Pelagic trip report:
Saturday, October 1, 2005
From Newport, Oregon offshore to Perpetua Bank, 32 nautical miles off Yachats, Oregon.
Captain Robert Waddell
The Bird Guide, Inc.
Guides: Greg Gillson, Tim Shelmerdine, Stacy Strickland, David Mandell
Highlights of our trip included...
FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER: 2
The first bird flew aggressively into the boat as we first put out our chum on the underwater bank called the Chicken Ranch, about 25 miles off Newport. It didn't stay long, however. We were able to sneak the boat up on another individual several times that swam in a flock of mixed shearwaters off Perpetua Bank, about 35 miles west of Yachats.
SOUTH POLAR SKUA: 4
Including adults of light, intermediate, and dark phase. The light phase adult circled the boat tightly for about 5 minutes. The dark phase adult circled the boat several times over about a 5 minute period, but not as closely or frequently. Three of the 4 birds appeared at the boat immediately after pouring out fish oil.
Other highlights included all three JAEGERS, a loose flock of at least 40 FORK-TAILED STORM-PETRELS, a small OCEAN SUNFISH we netted for close looks and photos before releasing, several bow-riding DALL'S PORPOISES, a black RISSO'S DOLPHIN that was seen by only a few (apparently a younger animal), at least 9 NORTHERN FUR SEALS, most engaged in their "jug-handle" resting pose, a couple of sitting SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATERS that weren't really very cooperative in showing their subtle field marks, about 65 BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES, a few HARLEQUIN DUCKS in the bay, lots of other common stuff and beautifully sunny weather with a perfect slight breeze.
SPECIES BAY NEAR AT SEA SHORE Surf Scoter 120 White-winged Scoter 2 Harlequin Duck 5 Common Loon 3 Pacific/Red-throated Loon 1 Red-throated Loon 1* Horned Grebe 1 Western Grebe 8 Black-footed Albatross 65 Northern Fulmar 350 Flesh-footed Shearwater 2 Pink-footed Shearwater 60 Sooty Shearwater 150 Short-tailed Shearwater 2 Buller's Shearwater 50 Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel 40 Brandt's Cormorant 35 35 Double-crested Cormorant 50 Pelagic Cormorant 15 35 Red-necked Phalarope 1 Red Phalarope 3* phalarope sp. 5 South Polar Skua 4 Pomarine Jaeger 12 Parasitic Jaeger 3 Long-tailed Jaeger 2 Heermann's Gull 2 1 1 Mew Gull 3 Ring-billed Gull 1 California Gull 10 5 10 Herring Gull 6 Glaucous-winged Gull 2 3 Western Gull 50 100 250 Sabine's Gull 7 Common Murre 5 35 Pigeon Guillemot 2 Cassin's Auklet 5 Rhinoceros Auklet 45 Harbor Seal 20 Risso's Dolphin 1* Dall's Porpoise 10 Harbor Porpoise 20 California Sea Lion 40 5 Northern Fur Seal 9 Ocean Sunfish 3 Blue Shark 4 * = seen by few