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2018 Pelagic Birding Tour (Sep 3-7), day 4

Hello birders,

We’ve had another busy morning with the highlight being a Cook’s petrel and red-billed tropicbird!

Cook’s petrel from previous trip @McGrath

There are also black-footed albatross, loads of shearwaters, Arctic terns and Townsend’s storm petrel too. Here’s a Guadalupe fur seal off the bow.

September 6th, 2018|Trip Reports|

2018 Pelagic Birding Tour (Sep 3-7), day 3

(murrelet photo courtesy of Todd McGrath)

Hello birders,

Black-footed albatross soars past the boat.

We’ve enjoyed a very busy morning with loads of birds: black-footed albatross, Buller’s shearwater, Guadalupe murrelet, long-tailed and pomarine jeager, leach’s storm petrel, and arctic terns! In addition er had  good looks at fin whales, a […]

September 5th, 2018|Trip Reports|

2018 Pelagic Birding Tour (Sep 3-7), day 2 (day’s end)

(Dolphin photo courtesy of Chris Earley)

Hello birders,

We had a productive afternoon with plenty of pink-footed shearwaters, and a new shearwater: Buller’s. We sighted multiple birds. We also enjoyed more common dolphin with shearwaters associated with them.

The finale was a large area of jumping, large bluefin tuna with […]

September 4th, 2018|Trip Reports|

2018 Pelagic Birding Tour (Sep 3-7), day 2 (mid-day)

Hello birders:

(brown booby photo courtesy of Tom Blackman.)

We started our day at Santa Barbara Island observing a colony of brown boobies that have made the island their home and are nesting here. There was one Nazca booby there as well. We were able to get the boat […]

September 4th, 2018|Trip Reports|

2018 Pelagic Birding Tour (Sep 3-7), day 1

(pink-footed shearwater and Risso’s dolphins photos courtesy of Tom Blackman on previous trips)

Hello birders:

We had a good start to our annual pelagic birding trip today. The seas are calm with very little wind. We saw many expected species on the first day, with the highlight being a red-footed booby. Some of our local species seen: […]

September 4th, 2018|Trip Reports|

Ready for some birding…pelagic birding!

We’re departing Monday, Labor Day, for our annual 5-day, targeting species in the southern California bight. Leaders include Todd McGrath, Dave Povey, Dave Pereksta, and Rob Hynson. Stay tuned to this space for the daily reports from the field!

September 1st, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #6 (Apr 8-15, 2018) – offshore Cabo San Lucas

Howdy whalewatchers:

We started out on Gorda Banks this morning and found a pair of humpbacks at daylight. Shortly after we saw a group of six humpbacks who were very physical with each other. We thought it was possible that they were battling young males. We had some really good views. […]

April 16th, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #6 (Apr 8-15, 2018) – offshore Bahia Magdalena

Howdy whalerwatchers,

We have have been traveling south all day with good sightings of shearwaters: black-vented, pink-footed, and sooty. We saw a group of long-beaked common dolphins feeding on some small fish along with pelicans, magnificent frigates, and red-footed boobies. And passengers had a chance to chill on the back deck as well!

April 15th, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #6 (Apr 8-15, 2018) – Laguna San Ignacio, day 2

Howdy whalewatchers,

We had another great day in Laguna San Ignacio with gray whales! One panga  went for a birding trip into the mangroves and they had a magnificent look at a male mangrove warbler only feet away.

The other two pangas went out for whalewatching in the calm lagoon and […]

April 14th, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #6 (Apr 8-15, 2018) – Laguna San Ignacio, day 1

Howdy whalewatchers,

We’ve had a great morning here in Laguna San Ignacio! The weather is great and the sun is out. The group had a fantastic encounter with mother/calf gray whales on our morning trips, so there’s lots of smiles today at lunchtime.

Capt Aaron and Team Searcher

Howdy whalewatchers,

It was just a great afternoon here! The weather […]

April 11th, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #6 (Apr 8-15, 2018) – Islas San Benito

Howdy whalewatchers,

What a great day on the island! Passengers walked the trails and saw California sea lions, northern elephant seals, Guadalupe fur seals and even a harbor seal. There were several ospreys on the nest and flying around.(Thank you to Joanne Lasnier for use of her osprey photo from her 2017 trip to Isla San […]

April 11th, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #6 (Apr 8-15, 2018) – Islas Todos Santos

Howdy whalewatchers,

Despite some foggy conditions this morning, we have had views of common dolphin throughout the morning and good birding, including black-vented and pink-footed shearwaters, Northern fulmars, Sabines gulls, Cassin’s auklets, and laysan albatross.

Black-footed albatross @ McGrath

The ocean is calm with no wind and the visibility […]

April 10th, 2018|Trip Reports|

A very special sighting in Sea of Cortez (April 1, 2018)

To learn more about sperm whales, watch our video and click here: Sperm Whales

 

April 8th, 2018|Trip Reports, Videos|

Tour #5 (Mar 24-Apr 4, 2018) – Isla Santa Catalina and Sea of Cortez

Hello whalewatchers:

(Thank you to Nigel Carter for use of his emerald-tailed lizard photo.) We had a great day at Isla Santa Catalina with a walk up the arroyo ashore with the cardón cactus starting to bloom and some of the barrel cactus in bloom.

Click the link for Naturalist Paul Jones’ article about […]

April 4th, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #5 (Mar 24-Apr 4, 2018) – Isla Santa Catalina and Sea of Cortez

Hello whalewatchers:

(Many thanks to Rob Nawojchik for use of the above photo.) We started our day with sunrise at Punta Colorado on Isla San Jose. It was a wonderful way to start our day, but we decided to move to another place for a shore walk and snorkel session. We didn’t want to share this […]

April 3rd, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #5 (Mar 24-Apr 4, 2018) – La Paz and Islas Los Islotes

Hello whalewatchers,

We had an action-packed day! A Whale Shark Encounter in the morning for everyone interested, then “cheeseburgers in paradise” for lunch, and with a humpback mother and calf visiting the boat. Then we observed three fin whales after lunch, including good looks at the white […]

April 2nd, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #5 (Mar 24-Apr 4, 2018) – offshore Cabo San Lucas

Hello whalewatchers,

Today was “humpback day” and we had good luck! We saw multiple humpback whales, and a highlight was a mother and calf pair breaching repeatedly. The weather was great with calm seas, light winds with sunny skies. The lighting was perfect for photos of the pair.

We also saw […]

April 1st, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #5 (Mar 24-Apr 4, 2018) – offshore Bahia Magdalena

Hello whalewatchers,

We had a great morning with good weather conditions, light winds, calm seas and sunny skies. In fact, extra sunscreen was needed today! We first saw lots of common dolphin starting at daylight, with black-footed albatross, Sabines’ gull, brown booby, storm petrels, phalaropes, shearwaters and frigatebirds for the […]

March 30th, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #5 (Mar 24-Apr 4, 2018) – Laguna San Ignacio

Hello whalewatchers,

We started the day with a trip to the mangroves for everyone where we found loads of male mangrove warblers and all the other usual birds. The trip was enjoyed by everyone. We had a quick break and then headed back out on the lagoon to visit gray whales. the conditions […]

March 29th, 2018|Trip Reports|

Tour #5 (Mar 24-Apr 4, 2018) – Laguna San Ignacio

Hello whalewatchers:

We arrived early to Laguna San Ignacio and were able to cross the bar at daylight! The pangas were ready to take us whalewatching when we got to the anchorage.

Everyone had a close encounter with a gray whale cow and calf on their first trip. Passengers were all smiles upon returning […]

March 28th, 2018|Trip Reports|