Pelagic Trip Report:
Saturday, September 8, 2001
Newport, Oregon, out 22 miles
Yaquina Bay, S 3 miles staying about 1 mile offshore, SW 12 miles to chum, then N 8 miles, then W to 22 miles off Newport to chum, then return.
A windy day offshore made us change our original plans. We were ready to cancel and return to port, and then seas calmed a bit in late morning. This allowed us to sneak offshore 22 miles from Newport before winds picked back up again after lunch. Strong north winds brought sunny skies and high temperatures to the beaches, but blew a lot of wave splash over us on the trip back to port.
For most of the day we traveled slowly and chummed quite a while in order to find low numbers of most of the expected species offshore.
Highlights: 8 POMARINE JAEGERS at once during our first chum stop, including 3 dark phase. One jet black adult with long spoons and brilliantly flashing white primary patches was especially striking. A pod of DALL'S PORPOISES body-surfed on the waves about our boat during the second chum stop. They must have played around the boat for 15 minutes. We had a rather quick view of a SOUTH POLAR SKUA on the return trip. It disappeared behind a large swell and never was seen again. Only about half the passengers were able to see it.
Species list from the entire trip including Yaquina Bay.
Red-throated Loon 3 Common Loon 2 Black-footed Albatross 2 Northern Fulmar 1 Pink-footed Shearwater 49 Buller's Shearwater 24 Sooty Shearwater 80 Brown Pelican 4 Double-crested Cormorant 15 Brandt's Cormorant 32 Pelagic Cormorant 100 Northern Pintail 70 White-winged Scoter 12 Black Turnstone 2 Surfbird 4 Red-necked Phalarope 36 Pomarine Jaeger 14 Parasitic Jaeger 5 jaeger sp. 2 South Polar Skua 1 California Gull 55 Western Gull 70 Sabine's Gull 8 Arctic Tern 9 Common Murre 103 Pigeon Guillemot 5 Rhinoceros Auklet 5 Belted Kingfisher 1 Ocean Sunfish 1 Gray Whale 2 Harbor Porpoise 4 Dall's Porpoise 5 Harbor Seal 8 California Sea Lion 25