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