Pelagic trip report:
Saturday, June, 2012
5 hours offshore 25 miles, 0800-1300
From Newport, Oregon, W to 25 miles off Newport, return to Yaquina Head, along shore to Newport
Seas: larger swell, light breeze offshore.
Boat: Gracie K
Yaquina Bay Charters
The Bird Guide, Inc.
Guides: David Mandell, Tim Shelmerdine, Russ Namitz, Greg Gillson
We tried a new trip type with a new charter. A small group of a half-dozen home-schoolers and their chaperones chartered a 5-hour trip offshore to see albatrosses. So we used a faster 43 foot vessel to travel offshore about 25 miles until we found albatrosses.
The trip was a success! We saw our target species and many other typical, but wonderful, June seabirds. The only "expected" species not seen was Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel.
The leading edge of the Japanese tsunami trash has arrived. There were floating pieces of styrofoam and other pieces of trash every few hundred feet across the ocean as far as we could see.
Species list: Yaquina Bay (morning) 1 Surf Scoter 2 Common Loon 15 Brandt's Cormorant 6 Double-crested Cormorant 11 Pelagic Cormorant 1 Osprey 1 Whimbrel 3 Black Turnstone * (seen by few at distance) 75 Western Gull 1 Glaucous-winged Gull 1 Caspian Tern 7 Common Murre 6 Pigeon Guillemot 1 American Crow Nearshore 0-5 miles (heading out) 1 Surf Scoter 2 Sooty Shearwater 4 Brandt's Cormorant 1 Caspian Tern 55 Common Murre Offshore 5-25 miles (heading out) 1 Black-footed Albatross 7 Sooty Shearwater 1 Pink-footed Shearwater 2 Western Gull 10 Common Murre 1 Rhinoceros Auklet Chum spot about 25 miles west of Newport 6 Black-footed Albatross 2 Sooty Shearwater 2 Pink-footed Shearwater 5 Western Gull 1 Common Murre 1 Rhinoceros Auklet Offshore 25-5 miles (heading in) 1 Black-footed Albatross 30 Sooty Shearwater 3 Pink-footed Shearwater 2 Western Gull 10 Common Murre 1 Cassin's Auklet 9 Rhinoceros Auklet Nearshore 5-0 miles (heading in) 23 Pacific Loon 9 Red-throated Loon 2 Sooty Shearwater 5 Brandt's Cormorant 100 Common Murre 5 Marbled Murrelet 15 Pigeon Guillemot 2 Cassin's Auklet 11 Rhinoceros Auklet 2 Tufted Puffin Mammals 6 Steller's Sea Lion 3 California Sea Lion 2 Pacific White-sided Dolphin 8 Dall's Porpoise 2 Harbor Porpoise Fishes Ocean Sunfish (Mola mola)