Pelagic trip report:
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Perpetua Bank 10-hour pelagic trip
From Newport, Oregon, 40 nautical miles WSW, to 32 nautical miles offshore from Cape Perpetua.
Boat: Sea Venture I
The Bird Guide, Inc.
Guides: Greg Gillson, Tim Shelmerdine, Tom Snetsinger, Troy Guy
Marbled Murrelet. Photo by Robert Tizard
Wet, blowing fog in the morning gave way to sun about 10 miles from shore, but it was a cool, breezy, bumpy ride throughout the day.
Species variety and numbers were typical for late August, though there were no terns offshore all weekend, and Sabine's Gull numbers were very low. August specialties encountered included FORK-TAILED STORM-PETRELS, RED PHALAROPES, and LONG-TAILED JAEGERS. Alcid numbers were low, but we got the boat circled around the MARBLED MURRELETS, RHINOCEROS AUKLETS, and CASSIN'S AUKLETS for good views.
Marine mammal highlights included at least 4 HUMPBACK WHALES near the boat.
Here's the tally:
Common Loon 1 Red-throated Loon 1 Black-footed Albatross 40 Northern Fulmar 150 Pink-footed Shearwater 60 Sooty Shearwater 50 Buller's Shearwater 35 Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel 15 Double-crested Cormorant 20 Brandt's Cormorant 50 Pelagic Cormorant 25 Brown Pelican 14 Osprey 2 (nest in marina) Red-necked Phalarope 325 (about half were in the bay) Red Phalarope 5 Pomarine Jaeger 2 Parasitic Jaeger 1 Long-tailed Jaeger 4 jaeger (sp.) 3 Heermann's Gull 20 California Gull 150 Western Gull 75 Glaucous-winged Gull 1 Sabine's Gull 4 Caspian Tern 1 (bay) Common Murre 80 Pigeon Guillemot 25 Marbled Murrelet 4 Cassin's Auklet 15 Rhinoceros Auklet 15 Ocean Sunfish 5 California Sea Lion 250 (most on breakwater and docks in harbor) Steller's Sea Lion 1 (onshore rock near Seal Rock) Harbor Seal 10 Harbor Porpoise 14 Humpback Whale 4 (off Perpetua Bank)