Birding Excursions

All Trips Listed Depart from the Ventura Harbor

Special Fall Exploration

Saturday November 21, 2020

Join us for a special November Birding trip. This trip will search the SB Channel, inter-island gaps, and conditions permitting, the deep waters south of the Channel Islands. This is a transitional time of year; late migrants are moving through, late breeders are moving on, and wintering birds are arriving. A variety of whales may also be sighted including Humpback and Fin. Likely birds include several species of Phalaropes, Jaegers, Auklets, Murres and Shearwater.  Boat departs the Ventura Harbor at 8:00am and returns to the dock at 5:00pm.

Anacapa Island and the Santa Cruz Island Scrub Jay

Winter Trip

 These trips are scheduled to depart from the Ventura Harbor. We will travel aboard the Catamaran Island Explorer for an 9-hour event. Typically, we skirt the edge of the Hueneme Canyon on our way to Anacapa Island. We often encounter a variety of seabirds including, Cassin’s Auklets, Scripps’s Murrelets, Common Murres, Rhinoceros Auklets, and Black-vented Shearwaters. We will motor along the coast of Anacapa Island and look at the groups of seabirds congregating for the nesting season. Later we arrive at Prisoner’s Harbor on Santa Cruz Island where we disembark for an hour or so to observe the Island Scrub-Jay and other terrestrial birds. On the crossing home, we will have a good stretch of water to cover with more pelagic birding opportunities. Boat departs the Ventura Harbor at 8:00am and returns to the dock at 5:00pm.

Summer Birding Excursion

We go Where the Birds Take Us!

Summer Trip

This 12 hour , offshore, deep water, pelagic trip allows you to get out to the offshore waters beyond the reach of most day trips. You will have a chance to see a number of outstanding pelagic birds and marine mammals. Our intention is to go south from Ventura towards San Nicolas Island and the banks, knolls, canyons and other productive features in the area. This will give us a chance to look for sought after species like Red-billed Tropicbird, Least Storm -Petrel, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Townsend Storm-Petrel, Guadalupe Murrelet and Craveri's Murrelet. We will decide what our offshore destination will be after reviewing oceanographic conditions at the time of the trip, which will help determine where the birds and other marine life may be present of concentrated. Boat departs the Ventura Harbor at 7:00am and returns to the dock at 7:00pm.

Fall Migration Exploration Pelagic Trip

Saturday, October 3, 2020

This 11 hour , offshore, deep water, pelagic trip allows you to get out to the offshore waters beyond the reach of most day trips. You will have a chance to see a number of outstanding pelagic birds and marine mammals. Our intention is to go south from Ventura towards San Nicolas Island and the banks, knolls, canyons and other productive features in the area. This will give us a chance to look for sought after species like Red-billed Tropicbird, Least Storm -Petrel, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Townsend Storm-Petrel, Guadalupe Murrelet and Craveri's Murrelet. We will decide what our offshore destination will be after reviewing oceanographic conditions at the time of the trip, which will help determine where the birds and other marine life may be present of concentrated. Boat departs the Ventura Harbor at 7:00am and returns to the dock at 6:00pm.

Birds and Maine mammals of the Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary.

Click the link above to read more about it.  By Captain Joel Barrett