Pelagic trip report:
Sunday, May 6, 2001
Newport, Oregon to Daisy Bank
Despite the threat of high winds in the forecast, we had a very beautiful, calm, morning! Too nice, in fact. The waters at our chum point, 17 miles off shore from Yaquina Head were dead. We've never before had a chum stop with ZERO birds! With no wind our fish oil slick scent didn't carry, and no seabirds were soaring. Nevertheless, we had good views of nearshore birds. Many participants joined us for shorebird watching behind the Marine Science Center after the trip. Thanks to Tom Snetsinger for keeping a running tally of birds during the trip.
Yaquina Bay to Yaquina Head 12 Common Loon 14 Pacific Loon 1 Western Grebe 1 CLARK'S GREBE 50 Brandt's Cormorant 80 Pelagic Cormorant 10 Surf Scoter 5 Bufflehead 35 Dunlin 1 Osprey 2 Black Turnstone 1 Sanderling 30 Western Sandpiper 105 Red-necked Phalarope 66 Bonaparte's Gull 2 Herring Gull 40 Western Gull 5 Glaucous-winged Gull 2 tern (sp.) 1566 Common Murre 80 Pigeon Guillemot 4 Marbled Murrelet 15 Rock Dove 2 Violet-green Swallow 5 American Crow 1 Common Raven 15 European Starling 15 California Sea Lion 1 Gray Whale
Trip out to 17 miles 12 Pacific Loon 3 Northern Fulmar 206 Sooty Shearwater 3 Pink-footed Shearwater 57 Red-necked Phalarope 1 Red Phalarope 4 Bonaparte's Gull 1 Herring Gull 36 Western Gull 147 Common Murre 9 Rhinoceros Auklet