Participants on last Saturday's June 6 Los Angeles Audubon pelagic trip to Santa
Cruz Island were treated to close-up views of three Island Scrub-Jays, a close
encounter with two Blue Whales and hundred of shearwaters, but the surprise bird
of the day... one that had everybody aboard Island Packer's Vanguard oohing and
aaahing was a.... well.... you will have to read the trip report and look at the
Photos, trip report and trip list are posted at:
SO-CAL BOYS GO TO CAPE HATTERAS
Did you hear about the Petrel Grand Slam from Brian Patteson's boat on May 29
Bermuda, Fea's, Trindade and Black-capped all in the same day, PLUS European and
Band-rumped Storm-Petrels. Photos of your favorite SoCal birders and the birds
they saw, plus some photos of what it's like to bird off North Carolina's Outer
Banks, can be found at the link below:
Hatteras Photos and Trip Report:
MOTHER OF ALL PELAGICS
The mother of all ABA pelagic trips aboard SEARCHER will run it seventh
consecutive September long-range trip on Labor Day week, Sept 7-11 out of San
Diego into the richest ABA pelagic waters at the richest time of year.
INCREDIBLE SPECIES-SEEN LIST: September SEARCHER trips from 2003-2008 have
amassed an incredible list of species seen: Black-footed Albatross, Northern
Fulmar, Bulwer's Petrel, Murphy's Petrel, Cook's Petrel, Hawaiian Petrel,
Flesh-footed Shearwater, Buller's Shearwater, Pink-Footed Shearwater, Sooty
Shearwater, Black-vented Shearwater, Least Storm-Petrel, Leach's Storm-Petrel,
Ashy Storm-Petrel, Black Storm-Petrel, Red-billed Tropicbird, Red-necked
Phalarope, Red Phalarope, South Polar Skua, Pomarine Jaeger, Parasitic Jaeger,
Long-tailed Jaeger, Sabine's Gull, Arctic Tern, Pigeon Guillemot, Common Murre,
Xantus's Murrelet, Craveri's Murrelet, Cassin's Auklet, Rhinoceros Auklet.
Seen in SoCal July - September and ready for addition to Searcher's roster are:
Shy and Laysan Albatross, Stejneger's Petrel, Wedge-tailed Shearwater, Streaked
Shearwater, Red-tailed Tropicbird.
The diverse array of birds seen from SEARCHER is a result of a diverse
itinerary - from near-shore to inter-islands to the edge of the Continental
Shelf. We depart San Diego at noon and spend the day birding our way up the
Nine-mile bank and other underwater banks, ridges and canyons. The morning or
our second day at sea will find us in the Channel Islands. From there we travel
north past Point Conception to Arguello Canyon, Rodriguez Dome, then spend two
days bearing south past the San Juan Seamount and other seamounts at the edge of
the Continental Shelf, 40 miles southwest of Cortez Bank, 150 miles offshore. We
see lots of birds near shore and around the Channel Islands, fewer birds out
along the shelf edge - but the shelf edge is where the rarities roam.
SEARCHER trip logs & species reports: http://www.bajawhale.com/birdingtrips.asp
Details on the upcoming September SEARCHER trip:
Not only does SEARCHER get great birds, it is positively luxurious with 4
air-conditioned cabins – 12 are double-occupancy and three are triple-occupancy,
each with fresh-water sink, mirror and AC electrical outlet. Each cabin has
sleeping bunks, storage shelves, and hammocks for gear storage. Each bunk has a
private reading light. There are four sparkling-clean bathrooms on the main
deck, two with showers. There are large, roomy birding and wildlife observation
decks on the stern, upper deck, and in the bow area.
Here is a typical participant comment following the trip: "The trip was truly a
wonderful experience. As a veteran of over 100 pelagic trips, I would rate this
in the top five I have ever taken. Great birds & mammals, great leadership,
marvelous food & a very friendly and accommodating crew. It was also the
keenest & most co-operative group of participants I have ever shared a boat
with. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone who would contemplate taking
it in the future. WELL DONE!" -- Mike Austin, Friendswood, TX
Beverages and snacks are all included and are available 24 hours per day, in
addition to the three delicious meals each day. SEARCHER offers a wide variety
of special request meals and diets with prior notice. Meals are typically made
from fresh meats, fish, and produce and are wonderful. There's nothing quite
like standing on the bow of Searcher in the sun and wind with a hot,
fresh-from-the-oven blueberry muffin and cup of coffee.
One thing all the leaders agree on: you won't find a better meal at sea than
SEARCHER. Fresh salads, home-made cookies, pancakes, bacon, burgers, pizza,
roast chicken, fresh fish tacos, prime rib, ice cream sundaes, wine with dinner,
warm brownies with ice cream, apples, bananas, oranges and a bottomless cooler
of complimentary juice, coke, diet coke, bottled water and, most importantly to
some of the leaders, beer.
Southern California seas and weather in September are usually calm and balmy.
SEARCHER accommodates 28 passengers very comfortably plus 4
leaders/spotters/chummers. There are 8 spots still available for this
September's trip. We hope can join us. More details at:
W. Terry Hunefeld, Encinitas
Life is short. Seabird often.
In memory of Luke Cole
"Come on out with us to see what's out there."
Southern California Seabirding Trips
Buena Vista Audubon Society
Los Coronados Islands, Channel Islands
to the Edge of the Continental Shelf
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