REGISTRATION: EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION is $60 through Sept 14 Registration is $75 after Sept 15 Late Registration is $90 after Sept 28
*Price was changed Mar. 11, 2013 due to recent USGC requirement limiting passenger loads beyond 20 n.miles.
San Diego Flesh-footed Shearwater (c) Dave Pereksta 4 Oct 2010
Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel (c) Matt Sadowski 2 Oct 2010
9‐Mile and 30‐Mile Banks, most in San Diego Co., small amount in L.A. Co.
EXPECTED & POSSIBLE SPECIES: Good trip for storm‐petrels—with likely Black and possibly Least, Leach's, and Ashy—and Black‐vented Shearwater, Sabine's Gull; variety of fall‐migrant seabirds. Fair chance for Red‐billed Tropicbird, Flesh-footed and Buller's Shearwaters, Arctic Tern, South Polar Skua; slight chance Craveri's Murrelet. Expected are Pink-footed and Sooty Shearwaters, Red and Red-necked Phalaropes, Pomarine and Parasitic Jaegers, and Cassin’s and Rhinoceros Auklets. We expect to see three or four species of dolphins (Bottlenose, Common, Pacific White-sided, Risso's) and up to several species of whales (Blue, Fin, Sei, Minke, and Humpback are possible).
We fully intend to find and study Least, Black, Leach's, and Ashy Storm-Petrels. We will have the time to visit the 30-Mile Bank in extreme western San Diego County and also venture for a brief time into L.A. County waters where giant storm-petrel swarms have been found rafting the past few years. We'll stop wherever there are birds and marine mammals congregating, plenty of time to chase birds, and plenty of time to sit and chum to see what species we may be able to attract.
CRAVERI'S MURRELETS: From August to early October is the best time of year to find Craveri's Murrelet in San Diego and ABA Area waters. We find one or two in some years; however, none were recorded in 2010 and 2011. Four were well seen and photographed from Grande on 4 October 2008. The September 2009 Searcher trip recorded a Craveri's Murrelet on the north end of the 9-Mile Bank. Quick looks at a pair were had by a few from onboard Grande on 3 October 2009.
Past Trip Highlights
We began autumn explorations of the outer 9-Mile and the 30-Mile Banks in 2009, and most years since then we have found it to be spectacular for rafting storm-petrels.
Our 3 October 2009 trip recorded nearly 700 Common Terns and a dozen Sabine's Gulls, plus 3 Blue Whales, Risso's and White-sided Dolphins, and Elephant Seals. That trip also recorded Ashy Storm-Petrels, plus nearly 2000 Black and Least Storm-Petrels. A South Polar Skua was spotted.
On 10 October 2009 we recorded 8000 Black Storm-Petrels and 1750 Least Storm-Petrels—all that after a Brown Booby shot over Grande while we were just 5 miles offshore.
On 3 September 2010 (Grande) and 6 September 2010 (Searcher) we recorded Wilson's Storm-Petrel on the 9-Mile Bank.
On 2 October 2010 a Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel was seen and photographed on the 30-Mile Bank in a raft/swarm of 5000 storm-petrels (3000 Least, 2000 Black).
On 4 October 2010 we found a pair of Brown Boobies and a Black-footed Albatross on the 30-Mile Bank plus a Flesh-footed Shearwater about 14 miles offshore just over the deep edge of the 9-Mile Bank.
Our 9 October 2010 trip to the 30-Mile Bank found an enormous swarm of 10,000 storm-petrels (7000 Least and 3000 Blacks). We also recorded a Long-tailed Jaeger.
On 8 October 2011, we found three Red-billed Tropicbirds, a Buller’s Shearwater, 3 Ashy Storm-Petrels, and a South Polar Skua.
On 15/17 October 2011 we saw a Brown Booby and 1300 Least and 1 Ashy Storm-Petrels.
On 6 October 2012 we recorded a Wilson’s Storm-Petrel, 900 Least, 750 Black, and 2 Leach’s Storm-Petrels, and a Red-billed Tropicbird.
Craveri's Murrelet from Grande (c) Steve N.G. Howell
Red-billed Tropicbird (c) Todd McGrath
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.
Giant Least and Black Storm-Petrel Rafts
Craveri's Murrelet Oct 2008 (c) Steve N.G. Howell
(c) Todd McGrath and Jon Feenstra
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