OVERNIGHT TRIP to SHELF-EDGE WEST/SOUTHWEST of SAN DIEGO
Albatrosses, Pterodromas, and Tropicbirds
San Diego and Los Angeles County Waters - 48 hours
Saturday-Monday, May 18-20, 2013
7 a.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Monday
Check-in Time: 6:00 - 6:15 a.m. Boarding Time: 6:20 a.m. On-Board Orientation: 6:40 a.m. GATES CLOSED AND LOCKED: 6:45 a.m. sharp Depart: 7:00 a.m. Return: 6:00 a.m. Monday, plenty of time for flights out of San Diego airport after 8:30 a.m.
REGISTRATION: EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION is $225 through April 28 Registration is $240 May 29 - May 4 Late Registration is $265 after May 5
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.
In ABA Area waters. Some birding in San Diego Co., most in L.A. Co.: 9‐Mile & 30‐Mile Banks, San Clemente Basin, Butterfly and/or Bell Banks, shelf edge well west or southwest of San Diego.
EXPECTED & POSSIBLE SPECIES: Good chances for Cook's Petrel, Laysan Albatross, Red‐billed Tropicbird, South Polar Skua, Ashy Storm‐Petrel. Likely are Black‐footed Albatross, Leach's and Black Storm‐Petrels, Sabine's Gull, and Scripps's Murrelet, as well as Pink-footed and Sooty Shearwaters, Red and Red-necked Phalaropes, Sabine’s Gull, Arctic Tern, Pomarine and Parasitic Jaegers, Rhinoceros and Cassin’s Auklets. Slight chance for Brown Booby, Long-tailed Jaeger, Guadalupe Murrelet, and puffins.
For additional information on birds seen during recent years on the inshore-waters segment of this trip, see the details—above—for the 4 May 2013 trip.
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.
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