South Padre Island TEXAS PELAGICS July 18 and 20, 2001

Aboard the Osprey II

Subject: Brownsville Birding Festival Pelagic Trip reports

Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2001 21:12:12 -0500

From: Dwight Peake

The Brownsville International Birding Festival sponsored pelagic trips from South   Padre Island on July 18 (Texas only) and July 20 (Tex-Mex) on the Osprey II.   The seas were excellent on July 18 and very acceptable on July 20. We traversed waters nearly 2400 feet deep on both trips. These two are the only public true pelagic trips scheduled for Texas waters this year that I am aware of.

If the eddy approaching the Texas coast arrives to about 50-75 miles offshore before late September, trips on the Scat Cat may be good for pelagics. Some can be seen now within the range of the typical Scat Cat fishing trips due to the remnants of a warm core eddy pushing oceanic blue water far closer to the coast than usual.

July 18

Masked Booby

Band-rumped Storm-Petrel

Leach’s Storm Petrel

Red-billed Tropicbird

Sooty Tern

Bridled Tern

Magnificent Frigatebird

July 20

Masked Booby

Band-rumped Storm-Petrel

Cory’s Shearwater

Jaeger (not Pomarine)

Sooty Tern

Dwight Peake

Houston Audubon Society

GOOGLE MAP OF PELAGIC TRIP GPS COURSE COORDINATES:

View 2000 + 2001 Texas Pelagic Trip Tracks from S Padre Is in a larger map

Click on the box in the upper left of the map to view the map legend.

Click on each Pelagic Course and the data label will appear with the date of the trip.

OCEANOGRAPHIC CONDITIONS for July 18, 2001

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