Pelagic trip report:
Saturday, August 25, 2012

5 hours offshore 17 miles, 0700-1200
From Charleston, Oregon, W to 17 miles off Coos Bay
Seas: mixed swell, light NW breeze.

Boat: Betty K
Captain Kathi
Betty Kay Charters

The Bird Guide, Inc.

Guides: Tom Snetsinger, 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 30 passengers, the three guides above, Captain Kathi and deck hand Bam-Bam.

Extremely windy conditions the previous few days died the evening before the trip and seas had calmed greatly by morning. There was a bit of low mixed swell from two directions keeping seas a bit bumpy, but no wind waves or white caps to deal with. The sun went away with the wind and it was foggy to start, but lifted soon.

There were many Sooty and Pink-footed Shearwaters throughout the day from a mile offshore to our furthest point about 17 miles due west of Coos Bay. The mixed seas tended to hide the alcids, but we finally got very good looks at several small flocks of Rhinoceros Auklets near shore.

As typical, the Red-necked Phalaropes were both in the bay and within about 10 miles of shore and most of the Red Phalaropes were beyond 10 miles of shore. Also, once beyond 12 miles of shore we picked up a few Black-footed Albatrosses and Northern Fulmars, who joined us at the chum stop at our farthese point offshore. We had a couple of Fork-tailed Storm-Petrels join us there, too.

Species list:

Coos Bay: 7:00-7:30 AM and 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM 
Surf Scoter 20 
Black Scoter 1 
Brandt’s Cormorant 15 
Double-crested Cormorant 30 
Pelagic Cormorant 4 
Brown Pelican 10 
Western Sandpiper 25 
Red-necked Phalarope 12 
Heermann’s Gull 30 
Western Gull 20 
California Gull 30 
Glaucous-winged Gull 2 
Common Murre 20 
Pigeon Guillemot 10 
Marbled Murrelet 2 
Rhinoceros Auklet 3 
Rock Pigeon 4 
Peregrine Falcon 1 
American Crow 4 
Song Sparrow 1

California Sea Lion 3 
Harbor Seal 2

At sea, mouth of Coos Bay to 17 miles west and return: 7:30 AM – 11:30 AM. 
Surf Scoter 5 
Black-footed Albatross 10 
Northern Fulmar 8 
Pink-footed Shearwater 75 
Sooty Shearwater 100 
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel 7 
Brandt’s Cormorant 10 
Double-crested Cormorant 10 
Brown Pelican 4 
Red-necked Phalarope 60 
Red Phalarope 18 
Sabine’s Gull 1 
Heermann’s Gull 2 
Western Gull 15 
California Gull 35 
Common Tern 1 
Pomarine Jaeger 1 
Parasitic Jaeger 1 
Common Murre 40 
Pigeon Guillemot 5 
Cassin’s Auklet 35 
Rhinoceros Auklet 80

California Sea Lion 1 
Steller’s Sea Lion 1 
Harbor Porpoise 2