Pelagic trip report:
Saturday, August 16, 2014
12 hour deep water trip
From Newport, Oregon, to 50+ miles west of Newport.
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: Bay 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