Pelagic trip report:
Saturday, August 8, 2009
From Newport, Oregon, 35 miles W, then 10 miles S off Perpetua Bank.
Seas calm, winds to zero to 8 knots.
Captain Rob Waddell
Newport Tradewinds Charter
The Bird Guide, Inc.
Guides: Greg Gillson, Tim Shelmerdine, Russ Namitz, Shawneen Finnegan
Close looks of Cassin's Auklets were had by all. Photo by Greg Gillson.
The seas and skies were perfect--perhaps the best we've ever had. The birds were terrific, too. It was a very memorable pelagic trip.
Early in the trip we encountered a HUMPBACK WHALE. Another logging nearby was perhaps a BLUE WHALE, but it sank from view before everyone got on it.
Another bird early in the trip was a SOUTH POLAR SKUA, one of 9 for the day.
Later we spied a fishing vessel pulling in nets and found 475 BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES feeding on bycatch behind it. The total of 500 birds is quite high for August.
The high total of 700 FORK-TAILED STORM-PETRELS was due to the greasy-smooth waters throughout most of the day.
Sharks were everywhere, we identified 4 species, primarily BLUE SHARKS and SALMON SHARKS. Schools of bait fish were forced to the surface in several areas by ALBACORE TUNA, which sometimes jumped out of the water themselves. The PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS took advantage and we may have seriously underestimated the day's total.
Trip photos: http://www.pbase.com/gregbirder/20090808
White-winged Scoter 20 Pacific Loon 1 Black-footed Albatross 500 Northern Fulmar 225 Sooty Shearwater 115 Pink-footed Shearwater 600 Buller's Shearwater 10 Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel 700 Double-crested Cormorant 15 Brandt's Cormorant 60 Pelagic Cormorant 100 Brown Pelican 35 Peregrine Falcon 1 Wandering Tattler 4 Black Turnstone 1 Least Sandpiper 1 Red Phalarope 6 (seen by few) Red-necked Phalarope 70 Heermann's Gull 70 California Gull 300-500 Western Gull 100 Glaucous-winged Gull 3 Sabine's Gull 25 Arctic Tern 3 Common Murre 400 (nearly all parent/chick pairs) Pigeon Guillemot 125 Marbled Murrelet 10 Cassin's Auklet 65 Rhinoceros Auklet 80 Tufted Puffin 2 South Polar Skua 9 Pomarine Jaeger 10 Parasitic Jaeger 1 (seen by few) Long-tailed Jaeger 3 Elephant Seal 4 Steller's Sea Lion 6 Harbor Seal 15 Dall's Porpoise 15 Pacific White-sided Dolphin 10 Harbor Porpoise 25 Humpback Whale 1 whale (likely Blue Whale, seen by few) 1 Blue Shark 80 Salmon Shark 30 Soupfin Shark 2 Shortfin Mako Shark 2 Ocean Sunfish 15 Albacore Tuna 40-50 Pacific Sea Nettle 1000+ Moon Jelly 30+ other unidentified jellies