Monday, February 23, 2009

Golfito Pelagic trip - Mar.7

(Red-necked and Red Phalaropes seen off Osa Peninsula, Apr.7, 07. Photo by Juan Pablo Elizondo)

March 4 - The boat has been filled. Thanks to all those who inquired about participating. Results will be posted here shortly after March 7. Thanks, JRZ.

There will be a full day pelagic birding trip out of Golfito on March 7, 2009. The trip is being organized by the San Vito Bird Club and will be led by Jim Zook. There are still four spaces available (out of 8 total birders). Cost is $100 per person. Beverages will be provided but everyone will need to bring their own food/lunch. We will be taking a typical 30-35 foot sport fishing vessel captained by fellow birder Andrew Roberston. We'll hope to get out into deep water 30 miles or so off the S tip of Osa Peninsula. Based on past trips around this time of year we can expect to see Audubon's and Wedge-tailed Shearwaters, Black Storm-Petrel, Brown Booby, Red-necked Phalarope, Black and Bridled Tern, Brown Noddy, Sabine's Gull, Pomarine and Parasitic Jaeger. Possible also would be Least, Leach's and Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel, Red-billed Tropicbird, Red-footed and Masked/Nazca Boobies, Red Phalarope and other migrant gulls and terns. Costa Rica's first Black-vented Shearwater was seen in waters off the Osa Peninsual this past November so there's always a chance for the unexpected.

If you are interested in reserving a space (with a $50 deposit) please contact Julie Girard at for further details.

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