28 September 2002

From Charleston, Oregon
To the Umpqua River Canyon, 35 nautical miles NW of Coos Bay

Trip leaders: Tim Shelmerdine, Tom Snetsinger, and Greg Gillson

Boat: Betty Kay, cruising speed 11 knots

Winds 15-20 knots, 3-5 foot wind waves, 5-7 foot swells, dense fog in Coos Bay, 1/4 to 1/2 mile visibility in Coos Co., 1 to 1-1/2 mile visibility in Douglas Co. Air temp 50-55 F.

Segment 1: Coos Bay and nearshore
Segment 2: Coos County seabirds, 3-25 nautical miles NW Coos Bay
Segment 3: Douglas County seabirds, 25-35 nautical miles NW Coos Bay, 300-600 fathoms

                         Seg. 1 | Seg. 2 | Seg. 3
Common Loon                   X |        |
Pacific Loon                    |        | 1
Black-footed Albatross          |     10 | 40
Northern Fulmar                 |     40 | 100
Pink-footed Shearwater          |     50 | 100
Flesh-footed Shearwater         |        | 2
Sooty Shearwater                |     25 | 7
Bullerís Shearwater             |        | 3
Leachís Storm-Petrel*           |      1 |
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel        |      5 | 5
Double-crested Cormorant      X |        |
Brandtís Cormorant            X |        |
Pelagic Cormorant             X |        |
Brown Pelican                 X |        |
Great Blue Heron              X |        |
Great Egret                   X |        |
White-winged Scoter           X |        |
Surf Scoter                   X |        |
Black Turnstone               X |        |
Red Phalarope                   |      3 | 3
Red-necked Phalarope*           |      1 |
South Polar Skua                |      1 | 1
Pomarine Jaeger                 |      2 | 2
Parasitic Jaeger                |      4 | 3
Heermannís Gull               X |        |
California Gull                 |     30 | 20
Herring Gull                    |      2 |
Western Gull                  X |     20 | 1
Sabineís Gull                   |      4 | 12
Common Murre                  X |     60 | 1
Cassinís Auklet                 |    140 |
Rhinoceros Auklet             X |     40 | 2
Rock Dove                     X |        |
American Crow                 X |        | 

Blue Shark 3
Northern Fur Seal 2
Stellerís Sea Lion 3
Dallís Porpoise 5
Whale (sp.) 1 (possible Humpback)* 

* Glimpsed briefly by 1 or 2 people 

Waters off Douglas County havenít been visited often by birders. The Flesh-footed Shearwater is the first-documented county record. Likewise, there are 2 or less South Polar Skua Douglas County records.



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