Memorial Day Weekend 2011 SoCal Pelagic Trip Report
North America's most luxurious live-aboard birding vessel SEARCHER sailed its annual Memorial Day weekend three-day seabird and whale pelagic from San Diego. The trip report is now complete and includes photos, video and details on the albatrosses and boobies seen in U.S. waters and the South Polar Skua in Mexican waters: http://socaltripreports.com/?p=255
SEARCHER sails again for ABA rarities on its annual fall migration Labor Day week trip, departing Labor Day, September 5 and returning Friday morning September 9. Last year's trip recorded Flesh-footed Shearwater, 4 Red-billed Tropicbirds, Cook's Petrel, South Polar Skua, Buller's Shearwater, 113 Long-tailed Jaegers, Least Storm-Petrels and dozens of other species. Details, videos of past trips and trip reports with species list links are at: http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/searchersep592011.html where you can read up on past hard-to-find pterodroma, murrelet and storm-petrel sightings enjoyed on this one-of-a-kind annual deep-water pelagic. There are ten spots available left on this trip.
The day before SEARCHER sails on Monday, Buena Vista Audubon has scheduled a field trip to the SALTON SEA on Sunday led by Todd McGrath exclusively for Labor Day SEARCHER participants. Expected SoCal specialties: Yellow-footed Gull (found nowhere else in the U.S.), Stilt Sandpiper, Burrowing Owl, Black Tern, Common Tern, Abert's Towhee, Gambel's Quail, Wilson's Phalarope, Costa's Hummingbird and Ladderback Woodpecker. Complete details of the Salton Sea field trip:
http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/saltonseasep42011.html There are six spots available left on this trip.
Peace on earth.
W. Terry Hunefeld, Encinitas
Life is short. Seabird often.
In memory of Luke Cole and Mike San Miguel
"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
A Few Of Our Seabird & Marine Mammal Adventures: