Pelagic trip report:
Sunday, May 18, 2014

12 hour deep water trip
From Newport, Oregon, to 65 miles west of Newport.

Boat: Enterprise
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

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