May 14, 2000

Two 4-hour back-to-back trips out 14 miles from Newport, Oregon

Yesterday, May 14th, we enjoyed back-to-back pelagic trips. Both trips were shorter, 4-hour, trips designed for beginning seabird watchers. The identical trips left Yaquina Bay, traveled out 14 miles to chum for an hour, and headed back to port. The morning trip visited Yaquina Head, the afternoon trip ran out of time, but still managed a brief stop just off the beach north of the north jetty for Marbled Murrelets.

Weather was too good; sunny with hardly any breeze, gentle 5-foot swells and no wind waves, creating glassy seas with occasional little wind ripples. Such conditions meant that not many birds were flying about, and few responded to our chum, but we ended up seeing most expected species. The two trips were very similar in number of individuals and species.

The morning trip departed at 8 AM and returned at noon. The morning group disembarked and the afternoon group loaded, returning about 4:30 PM.

Ocean list  AM trip   PM trip 
Common Loon* 4 x
Pacific Loon* 30 x
Red-throated Loon* 3 -
Black-footed Albatross 2 2
Northern Fulmar 1 -
Sooty Shearwater 50 35
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel 3 1
Brandt's Cormorant* 15 x
Pelagic Cormorant* 10 x
Canada Goose* - 50
Brant* 2 -
Greater Scaup* - 1
Surf Scoter* x x
Whimbrel* - 1
Red Phalarope 15 -
Red-necked Phalarope 48 6
Bonaparte's Gull 3 -
California Gull 6 6
Western Gull 35 25
Glaucous-winged Gull 4 -
Common Tern - 1
Common Murre* 2000 200
Pigeon Guillemot* 50 40
Marbled Murrelet* 6 2
Rhinoceros Auklet 6 4
Other marine species    
Gray Whale 2 -
Pacific White-sided Dolphin 1 -
Harbor Porpoise* - 3

* = Most (or all) individuals seen within 3 miles of shore.

Additional in the harbor: AM trip PM trip
Clark's Grebe 1 1
Caspian Tern x x
California Sea Lion 15 15