REGISTRATION: EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION is $60 through April 20 Registration is $75 April 21-27 Late Registration is $85 after April 27 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. *Price was changed Mar. 11, 2013 due to recent USGC requirement limiting passenger loads beyond 20 n.miles.
Due to popular demand, the Buena Vista Audubon has chartered Grande for a 12-hour trip to the farthest reaches of San Diego County waters—the 30-Mile Bank—to look for seabirds seldom seen in San Diego County (may briefly bird in L.A. Co. waters). SPECIAL SAN DIEGO COUNTY TARGET BIRDS: Black-footed Albatross, Ashy, Leach's, and Black Storm-Petrels, Scripps's Murrelet, Arctic Tern, South Polar Skua.
EXPECTED and POSSIBLE SPECIES: Good chances for Black‐footed Albatross and Ashy Storm‐Petrel, possibly Red‐billed Tropicbird, South Polar Skua, and Common Murre. Likely are Pink-footed and Sooty Shearwaters, Black Storm-Petrel, Red and Red-necked Phalaropes, Sabine’s Gull, Pomarine and Parasitic Jaegers, Scripps's Murrelet, and Cassin's and Rhinoceros Auklets. Near peak of spring migration.
ALBATROSSES: May affords the best window of opportunity to see both Laysan (very rare) and, especially, Black-footed (regular) Albatrosses in San Diego County. Black-footed is likely (though certainly not guaranteed)—we saw three individuals on 16 May 2009 and at least six on 14 May 2011 from Grande. Only a couple Laysans have been seen in San Diego County waters, and thus many of us would like a Laysan on our San Diego list! On 9 May 2009, we saw our first of several Laysans just beyond the 30-Mile Bank on a trip aboard Grande. On 7 March 2010, we saw a Laysan from Grande just 5 miles south of San Diego County near Coronado Canyon.
ASHY STORM-PETREL: May is one of the best months to find this elusive storm-petrel, and our best opportunity to see one is beyond the 9-Mile Bank. We'll also see Black Storm-Petrels and possibly a Leach's or two.
RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD: Not expected in early May this close to shore, but since 2009 there have been at least two records of tropicbirds in May on the 9- and 30- Mile Banks.
SOUTH POLAR SKUA: This trip affords a fair opportunity to find South Polar Skua on their way north from their Antarctic breeding grounds. On 9 May 2009, we saw a skua at the 9-Mile Bank from Grande.
MURRELETS: May is a great time of year to see Scripps's Murrelets.
PUFFINS: Another long shot, but this is certainly a good time of year to pray for either species of puffin. Five of six SoCal Tufted Puffin records since 2002 range from 27 April to 2 June. Twenty-three of the 24 SoCal Horned Puffin records from 2007-2009 are in May and June.
MARINE MAMMALS: We expect to see three or four species of dolphins (Bottlenose, Common, Pacific White-sided and Risso's are the candidates), plus some whales—Blue, Fin, Sei, Minke and Humpback are the best candidates.
400+ Black Storm-Petrels off San Diego 16 May 2009
IMPORTANT DEPARTURE AND BOARDING DETAILS
All trips are sponsored by Buena Vista Audubon Society and Grande Sportfishing.
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 $7 a day. 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.
Horned Puffin (c) Dave Pereksta 16 May 2009
Red-billed Tropicbird (c) Dave Pereksta
(c) Todd McGrath and Jon Feenstra
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