OVERNIGHT TRIP to SHELF-EDGE WEST/SOUTHWEST of SAN DIEGO
Guadalupe Murrelet, Red-billed Tropicbird, and Storm-Petrels
San Diego and Los Angeles County Waters - 56 hours
Monday-Wednesday, August 12-14, 2013
7 a.m. Mon to 3 p.m. Weds
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: 3 p.m. Wednesday, in time for catching flights out of the San Diego airport after 5:30 p.m.
Early Bird Registration $330 before July 22. Registration $350 July 23 - August 5
Late Registation $375 after Augustl 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 SPRCIES: One of the best trips off California for Guadalupe Murrelet. Fair chance for Cook's Petrel. Excellent chances for Black‐footed Albatross, Red-billed Tropicbird, multiple storm‐petrels including “dark‐rumped” Leach's, Black, possibly Least; Sabine's Gull, Arctic Tern, Long-tailed Jaeger. Other possibilities include Black‐vented Shearwater, Ashy Storm‐Petrel, South Polar Skua. Expected are Pink-footed and Sooty Shearwaters, Red and Red-necked Phalaropes, Pomarine and Parasitic Jaegers. Slight chance Craveri's Murrelet, Brown Booby. Also excellent for whales and dolphins.
Update: Now that Xantus’s Murrelet has been split, this is one of the best trips to see Guadalupe Murrelet in ABA Area waters. Late July-Oct is the best season for Guadalupe Murrelet in ABA waters. 30+ miles is the minimum distance offshore it can be reasonably expected, and most sightings are from near or at the shelf-edge.
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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