San Diego Pelagic Results: Feb 12 & 13, 2010
Two A.O.U. pelagic trip from San Diego on Friday and Saturday, February 12 & 13, 2010 visited the Nine Mile Bank and the Coronados Islands.
Highlights included a totally unexpected Red-Billed Tropicbird, an expected wintering Long-tailed Duck, lots of Brown Boobies and oystercatchers, 3 species of Shearwater, 4 species of alcid, 3 species of loons, 3 species of cormorant, 2 species of jaeger, 2 species of whales, 4 species of dolphin, 2 species of seal and a variety of rocky shorebirds.
The complete trip report including photos, species lists, trip tracks and more details are posted at
The next SoCal pelagic is Los Angeles Audubon's annual winter pelagic from San Pedro on February 27. This trip has perhaps one or two openings before being sold out.
The San Diego Audubon's S.D. Bird Festival Pelagic trips aboard Grande (two Manx Shearwaters and a Blue-footed Booby seen last year) are scheduled for March 4 and 6. The Sunday March 7 Bird Festival pelagic trip is sold out.
On April 17 Grande makes its annual spring visit from San Diego to the shearwater-rich Nine Mile Bank and Coronados Islands to see what booby species might be there.
May 1st marks the first SoCal deep-water trip of the season to the San Juan Seamount aboard the fast, comfortable catamaran Condor Express from Santa Barbara, followed by a 56-hour double-overnighter to the San Juan Seamount on May 15-17 from San Diego aboard Grande.
The live-aboard Searcher goes in search of Blue Whales and Seabirds on a 3-day Memorial Day weekend outing May 29-31. Chef-prepared meals and beverages are all included for only $395.
Details and registration/reservation links for the above trips and all the other SoCal pelagics scheduled for 2010 are posted at Buena Vista Audubon's pelagic birding website:
W. Terry Hunefeld, Encinitas
Life is short. Seabird often.
In memory of Luke Cole
"Come on out with us to see what's out there."
Southern California Seabirding Trips
by: Buena Vista Audubon Society
Los Coronados Islands & Nine Mile Bank
all the way to the edge of the Continental Shelf