April 22, 2001
Deep Water pelagic trip
From Newport, Oregon, to Perpetua Bank, then offshore 50 miles.

Trip guides:
Greg Gillson
Tim Shelmerdine

Fairly pleasant early morning conditions; increasing strong winds and light, but steady, sprinkles throughout most of the day. Seas rather calm to start the day, but got a bit rougher later in the day. No rare birds. The most unusual birds were 3 Ancient Murrelets that allowed us to circle around and view fairly closely. It's a bit late for them, though there are occasional records throughout the summer.

Few Northern Fulmars and Pink-footed Shearwaters; numerous Sooty Shearwaters, especially within 8 miles of shore, feeding on anchovies. Perpetua Bank was filled with albatrosses, though only Black-footed this time. We saw 4 albatrosses before reaching the bank, including one less than 1.5 miles from the mouth of Yaquina Bay. There were about 65 albatrosses already milling around Perpetua Bank when we arrived, and that built to almost 100 during the hour-long chum stop. A few Common Terns and unidentified terns which were probably the same. The migration of Arctic Terns and Sabine's Gulls hasn't begun yet, evidently. A few flocks of phalaropes were seen, including Red Phalaropes mostly offshore quite a ways. All Fork-tailed Storm-Petrels were seen over deep water (>45 miles off shore).

Here is the official tally, with help from Phil Pickering and Hendrik Herlyn.

Bay only (incomplete and only species not detected at sea):

Surf Scoter
Bufflehead
Osprey
Mew Gull
Glaucous Gull (few observers)
California Sea Lion

Total, species name, (shore to Perpetua Bank, Perpetua Bank, Deep Water, return)

7   Common Loon (5, 0, 0, 2) 
37  Red-throated Loon (35, 0, 0, 2) 
110 Pacific Loon (100, 0, 0, 10) 
120 Pacific/Red-throated Loon (100, 0, 0, 20)
145 Black-footed Albatross (4, 96, 10, 35) including one 1.5 miles off
jetties
18  Northern Fulmar (1, 6, 6, 5)
720 Sooty Shearwater (300, 10, 10, 400)
10  Pink-footed Shearwater (2, 4, 0, 4) 
55  Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel (0, 0, 50, 5)
1   Leach's Storm-Petrel (0, 0, 1, 0) seen by few
25  Brandt's Cormorant (15, 0, 0, 10)
16  Pelagic Cormorant (10, 0, 0, 6)
26  Brant (10, 16, 0, 0)
50  scoters (sp.) (50, 0, 0, 0)
11  Red Phalarope (10, 0, 0, 1)
25  Red-necked Phalarope (25, 0, 0, 0)
20  Red/Red-necked Phalarope (20, 0, 0, 0)
9   Black-legged Kittiwake (5, 3, 1, 0) 
18  Herring Gull (0, 6, 10, 2)
55  Western Gull (30, 5, 5, 15)
1   Glaucous-winged Gull (0, 1, 0, 0)
4   Common Tern (3, 0, 0, 1)
6   Common/Arctic Tern (4, 0, 0, 2)
120 Common Murre (70, 0, 0, 50)
6   Pigeon Guillemot (0, 0, 0, 6)
48  Cassin's Auklet (20, 0, 8, 20)
3   Ancient Murrelet (3, 0, 0, 0)
85  Rhinoceros Auklet (60, 0, 0, 25)
1   Gray Whale (0, 0, 0, 1) seen by few
5   Dall's Porpoise (2, 0, 3, 0)
1   Harbor Porpoise (1, 0, 0, 0) seen by few
2   Northern Fur Seal (1, 0, 1, 0)
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