Sunday Aug. 16th. Pelagic trip
The Buena Vista Audubon, and San Diego Pelagics first offshore trip for 2020 is Sunday, August 16th.
This is a 12 hour trip to San Diego's local offshore banks, but may cross in to L.A. co. briefly. This year's trip originates out of Seaforth Landing in Mission Bay and is aboard the Legacy.
The weather and seas forecast is very nice, There may be a little patch fog early, Swell 2 to 3 ft., winds 10 kts or less. Much cooler than on land.
Migration is underway, and recent trips offshore have already turned up some interesting observations.
Expected species may include; Pink-footed, Sooty, and Black-vented Shearwaters, Black, Ashy, and Leach's Storm-Petrels, Brown Booby, Red and Red-necked Phalaropes, Pomarine and Parasitic Jaegers, Sabine's Gull,
Common, Least, and Elegant Terns.
Possible species ( the main reason we go ); Black-footed Albatross, Flesh-footed, and Buller's Shearwaters, Townsend's, Least, and Wilson's Storm-Petrels ( we sometimes find storm-petrel rafts), Red-billed Tropicbird, Masked, Nazca or other Booby species, South Polar Skua, Long-tailed Jaeger, Craveri's and Guadalupe Murrelets, Arctic Tern. Then, who knows what might turn up ???
Whales, dolphins, seals and sea lions are also frequently seen.
There are only 28 passengers now signed on.
You may make reservations at www.sdwhale.com. or call 619 224-3383, or if you wake up early Sunday and wonder what to do on a hot day onshore, come on down.
Cost is $165 ( less than $14 per hour, better than running the air conditioner all day).
Check in will start about 6 a.m. and go until 6:30 a.m. I understand that a table will be set up on the patio area between the office and the docks.
Be prepared for the regular covid protocol, wear a mask, and do social distancing, if you are sick or been in contact with someone who is sick, or tested positive in the last 15 days for covid, don't go. You will sign a form stating as much.
The boat has a snack bar, you may wish to bring a lunch.
The Legacy has some shaded seating but sunscreen, hat and sunglasses are suggested. Plan to stay hydrated.
The parking lot at the landing is free, but can be quite full on a weekend. More free parking can be found along the road.
I hope to see you there,
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports