Pelagic trip report:
Sunday, May 18, 2014
12 hour deep water trip
From Newport, Oregon, to 65 miles west of Newport.
Captain Dave DeBelloy
Newport Tradewinds Charter
The Bird Guide, Inc.
Guides: Greg Gillson, Tim Shelmerdine, David Mandell, Shawneen Finnegan, Russ Namitz
This special deep water trip was a resounding success! Our trip spent 15 minutes with an obliging ASHY STORM-PETREL--Oregon's third record, and best documented!
This trip was designed to look for rare birds in deep water over 60 miles from shore. Thus, we traveled 4 hours west without break until we were off the continental shelf in water over a mile deep.
Once offshore we slowed down and spent another 4 hours motoring slowly and stopping to chum. There aren't a lot of birds this far out, but we were hoping especially for Murphy's Petrel. No Murphy's showed, but just as we were ready to head back to port, the Ashy Storm-Petrel was spotted in our chum slick!
Photos from the trip here.
Species list: Surf Scoter 4 Pacific Loon 3 Common Loon 2 Black-footed Albatross 14 Northern Fulmar 8 Pink-footed Shearwater 13 Sooty Shearwater 18 Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel 111 Ashy Storm-Petrel 1 (will be 3rd accepted state record) Brandt's Cormorant 25 Double-crested Cormorant 12 (bay) Pelagic Cormorant 80 Bald Eagle 4 (bay) Black Oystercatcher 1 (bay) Whimbrel 35 Red-necked Phalarope 15 Red Phalarope 45 South Polar Skua 1 (very early) Parasitic Jaeger 1 jaeger (sp) 3 (distant, probably Long-tailed) Common Murre 52 Pigeon Guillemot 40 Marbled Murrelet 2 (seen by few) Cassin's Auklet 1 (seen by few) Rhinoceros Auklet 10 Sabine's Gull 5 (seen by few) California Gull 8 Western Gull 30 Western x Glaucous-winged Gull 25 (bay) Humpback Whale 8 Northern Fur Seal 6