Pelagic trip report:
Saturday, October 2, 2010
11 hours Perpetua Bank trip
From Newport, Oregon, offshore to 32 miles, south 10 miles to Perpetua Bank chum stop, then port
Seas: Fair; mild winds.
Captain Robert Waddell
Newport Tradewinds Charter
The Bird Guide, Inc.
Guides: Greg Gillson, Tim Shelmerdine, Russ Namitz
We had a fun trip offshore from Newport this past Saturday. This was the final pelagic trip of the year.
Highlights include a couple of ANCIENT MURRELETS nearshore on both outgoing and returning segments of our trip. For the second trip in a row, we've had FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATERS come into our chum slick. On this day, one bird to each slick, about 15 miles (and over an hour) apart. Four SOUTH POLAR SKUAS and a flock of about 400 FORK-TAILED STORM-PETRELS were nice.
My photos of this trip are at: http://www.pbase.com/gregbirder/20101002_pelagic
There aren't too many bird photos; 5 of the 11 photos are breaching HUMPBACK WHALES! Skies were overcast for most of the day, making viewing conditions excellent in all directions, but making for dull photography...
Species list: Northern Pintail 20 Green-winged Teal 2 Greater Scaup 1 Surf Scoter 139 White-winged Scoter 33 Red-breasted Merganser 3 Red-throated Loon 1 Pacific Loon 3 Common Loon 18 Red-necked Grebe 1 (bay) Western Grebe 10 Black-footed Albatross 39 Northern Fulmar 37 Pink-footed Shearwater 111 Flesh-footed Shearwater 2 Buller's Shearwater 21 Sooty Shearwater 50 Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel 400 Brown Pelican 36 Brandt's Cormorant 46 Double-crested Cormorant 35 (bay) Pelagic Cormorant 72 Red-necked Phalarope 99 Red Phalarope 16 Sabine's Gull 21 Heermann's Gull 4 Mew Gull 2 (bay) Western Gull 48 California Gull 155 Herring Gull 6 Glaucous-winged Gull 3 (bay) Common Tern 1 South Polar Skua 4 Pomarine Jaeger 12 Parasitic Jaeger 16 Common Murre 60 Pigeon Guillemot 6 Marbled Murrelet 4 Ancient Murrelet 5 Cassin's Auklet 60 Rhinoceros Auklet 40 Tufted Puffin 2 Ocean Sunfish 10 Humpback Whale 4 Gray Whale 1 Harbor Porpoise 1 Dall's Porpoise 8 Pacific White-sided Dolphin 8 Steller's Sea Lion 8 California Sea Lion 10 (plus 100+ on breakwater in bay) Harbor Seal 3 (bay) Northern Fur Seal 1