Pelagic trip report:
Saturday, August 14, 2010
From Newport, Oregon, WSW to 30 miles west of Yachats, then NW 10 miles.
Seas: mild seas, winds to 10 knots. Fog, 55F.
Boat: Sea Venture I
Newport Tradewinds Charter
The Bird Guide, Inc.
Guides: Greg Gillson, Tim Shelmerdine, Tom Snetsinger, Shawneen Finnegan, Russ Namitz
Black-footed Albatrosses and Northern Fulmars near the boat. Photo by Greg Gillson.
Seas were irregular. Fog wasn't too disruptive. It was quite cool (55F) while inland it was near 100F.
The species list was quite typical for early migration, and we saw the expected August specialties--Fork-tailed Storm-Petrels, Red-necked Phalaropes, Sabine's Gulls, Arctic Terns, and Long-tailed Jaegers.
Species list: Surf Scoter 20 White-winged Scoter 6 Red-throated Loon 1 Pacific Loon 5 Black-footed Albatross 200 Northern Fulmar 75 Pink-footed Shearwater 55 Sooty Shearwater 20 Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel 110 Pelagic Cormorant 80 Brandt's Cormorant 100 Double-crested Cormorant 15 Brown Pelican 8 Bald Eagle 1 Wandering Tattler 1 (seen by few) Black Turnstone 6 Surfbird 4 Red-necked Phalarope 300 Red Phalarope 1 (seen by few) California Gull 50 Western Gull 50 Sabine's Gull 40 Heermann's Gull 10 Arctic Tern 3 Common Murre 250 Pigeon Guillemot 30 Marbled Murrelet 11 Cassin's Auklet 2 Rhinoceros Auklet 10 Pomarine Jaeger 1 Parasitic Jaeger 2 Long-tailed Jaeger 5 Northern Fur Seal 1 Northern Elephant Seal 1 Steller's Sea Lion 3 California Sea Lion 2 Harbor Seal 3 Blue Shark 1 Salmon Shark 1 Ocean Sunfish 2