This is a good time of year for locally scarce Buller’s and Flesh-footed shearwaters, and will be one of the best trips for rarities. Red-billed Tropicbird, South Polar Skua, and Sabine’s Gull are also possibilities.
LIKELY SPECIES: Pink-footed, Sooty, and Black-vented shearwaters, Brown Booby, Red and Red-necked phalaropes, Pomarine and Parasitic jaegers, Cassin's Auklet, Common Tern.
POSSIBLE SPECIES: Black-footed Albatross, Northern Fulmar, Flesh-footed and Buller’s shearwaters, Red-billed Tropicbird, South Polar Skua, Sabine’s Gull, Guadalupe Murrelet, Black, Ashy, Least, and Leach’s storm-petrels.
Full San Diego Specialty Pelagic Bird seasonality can be found by clicking here.
REGISTRATION: Early Bird Registration: $115 through Sep 25. Standard Registration: $125 from Sep 26 through Oct 15. Late Registation: $135 on or after Oct 16.
RESERVATIONS: Call Point Loma Sportfishing (the Landing) seven days a week at (619) 223-1627. Tell them you wish to make a reservation for a birding trip on the Grande.
IMPORTANT DEPARTURE AND BOARDING DETAILS
All trips are sponsored by Buena Vista Audubon Society.
LANDING LOCATION: We will board Grande 30 minutes prior to departure at Point Loma Sportfishing Landing, 1403 Scott Street at the corner of Emerson (one block off Rosecrans Street) in San Diego 92106. Phone: (619) 223-1627. There are several hotels/motels and many restaurants within easy walking distance of the dock, and the San Diego Airport is only a 5-minute drive away.
PARKING: There is a large parking at Point Loma Sportfishing for a fee. Enter the lot using the Emerson & Scott entrance and you'll be right at the landing, where you can drop off your gear and seek permanent parking. Free parking is available on the residential streets around the harbor (for day trips)—particularly to the west of Rosecrans Street—but such street parking is very limited in summer months. If the landing parking lot is full, you'll be directed to a lighted off-site self-serve pre-pay parking lot about two blocks away that has always had space and accepts credit cards.
GEAR UNLOADING: You may pull into the landing parking lot, unload your gear directly in front of Point Loma Sportfishing and then park in the lot or seek on-street parking. You're not charged if you're in the parking lot for under 30 minutes.
PHOTO I.D. and BOARDING PASS REQUIRED: All passengers departing Fisherman's Landing and Point Loma Sportfishing must complete the manifest and present photo identification and obtain a boarding pass prior to passing through the Coast Guard security gates. This is mandatory procedure per U.S. Homeland Security.
START YOUR DAY STRESS-FREE: We recommend that you arrive at the landing an hour prior to scheduled departure to allow plenty of time to find the landing and available parking, unload or transport gear, obtain a boarding pass at the Point Loma Sportfishing ticket window, sign the manifest, use the landing's restroom, visit with friends, and board Grande 30 minutes before scheduled departure. All trips depart on-time without waiting for late-comers. Boarding begins 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure. More tips and hints on our trip preparation page.
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