PTERODROMA DEEP WATER WEEKEND In Search Of: Murphy's, Hawaiian, Cook's Petrel & Red-Billed Tropicbird GRANDE - San Diego Sponsored By: Buena Vista Audubon Society Saturday & Sunday May 9 & 10, 2009 Returning to the dock at 6:00 a.m. Monday morning
Red-billed Tropicbird (c) Dave Pereksta
Red Phalarope (c) Dave Persksta
Leach's Storm-Petrel (C) D. Pereksta
Weekend double-overnight trips have but one purpose: to get to underwater ridges and domes 100 miles or more offshore where albatross and pterodroma are usually found only by research ships because no day trips venture this far.
We'll depart on Grande Saturday morning at 6:00 a.m. from Point Loma Sportsfishing marina. We'll head directly west to explore the bird-rich Nine-mile bank, then head west, spending the day looking for birds among the life zones of 'the 182," the 30 mile bank and the 60 mile bank.
We'll proceed west all night, past San Clemente Island, past the Cortez and Tanner banks, all to the edge of the Continental Shelf where we will awaken on Sunday morning to inspect the results of the giant chum slick laid just prior to dawn.
The day will be ours to explore the shelf edge, the Cortez and Tanner banks. Where we will go depends on the weather, the seas, temperature breaks, bird reports and bird sightings. After spending all Sunday "out there" we will proceed Sunday evening back to the mainland, arriving at the dock Monday morning by 6:15 a.m. More information on the trip and itinerary.....
ADVANCE RESERVATIONS: Advance reservations are $265.
RESERVATIONS BY PHONE (Check or Credit Card): 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. ON-LINE RESERVATIONS:Register On-Line. Past trip participants may enter your user name. New participants will be prompted to create a user name and password, then make your reservation for one or more "anglers" (the landing's website refers to customers - you - as anglers). If you have any questions, please telephone the landing at (619) 223-1627.
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EXPECTED & POSSIBLE SPECIES: Black-footed Albatross is frequent in June. Murphy's Petrel is a rare but routine spring visitor in shallow waters over the continental shelf mid-April through early June. A Hawaiian Petrel was seen from a NOAA research trip off Peacadero 23 May 2007. Dozens of Cook's Petrels were seen by Searcher crew on fishing trips in June 2007 in deep water off the Baja and San Diego Coast. The endemic Ashy Storm-petrel, one of the rarest storm-petrels in the world, are fairly common this time of year, mostly in the northern Channel Islands, where Searcher spends the entire second day. There are 10 SoCal records (4 accepted) of Wedge-rumped Storm-petrel in SoCal from May to October. Black Storm-petrels are common in June. We will be in Red-billed Tropicbird waters. We will probably see South Polar Skua, Pomarine Jaegers, Parasitic Jaegers, a Long-tailed Jaeger and Sabine's Gull. Xantus's Murrelets will be plentiful. A Tufted Puffin was seen in the Channel Islands in May, 2002 and a Horned Puffin was seen 17 May 2007 between Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz Islands. It's a bit like a treasure hunt - we never know what we'll find! Learn more about what species we will probably see and what species might be seen.
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