Pelagic trip report:
Saturday, July 21, 2012
8 hours Seabirds of Oregon Trip, 0700-1500
From Newport, Oregon, north to Yaquina Head, then offshore up to 18 miles, back to Seal Rocks and north 10 miles to Newport.
Seas: Calm; no wind to barely a breeze. Misty to start the day, mostly sunny offshore, mostly cloudy nearer shore.
Captain Robert Waddell
Newport Tradewinds Charter
The Bird Guide, Inc.
Guides: Greg Gillson, Shawneen Finnegan, Russ Namitz
Common Murre chick
Great sea conditions made for an enjoyable trip! We found most of the expected species. Numbers were generally low, as typical for early in the fall seabird migration season.
Sea temperatures were rather high, >60F from 10 miles out to our maximum distance of 18 miles offshore.
Trip photos: Greg's pBase photo album
Species list: Surf Scoter 8 White-winged Scoter 15 Red-throated Loon 2 Common Loon 4 Black-footed Albatross 24 Northern Fulmar 4 Pink-footed Shearwater 18 Sooty Shearwater 29 Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel 2 Brandtís Cormorant 100 Double-crested Cormorant 7 Pelagic Cormorant 38 Brown Pelican 91 Red-necked Phalarope 108 Red Phalarope 1 Sabineís Gull 30 Heermannís Gull 65 Western Gull 256 Western x Glaucous-winged Gull 3 California Gull 57 Glaucous-winged Gull 2 tern (sp.) 5 (Arctic/Common, distant flyby) Pomarine Jaeger 3 Parasitic Jaeger 1 (distant flyby, seen by few) Long-tailed Jaeger 1 jaeger (sp.) 2 (distant flyby) Common Murre 5495 Pigeon Guillemot 90 Marbled Murrelet 20 Cassinís Auklet 8 Rhinoceros Auklet 4 Tufted Puffin 2 (distant flyby, seen by few) Harbor Porpoise 2 Harbor Seal 1 Gray Whale 5 Ocean Sunfish 3