Pelagic trip report:
Sunday, May 15, 2011
8 hours Seabirds of Oregon Trip, 0700-1500
From Newport, Oregon, north to Yaquina Head, then offshore up to 22 miles
Seas: Fair; mild winds.
Captain Robert Waddell
Newport Tradewinds Charter
The Bird Guide, Inc.
Guides: Tim Shelmerdine, Tom Snetsinger, Greg Gillson, Shawneen Finnegan, Russ Namitz
We avoided the forecasted rain and saw some great birds!
The summary of species follows. A few birds were only glimpsed briefly or distantly by few (or one) persons. They are included on the list (with annotations) for completeness, but weren't seen by most.
I have also created checklists for the various trip segments (bay, nearshore, out, back, etc.). These I will send to you using eBird "share" tools. I recommend using eBird to record your sightings. You can use it to keep track of all your lists, but I recommend it as the primary tool for birders to record their sightings for scientific purposes. If you are unfamiliar with eBird, please check it out at http://eBird.org .
Trip photos: http://www.pbase.com/gregbirder/20110515_pelagic
Species list: Brant 5 (bay) Greater Scaup 20 (bay) Harlequin Duck 2 (bay) Surf Scoter 80 White-winged Scoter 1 (Russ only, crossing bar outgoing, distant) Red-throated Loon 50 Pacific Loon 157 Common Loon 4 Red-necked Grebe 2 (bay) Western Grebe 2 Clark's Grebe 1 Black-footed Albatross 62 Northern Fulmar 1 Pink-footed Shearwater 11 Sooty Shearwater 28 Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel 3 Brandt's Cormorant 405 Double-crested Cormorant 33 Pelagic Cormorant 129 Turkey Vulture 2 (bay) Osprey 1 (bay) Semipalmated Plover 1 (Tim only, near Yaquina Head, distant) Black Turnstone 1 (bay) Dunlin 2 (bay) Red-necked Phalarope 205 Red Phalarope 650 Sabine's Gull 20 Western Gull 161 California Gull 56 Glaucous-winged Gull 2 Long-tailed Jaeger 1 Common Murre 40,616 Pigeon Guillemot 203 Marbled Murrelet 11 Cassin's Auklet 24 Rhinoceros Auklet 53 Tufted Puffin 1 (Russ only, near Yaquina Head, distant) American Crow 1 (bay) Barn Swallow 2 (bay) American Robin 1 (bay) Harbor Seal 5 (bay) California Sea Lion 1 Steller's Sea Lion 2 (Greg only, on harbor entrance buoy, distant) Dall's Porpoise 29 Gray Whale 2 Humpback Whale 1