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   Craveri's Murrelet
Craveri's Murrelet
Synthliboramphus craveri


   Craveri's Murrelet (Synthliboramphus craveri) - CRMU (recent eBird sightings, view CBRC records, range map
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  1. Pelagic trip out of Ventura with Island Packers on 7 Oct 2017 LINK
    DATE: Sep 25, 2017 @ 1:30pm, 24 day(s) ago
    Hi All
    
    This
    is a reminder that Island Packers is offering an 11-hour deepwater
    pelagic trip from the Ventura Harbor at 7 am on Saturday October 7. This
    trip will allow us to get to offshore waters beyond the reach of most
    day trips where we will
    have a chance to see a number of outstanding pelagic birds and marine
    mammals. The waters around the northern
    Channel Islands can be very productive during the fall when hundreds
    (sometimes thousands) of shearwaters crowd into the inter-island gaps. We will be looking through flocks of Black-vented,
    Pink-footed, and Sooty Shearwaters for Buller's, Flesh-footed (uncommon),
    and Manx (rare) Shearwaters. This is peak season for seabird diversity
    so in addition to the species already mentioned, Black-footed Albatross,
    Black and Ashy Storm-Petrels, Cassin's and Rhinoceros Auklets, and
    Pomarine and Long-tailed Jaegers are all possible. It is a good time of
    year for South Polar Skua, Sabine's Gull, and Arctic Tern. Recent trips
    near the islands have found Blue-footed Booby (2013-2014, 2016) and Brown
    Booby (2013-2017). There is also a potential for sought-after species
    like Cooks' Petrel, Red-billed Tropicbird, Least Storm-Petrel, Townsend's Storm-Petrel, Guadalupe Murrelet, and
    Craveri's Murrelet. The last 4 years have been exceptional for Craveri's
    Murrelet off southern California and with warm water continuing, our chances to find this elusive species may be good. We saw approximately 45 Craveri's Murrelets on our recent July trip from Ventura! In addition, there was a Nazca Booby seen on a pelagic trip out of San Diego this weekend so anything is possible out there. We
    will decide what our offshore destinations will be after reviewing
    oceanographic conditions at the time of the trip, which will help
    determine where birds and other marine life may be present.
    
    The trip will be on an ultra-fast catamaran that features a
    spacious and comfortable cabin, galley, and excellent viewing from
    both the upper and lower decks. A full contingent of outstanding seabird
    leaders will be present to make sure we see all that is out there. The
    Captain and crew know how to run birding trips and are enthusiastic
    and helpful.In addition, we work hard to creep up on birds and get
    them in the right light for photographers.
    
    Trips can be booked over the phone by calling (805) 642-1393 or online at www.IslandPackers.comby
    clicking the Reserve Trip tab, select the Special Trips tab, and select
    your desired departure. The cost of the trip is $170 per adult.
    
    Hope to see you at sea!
    
    Dave Pereksta
    Ventura, CA
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  3. Ventura pelagic trip report - 16 July 2017, Cook's Petrels, Craveri's Murrelets, and more! LINK
    DATE: Jul 20, 2017 @ 5:21pm, 3 month(s) ago
    Hi all
    
    On Sunday July 16, Island Packers hosted a 12-hour pelagic trip from the Ventura Harbor. With a favorable forecast, our goal was to go southwest to waters west and south of San Nicolas Island. Upon leaving the Ventura Harbor, our first destination was Anacapa Island where we would look for boobies, shearwaters, and some of the local nesting species we were not likely to see farther offshore. En route we encountered several flocks of shearwaters feeding around dolphin schools that included numbers of Black-vented (which were earlier in the season than expected), Sooty, and a few Pink-footed Shearwaters. We also saw two Common Murres in this area, which was nearly all we saw of that species for the day. As we worked the flocks of shearwaters looking for something uncommon or rare, shouts of BOOBY! rang out. The feeding activity in the area attracted two Brown Boobies. One took off quickly, but the other stayed for extended looks and great photo ops as it flew right past the boat several times. After the booby left, we worked the shore of Anacapa Island where we saw numbers of Pigeon Guillemots and other breeders including a few Black Oystercatchers.
    
    From Anacapa Island we headed west to several underwater features and the Anacapa Passage where there were large flocks of the common shearwaters and a variety of other species including Northern Fulmar, Cassin's Auklet, and Rhinoceros Auklet; all of which allowed close views. After thoroughly checking this area, we headed south and west to the waters west of San Nicolas Island. We had a steady trickle of birds (shearwaters, Cassin's Auklets, Red-necked Phalaropes, etc.) along our route highlighted by several South Polar Skuas, Ashy and Black Storm-Petrels, Scripps's Murrelets, and the first of our 45 +/-Craveri's Murrelets seen on the day. Yes...45 Craveri's Murrelets!! Not a typo. The thrill of the day followed soon after as we were looking at a blue whale; a gray bird with an "M" pattern across its back and clean white undersides zipped through our view, which led to simultaneous cries of COOK'S PETREL!! This was the first we have seen off southern California since 2010. Traversing that area led to us finding several more Cook's and a variety of other life, including a fin whale.
    
    Crossing the deep waters south of San Nicolas yielded more Cook's Petrels, several dozen Craveri's Murrelets, a Black-footed Albatross, and three loggerhead turtles. The turtles were a rare treat as we almost never see them on our pelagic trips. I shared our sightings with NOAA today and they informed me that loggerheads have increased in the Southern California Bight over the last few years (perhaps due to warmer water), so maybe we will start to see more of them. From San Nicolas we plotted our course north back to Ventura where wecontinued to see a variety of birds throughout the rest of the day including another Brown Booby, Red Phalarope, Black and Ashy Storm-Petrels, and the usual pelagic species. In addition to the great diversity of birds, we saw three species of whales, mako shark, blue shark, mola mola, two swordfish, a very cooperative northern fur seal, and a variety of dolphins and pinnipeds. We encountered so much wildlife on this trip that it felt like someone had left the zoo door open. Remarkable day at sea!
    
    I would like to thank the people that made this trip such a success including the captain and crew from Island Packers. Captain Jimmy McWaters did an incredible job getting us views of all the wildlife, which occasionally included speeding after skuas and petrels. He was as enthusiastic as we were and really worked with us to get to the areas we wanted to explore. Joel Barrett balanced his duties on the boat with spotting birds all day. His enthusiasm for doing these trips should ensure that we will continue to have pelagic trips running to the areas around and beyond the northern Channel Islands. He and I are talking about a number of options for exploring some areas that birders are drooling to get to on a day trip...stay tuned! I also want to thank the leaders we had on board including Bernardo Alps, Wes Fritz, Peter Gaede, Dan Maxwell, Todd McGrath, Hugh Ranson, and Adam Searcy. These guys work tirelessly all day spotting birds and helping participants get on the species they are looking for...all while having fun and sharing their great depth of knowledge on seabirds and other creatures of the deep.
    
    We have a 10-hour trip scheduled for Oct 7 so check out Island Packers website if you are interested in joining us. Trips can be booked over the phone by calling (805) 642-1393 or online at www.IslandPackers.comby clicking the Reserve Trip tab, select the Special Trips tab, and select your desired departure. The cost of the Oct trip is $170 per person.
    
    Also check out our "Southern California Pelagic Bird Trips" Facebook page.Later this evening, I will post this trip report with a number of photos from Sunday.
    
    Cheers
    
    Dave Pereksta
    Ventura, CA
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  5. Pelagic trip out of Ventura with Island Packers on July 16 LINK
    DATE: Jun 30, 2017, 4 month(s) ago
    Hi All
    
    This is a reminder that Island Packers is offering a 12-hour deepwater pelagic trip from the Ventura Harbor at 7 am on Sunday July 16. This trip will allow us to get to offshore waters beyond the reach of most day trips where we will
    have a chance to see a number of outstanding pelagic birds and marine
    mammals. Our intention is to go south from Ventura towards San Nicolas
    Island and the banks, knolls, canyons and other productive features in
    the area. This will give us a chance to look for sought after species
    like Red-billed Tropicbird, Least Storm-Petrel, Leach's Storm-Petrel,
    Townsend's Storm-Petrel, Guadalupe Murrelet and Craveri's Murrelet. Research trips that have traversed the area south of the Channel Islands
    this spring have recorded a few rare species including a Nazca Booby
    and Cook's Petrels. We
    will decide what our offshore destination will be after reviewing
    oceanographic conditions at the time of the trip, which will help
    determine where the birds and other marine life may be present or
    concentrated.
    
    Summer
    trips in July and August
    coincide with the earlier parts of the southbound fall migration of
    arctic nesting species, the northward dispersal of southern nesting
    species, and the nesting and fledging periods of breeding species on the
    Channel Islands. Past trips have found Manx Shearwater (rare),
    Black-footed Albatross, Laysan Albatross (rare), Buller's Shearwater,
    Leach's Storm-Petrel,
    Blue-footed Booby, Brown Booby, Long-tailed
    Jaeger, South Polar Skua, Scripps's Murrelet, Craveri's Murrelet (several were seen out of San Diego last week so they are around), Arctic Tern, and a variety of other shearwaters,
    storm-petrels, pelagic gulls and terns, phalaropes, and alcids.
    Patrolling the shoreline of Anacapa Island has yielded American
    Oystercatchers over the last few years. Summer is also an excellent
    time for Ashy and Black Storm-Petrels, and Cassin's Auklets. There is
    often a flock of 1000's of Black Storm-Petrels south of the islands
    that we will attempt to find. A few Rhinoceros Auklets and Common Murres should still be
    around, along with Pigeon Guillemots near the islands. Red-billed
    Tropicbird is always possible on summer trips, although not found every
    year.
    
    The trip will be on an ultra-fast catamaran that features a
    spacious and comfortable cabin, galley, and excellent viewing from
    both the upper and lower decks. A full contingent of outstanding seabird
    leaders will be present to make sure we see all that is out there. The
    Captain and crew know how to run birding trips and are enthusiastic
    and helpful.In addition, we work hard to creep up on birds and get
    them in the right light...photographers will not be disappointed!
    
    Trips can be booked over the phone by calling (805) 642-1393 or online at www.IslandPackers.comby clicking the Reserve Trip tab, select the Special Trips tab, and select your desired departure. The cost of the trip is $195 per adult.
    
    Hope to see you at sea!
    
    Dave Pereksta
    Ventura, CA
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  7. San Diego Pelagic June 11 LINK
    DATE: Jun 1, 2017 @ 5:02pm, 5 month(s) ago
    The next San Diego Pelagics/Buena Vista Audubon offshore
    adventure is Sunday June 11, 2017. Just two weeks away.This is a 12-hour
    trip departing at 6 a.m. from Point Loma Sportfishing Landing in San Diego Bay.
    Cost is $105.We will be heading out to the Nine and 30 Mile Banks, where
    expected species include Pink-footed and Sooty Shearwaters; Black, Ashy and
    Leach's Storm-Petrels; Brown Booby; Elegant, Common, and Least Terns; and Cassin's
    Auklets.Possible species include Black-footed Albatross, N. Fulmar,
    Black-vented Shearwater, Red-billed Tropicbird,Red and Red-necked
    Phalaropes, South Polar Skua, Pomarine Jaeger, and Scripps's Murrelet.The
    last two years we have had early Craveri's Murrelets on this trip. The recent
    May 21st. trip had the secondcounty record for Cook's Petrel (the other
    record is from June 13, 1997). Could this be the "right" time of year
    for that speciesLast year's June trip also got good looks at a
    Red-billed Tropicbird. I've always liked the mid May to mid June time periodfor
    South Polar Skua. Who knows what might show up!For details and past trip
    reports go to www.sandiegopelagics.com.
    
    I hope you will join us. Call (619) 223-1627 to make your
    reservation.
    
    Dave Povey Dulzura
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  9. Oct 8 pelagic trip out of Ventura - space available LINK
    DATE: Oct 3, 2016 @ 8:13am, 1 year(s) ago
    There is still space available for a pelagic trip out of the Ventura Harbor on Oct 8 with Island Packers. The advance forecast looks great for Saturday so we hope you can join us offshore. The waters around the northern
    Channel Islands can be very productive during the fall when hundreds
    (sometimes thousands) of shearwaters crowd into the inter-island gaps. We will be looking through flocks of Black-vented,
    Pink-footed, and Sooty Shearwaters for Buller's, Flesh-footed (uncommon),
    and Manx (rare) Shearwaters. This is peak season for seabird diversity
    so in addition to the species already mentioned, Black-footed Albatross,
    Black and Ashy Storm-Petrels, Cassin's and Rhinoceros Auklets, and
    Pomarine and Long-tailed Jaegers are all possible. It is a good time of
    year for South Polar Skua, Sabine's Gull, and Arctic Tern. Recent trips
    near the islands have found Blue-footed Booby (2013-2014, 2016) and Brown
    Booby (2013-2016)! There is also a potential for sought-after species
    like Red-billed Tropicbird, Least Storm-Petrel, Guadalupe Murrelet, and
    Craveri's Murrelet. The last 3 years have been exceptional for Craveri's
    Murrelet off southern California and with warm water continuing, our chances to find this elusive species may be good. We
    will decide what our offshore destinations will be after reviewing
    oceanographic conditions at the time of the trip, which will help
    determine where birds and other marine life may be present.
    
    Fall Migration Adventure
    October 8th (Sat)
    10 hrs 8 am-6 pm
    $170 per adult
    Previous
    year highlights include: Blue-footed and Brown Booby; Black, Ashy, and Least Storm-Petrels; American
    Oystercatcher; Craveri’s Murrelet; South Polar Skua; Pomarine, Parasitic, and Long-tailed
    Jaegers; Cassin’s and Rhinoceros Auklets; Red and Red-necked Phalarope;
    Northern Fulmar; Pink-footed, Sooty, and Black-vented Shearwaters, Sabine's Gulls, Common/Arctic Terns and Common
    Murre. Other possibilities include Buller’s and Flesh-footed
    Shearwaters, Wilson’s Storm Petrel, and Red-billed Tropicbird.
    
    The trip will be on an ultra-fast catamaran that featured a spacious and comfortable cabin, galley, and excellent viewing from
    both the upper and lower decks. A full contingent of outstanding seabird
    leaders will be present to make sure we see all that is out there. The
    Captains and crews know how to run birding trips and are enthusiastic
    and helpful.In addition, we work hard to creep up on birds and get
    them in the right light...photographers will not be disappointed!
    
    Trips can be booked over the phone by calling (805) 642-1393 or online at www.IslandPackers.comby clicking the Reserve Trip tab, Select the Special Trips tab, and select your desired departure.
    
    Hope to see you at sea!
    
    Dave Pereksta
    Ventura, CA
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  11. Recent San Diego Pelagic Trip LINK
    DATE: Aug 28, 2016, 1 year(s) ago
    The San Diego pelagic on Aug. 21, 2016 started off with the unusual target of an albino cormorant that had been reported on the bait docks the previous week. We found and photographed the bird on the barrier around the submarine base, and what an unusual sight it was – a pure white Brandt’s Cormorant. We were also successful with our more traditional targets, getting good looks at CRAVERI'S MURRELETS, which was a life bird for several birders on board.We counted 10 on the day, which was quite good for the windy conditions. Other species of note included LEACH'S STORM-PETRELS, with perhaps twenty five for the trip. The majority were dark-rumped or intermediate white-rumped chapmani subspecies, but a couple of bright white-rumped birds had us looking at photos for possible Townsend's or Wilson's Storm-Petrels. These were likely the nominate Leach's Storm-Petrels. Although we had no Brown Boobies on the channel buoys, we did manage to get several farther offshore, which was another target bird for several of our participants. A bit of good news on the seabird reproduction front, Black-vented Shearwaters appear to have done well this year as we saw good numbers on bright fresh plumaged birds I take to be birds of the year.All clearly thriving on this year’s mass of Northern Anchovy locally.Sea surface temps were 69-73 mostly 70 degrees.
    Partial species list offshore:
    Pink-footed Shearwater67 Sooty Shearwater
    
    7 Black-vented Shearwater
    
    750 Leach's Storm-Petrel (chapmani) 25 Leach's Storm-Petrel (leucorhoa)
    
    2 Ashy Storm-Petrel
    
    3 Black Storm-Petrel
    
    110 Brown Booby
    
    4 Red-necked Phalarope
    
     40 CRAVERI'S MURRELET
    
     10 Cassin's Auklet
    
    1 Common Tern
    
    12 Elegant Tern
    
    108
    
    Dave Povey Dulzura
    
    The next BVAS / Grande trip is Sept 25th and only has 9 spots left; call 619 223-1627 to reserve your spot.
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  13. upcoming fall San Diego pelagic trips LINK
    DATE: Jul 13, 2016 @ 6:57am, 1 year(s) ago
    The fall schedule of San Diego pelagic trips sponsored by Buena Vista
    
    Audubon Society includes Sunday sailings on August 21, September 25, and
    
    October 9. All three are aboard "Grande" out of Point Loma Sportfishing,
    
    are 12 hours duration, and will visit the 9-Mile and 30-Mile Banks,
    
    mostly in San Diego County waters, with possibly brief time spent in Los
    
    Angeles County waters (if that's where the storm-petrel rafts are). For
    
    further information and how to make reservations, see
    
    sandiegopelagics.com or socalbirding.com (same website).
    
    All three trips will target several of the more sought-after and
    
    somewhat regular late-summer and early autumn specialties off southern
    
    California: Red-billed Tropicbird, Craveri's Murrelet, and Least
    
    Storm-Petrel. We have a chance of finding the newly split Townsend's
    
    Storm-Petrel in the deeper water near the 30-Mile Bank, as well as a
    
    small chance there for Guadalupe Murrelet. Other scarce species recorded
    
    on multiple fall trips in recent years include Black-footed Albatross,
    
    South Polar Skua, Buller's Shearwater, Wilson's, Leach's, & Ashy
    
    Storm-Petrels, and Arctic Tern. Likely species include Pink-footed and
    
    Black-vented Shearwaters, Black Storm-Petrel, Cassin's Auklet,
    
    phalaropes, Pomarine & Parasitic Jaegers, and Sabine's Gull. The late
    
    August trip coincides with near-peak of the (irregular) Long-tailed
    
    Jaeger migration. The October trip provides for a chance for
    
    Flesh-footed Shearwater.
    
    --Paul Lehman, Dave Povey, Bruce Rideout-- San Diego
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  15. San Pedro Pelagic This Saturday LINK
    DATE: Jun 29, 2016, 1 year(s) ago
    Hi all.
    The Catalina Explorer (formerly the Magician) is offering an eight-hour pelagic birding trip this Saturday. We will leave at 8 a.m. out of 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro. Cost is $110 per person; breakfast, lunch and a bottomless soda cup are included (and they have been known to serve brownies hot out of the oven a la mode).
    
    We will likely head to the four oil rigs halfway between Huntington Beach and the east end of Catalina Island (where the brown boobies have been roosting for the past couple of years); then follow the 100 fathom escarpment west around the Palos Verdes Peninsula to the mouth of the Redondo Canyon. That covers a lot of prime habitat.
    
    Waters temperatures are still above normal, and bird abundance and diversity offshore are low. Having said that, it is during unusual conditions that we are most likely to see unusual birds. We seem to be having a mini Magnificent Frigatebird invasion; a Manx Shearwater was seen in Orange County a couple of weeks ago, and a recent trip out of San Diego had good numbers of Craveri's Murrelets. And the cetacean show is really good right now, local boats are seeing Blue, Fin and Humpback Whales on a daily basis.
    
    To book, go to the Catalina Explorer website, http://catalinaexplorer.com/calendar.htm .
    
    Hope you can join us!
    
    Bernardo
    
    Bernardo Alps
    www.photocetus.com
    Whalephoto@...
    310.597.0449
    P.O. Box 1667
    San Pedro, CA 90733
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  17. San Diego Pelagic 12 June 2016 LINK
    DATE: May 31, 2016, 1 year(s) ago
    The next and last spring 2016 Buena Vista Audubon San Diego pelagic is Sunday June 12th,out of Point Loma Sportfishing Landing, San Diego Bay . This is a 12 hour trip and will visit the 9 and 30 Mile Banks aboard the 85 ft." Grande". Expected species are Pink-footed, Sooty, and Black-vented Shearwaters, Black, Ashy, and Leach's Storm-Petrels, Brown Booby, Red-necked Phalaropes, Scripps's Murrelet, Cassin's Auklet, and Elegant Tern. Also possible are Black-footed Albatross, Red-billed Tropicbird, Red Phalarope, South Polar Skua, Pomarine and Parasitic Jaegers, and Common Tern.
    Surprises are always hoped for. Last year it was Buller's Shearwaters, a Wilson's Storm-Petrel, two Least Storm-Petrels, and 20 Craveri's Murrelets, all extraordinarily early. What might we find this year A Least Storm-Petrel has already been seen this spring, and the water remains slightly warmer than normal. We expect to see marine mammals each trip. We had a close in Blue Whale on the May's trip. Fin, Humpback, and Minke Whales have been seen locally this spring. Bottle-nosed, Risso's and Common Dolphin are possible. I hope you'll join us. The regular trip price is $105 ( a mere $8.75/hr.). Call
    
    619 223-1627 ask for the June 12 th. Grande
    
    bird trip.
    
    Dave Povey www.sandiegopelagics.com .
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  19. Upcoming pelagic trips from Ventura with Island Packers LINK
    DATE: Apr 16, 2016 @ 9:30am, 2 year(s) ago
    Hello birders
    
    Island
    Packers has scheduled three pelagic birdingtrips for this summer and
    fall based out of Ventura and Oxnard, CA. The dates areJuly 10, August 21, and
    October 8. Summer and fall are great seasons to get offshore southern
    California and past trips have had success finding a variety of local,
    uncommon, and rare species.
    
    Summer
    trips in July and August
    coincide with the earlier parts of the southbound fall migration of
    arctic nesting species, the northward dispersal of southern nesting
    species, and the nesting and fledging periods of breeding species on the
    Channel Islands.Summer trips have found Manx Shearwater (rare),
    Black-footed Albatross, Laysan Albatross (rare), Buller's Shearwater,
    Leach's Storm-Petrel,
    Blue-footed Booby, Brown Booby, Long-tailed
    Jaeger, South Polar Skua, Scripps's Murrelet, Craveri's Murrelet (warm
    water years), Arctic Tern, and a variety of other shearwaters,
    storm-petrels, pelagic gulls and terns, phalaropes, and alcids.
    Patrolling the shoreline of Anacapa Island has yielded American
    Oystercatchers over the last few years. Summer is also an excellent
    time for Ashy and Black Storm-Petrels, and Cassin's Auklets. There is
    often a flock of 1000's of Black Storm-Petrels south of the islands
    that we will attempt to find. A few Rhinoceros Auklets should still be
    around, along with Pigeon Guillemots near the islands. Red-billed
    Tropicbird is always possible on summer trips, although not found every
    year.With the lingering El Nino this year, it will be a great time to
    look for warm water species including Guadalupe Murrelet, Craveri's
    Murrelet,and Least Storm-Petrel. In addition, the August trip will
    include a landing on Santa Cruz Island so we can search for the endemic
    Island Scrub-Jay!
    
    The waters around the northern
    Channel Islands can be very productive during the fall when hundreds
    (sometimes thousands) of shearwaters crowd into the inter-island gaps.
    In October, we will be looking through flocks of Black-vented,
    Pink-footed and Sooty Shearwaters for Buller's, Flesh-footed (uncommon),
    and Manx (rare) Shearwaters. This is peak season for seabird diversity
    so in addition to the species already mentioned, Black-footed Albatross,
    Black and Ashy Storm-Petrels, Cassin's and Rhinoceros Auklets, and
    Pomarine and Long-tailed Jaegers are all possible. It is a good time of
    year for South Polar Skua, Sabine's Gull, and Arctic Tern. Recent trips
    near the islands have found Blue-footed Booby (2013-2014, 2016) and Brown
    Booby (2013-2016)! There is also a potential for sought-after species
    like Red-billed Tropicbird, Least Storm-Petrel, Guadalupe Murrelet, and
    Craveri's Murrelet. The last two years were exceptional years for Craveri's
    Murrelet off southern California and with warm water continuing, our chances to find this elusive species may be good. We
    will decide what our offshore destinations will be after reviewing
    oceanographic conditions at the time of the trip, which will help
    determine where birds and other marine life may be present and/or
    concentrated.
    
    The schedule and pricing is as follows:
    Channel Islands and Beyond: Santa Barbara Channel, Interisland gaps, and deep waters south of the islands
    July 10th (Sunday)
    12 hrs 7 am-7 pm
    $195 per adult
    Previous
    year highlights include: Blue-footed Booby, Scripps’s and Craveri’s
    Murrelet, South Polar Skua, Common Tern, Leach’s, Ashy, and Black
    Storm-Petrels, Sooty, Pink-footed, and Black-vented Shearwaters,
    Cassin’s Auklet, and Red-necked Phalaropes. Manx Shearwater has also
    been sighted the past few years in mid-July.
    
    Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands and the Island Scrub-Jay. This trip will be on the Vanguard out of the Channel Islands Harbor.
    August 21st (Sunday)
    9 hrs 8 am- 5 pm
    $80 per adult (This trip will drop off at Santa Cruz Island so we can search for the endemic Island Scrub-Jay)
    Previous
    year highlights include: Red-billed Tropicbird, Brown Booby, Scripps’s
    and Craveri’s Murrelets; Black-vented, Sooty, and Pink-footed
    Shearwaters; Cassin’s Auklet; Red-necked Phalarope; and Black
    Storm-Petrel.
    
    Fall Migration Adventure
    October 8th (Sat)
    10 hrs 8 am-6 pm
    $170 per adult
    Previous
    year highlights include: Blue-footed and Brown Booby; Black, Ashy, and Least Storm-Petrels; American
    Oystercatcher; Craveri’s Murrelet; Pomarine, Parasitic, and Long-tailed
    Jaegers; Cassin’s and Rhinoceros Auklets; Red and Red-necked Phalarope;
    Pink-footed and Black-vented Shearwaters, Sabine's Gulls, Common/Arctic Terns and Common
    Murre. Other possibilities include Buller’s and Flesh-footed
    Shearwaters, Wilson’s Storm Petrel, and Red-billed Tropicbird.
    
    The July and October trips will be on ultra-fast catamarans that feature
    spacious and comfortable cabins, galleys, and excellent viewing from
    both the upper and lower decks. A full contingent of outstanding seabird
    leaders will be present to make sure we see all that is out there. The
    Captains and crews know how to run birding trips and are enthusiastic
    and helpful.In addition, we work hard to creep up on birds and get
    them in the right light...photographers will not be disappointed!
    Trips can be booked over the phone by calling (805) 642-1393 or online at www.IslandPackers.comby clicking the Reserve Trip tab, Select the Special Trips tab, and select your desired departure.
    
    Hope to see you at sea!
    
    Dave Pereksta
    Ventura, CA
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  21. Oct 13-14 SoCal Pelagic nearly sold out; early-bird special about to end LINK
    DATE: Sep 22, 2012 @ 2:32pm, 5 year(s) ago
    Greetings,
    
    The $265 early-bird special for the Oct 48-hour Buena Vista Audubon Society
    pelagic will expire Sunday. Thereafter, registration is $295.
    
    The final SoCal overnight pelagic of the year departs the morning of Saturday
    Oct 13 and returns 48 hours later (early Monday morning) after birding the San
    Clemente Basin, Cortes Bank, and Butterfly Bank (San Diego and Los Angeles
    Counties).
    
    There are only a few spaces left.
    
    Now that Xantus's Murrelet has been split, this is one of the best trips to see
    the "newly minted" species "Guadalupe (Xantus's) Murrelet" in ABA Area waters.
    
    Xantus's Murrelet (Synthliboramphus hypoleucus) has finally been split by the
    AOU into Scripps's Murrelet (S. scrippsi) and Guadalupe Murrelet (S.
    hypoleucus). July-Oct is the best season for Guadalupe Murrelet in ABA waters.
    30 miles is the minimum distance offshore it can be reasonably expected.
    
    This weekend double-overnight trip has only one purpose: to spend an entire day,
    from sunrise to sunset about 80 miles offshore, just north of the Mexican
    Border, zig-zagging along the banks and seamounts that cause upwellings and
    pockets of life. Our targets are rarities like Flesh-footed Shearwater, expected
    species such as Red-billed Tropicbird, Buller's Shearwater, Sabine's Gull, South
    Polar Skua and Long-tailed Jaeger, three subspecies of Leach's Storm-Petrel and
    Craveri's Murrelet.
    
    Special Early Bird pricing expires Sept 22. Details:
    http://www.socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/sandiegooct131548hr.html
    
    All trips:
    http://www.socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips.html
    
    Peace on earth.
    
    W. Terry Hunefeld, Encinitas
    Life is short. Seabird often.
    In memory of Michelle "Shellie" Matson and Mike San Miguel
    "Come on out with us to see what's out there."
    
    Southern California Seabirding Trips
    by: Buena Vista Audubon Society
    http://www.SoCalBirding.com
    Los Coronados Islands & Nine Mile Bank
    all the way to the edge of the Continental Shelf
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  23. Final SoCal Overnight Pelagic of 2012 is a “go” Oct 13-14 LINK
    DATE: Sep 14, 2012 @ 3:57am, 5 year(s) ago
    Greetings,
    
    The annual autumn (Oct 13-14) 48-hour Buena Vista Audubon Society pelagic trip
    aboard GRANDE to the San Clemente Basin, Cortes Bank, Butterfly Bank (San Diego
    and Los Angeles Counties) is a FOR SURE "go."
    
    Now that Xantus's Murrelet has been split, this is one of the best trips to see
    the "newly minted" species "Guadalupe (Xantus's) Murrelet" in ABA Area waters.
    Xantus's Murrelet (Synthliboramphus hypoleucus) has finally been split by the
    AOU into Scripps's Murrelet (S. scrippsi) and Guadalupe Murrelet (S.
    hypoleucus). July-Oct is the best season for Guadalupe Murrelet in ABA waters.
    30 miles is the minimum distance offshore it can be reasonably expected.
    
    This weekend double-overnight trip has only one purpose: to spend an entire day,
    from sunrise to sunset about 80 miles offshore, just north of the Mexican
    Border, zig-zagging along the banks and seamounts that cause upwellings and
    pockets of life. Our targets are rarities like Flesh-footed Shearwater,
    expected species such as Red-billed Tropicbird, Buller's Shearwater, Sabine's
    Gull, South Polar Skua and Long-tailed Jaeger, three subspecies of Leach's
    Storm-Petrel and Craveri's Murrelet.
    
    Special Early Bird pricing expires Sept 22.
    Details: http://www.socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/sandiegooct131548hr.html
    
    Peace on earth.
    
    W. Terry Hunefeld, Encinitas
    Life is short. Seabird often.
    In memory of Michelle "Shellie" Matson and Mike San Miguel
    "Come on out with us to see what's out there."
    
    Southern California Seabirding Trips
    by: Buena Vista Audubon Society
    http://www.SoCalBirding.com
    Los Coronados Islands & Nine Mile Bank
    all the way to the edge of the Continental Shelf
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  25. Oct 6 San Diego Pelagic in search of cool birds nearly sold out LINK
    DATE: Sep 13, 2012 @ 4:21am, 5 year(s) ago
    Greetings,
    
    The Buena Vista Audubon Society FALL MIGRATION All-San-Diego-County-All-The-Time
    (Pretty Much) aboard Grande In Search of Craveri's Murrelet, Brown Boobies,
    Ashy, Least, Black and Leach's Storm-Petrels, Skua, Pomarine, Parasitic &
    Long-tailed Jaegers, Flesh-footed Shearwaters, Black-footed Albies, at the Nine
    Mile and Thirty Mile Banks is nearly sold out and HAS 13 REMAINING OPENINGS. The
    price to register increases on Sept 15.
    
    The Trip is: Saturday Oct 6, 2012 6:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    EARLY-BIRD REGISTRATION is $75 through Sept 15.
    Registration is $95 Sep 16 - Oct 3.
    Registration is $115 Oct 4-6.
    
    Details, detail and more details:
    http://www.socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/sandiegooct613hr.html
    
    Peace on earth.
    
    W. Terry Hunefeld, Encinitas
    Life is short. Seabird often.
    In memory of Michelle "Shellie" Matson and Mike San Miguel
    "Come on out with us to see what's out there."
    
    Southern California Seabirding Trips
    by: Buena Vista Audubon Society
    http://www.SoCalBirding.com
    Los Coronados Islands & Nine Mile Bank
    all the way to the edge of the Continental Shelf
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  27. Late Summer - Fall SoCal Pelagic Trips: A Sneak Peek LINK
    DATE: Jun 4, 2012 @ 6:11pm, 5 year(s) ago
    Greetings,
    
    Summer is just beginning, but California pelagic trips for the early fall
    migration are now taking reservations. Four classic SoCal trips are coming up;
    all have diverse itineraries; all have sold out in past years; all have seen
    phenomenal birds.
    
    If you've been wondering what it's like on a pelagic trip from SoCal, you can
    get a "sneak peek" inside and onboard our three primary vessels: SEARCHER,
    GRANDE, and CONDOR EXPRESS. http://tinyurl.com/pelagics-sneak-peek
    
    Come on out and ride along with us in real life. It's loads of fun and we never
    know for-sure what to expect out there. Every trip begins as a blank canvas. By
    the time we return to the harbor, a rich tapestry of unique sights, sounds and
    experiences has been woven - and it's always a surprise.
    
    Summer and fall are exciting months for pelagic birding in Southern California
    with the arrival of various species like tropicbirds and storm-petrels and the
    late-summer and fall migration of tubenoses and pterodromas.
    
    Starting in July there will be at least one trip a month from San Diego or Santa
    Barbara into the mysterious deep through October. Debi Shearwater's awesome
    trips from central California also kick into gear July - October.
    
    July 19: CONDOR EXPRESS. Santa Barbara.
    Past sightings: Tristram's Storm Petrel, 136 Cook's Petrels in 2009,
    Red-billed Tropicbird
    http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/santabarbarajuly21.html
    
    August 13-15: GRANDE. San Diego. 56-hours.
    Past sightings: Tropicbirds, Cook's Petrels, Long-tailed Jaegers, Sabine's
    Gulls, Arctic Terns, Murrelets.
    http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/sandiegoaug201256hr.html
    
    September 3-7: SEARCHER. San Diego. 4 days.
    The most luxurious pelagic birding live-aboard in the world.
    2011: White-chinned Petrel. 2010: Cook's Petrel, Wilson's Storm-Petrel,
    Flesh-footed Shearwater. 2009: Craveri's Murrelet, Brown Booby.
    http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/searchersep372012.html
    
    October 13-14. GRANDE. San Diego. 48-hours.
    Past sightings: Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel, Flesh-footed Shearwater, Brown
    Booby, Wilson's Storm-Petrel, Craveri's Murrelet.
    http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/sandiegooct131548hr.html
    
    The entire SoCal pelagic birding trip schedule with details, trip reports, and
    video montages can be found at www.socalbirding.com. Debi Shearwater's schedule
    is at www.shearwaterjourneys.com/
    
    Come on out with us to see what's out there..
    
    Terry Hunefeld, Encinitas
    Life is short. Seabird often.
    In memory of Michelle "Shellie" Matson, Mike San Miguel and Luke Cole.
    
    Southern California Seabirding Trips
    by: Buena Vista Audubon Society
    http://www.SoCalBirding.com
    Los Coronados Islands & Nine Mile Bank
    all the way to the edge of the Continental Shelf
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  29. L.A. COUNTY tropicbirds; Laysan; Cook’s & Dark-rumped Petrels LINK
    DATE: Sep 3, 2011 @ 4:14pm, 6 year(s) ago
    LA Birders
    
    The TRIP TRAX (showing exact locations of the L.A. County Cook's & Dark-rumped
    Petrels, Laysan Albatross, Townsend's Storm-petrels, 7 Red-billed Tropicbirds)
    is now posted along with the TRIP VIDEO of the August 15-16 Buena Vista Audubon
    Society annual late summer 48-hour pelagic trip. Click on
    http://socaltripreports.com/p=278
    
    The last deep water trip from SoCal to the shelf edge (LA County) this season
    with space remaining (seen in previous years: Least, Leach's, Black and Ashy
    Storm-petrels, Laysan & BF Albatrosses, Flesh-footed and Buller's Shearwaters,
    RB Tropicbirds, Xantus's & Craveri's Murrelets, Cook's & Hawaiian Petrels) is
    sponsored by Buena Vista Audubon Society aboard GRANDE Oct 15-17:
    http://socalbirding.com/upcomingtrips/sandiegooct151756hr.html
    
    W. Terry Hunefeld, Encinitas
    Life is short. Seabird often.
    In memory of Luke Cole and Mike San Miguel
    "Come on out with us to see what's out there."
    
    Southern California Seabirding Trips
    by: Buena Vista Audubon Society
    http://www.SoCalBirding.com
    Los Coronados Islands & Nine Mile Bank
    all the way to the edge of the Continental Shelf
    
    Our SoCal Pelagic "e-Newsletters"
    http://www.facebook.com/SoCalPelagics
    and
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SoCalBirding
    
    A Few Of Our Seabird & Marine Mammal Adventures:
    http://www.youtube.com/watchv=eC4qRYFdjXo
    http://www.youtube.com/watchv=ABXQwF2vD2w
    http://www.youtube.com/watchv=P8UdCYAOax0
    http://www.youtube.com/watchv=jyb8fBCsP0s
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