SDFO New Year's Day Pelagic
I hope your 2019 bird list ended with a some new birds and great adventures.
2020 is just around the corner. One way to kick start your 2020 list would be to join us for a short six hour boat ride offshore Wednesday, January 1st.
We will be aboard the 75 ft. Legend, out of H&M Landing, on San Diego Bay. They have food a drinks onboard.
Departure time is a relaxed 8 a.m. Suggest you arrive about 7.a.m. Plenty of parking is available. ( including free parking, ask for details ).
The trip will return about 2 p.m.
Check in with Barbara Carlson, Nancy Christensen, or myself in front of the landing office.
Admittedly this is not the greatest time of year for seabirding locally, but we should pick up a nice mix of expected birds. Recent sightings from this year's CBCs included all three species of loons, Good numbers of Black-vented Shearwater, Brown Booby, all three species of coromants, Brown Pelicans, Pomarine and Parasitic Jaegers, a Rhinoceros Auklet.
A mix of five or six species of gulls.
The San Diego count also had a Masked Booby! Is it still around ?
Then once in a rare while we get a total surprise. In 2016 we had a Marbled Murrelet on this trip. I wouldn't count on that one, but you never know.
Marine mammals are also expected. Recent sightings included Gray Whale, Bottle-nosed, Pacific White-sided, and Common Dolphin. Sea Lions and seals.
The weather forecast at this distance looks favorable.
Location H & M Landing, Point Loma on San Diego Bay (do not contact the landing this is a private charter).
Departure 8 a.m sharp we will board about 20 mins before departure (suggest 7.a.m. arrival).
Return about 2 p.m.
SDFO members and their guest are $45
Members (or if you'd like to join) may also pay their 2020 dues at this time. $25 single, $35 for a family.
I have a limited number of spots for non members at $65 ( reservations taken as checks payable to SDFO arrive, or you can take a chance on a spot being available early at the landing Wed. morning. Check or cash only. No credit cards.
11192 Portobelo Dr.
San Diego, Ca. 92124
I hope to see you there.
Happy New Year, and good birding to all,
Source: SanDiegoRegionBirding Latest Reports