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 (July), 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 winter), Manx Shearwater (increasing, 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.
Gray’s Canyon trips cover the Continental Shelf and Gray’s Canyon, a submarine canyon at the shelf edge. Outer Slope trips cover the same area as the Gray’s Canyon trips, with additional time...
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...