Laysans, Skua, Xantus's chicks and 80 Cook's before breakfast trip report
The Buena Vista Audubon 56 hour pelagic May 15-17, 2010 from San Diego took us from San Diego. past the southern tip of San Clemente Island, then 170 miles out into the Pacific Ocean to the two-mile deep trench between the San Juan Seamount and Patton Escarpment into 2100 fathoms of water.
Dave Povey, a veteran pelagic birder (35 years!) called this trip "one of the all time epic San Diego offshore birding trips." The weather and seas were perfect for pterodromas. On Sunday, May 16, we saw 172 Cook's Petrels, multiple Laysan Albatrosses, tropicbirds and dozens of pterodromas too distant to identify with certainty. Monday was "skua and murrelet chicks" day.
The complete trip report, video, photos, GPS trip tracks and eBird species lists are posted at
Saturday, June 12: The next deep water trip from SoCal is from Santa Barbara on Saturday June 12th aboard the Condor Express.
Friday, June 25: Debi Shearwater has a special "Monterey meets Hollywood" trip planned June 25 and a diverse assortment of summer and fall trips from Monterey, Half Moon Bay, Bodega Bay and Ft Bragg.
Sunday, June 27: Buena Vista Audubon has chartered Grande to take birders on a 9-hour day trip to the Nine Mile Bank and visit the booby colony on the Coronados Islands on Sunday June 27 in search of Humpback Whales, albatrosses and murrelets for only $60.
All upcoming pelagic charters from Southern California are listed in detail at:
Peace on earth.
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