Pelagic trip report:
Saturday, August 16, 2014

12 hour deep water trip
From Newport, Oregon, to 50+ miles west of Newport.

Boat: Enterprise
Captain Dave DeBelloy
Newport Tradewinds Charter

The Bird Guide, Inc.

Guides: Tim Shelmerdine, Shawneen Finnegan, Russ Namitz

Another deep water success! THREE very rare species of STORM-PETRELS and 5 rare summer LAYSAN ALBATROSSES!

This trip was designed to look for rare birds in deep water over 50 miles from shore. The rare birds were not far offshore on this trip but, rather, the result of a fishing vessel 28 miles offshore. The trip stopped on the way out, recording the LAYSAN ALBATROSSES. The pelagic birders then went 60 miles offshore and then came back to where the fishing vessel was previously loading its catch. The STORM-PETRELS were working over the area for small tidbits after the fishing vessel and larger birds left.

Bob Archer recorded some photos, including WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, here. He also added BLACK STORM-PETREL photos by Bob Lockett to the bottom of the report.

Species list:

Brandt's Cormorant 10
Double-crested Cormorant 15
Pelagic Cormorant 20
Great Blue Heron 1
Osprey 1
Common Murre 6
Pigeon Guillemot 5
Western Gull 50
California Gull 100

0-5 Miles Offshore
Sooty Shearwater 2
Red-necked Phalarope 30
Common Murre 100
Pigeon Guillemot 5
Rhinoceros Auklet 2
Western Gull 30
California Gull 50

5-30 Miles Offshore
Black-foooted Albatross 2
Northern Fulmar 5
Pink-footed Shearwater 10
Sooty Shearwater 20
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel 2
Red-necked Phalarope 5
Red Phalarope 5
Common Murre 100
Cassin's Auklet 2
Rhinoceros Auklet 6
Tufted Puffin 1
Sabine's Gull 20
Western Gull 5
California Gull 20
Tern (sp? Common/Arctic) 5

Near FV Kodiak Enterprise (fish processor), 28 miles offshore
Layasan Albatross 5
Black-footed Albatross 150
Northern Fulmar 200
Pink-footed Shearwater 12,000
Buller's Shearwater 1
Sooty Shearwater 100
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel 5,000
Pomarine Jaeger 1
Long-tailed Jaeger 1
Rhinoceros Auklet 2
Sabine's Gull 15
Western Gull 50
California Gull 400

Deepwater Chum Stop and beginning of return
Black-footed Albatross 5
Northern Fulmar 10
Pink-footed Shearwater 40
Buller's Shearwater 15
Sooty Shearwater 10
Fork-tailed Storm 100
Red Phalarope 15
Parasitic Jaeger 1
Long-tailed Jaeger 1
Rhinoceros Auklet 3
Tufted Puffin 1
Sabine's Gull 5

Second Chum Stop (near where fish processor was on way out)
Wilson's Storm-Petrel 1  5th or 6th Oregon record!
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel 50
Ashy Storm-Petrel 1  5th or 6th Oregon record!
Black Storm-Petrel 1   4th Oregon record!

Return to 5 miles offshore
Black-footed Albatross 2
Northern Fulmar 6
Pink-footed Shearwater 25
Sooty Shearwater 10
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel 10
Red-necked Phalarope 8
Red Phalarope 5
Common Murre 100
Cassin's Auklet 5
Rhinoceros Auklet 7
Western Gull 5
California Gull 10

Yaquina Bay (return)  new species
Brown Pelican 3
Heermann's Gull 2

Other fauna (all day)
Harbor Porpoise 2
Dall's Porpoise
Humpback Whale
Northern Fur Seal 5
Steller's Sea Lion 4
California Sea Lion 1
Blue Shark 5
Short-finned Mako Shark 2
Soupfin Shark 1
Mola Mola 7

Pelagic Birding Trips