Pelagic trip report:
Saturday, August 24, 2013

5 hours, 0700-1200
From Charleston, Oregon, W to 25 miles off Coos Bay
Seas: Calm, foggy.

Boat: Betty K
Captain Kathi
Deck hand: Bam-Bam Betty Kay Charters

The Bird Guide, Inc.

Guides: Tim Shelmerdine, Russ Namitz, Greg Gillson

This was a pelagic trip in conjunction with the Oregon Shorebird Festival, one we've led for several years. On board were 32 passengers, the three guides above, Captain Kathi and deck hand Bam-Bam.

Unlike recent trips, this once-a-year late August trips avoided the windy weather created by heat inland. Instead, calmness created fog, which held off until we were about 8 miles offshore. Then it enveloped us and didn't let go all the way back to the dock.

However, we took advantage of the clear weather early in the trips to see lots of birds. And we managed to chum in 2 albatrosses finally.

Species list:

Canada Goose 
Double-crested cormorant 
Brandtís Cormorant 
Pelagic Cormorant 
Brown Pelican 
Great Blue Heron 
Great Egret 
Heermannís Gull 
Western Gull 
California Gull 
Pigeon Guillemot 
Belted Kingfisher 
Barn Swallow 
European Starling 
White-crowned Sparrow 
House Sparrow 

0-15 miles offshore: 
Pacific Loon 
Pelagic Cormorant 
Pink-footed Shearwater 
Sooty Shearwater 
Bullerís Shearwater 
Red-necked Phalarope 
Red Phalarope 
Heermannís Gull 
Western Gull 
California Gull 
Common Murre 
Pigeon Guillemot 
Cassinís Auklet 
Rhinoceros Auklet 
Dallís Porpoise 

15-20 miles offshore: 
Black-footed Albatross 
Pink-footed Shearwater 
Sooty Shearwater 
Bullerís Shearwater 
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel 
Red Phalarope 
Sabineís Gull 
Pomarine Jaeger 
Ocean sunfish 
Steller's Sea Lion 
California Sea Lion