2018 Pelagic Trip Schedule

Sunday May 20
7 am to 6 pm

This popular 12-hour trip goes to the farthest reaches of San Diego County waters—the 30-Mile Bank—to look for seabirds only occasionally or rarely seen in San Diego County (may very briefly bird in L.A. Co. waters). This is an excellent time of year for such sought-after species as Black-footed Albatross, Ashy Storm-Petrel, South Polar Skua, and Scripps’s Murrelet. Near the peak of spring migration.

LIKELY SPECIES: Pink-footed and Sooty Shearwaters, Ashy and Black Storm-Petrels, Brown Booby, Red-necked and Red Phalaropes, Pomarine and Parasitic Jaegers, Scripps’s Murrelet, Cassin’s and Rhinoceros Auklets, Sabine’s Gull. POSSIBLE SPECIES: Black-footed Albatross, Northern Fulmar, Black-vented Shearwater, Leach’s Storm-Petrel, Red-billed Tropicbird, South Polar Skua, Common Murre, Common Tern.

 

Sunday June 10
7 am to 6 pm

Early-summer trips to the 9- and 30- Mile Banks in San Diego County waters (possibly with a brief visit to L.A. County waters) have found Black-footed Albatrosses, Red-billed Tropicbirds, South Polar Skuas, and Leach’s and Ashy Storm-Petrels. June is also a good month for pelagic surprises.

LIKELY SPECIES: Pink-footed and Sooty Shearwaters, Ashy and Black Storm-Petrels, Brown Booby, Cassin’s Auklet.

POSSIBLE SPECIES: Black-footed Albatross, Northern Fulmar, Black-vented Shearwater, Leach’s Storm-Petrel, Red-billed Tropicbird, South Polar Skua, Red-necked and Red Phalaropes, Pomarine Jaeger, Scripps’s Murrelet.

 

Sunday August 19
7 am to 7pm

This is near-peak season for the irregular Craveri’s Murrelet. Storm-petrels should be one of the highlights of the trip, with good chances for Black, Least, Ashy, Townsend’s, and two subspecies of Leach’s Storm-Petrel. Also a great time of year for scarce Red-billed Tropicbird, Buller’s Shearwater, South Polar Skua, and Long-tailed Jaeger, as well as for southbound Sabine’s Gulls and Arctic Terns. Migrant landbirds around the boat are also a possibility.

LIKELY SPECIES: Pink-footed, Sooty, and Black-vented Shearwaters, Black Storm-Petrel, Brown Booby, Red-necked and Red Phalaropes, Pomarine and Parasitic Jaegers, Cassin’s Auklet, Sabine’s Gull, Common Tern.

POSSIBLE SPECIES: Black-footed Albatross, Northern Fulmar, Flesh-footed and Buller’s Shearwaters, Leach’s, Least, and Ashy Storm-Petrels, Red-billed Tropicbird, South Polar Skua, Long-tailed Jaeger, Craveri’s and Guadalupe Murrelets, Arctic Tern.

 

Sunday September 23
7 am to 7pm

Good time of year for the irregular Craveri’s Murrelet. Storm-petrels should be one of the highlights of the trip, with good chances for Black, Least, Ashy, Townsend’s, and two subspecies of Leach’s Storm-Petrel. Also a great time of year for scarce Red-billed Tropicbird, Buller’s Shearwater, and South Polar Skua, as well as for migrant Sabine’s Gulls. Migrant landbirds around the boat are also a possibility.

LIKELY SPECIES: Pink-footed, Sooty, and Black-vented Shearwaters, Black and Least Storm-Petrels, Brown Booby, Red-necked and Red Phalaropes, Pomarine and Parasitic Jaegers, Cassin’s Auklet, Sabine’s Gull, Common Tern.

POSSIBLE SPECIES: Black-footed Albatross, Northern Fulmar, Flesh-footed and Buller’s Shearwaters, Leach’s, Townsend’s and Ashy Storm-Petrels, Red-billed Tropicbird, South Polar Skua, Craveri’s and Guadalupe Murrelets, Arctic Tern.

 

Sunday Oct. 21
7 am to 7pm

This is a good time of year for locally scarce Buller’s and Flesh-footed shearwaters, and will be one of the best trips for rarities. Red-billed Tropicbird, South Polar Skua, and Sabine’s Gull are also possibilities.

LIKELY SPECIES: Pink-footed, Sooty, and Black-vented shearwaters, Brown Booby, Red and Red-necked phalaropes, Pomarine and Parasitic jaegers, Cassin’s Auklet, Common Tern.

POSSIBLE SPECIES: Black-footed Albatross, Northern Fulmar, Flesh-footed and Buller’s shearwaters, Red-billed Tropicbird, South Polar Skua, Sabine’s Gull, Guadalupe Murrelet, Black, Ashy, Least, and Leach’s storm-petrels.