Pelagic trip report:
Friday, August 2, 2013
12 hours offshore 65 miles, 0700-1900
From Newport, Oregon
Seas: glassy smooth, winds light to none.
Boat: Gracie K
Yaquina Bay Charters
The Bird Guide, Inc.
Guides: Greg Gillson, Shawneen Finnegan, Tim Shelmerdine, Russ Namitz
Weathered-out the previous two years, our third attempt was a charm! And what a great trip it was! The photo above was behind a fish processing ship on the return portion of our trip.
It has been our desire for several years to again get out beyond the continental shelf--60 miles or more--to search for Leach's Storm-Petrels and Scripps's Murrelets. These are summer deep water birds we rarely see on our typical trips 25-35 miles offshore. Well, we ended with a total of 61 Leach's Storm-Petrels and 5 Scripps's Murrelets! All were seen and photographed at close range.
There were many Red Phalaropes (533+), Arctic Terns (74), and Long-tailed Jaegers (82)--also found more often in deeper waters farther from shore. Not only that, we found a fish processing ship and added hundreds of Black-footed Albatrosses and a rare Laysan Albatross. Then we spotted fins and blows from 25 whales of at least 3 different species. Did I mention that this was an outstanding pelagic trip?
Blog posting at Birding is Fun with more details of this trip: Oregon deep water pelagic trip
25 photos from this trip
Species list: 1 LAYSAN ALBATROSS 264 Black-footed Albatross 81 Northern Fulmar 431 Pink-footed Shearwater 173 Sooty Shearwater 189 Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel 61 LEACH'S STORM-PETREL 46 Brandt's Cormorant 35 Double-crested Cormorant 58 Pelagic Cormorant 1 Brown Pelican 1 Great Blue Heron 1 Great Egret 1 Turkey Vulture 1 Osprey 98 Red-necked Phalarope 533 Red Phalarope 20 Red-necked/Red Phalarope 199 Sabine's Gull 121 Western Gull 580 California Gull 74 Arctic Tern 1 Common/Arctic Tern 9 Pomarine Jaeger 12 Parasitic Jaeger 82 Long-tailed Jaeger 8 jaeger sp. 377 Common Murre 57 Pigeon Guillemot 5 SCRIPPS'S MURRELET 50 Cassin's Auklet 9 Rhinoceros Auklet 4 Tufted Puffin 1 American Crow 2 Barn Swallow Ocean Sunfish Blue Shark 2 SEI WHALE 20+ FIN WHALE 2 Humpback Whale 8 Pacific White-sided Dolphin Harbor Seal 1 Steller's Sea Lion 3 Northern Fur Seal