Pelagic trip report:
Saturday, August 14, 2010

11 hours
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
Captain Steve
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