31 July Condor Express: Pterodromas, storm-petrels and ?
As of today there are still plenty of spaces for the 31 July 2010 Condor
Express pelagic trip out of Santa Barbara, sponsored by Los Angeles
Audubon. This is another record-setting year for Cook's Petrels and
we'll be traveling the same waters that had 63 Cook's on 1 May and
237(!) Cook's on 12 June. We'll be out 12-14 hours, covering about 250
miles, much of it in deep water that holds promise for Pterodroma
petrels and other highly pelagic species as well. July Condor Express
trips in recent years have yielded Craveri's Murrelets and (in 2007) an
almost-certain Tristram's Storm-Petrel; in addition they present a prime
opportunity to study variation in Leach's Storm-Petrel (with three or
more taxa, possibly represent two species, likely to be seen). And for
normal people (i.e., non-birders) the cetaceans alone would make this
See www.socalbirding.com for more information on this and other pelagic
trips, along with excellent background information and links (including
a link to the new Southern California Pelagic Page on Facebook).
Trip leaders will be Dave Compton, Jon Feenstra, Kimball Garrett, Terry
Hunefeld, Todd McGrath, and Dave Pereksta.
Cost is $195 credit card or cash. Call Sea Landing in Santa Barbara at
888-77WHALE [888-779-4253] to reserve your spot. We meet at 6:30AM for
a 7:00AM departure.
We're looking forward to a great trip at the end of this month.
Kimball L. Garrett
Ornithology Collections Manager
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA
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