Pelagic trip report:
Sunday, May 16, 2010
5 hours "Manx Shearwater Search Trip"
From Newport, Oregon, north to Cape Foulweather, then offshore up to 8 miles
Seas: Fair; mild winds.
Captain Robert Waddell
Newport Tradewinds Charter
The Bird Guide, Inc.
Guides: Tim Shelmerdine, Tom Snetsinger, Russ Namitz
Trip report by Tom Snetsinger:
We had a nice balance of sea conditions for our maiden "Manx Shearwater Trip." The seas had enough swell and wind to afford good views of the two most expected shearwaters, and conditions were calm enough to allow good views of the expected alcids.
Probably the most unexpected bird of the trip was a late Ancient Murrelet in stunning breeding plumage, which put on a very cooperative show and was conveniently close to a crab buoy to make describing where the bird was, a cinch.
While we were a bit disappointed that the namesake species did not put in an appearance, there were some nice spectacles of loons streaming by the mouth of Yaquina Bay, and superb views of Cassin's Auklets, Ancient Murrelet, and Red-necked Phalaropes helped make up for this gap. We hope you will consider joining us for a future trip.
Thanks again for joining us.
Species list: Brant 250 Canada Goose 12 Greater White-fronted Goose 1 Surf Scoter 80 White-winged Scoter 11 Red-breasted Merganser 5 Pacific Loon 1500 Red-throated Loon 10 Common Loon 5 Western Grebe 4 Pink-footed Shearwater 15 Sooty Shearwater 150 Great Blue Heron 1 Peregrine Falcon 1 Osprey 2 Black Oystercatcher 2 Red-necked Phalarope 500 Red Phalarope 8 California Gull 10 Western Gull 150 Glaucous-winged Gull 40 Bonaparte's Gull 17 Common Tern 17 Common/Arctic Tern 5 Ancient Murrelet 1 Marbled Murrelet 20 Rhinoceros Auklet 15 Cassin's Auklet 20 Common Murre 5000 Pigeon Guillemot 300 (including 1 melanistic bird; seen by few) Tufted Puffin 1 (flying away seen only by Russ) Northern Fur Seal 1 Harbor Porpoise 2 Harbor Seal 8 California Sea Lion 4 Steller's Sea Lion 1