PTERODROMA/TROPICBIRD DEEP WATER WEEKEND In Search Of: Stejneger's, Mottled & Cook's Petrel; Red-Billed & Red-Tailed Tropicbird GRANDE - San Diego Sponsored By: Buena Vista Audubon Society Saturday & Sunday Oct 10 & 11, 2009 Returning to the dock at 6:00 a.m. Monday morning
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 7:00 a.m. from Point Loma Sportfishing 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 turn the boat around after sunset and head for the mainland, arriving at the dock Monday morning by 6:15 a.m.
Weather this time of year is usually pleasant with light seas. Our target birds for this time of year are pterodroma: Cooks, Stejneger's and Mottled Petrel.More trip information
$40 EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Reserve on or before September 5 for $225 and save $40.
RELEASE: All participants are required to provide a completed release form prior to boarding Grande. 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.
PAY IN FULL: Some fishing trips allow "anglers" to pay 50% at signup and the balance the day of the trip. Regardless of what the boiler-plate language on the site says, all birding trips requirepayment in full (even if the website or telephone rep gives you an option to pay 50%).
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EXPECTED & POSSIBLE SPECIES: The target birds for this region are pterodroma: Cooks, Stejneger's and Mottled Petrel. 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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On this trip you may see everything or nothing... there is no way to tell until you are out there.
Old Native Saying
You will see more rare seabirds on this trip than you will from your living room.
We always inevitably encounter a wide variety of marine life (all which have been seen in these waters over the past few years):
Orca (Killer Whale) Fin Whale Humpback Whale Sei Whale Sperm Whale Minke Whale Baird's Beaked Whale P. White-sided Dolphin N. Right-whale Dolphin Risso's Dolphin Bottlenose Dolphin Common Dolphin White-sided Dolphin California Sea Lion Northern Fur Seal Guadalupe Fur Seal Harbor Seal Mola Mola Mako Shark Blue Shark Blue Whale
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