Pelagic trip report:
Saturday, July 7, 2001
Newport, Oregon, to Yaquina Head and offshore 24 miles
Another pleasant day on the ocean. Low numbers of the expected species on this short introductory seabird tour. No noticeable migrations of any species. Murres were shuttling fish to the Yaquina Head seabird colony in a constant stream to feed nestlings.
We passed many salmon trawlers and sport vessels and finally encountered one dragger close in at 24 miles, where we chummed.
Approximate numbers at sea: 10 Black-footed Albatross 20 Northern Fulmar 160 Sooty Shearwater 7 Pink-footed Shearwater 4 Double-crested Cormorant 35 Brandt's Cormorant 7 Pelagic Cormorant 25 Western Gull 350 Common Murre 35 Pigeon Guillemot 2 Marbled Murrelet 4 Cassin's Auklet 1 Rhinoceros Auklet 2 Gray Whale 3 Dall's Porpoise 1 Harbor Seal Additional in bay: Great Blue Heron Osprey Mew Gull Rock Dove European Starling American Crow California Sea Lion