Pelagic trip report:
Saturday, May 5, 2001
Newport, Oregon to Perpetua Bank
A few lingering showers cleared by early morning to sunny skies. Wind waves from the SW during the night battled with wind waves from the north during the morning. Not severe-just very bumpy; lots of spray. Birds were widely dispersed over the ocean. A strong shorebird migration along shore and out to about 2 miles offshore. Low numbers of most of the expected pelagic species. Low numbers of albatrosses on Perpetua Bank (compared to about 100 birds 2 weeks ago). A couple of brief views of interesting birds flying by.
Bay list (incomplete) 1 Double-crested Cormorant 5 Brandt's Cormorant 10 Pelagic Cormorant 50 Dunlin 700 peep (mostly Western Sandpipers and Dunlin) 1 GLAUCOUS GULL 5 Rock Dove 15 California Sea Lion 1 Harbor Seal
Nearshore to 2 miles south of jetties 5 Common Loon 25 Red-throated Loon 35 Brandt's Cormorant 70 Pelagic Cormorant 35 Surf Scoter 3 White-winged Scoter 15 MARBLED GODWIT** 3 Black Turnstone 80 Dunlin 150 peep 70 Red-necked Phalarope 15 Western Gull 60 Common Murre 25 Pigeon Guillemot 2 Rhinoceros Auklet 1 Gray Whale
** First time trip leaders have ever seen from boat.
Trip out to Perpetua Bank 15 Pacific Loon 15 Red-throated Loon 1 Northern Fulmar 1 FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER*** 1 Pink-footed Shearwater 60 Sooty Shearwater 450 Red-necked Phalarope 3 Red Phalarope 50 Common Murre 6 Cassin's Auklet 8 Rhinoceros Auklet 2 Ocean Sunfish
***Seen by few. Large all-dark dark shearwater. Flying like Pink-footed-high off the water with deep wing strokes and lots of soaring. Followed the boat at a distance for a minute or so. Identified by combined descriptions (at least 2 people thought Flesh-footed, no one saw anything that contradicted that ID). Third spring Oregon record of this species, the first Oregon May record. Rare, but regular, May-October in both California and Washington.
Perpetua Bank (32 miles offshore from Yachats, Oregon) 15 Black-footed Albatross 6 Northern Fulmar 10 Sooty Shearwater 2 Pink-footed Shearwater 8 Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel 15 Red Phalarope 10 Red-necked Phalarope 3 Black-legged Kittiwake 1 Thayer's Gull 3 Sabine's Gull 5 Arctic Tern 5 Dall's Porpoise
Return trip 1 LAYSAN ALBATROSS**** 2 Black-footed Albatross 1 Northern Fulmar 150 Sooty Shearwater 200 Red-necked Phalarope 4 tern (sp.) 1 Arctic Tern 2 Cassin's Auklet 5 Rhinoceros Auklet
****white albatross seen by few. Arched wings fairly strongly eliminate other rare white-bodied albatrosses.
[6-7000 shorebirds (mostly Western Sandpipers and Dunlin) behind the Marine Science Center afterwards, including Marbled Godwit, Red Knot, Ruddy Turnstone, and others. Merlin and Bald Eagle stirred things up. Purple Martin at nest box 5.]