BOOBY MADNESS San Diego - Grande Nine Mile Bank and Los Coronados Islands Saturday November 13, 2010 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Brown Booby (c) Karen Straus
Masked Booby (c) Matt Sadowski
Well, another year coming to an end, a new one soon to begin. This is our last regularly scheduled charter trip of the year to make a final check of the Nine Mile Bank and the Coronados Islands just to see "what's there." You never know what will show up in late fall migration until you get out there and take a look. November is a good month to find Humpback Whales in these waters.
This 9-hour trip departs Point Loma Sportfishing at 7:00 a.m. to explore the bird-rich Nine-mile Bank from the comfortable 85-foot live-aboard Grande. On our way out of San Diego harbor we'll motor slowly by the live bait tank barges for super-close-ups of lounging sea lions (with the big bulls baying to beat the band), several hundred Brandt's cormorants, several species of gulls, and dozens of shorebirds, egrets and herons.
We'll check for American and BlackOystercatchers and early Surfbirds and Wandering Tattlers amongst the cobbles of Ballast Point on the way out of the harbor, and we'll check the Zuniga Jetty for them on the way in.
On this trip we expect to see two to four species of dolphins (Bottlenose, Common, Pacific White-sided and Risso's) and numerous seabirds including storm-petrels, phalarope, fulmars, shearwaters, auklets, murres, murrelets, and jaegers. This is also a good time of year to see early migrating loons and three species of cormorants.
November is early in the season for Short-tailed Shearwaters, but they have been recorded here as early as mid-April. We'll also be keeping an eye out for Manx Shearwaters -- experts think it's just a matter of time until we find one off San Diego in autumn. To top of the shearwater list, there should still be plenty of Pink-footed and Sooties (they're heading back to the Southern Hemisphere about now) and the Black-venteds are now up in force from their summer breeding grounds in Baja.
We will follow the Nine Mile Bank south to the international border and cross the deep Coronado Canyon on our way to the Coronados Islands where we'll make our final check on the Brown Booby colony. Of course, one never knows what other species of booby might be amongst the Brown Boobies. We've seen Masked Boobies and Blue-footed Boobies on these rocks in recent years, and a Red-footed Booby rode Grande from Baja to San Diego in late September of 2008. We won't be this way again until the March 2011 San Diego Bird Festival trips to the islands.
LEADERS will include pelagic birding & mammal experts including Paul E. Lehman and Mark J. Billings. Check-in Time: 6:00 a.m. Boarding Time: 6:30 a.m. Departure Time: 7:00 a.m. sharp Return: 4:00 p.m.
ADVANCE RESERVATIONS are $75. EARLY BIRD reservations are $60 through October 23.
RESERVATIONS: Telephone Point Loma Sportfishing (the landing) seven days a week at (619) 223-1627. Tell them to wish to make a reservation for a birding trip on Grande and give them the date of departure.
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EXPECTED SPECIES: What we see depends on the season, the itinerary and how far from shore we venture. Learn more about what species we will probably see and what species might be seen.
CANCELLATION POLICY: Trips on this website are sponsored by different organizations using different boats departing from different landings and harbors. As such, policies vary from trip to trip. Prior to registering, please familiarize yourself the Grande and Point Loma Sportfishing's policies regarding reservations, cancellations, refunds and substitutions as well as reviewing driving directions, check-in times, procedures and equipment allowed on the boats.
PARKING: There is a large parking at Point Loma Sportfishing for $5 a day. Enter the lot using the Emerson & Scott entrance and you'll be right at the landing 100 feet inside the parking gate so you can drop off your gear the seek permanent parking. Free parking is available on the residential streets around the harbor (for day trips) but 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 a block away that has always had space (bring $5 per day in folding money for the lockbox).
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.
START YOUR DAY STRESS-FREE: We recmmend that you arrive at the landing an hour prior to scheduled departure to allow plenty of time to find the landing, unload or transport gear, obtain a boarding pass at the Point Loma Sportfishing Landing ticket window, sign the manifest, use the landing's restroom, get a cup of coffee, visi 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.
Our anticipated trip track
Humpback Whale - Nine Mile Bank - by Jimmy McMorran - May 16 2009
WOW! An army of short-beaked "Saddleback" dolphins comes over to investivate Grande on Sunday's March, 8, 2009 San Diego Bird Festival Pelagic Trip. Seen in this movie: Todd McGrath, Steve N.G. Howell, Thomas Blackman. Photographer: W. Terry "Tuna" Hunefeld. Best viewed full screen by clicking the icon near the lower right hand corner of the video beneath the "you" in YOU TUBE. Enjoy!
The Coronados Islands (c) Terry Hunefeld
The Coronados Islands | Trent Stanley
Risso's Dolphin (c) Todd McGrath
(c) Todd McGrath and Jon Feenstra
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