Pelagic trip report:
Saturday, August 28, 2010
From Charleston, Oregon, W 15 miles off Coos Bay, Oregon for the Oregon Shorebird Festival.
Seas: a bit rough with closely spaced swell.
Boat: Sea Venture I
Newport Tradewinds Charter
The Bird Guide, Inc.
Guides: Tim Shelmerdine, Tom Snetsinger, Shawneen Finnegan, Russ Namitz
Trip summary from Tom Snetsinger: The ride was a bit rough with swells that were spaced very closely, but we did have a nice trip with all of the expected species putting in a good showing. Superb numbers of Sabine's Gulls in really excellent light and showing nearly their full spectrum of plumages was a real treat! There were a few species that were only seen poorly and by a handful of participants.
Species list: Pacific Loon 1 Black-footed Albatross 4 Northern Fulmar 80 Pink-footed Shearwater 80 Buller's Shearwater 4 Sooty Shearwater 500 Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel 15 Leach's Storm-Petrel 1 (seen by few; had an anomalous all dark rump, but flight style and overall shape eliminated any of the 'likely' rarities and was not inconsistent with the more-expected Leach's SP) Brown Pelican 30 Brandt's Cormorant 20 Double-crested Cormorant 20 Pelagic Cormorant 10 Osprey 1 Black Turnstone 4 Red-necked Phalarope 100 Red Phalarope 200 Sabine's Gull 100 Heermann's Gull 60 Western Gull 25 California Gull 25 Glaucous-winged Gull 2 Common/Arctic Tern 2 Arctic Tern 10 Parasitic/Long-tailed Jaeger 1 Common Murre 40 Pigeon Guillemot 10 Marbled Murrelet 2 (seen by few) Cassin's Auklet 20 Rhinocerous Auklet 15 Dall's porpoise 6 harbor seal 2 humpback whale 1 (spout; seen by few) ocean sunfish (mola mola) 1