Pelagic trip report:
Saturday, September 11, 2010
From Newport, Oregon, to 30 miles west of Newport, then south 10 miles to the seaward slope of Perpetua Bank.
Seas: gentle seas, winds 10 knots.
Captain Robert Waddell
Newport Tradewinds Charter
The Bird Guide, Inc.
Guides: Greg Gillson, Tim Shelmerdine, Shawneen Finnegan, Russ Namitz, David Mandell
Flesh-footed Shearwater. Photo by Greg Gillson.
A great trip with good seas, soft breeze, and lots of birds and marine mammals in view constantly throughout the day.
Highlights included high numbers of Pink-footed Shearwaters, Buller's Shearwaters, Sabine's Gulls, South Polar Skuas, and Humpback Whales. The Flesh-footed Shearwater views were better than any we've had in 10 years. Alcid numbers were low.
Passenger Cheryl Welchel posted some of her photos here...
More trip photos...
Species list: Green-winged Teal 1 Surf Scoter 60 White-winged Scoter 7 Red-throated Loon 2 Black-footed Albatross 135 Northern Fulmar 45 Pink-footed Shearwater 2300 Flesh-footed Shearwater 1 Buller's Shearwater 225 Sooty Shearwater 75 Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel 80 Brown Pelican 12 (bay) Brandt's Cormorant 100 (40 in bay) Double-crested Cormorant 25 (bay) Pelagic Cormorant 40 (20 in bay) Wandering Tattler 2 (jetty) Black Turnstone 2 (jetty) Surfbird 8 (jetty) Red-necked Phalarope 60 Red Phalarope 8 Sabine's Gull 250 (all adult except for 2-3 juvenile) Heermann's Gull 15 (bay) Mew Gull 5 (bay) Western Gull 120 (70 in bay) California Gull 120 (40 in bay) Glaucous-winged Gull 1 (bay) Olympic Gull (Glaucous-winged x Western) 5 (bay) Common Tern 5 South Polar Skua 12 Pomarine Jaeger 18 Parasitic Jaeger 2 jaeger (undetermined species) 3 Common Murre 120 (most parent/chick pairs) Pigeon Guillemot 15 Marbled Murrelet 10 Cassin's Auklet 15 Rhinoceros Auklet 15 Gray Whale 2 Humpback Whale 20 Pacific White-sided Dolphin 20 Dall's Porpoise 8 Harbor Porpoise 20 Northern Fur Seal 2 Northern Elephant Seal 2 California Sea Lion 170 (150 in bay) Steller's Sea Lion 8 Harbor Seal 8 (bay) Blue Shark 2 Salmon Shark 1 Soupfin Shark 2 Ocean Sunfish 7