Seabirds & Marine Mammals Tour Pelagic Trip Report:
Sunday, September 8, 2002
Newport, Lincoln Co., Oregon, nearshore

Our nearshore Seabirds & Marine Mammals pelagic trip from Newport on Sunday enjoyed sunny skies and mirror-like seas. It was perfect for a nearshore pelagic trip and we recorded 70 HARBOR PORPOISES and numerous breeding and winter plumaged PIGEON GUILLEMOTS and MARBLED MURRELETS that are difficult to see in any kind of windy conditions that stir up the water. We encountered 2 GRAY WHALES, though the first disappeared near the Yaquina Head rocks and we couldn't find it again. We did see a pair of STELLER'S SEA LIONS there near Yaquina Head, though, so we saw all the expected nearshore marine mammals. One unique aspect of the calm conditions was idling the boat right at the end of the south jetty to observe 7 WANDERING TATTLERS, as well as SURFBIRDS and BLACK TURNSTONES.

Sunday, September 8, 2002
Seabirds & Marine Mammals tour
Glassy seas
12:30-4:00 PM

Common Loon 4
Red-throated Loon 3
Pacific Loon 1
Sooty Shearwater 35
Brown Pelican 3 
Brandt's Cormorant 300
Pelagic Cormorant 100
Double-crested Cormorant 40
Harlequin Duck 2
Surf Scoter 60
White-winged Scoter 5
Black Turnstone 15
Surfbird 4
Wandering Tattler 7
Red-necked Phalarope 35
Bonaparte's Gull 1
Heermann's Gull 7
Mew Gull 4
California Gull 65
Western Gull 45
Glaucous-winged Gull 2
Common Murre 450
Pigeon Guillemot 45
Marbled Murrelet 35
Rhinoceros Auklet 7
Rock Dove 90

Gray Whale 2
Harbor Porpoise 70
Harbor Seal 6
California Sea Lion 70
Steller's Sea Lion 2