Pelagic trip report:
Saturday, May 1, 2010
From Newport, Oregon, to 30 miles west of Newport, then south 10 miles to the seaward slope of Perpetua Bank.
Seas: bumpy seas with swell from two directions, winds to 15 knots.
Captain Robert Waddell
Newport Tradewinds Charter
The Bird Guide, Inc.
Guides: Greg Gillson, Shawneen Finnegan, Russ Namitz, Dave Irons
A lone Black-footed Albatross during a brief shower. Photo by Greg Gillson.
Seas weren't high, but exhaustively irregular. We had a few brief light showers, but nothing of consequence. Nearshore birds included migrating loons. Offshore, we spotted about 9 migrating LONG-TAILED JAEGERS. Chum stops picked up low numbers of the regular birds.
I don't believe I've actually seen krill in the water before. Our second chum stop off Perpetua Bank had no birds when we pulled up, so we headed back toward shore to see if we could run into birds. Well, it only took a few minutes and a mile or so! Numerous birds were diving into red patches in the sea.
On our return we encountered a mother and calf HUMPBACK WHALE.
More trip photos...
Species list: Brant 35 Greater Scaup 40 (bay) Surf Scoter 60 Bufflehead 2 (bay) Red-breasted Merganser 2 (bay) Common Loon 20 Pacific Loon 45 Red-throated Loon 1 Western Grebe 7 Pelagic Cormorant 60 Brandt's Cormorant 80 Brown Pelican 4 Black-footed Albatross 35 Northern Fulmar 5 Sooty Shearwater 60 Pink-footed Shearwater 50 Wandering Tattler 1 (seen by few, jetty) Least/Western Sandpiper/Dunlin 500 Red-necked Phalarope 65 California Gull 20 Herring Gull 1 Western Gull 70 Glaucous-winged Gull 3 Glaucous-winged x Western Gull 15 Sabine's Gull 6 Caspian Tern 2 (bay) Common Murre 350 Pigeon Guillemot 40 Marbled Murrelet 17 Cassin's Auklet 25 Rhinoceros Auklet 70 Long-tailed Jaeger 9 Gray Whale 2 Humpback Whale 2 Harbor Porpoise 2 dolphin/porpoise (sp) 1 (Dall's Porpoise/Pacific White-sided Dolphin most likely) California Sea Lion 1 (bay) Steller's Sea Lion 1 Harbor Seal 5 (bay) Ocean Sunfish 1