RE: [CALBIRDS] Birding from ships
I am really pleased to be able to help here.
You may recall that I sent a post to this list a few days ago asking for
advice for a 3 day birding trip from San Diego.
The reason for this trip is that we are arriving early for a 12 day Baja
Whale Watching cruise with a UK company called Naturetrek on a boat called
Spirit of Adventure based in San Diego.
This trip has been done 3 times before, and I have extracted the Bird Lists
from the previous trip reports.
The first day is local, coastal birding (hence my desire to head inland and
desert-wards for my private 3 day trip).
Please find attached a spreadsheet showing all the birds seen, and where
Last few days Feb, early March.
I have changed some names to British, but the Latin Names are included to
help if you don't recognise something.
Hope this is of some small help.
If this list doesn't allow attachments, I shall send it to your private
Finally, thanks to all of you kind people that have sent me excellent
My plan is to spend day 1 at Anza-Borrego, heading for Salton Sea that
evening for accommodation. Day 2 at Salton Sea, and that night also, then
head back to San Diego via A-B again (unless I miss something good along the
way?). Now I just need some "Third tree on the left" information -
Barnstaple, North Devon, England, UK
From: CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com [mailto:CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of Monte Taylor
Sent: 03 November 2008 01:55
Subject: [CALBIRDS] Birding from ships
As a member of this group for many, many years and nearly never having
posted, I'd appreciate if I can indulge others to help me, replying
off list to tsuru8@.... Help with any/all tips on birding from
a cruise ship down to Baja (where is it best to be on the ship
(front / back / seaward or inland side, higher, lower to water line,
etc.) and possibly any info if you've done a cruise to Cabo San Lucas
if you know of a method to get to an area (transportation from the
port) where Xantus' Hummingbird and other good endemics can be found.
Thank you for your help in advance and please, again, reply to
tsuru8@... (off list) as not to bother others with this.
Orange County, CA
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- Monte and others:
Winging It (volume 14 number 1 January 2002), the newsletter of the American
Birding Association, has an article by Micahel Tove titled Pelagic Cruising:
The Mexican Riviera which describes birding the area from a cruise ship. He
also cites an article by Nick Lethaby in Birding 31:338-344 August 1999
which also discusses birding from a cruise ship out of Los Angeles.
Dana Point, CA