Pelagic trip report:
Saturday, September 24, 2011

8 hour Oregon Seabirds pelagic trip, 0700-1500
From Newport, Oregon, offshore W 24 miles

Seas: larger swell; mild morning with light patchy fog, very windy afternoon with 4-5 foot wind waves and increasing clouds.


A couple of Tufted Puffins allowed close observation. Photo By Greg Gillson.

Boat: Sea Venture I
Captain Steve
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 24, 2011, started with very nice conditions. It was mostly sunny, calm, with only a few patches of light fog. By mid-morning, however, as we moved offshore, the south winds picked up in advance of a storm front. By the time we reached port the seas were quite rough and winds approached 20 knots.

SOOTY SHEARWATERS were our constant companions. All other species were in low numbers, but distributed widely so that there were no real dead periods.

Photos from this trip.


1) Yaquina Bay 7:00 AM - 7:25 AM, 
2) nearshore 0-5 miles 7:25 AM - 8:20 AM, 
3) 5-25 miles offshore 8:20 AM - 10:50 AM, 
4) chum stop, 25 miles west Yaquina Head 10:50 AM - 11:40 AM, 
5) 25-5 miles offshore 11:40 AM - 2:00 PM Return to port, 
6) 0-5 miles offshore 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM, 
7) Yaquina Bay 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

                          1   2   3   4   5    6    7
Harlequin Duck            2,  0,  0,  0,  0,   0,   1
Surf Scoter              31,  0,  0,  0,  0,   0,   2
White-winged Scoter       0, 17,  0,  0,  0,   0,   0  
Common Goldeneye          0,  0,  0,  0,  0,   0,   1 Mandell
Red-throated Loon         0,  2,  0,  0,  0,   0,   0
Pacific Loon              0,  3,  0,  0,  0,   1,   0
Common Loon               2,  0,  1,  0,  0,   0,   2
Red-necked Grebe          0,  0,  0,  0,  0,   0,   2
Black-footed Albatross    0,  0,  0, 22, 13,   0,   0
Northern Fulmar           0,  1,  4, 15, 26,   0,   0
Pink-footed Shearwater    0,  1, 14, 10,  3,   1,   0
Buller's Shearwater       0,  0, 15,  5,  3,   0,   0
Sooty Shearwater          0,168,255, 10,140,  15,   0
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel  0,  0,  1,  4,  0,   0,   0
Brandt's Cormorant       30, 15,  0,  0,  0,   6,  15
Double-crested Cormorant 15,  0,  0,  0,  0,   0,  15
Pelagic Cormorant        50,  2,  0,  0,  0,   0,  40
Brown Pelican             7, 30,  0,  0,  0,   7,  50
Great Blue Heron          1,  0,  0,  0,  0,   0,   0
Turkey Vulture            0,  0,  0,  0,  0,   0,   1
Black Turnstone           0,  0,  0,  0,  0,   0,   1
Whimbrel                  1,  0,  0,  0,  0,   0,   0
Pectoral Sandpiper        0,  2,  0,  0,  0,   0,   0
Red-necked Phalarope      0, 95,  1,  0,  0,   7,   0
Red Phalarope             0,  0, 10,  1,  3,   0,   0
Heermann's Gull           1, 11,  0,  0,  0,   0,   2
Western Gull             80, 70,  4,  5,  5,   7, 110
West. x Gl.-w. Gull       0,  0,  0,  0,  0,   0,   3
California Gull          50, 40, 25, 30, 25,  10,  35
Glaucous-winged Gull      0,  0,  0,  0,  0,   0,   3
Herring Gull              1,  0,  0,  0,  0,   0,   1 
Common Tern               0,  0,  0,  0,  0,   2,   0  
South Polar Skua          0,  0,  2,  1,  2,   0,   0
Pomarine Jaeger           0,  0,  2,  0,  0,   0,   0
Parasitic Jaeger          0,  0,  1,  1,  0,   0,   0
Common Murre              1,585,180,  0,100, 150,   0
Pigeon Guillemot          0,  2,  0,  0,  0,   0,   1
Marbled Murrelet          0,  3,  0,  0,  0,   0,   0
Cassin's Auklet           0,  0,  6,  0,  9,   0,   0
Rhinoceros Auklet         0, 12, 10,  2,  7,   0,   0
Tufted Puffin             0,  0,  1,  0,  1,   1,   0
   
Ocean Sunfish             0,  0,  5,  0,  1,   0,   0
Harbor Seal              10,  0,  0,  0,  0,   0,  10
Northern Fur Seal         0,  0,  3,  0,  0,   0,   0
California Sea Lion       0,  1,  0,  0,  0,   0,   1
Steller's Sea Lion        0,  0,  1,  0,  0,   0,   0
Harbor Porpoise           0,  3,  0,  0,  0,   1,   0
Dall's Porpoise           0,  0,  2,  0,  0,   0,   0
Humpback Whale            0,  0,  5,  0,  0,   0,   0


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