.
This is one of the few single-day opportunities to explore waters above
and beyond the continental shelf. Previous trips to the vicinity of the
San Juan Seamount and the neighboring 2000 fathom waters southwest of Pt
Conception at this time of year have produced Black-footed and Laysan
Albatrosses, and Murphy's Petrels. Last year we encountered Black-footed
Albatross, Flesh-footed Shearwater, a flock of about 1000 Sabine's Gulls,
a pod of Orca, and seven Parakeet Auklets. According to recent
communications from Terry Hunefeld riding a NOAA boat off Oregon, Parakeet
Auklets are again being seen well offshore in a seeming echo of last
year's invasion. We're hoping that they once again make it down our way.
Again, this boat gets us all the way out to the contintal shelf and back
in a single day. Because of the normal difficulty in reaching such
environs on a birding trip, little is known about the status of seabirds
out there, and a surprise is certainly possible.
Please act now.
Registration information is below. For questions about the boat or the
birds, feel free to email me at feenstra AT alumni.caltech.edu
(The following copied from www.laaudubon.org)
Saturday, May 3
A deep water trip toward the San Juan Seamount.
This trip departs from the Santa Barbara Harbor on the fast catamaran
Condor Express at 7:00 a.m., and will return approximately by 8:00 p.m. We
will cruise along the deep water shelf by the San Juan Seamount. Birds
previously seen: Laysan and Black-footed albatross; Northern Fulmar; Sooty
and Pink-footed shearwaters: Parasitic, Pomarine and Long-tailed jaegers;
Ashy, Leachs and Fork-tailed storm-petrels; Pigeon Guillemot; Xantus
Murrelet; Cassins and Rhinoceros auklets; Tufted Puffin. Rare
possibilities are Murphys Petrel and Red-billed Tropicbird.
Leaders: Todd McGrath, Jon Feenstra, Kimball Garrett, Dave Compton and
David Pereksta. $198. There is a complete galley that serves breakfast,
lunch and dinner.
Please call Audubon House at 323.876.0202 or email peltrip@...
questions or concerns.
Reservations will be accepted ONLY if ALL the following information is
1) Trip desired
2) Names of people in your party
3) Phone numbers: (a) usual and (b) evening before event, in case of
4) Separate check (no cash please) to LAAS for exact amount for each trip.
5) Self-addressed stamped envelope for confirmation and associated trip
Los Angeles Audubon - Reservations
PO Box 931057
Los Angeles, CA 90093-1057