23 March 2002

Newport, Oregon, to Perpetua Bank (32 miles off Yachats). 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Highlight: Flesh-footed Shearwater, fly-by Glaucous Gull, and lots of alcids.

Trip leaders: Tim Shelmerdine and Greg Gillson

Dawn revealed surprisingly calm and gentle seas as we began our first pelagic trip of the year. Winds and seas gradually picked up during the day, with some brief light sprinkles. But they didn't dampen a great day of ocean birding!

Highlights included a PEREGRINE FALCON over the bay front as we began our orientation discussion on the dock. In the bay were 2 RED-NECKED GREBES and a couple HARLEQUIN DUCKS stood on the jetty rocks. As is typical of spring pelagic trips, alcid numbers were high. We recorded 120 RHINOCEROS AUKLETS and 48 CASSIN'S AUKLETS throughout the day. We also got a few glimpses of ANCIENT MURRELETS flying off during the day; a total of about 13 were seen, though not by everyone. Everyone did see most of the 225 BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES (probably a conservative number). We had a total of about 22 BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES and 5 POMARINE JAEGERS.

We had 2 surprise birds. An adult GLAUCOUS GULL flew across the bow about 25 miles off Waldport. The prize of the day, however, was the FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER at our Perpetua Bank chum stop. It flew around for 15 minutes allowing great views for everyone. At the time there were only a couple of SOOTY SHEARWATERS and 2 dark phased NORTHERN FULMARS, so it was really easy to view as it was one of only a few dark birds among all the pale HERRING GULLS! The FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER has been recorded twice in April, once in May, and once in February, but is otherwise a fall bird. This is the first March record for Oregon. With more spring trips, we might find this species to be more frequent than we have suspected.


Trip list and numbers:
A = Yaquina Bay (0800-0826)
B = south along shore for 3 nautical miles (0826-0841)
C = west 1-8 nautical miles off Newport (0841-0919)
D = west 8-27 nautical miles off Newport, including 15 minute chum stop (0919-1055)
E = south 15 nautical miles to Perpetua Bank (32 nautical miles west of Yachats, 40 nautical miles WSW of Newport), including 1 hour chum stop (1055-1315)
F = trip back from Perpetua Bank to 2 nautical miles off Newport (1315-1530)
G = nearshore 2 nautical miles from Yaquina Bay to Yaquina Bay, not including previously seen individuals (1530-1600)

                            A   B   C   D   E   F   G   Total
Common Loon                10   -   1   -   -   -   -      11
Pacific Loon                -   -   1   -   -   -   -       1
Red-throated Loon           -   1   -   -   -   -   -       1
Western Grebe               2  10   -   -   -   -   -      12
Clark's Grebe               1   -   -   -   -   -   -       1
Red-necked Grebe            2   -   -   -   -   -   -       2
Black-footed Albatross      -   -   -   2  12   8   -      22
Northern Fulmar             -   -   -   1  12  20   -      33
FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER     -   -   -   -   1   -   -       1
Pink-footed Shearwater      -   -   -   -   -   1   -       1
Sooty Shearwater            -   -   -   -  30  70   -     100
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel    -   -   -   -   -   1   -       1
Pelagic Cormorant           2   4   -   -   -   -   -       6
Brandt's Cormorant         10  15   2   -   -   -   -      27
Double-crested Cormorant   10   -   -   -   -   -   -      10
Brant                       -   -   -   -   -   -  40      40
Bufflehead                 30   -   -   -   -   -   -      30
Surf Scoter                 -   -  75   -   -   - 150     225
Black Scoter                -   1   -   -   -   -   -       1
White-winged Scoter         -   3   4   -   -   -   -       7
Harlequin Duck              2   -   -   -   -   -   -       2
Bald Eagle                  1   -   -   -   -   -   -       1
PEREGRINE FALCON            1   -   -   -   -   -   -       1
Surfbird                   30   -   -   -   -   -   -      30
Pomarine Jaeger             -   -   -   1   2   2   -       5
Mew Gull                   60  30   -   1   -   -   -      91
California Gull             -   -   -   2   -   -   -       2
Herring Gull                -   -   -  30  30  55   -     115
Glaucous-winged Gull        -   5   2   5   -  15   -      27
Western Gull               25  20  35   4   -   -   -      84
Glauc-winged x West. Gull   -   -   -   -   5   5   -      10
GLAUCOUS GULL               -   -   -   -   -   1   -       1
Black-legged Kittiwake      -   -  15  60  30 120   -     225
Common Murre                -  20  20   -   -  49   -      89
Pigeon Guillemot           10   -   -   -   -   -  40      50
Marbled Murrelet            -   4   2   -   -   -   4      10
Cassin's Auklet             -   -   -  25   8  15   -      48
ANCIENT MURRELET            -   -   -   -   4   9   -      13
Rhinoceros Auklet           -   2   6  45  10  57   -     120
Rock Dove                  xx   -   -   -   -   -   -      xx
American Crow              xx   -   -   -   -   -   -      xx

Gray Whale                  -   -   1   -   -   -   5       6
Harbor Porpoise             -   -   1   -   -   -   2       3
Dall's Porpoise             -   -   -   5   -   -   -       5
California Sea Lion        18   -   -   -   -   -   -      18
Harbor Seal                12   -   -   -   -   -   -      12


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