Pelagic trip report:
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
9 hours offshore 26 miles, 0700-1600
From Newport, Oregon
Seas: bumpy with moderate swell from west and northwest; light wind.
Captain Robert Waddell
Newport Tradewinds Charter
The Bird Guide, Inc.
Guides: Tom Snetsinger, David Mandell, Greg Gillson, Shawneen Finnegan, Tim Shelmerdine
As expected for late summer/early fall, total numbers of birds were low, but we had most of the expected species.
We'll have to keep an eye on the way this fall season shapes up. Last year numbers of jaegers, Arctic Terns, and Sabine's Gulls were very low. No change so far this year to last year's pattern.
Species list: Brant 4 Harlequin Duck 1 Surf Scoter X Pacific Loon 1 Common Loon 1 Black-footed Albatross 5 Northern Fulmar 5 Pink-footed Shearwater 40 Sooty Shearwater 193 Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel 15 Brandt's Cormorant 110 Double-crested Cormorant 11 Pelagic Cormorant 20 Brown Pelican 6 Turkey Vulture 4 Bald Eagle 1 Black Turnstone X Red-necked Phalarope 21 Red Phalarope 2 Heermann's Gull 70 Western Gull 126 California Gull 228 Glaucous-winged Gull 1 Arctic Tern 3 Common Murre 2335 Pigeon Guillemot 45 Marbled Murrelet 2 Cassin's Auklet 5 Rhinoceros Auklet 10 harbor seal 4 humpback whale (spout) 1