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Buena Vista Audubon sponsored pelagic birding trip, June 12, 2022

Buena Vista Audubon sponsored pelagic birding trip, June 12, 2022
By – 9:26 am
This is the third and last spring pelagic trip out of San Diego for 2022.The Sunday June 12th. trip is an 10 to12 hr. birding adventure aboard the 80 ft. Legacy out of Seaforth Sportfishing Landing, in Mission Bay. The trip is limited to 55 passengers, and priced at $155We will explore the areas west of San Diego including the Nine MIle Bank, San Diego Trough, and the Thirty Mile Bank.  These are in the far western portion of San Diego county. and we might venture briefly into Los Angeles county waters. Some of these areas are rarely visited, and  have turned up some interesting sightings in recent years.Spring trips give us a better chance of a local albatross. I would usually say Black-footed Albatross only, but recent years have seen a slight uptick in Laysan Albatross sightings (including one on  6-6-2021). Most exciting for us are Cook’s Petrels, a species with very few previous records in San Diego county waters until June of 2020 ( 30 plus in and around “The Corner” seen on 6-27-2020 ). “The Corner” is just west of the Thirty Mile Bank, and shows on marine charts as a bend in the U.S. Mexican border, which also intersects with the San Diego and L.A. county line. The bottom topography here is on a slope to very deep water to the south. This area is so rarely visited, no guarantees, but the chance exists. Although we believe this trip is a little on the early side for Cook’s. I had seen Cook’s Petrel below the border, as early as late May.  We are still learning about their distribution and timing there.Other expected species. Northern Fulmar, Pink-footed and Sooty Shearwaters. Black and Ashy Storm-Petrels, possibly an early Leach’s Storm-Petrel. Red and Red-necked Phalaropes, Pomarine Jaeger. June has been good for the rare South Polar Skua. Scripps’s Murrelets and a possible early Craveri’s Murrelet . Perhaps the only trip of the year to see and compare these two very similar species. Cassin’s Auklets are also expected,as are Elegant, and Least Terns .Spring can be an interesting time for whales, dolphins and other marine mammals.To see trip’s and future trip’s details, go to www.sandiegopelagics.com. You can book directly at www.sdwhale.com., tap on “BOOK NOW” then scroll down to the date June 12, 2022, book there, or call Seaforth Landing at 619 224-3383 during regular business hours  7 a.m.-5 p.m. PST. If you have questions contact us at San Diego Pelagics, or you can contact me directly.I hope you’ll join us,Dave Povey