136 Cook's Petrels trip report link to GPS tracks, photos and eBird lists
The sold-out Condor Express was brimming with more than 75 birders as it departed Santa Barbara Harbor at exactly 7:00 a.m., July 25, 2009. There were hushed whispers of pterodromas being seen in deep water by research ships earlier in the week.
The day was no less than awe inspiring for all who participated indeed, a day that will be talked about and remembered for decades. 136 Cook's Petrels were seen well by all participants with close passes by the boat, flocks of petrels on the water and petrels readily coming in to chum slicks.
The complete play-by-play trip report including GPS trip track, eBird species lists, trip totals and incredible photos of the pterodromas in flight is now posted at:
Saturday was 2009's third seabirding trip on the Condor Express. The first trip recorded Parakeet Auklets. The second saw a Horned Puffin. This third trip recorded a tropicbird and 136 Cook's. One more trip is scheduled this year on the Condor Express: an 8 hour trip on September 26 that will head out past the Channel Islands at the peak of fall seabird migration. A Streaked Shearwater was seen near Santa Cruz Island on September 7, 2002. Can we keep our "streak" going? We hope you will join us and find out.
The 48-hour August 24-26 Grande trip from San Diego is sold out. The September 7-11 deep-water trip aboard the live-aboard SEARCHER may have one spot available and provides your best chance of seeing these rarities in this exceptional year for SoCal seabirding - call Celia now to get the last spot or a place on the wait list.
2009 is proving to be an outstanding seabirding year. The Queen of Seabirding, Debi Shearwater, has several trips designed especially to find rarities and pterodroma. Her Fort Bragg trips have incredible success ratios for finding Hawaiian Petrel. This is the year. Carpe Diem.
Shearwater Journeys: http://socalbirding.com/shearwaterjourneys.html
Other SoCal pelagic trips are scheduled in Sept, Oct and Nov from San Diego and Dana Point. Two are 48-hour deep water trips, two are day trips.
W. Terry Hunefeld, Encinitas
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