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.

Boat: Misty
Captain Robert Waddell
Newport Tradewinds Charter

The Bird Guide, Inc.
http://thebirdguide.com/

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

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