Pelagic trip report:
Saturday, August 27, 2011

5 hour Oregon Shorebird Festival pelagic trip, 0700-1200
From Charleston, Oregon, offshore 12 miles

Seas: bumpy; 15-18 knot winds.

Boat: Betty Kay
Captain Kathy
Deck hand Bam-Bam
Betty Kay Charters

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Guides: Tim Shelmerdine, Greg Gillson, Russ Namitz, Tim Rodenkirk


It was a foggy and windy morning for this 5-hour pelagic trip from Charleston, Oregon, for the 25th annual Oregon Shorebird Festival.

Nevertheless, we 33 birders saw nearly all of the expected species for this time of year, albeit, most in low numbers. We also broke out of the sun about 9 miles offshore as the water warmed. This trip went out 12 miles where we stopped to chum in the albatrosses and fulmars to the boat.

I didn't even get out my camera, but passenger Lois Miller put together a nice photo journal of the trip.

Species list (Bay, 0-6 miles, 6-12 miles including chum stop):

Harlequin Duck             1,  0,  0
Surf Scoter               15,  0,  0
Red-throated Loon          0,  1,  0
Black-footed Albatross     0,  0,  8
Northern Fulmar            0,  2, 50
Pink-footed Shearwater     0,  0, 15
Buller's Shearwater        0,  0,  3
Sooty Shearwater           0, 20,  5
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel   1,  0, 15
Brandt's Cormorant       150, 50,  0
Double-crested Cormorant   5,  0,  0
Pelagic Cormorant          3,  0,  0
Brown Pelican             20,  5,  0
Osprey                     2,  0,  0
Black Turnstone           10,  0,  0
Red-necked Phalarope       2,  5,  5
Red Phalarope              0,  5, 30
Sabine's Gull              0,  0, 10
Heermann's Gull           30,  2,  0
Western Gull              40, 10,  2
California Gull            5,  0,  0
Arctic Tern                0,  1,  4
South Polar Skua           0,  0,  1
Parasitic Jaeger           0,  0,  1
Long-tailed Jaeger         0,  0, 15
Common Murre               4, 25,  0
Pigeon Guillemot           8,  2,  0
Marbled Murrelet           0,  2,  0
Cassin's Auklet            0, 50, 30
Rhinoceros Auklet          1,  8,  8
Tufted Puffin              0,  1,  0

Harbor Seal X (bay)
Gray Whale 1 (seen by few, 2 miles offshore)

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