Red-tailed Tropicbird 17 Aug 2008 (c) W. Terry Hunefeld
Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel 2 Oct 2010 (c) Matt Sadowski
What Will We See?
THE BEST WAY TO ASSESS YOUR CHANCES TO SEE A PARTICULAR SPECIES
1. Consult the Seabird Reference on this site which contains detailed information on southern California pelagic sightings of (1) rare or unusual species, (2) specialty species, (3) rarities and (4) mega-rarities. Everything you need to know is here!
Seen in the 1990's: Stejneger's Petrel, Wedge-tailed Shearwater (many experts are sure it was seen, but it was not accepted by the California Record's Committee), Thick-billed Murre,
Brown Boobies circle Grande 4 Oct 2010 (c) Dave Pereksta
San Diego Flesh-footed Shearwater 4 Oct 2010 (c) Dave Pereksta
Pelagic trips are ventures into the great unknown. The Pacific Ocean is a vast, virtually unexplored frontier, enormous beyond comprehension, replete with seldom seen and little understood birds. On any given pelagic trip you could see everything or nothing... there is no way to tell until you are out there. No sightings of any species can be guaranteed.
Many birds are seen only briefly or at a distance, and are missed by some participants or even trip leaders (it pays off stay on deck, pay attention, stay alert, participate and call out birds). As Dave Povey says, "Seabirding is addictive because it's like prospecting for gold - you never know when you'll strike it rich."
San Diego Short-tailed Shearwater 15 Mar 2008 (c) Trent Stanley
San Diego Red-footed Booby aboard Grande
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