Pelagic trip report:
Saturday, September 1, 2007
From Charleston, Oregon, offshore 12 nautical miles.
For the Oregon Shorebird Festival.
Seas gentle, light winds. High 68 F.
Boat: Betty Kay
The Bird Guide, Inc.
Guides: Greg Gillson, Tim Shelmerdine, Tom Snetsinger, Stacy Strickland
Shrimping boat. Birds were rather sparse until we encountered a group of shrimpers and draggers. Photo by Greg Gillson.
A Pink-footed Shearwater splashes in for a landing. Photo by Greg Gillson.
A Black-footed Albatross investigates us. Photo by Greg Gillson.
Here is a dark brown Northern Fulmar. Photo by Greg Gillson.
Here is a dark gray Northern Fulmar. Photo by Greg Gillson.
Here is a gray-winged white-bodied Northern Fulmar. Photo by Greg Gillson.
A dragger attracts albatrosses, fulmars, and gulls. Photo by Greg Gillson.
A dozen Arctic Terns rest in the rigging. I've never seen this before! Photo by Greg Gillson.
A Pink-footed Shearwater glides past. Photo by Greg Gillson.
Back near the foggy shore we spend a few minutes near a Gray Whale. Photo by Greg Gillson.
Species list Surf Scoter 35 Red-throated Loon 5 Black-footed Albatross 65 Northern Fulmar 130 Sooty Shearwater 25 Pink-footed Shearwater 75 Buller's Shearwater 3 Double-crested Cormorant 15 Brandt's Cormorant 250 Pelagic Cormorant 30 Black Turnstone 3 Red-necked Phalarope 30 Red Phalarope 15 Pomarine Jaeger 3 Parasitic Jaeger 2 Long-tailed Jaeger 10 jaeger (sp.) 12 (distant) Heermann's Gull 1 California Gull 25 Western Gull 60 Sabine's Gull 12 Arctic Tern 25 Common Murre 15 Pigeon Guillemot 5 Rhinoceros Auklet 3 Cassin's Auklet 5 Gray Whale 2 Dall's Porpoise 4 Steller's Sea Lion 2 (many more at Simpson Reef) California Sea Lion 10 (many more at Simpson Reef) Harbor Seal 3 Ocean Sunfish 1