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.

Boat: Misty
Captain Robert Waddell
Newport Tradewinds Charter

The Bird Guide, Inc.
Pelagic Trips

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