Pelagic trip report:
Saturday, September 10, 2011

8 hour Oregon Seabirds pelagic trip, 0700-1500
From Newport, Oregon, offshore NNW 28 miles

Seas: larger swell; 15-18 knot winds; morning fog.


South Polar Skuas put on quite a show! Photo by Greg Gillson.

Boat: Misty
Captain Rob
Newport Tradewinds

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Guides: Tim Shelmerdine, Tom Snetsinger, Greg Gillson, Russ Namitz, Shawneen Finnegan, David Mandell


The trip from Newport, Oregon, on Saturday, September 10, 2011, started foggy with fairly large swell, which made the first portion of the trip uncomfortable and relatively birdless. Early in the trip Tim Shelmerdine spotted a XANTUSíS MURRELET in the fog. CASSINíS AUKLETS fled from the boat during this portion of the trip, and were seen nearly constantly the rest of the way.

The fog burned off about 10:30 AM and immediately albatrosses and fulmars found us and we began our chum stop in 200 fathoms of water about 25 miles due west of Yaquina Head.

We had two SOUTH POLAR SKUAS come right in to our chum and sit down for great photos. Two others were seen at a distance. All three JAEGERS visited us here, as well.

A cooperative TUFTED PUFFIN allowed prolonged views on the return, and two HUMPBACK WHALES were not too far, while others spouted in the distance. Smoother seas and sun comforted us on the return. Near shore the swell was high again and we had rather poor views of MARBLED MURRELETS. Much farther away, 5 ELEGANT TERNS were diving into the breakers near NYE Beach, about 3/4 of a mile distant from us, unfortunately.

Photos from this trip,.


1) Yaquina Bay 7:00 AM - 7:15 AM, 
2) nearshore 0-5 miles 7:15 AM - 7:52 AM, 
3) 5-25 miles offshore 7:52 AM - 10:30 AM, 
4) chum stop, 25 miles west Yaquina Head 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM, 
5) 25-5 miles offshore 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM Return to port, 
6) 0-5 miles offshore 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM, 
7) Yaquina Bay 2:50 PM - 3:00 PM

                          1   2   3   4   5    6    7
Mallard                   0,  0,  0,  0,  0,  20,   0
Northern Pintail          0,  0,  0,  0,  0,  20,   0
Northern Shoveler         0,  0,  0, 15,  0,   0,   0
Green-winged Teal         0,  0,  0, 10,  0,  15,   0
Surf Scoter              15,  0,  0,  0,  0,  25,   0
White-winged Scoter       0,  0,  0,  0,  0,   1,   0  Namitz
Pacific Loon              0,  2,  0,  0,  0,   1,   0
Common Loon               1,  0,  0,  0,  0,   0,   0
Black-footed Albatross    0,  0,  2, 40, 20,   0,   0
Northern Fulmar           0,  0,  3, 35, 25,   0,   0
Pink-footed Shearwater    0,  0,  1,  8, 15,   2,   0
Buller's Shearwater       0,  0,  1,  2,  1,   0,   0
Sooty Shearwater          0,  6,  1,  3, 10,  10,   0
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel  0,  0,  1,  2, 10,   0,   0
Brandt's Cormorant       15,  0,  0,  0,  0, 100, 100
Double-crested Cormorant 40,  0,  0,  0,  0,  50,  25
Pelagic Cormorant        15,  0,  0,  0,  0, 100,  10
Brown Pelican             5,  5,  0,  0,  0,   3,   0
Great Blue Heron          1,  0,  0,  0,  0,   0,   1
Black Oystercatcher       1,  0,  0,  0,  0,   0,   0
Wandering Tattler         0,  0,  0,  0,  0,   0,   9 North jetty
Black Turnstone           0,  0,  0,  0,  0,   0,  15
Surfbird                  0,  0,  0,  0,  0,   0,  10
Western Sandpiper         8,  0,  0,  0,  0,   0,   0
Red-necked Phalarope      5,  0,  2,  0,  7,   0,   0
Red Phalarope             0,  0,  5,  0, 14,   0,   0
Sabine's Gull             0,  0,  3,  6, 10,   0,   0
Heermann's Gull          10,  5,  0,  0,  0,   0,   0
Western Gull             60,  0,  0,  2,  2,  50,  60
West. x Gl.-w. Gull       1,  0,  0,  1,  0,   0,  20
California Gull          20,  0,  0,  3, 10,   2,  20
Glaucous-winged Gull      0,  0,  0,  0,  0,   0,   1
Thayer's Gull             0,  1,  0,  0,  0,   0,   0 Seen by few
Elegant Tern              0,  0,  0,  0,  0,   5,   0 Seen by few 
South Polar Skua          0,  0,  0,  3,  1,   0,   0
Pomarine Jaeger           0,  0,  0,  1,  0,   0,   0
Parasitic Jaeger          0,  0,  0,  2,  1,   0,   0
Long-tailed Jaeger        0,  0,  0,  4,  0,   0,   0
Common Murre              0, 37,  0,  0, 70,  80,   0
Pigeon Guillemot          0,  3,  0,  0,  0,  15,   0
Marbled Murrelet          0,  0,  0,  0,  0,   3,   0
Xantus's Murrelet         0,  1,  0,  0,  0,  0 ,   0 Shelmerdine 
Cassin's Auklet           0, 71,  5,  0, 45,  90,   0
Rhinoceros Auklet         0,  0,  5,  0,  2,   0,   0
Tufted Puffin             0,  0,  1,  0,  1,   0,   0
   
Ocean Sunfish             0,  0,  0,  0,  1,   0,   0
Harbor Seal               1,  0,  0,  0,  0,   0,   6
California Sea Lion       0,  1,  0,  0,  0,   0,   1
Steller's Sea Lion        0,  0,  1,  0,  1,   0,   0
Harbor Porpoise           0,  0,  0,  0,  0,   1,   0
Humpback Whale            0,  0,  0,  0,  7,   0,   0
Gray Whale                0,  0,  0,  0,  0,   1,   0


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