Possible Species / Season
Birds that can be expected on most or all April – October trips:
Black-footed Albatross, Northern Fulmar, Sooty Shearwater, Pink-footed Shearwater, Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel, Red-necked and Red Phalaropes, Pomarine Jaeger, Parasitic Jaeger, Sabine’s Gull, California Gull, Western Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Common Murre, Pigeon Guillemot, Cassin’s Auklet, Rhinocerous Auklet, Tufted Puffin.
Other regular species and the best time to see them:
Flesh-footed Shearwater (May, and late September – October), Buller’s Shearwater (late August – October), Short-tailed Shearwater (January-April and late September – October), Leach’s Storm-Petrel (June-July-early August), South Polar Skua (August – October), Long-tailed Jaeger (July – early September), Thayer’s Gull (October – April), Arctic Tern (July – September).
Birds seen less frequently:
Laysan Albatross (increasing, primarily late summer and winter), Manx Shearwater (primarily in summer/fall), Scripps’s Murrelet (usually summer/fall), Ancient Murrelet (winter).
Infrequent but possible in season:
Murphy’s Petrel (April), Mottled Petrel (winter), Parakeet Auklet (winter/spring), Horned Puffin (winter).
Short-tailed Albatross, Shy Albatross, Wilson’s Storm-Petrel, Red-legged Kittiwake, Thick-billed Murre
Regularly seen inshore species include: Pacific Loon, Red-throated Loon, Brandt’s and Pelagic Cormorants, Black, White-winged, and Surf Scoters, Long-tailed Duck, Harlequin Duck, Black Turnstone, Surfbird, Wandering Tattler, Rock Sandpiper (October-April), Heermann’s Gull, Mew Gull, Caspian Tern and Marbled Murrelet.
We also encounter a variety of marine mammals during our trips. Humpback Whale, California Gray Whale, Harbor Porpoise, Dall’s Porpoise, Pacific White-sided Dolphin, California and Steller’s Sea Lions, Northern Fur Seal and Harbor Seal are the most frequent. Killer Whale, Risso’s Dolphin (Gray Grampus) and Elephant Seal are encountered annually.
All of our trips go offshore to one of three deep water canyons approximately 28 miles offshore. These canyons are just beyond the edge of the continental shelf and reach water depths in excess of 3,000 feet.
Birds that can be expected on most or all April – October trips: Black-footed Albatross, Northern Fulmar, Sooty Shearwater, Pink-footed Shearwater, Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel, Red-necked and Red Ph...