Pelagic trip report:
Sunday, May 13, 2001
Newport, Oregon, to Yaquina Head and offshore 24 miles to Daisy Bank
An absolutely gorgeous day on the ocean! Glassy seas in the morning allowed great views of nearshore seabirds, including Marbled Murrelets and Red-necked Phalaropes. We spent 20 minutes with a very cooperative Gray Whale feeding near the boat.
Compared with last weekend the migrations of Red-necked Phalaropes and loons have trailed off considerably.
Among the hoard of salmon trollers we found one dragger and it had many birds around it, including about 80 Black-footed Albatross. We chummed and brought them up to us, along with at least 40 Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel at close range. One Parasitic Jaeger-our only jaeger all spring-flew around the boat for several minutes.
Yaquina Bay (out/return): 1 Common Loon 1 Double-crested Cormorant 3 Pelagic Cormorant 15 Brandt's Cormorant 1 Great Blue Heron 2 Turkey Vulture 40 Sanderling 15 Western Gull 1 Common Murre 45 Pigeon Guillemot 10 Rock Dove 5 American Crow 1 Common Raven 19 California Sea Lion 9 Harbor Seal Nearshore to Yaquina Head: 45 Pacific Loon 2 Red-throated Loon (seen by few) 70 Brandt's Cormorant 5 Pelagic Cormorant 1 Double-crested Cormorant 1 Brown Pelican 50 Surf Scoter 2 White-winged Scoter 25 Red-necked Phalarope 700 Common Murre 22 Marbled Murrelet 1 Barn Swallow 2 Harbor Porpoise (seen by few) 1 Gray Whale Travel out to 20 miles: 120 Sooty Shearwater 5 Arctic Tern Chum, 24 miles off Yaquina Head: 80 Black-footed Albatross 10 Northern Fulmar 15 Pink-footed Shearwater 30 Sooty Shearwater 40 Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel 60 Red-necked Phalarope 30 Red Phalarope 1 Parasitic Jaeger 2 California Gull 4 Herring Gull 35 Western Gull 3 Black-legged Kittiwake 4 Common Tern 2 Rhinoceros Auklet Return to port: 6 Pacific Loon 100 Sooty Shearwater 3 Fork-tailed Strom-Petrel 2 Surf Scoter 6 Red Phalarope 2 tern (sp.) 1 Cassin's Auklet 6 Rhinoceros Auklet 2 Gray Whale