Pelagic trip report:
Saturday, October 3, 2009
From Newport, Oregon, to 30 miles west of Newport, then south 10 miles to the seaward slope of Perpetua Bank.
Seas: large swell, winds 15 knots.
Captain Robert Waddell
Newport Tradewinds Charter
The Bird Guide, Inc.
Guides: Greg Gillson, Tim Shelmerdine, Tom Snetsinger, David Mandell, Russ Namitz, Shawneen Finnegan, Steve Shunk
Feeding frenzy of Black-footed Albatrosses and Northern Fulmars. Photo by Greg Gillson.
Our final trip of 2009 was well attended and a great success. Most of our guides joined this trip to help spot birds and explain ID to our guests.
We didn't have any rarities on this trip, but we were surprised to see Brown Pelicans diving into the sea for food up to 12 miles from shore.
A couple of miles outside Perpetua Bank (125 degrees west) we encountered a small mid-level hake trawler that had just pulled in its nets. Most of the albatrosses and fulmars were here. Despite being gorged on bycatch, they scrambled over each other to take our chum offerings. The adult albatrosses bleated their complaints like sheep and the younger albatrosses whistled their begging calls. Simultaneously, the fulmars were giving their poultry-like excited "guck, guck, guck" calls. It reminded me of my childhood on my grandfather's farm....
More trip photos...
Greater White-fronted Goose 45 Cackling Goose 75 Northern Pintail 300 Green-winged Teal 8 Surf Scoter 250 White-winged Scoter 100 Red-breasted Merganser 2 (seen by few) Common Loon 8 Pacific Loon 5 Red-throated Loon 3 Western Grebe 1 Black-footed Albatross 350 Northern Fulmar 750 Pink-footed Shearwater 65 Sooty Shearwater 100 Short-tailed Shearwater 4 (seen by few) Buller's Shearwater 40 Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel 8 Brown Pelican 750 Double-crested Cormorant 15 Brandt's Cormorant 80 Pelagic Cormorant 60 Whimbrel 1 Red Phalarope 10 Red-necked Phalarope 35 Heermann's Gull 45 Mew Gull 8 California Gull 65 Herring Gull 5 Western Gull 45 Glaucous-winged Gull 7 Sabine's Gull 4 Common Murre 80 Pigeon Guillemot 7 Marbled Murrelet 8 Cassin's Auklet 180 Rhinoceros Auklet 70 South Polar Skua 3 Pomarine Jaeger 1 (seen by few) Parasitic Jaeger 1 (seen by few) Humpback Whale 1 possible Blue Whale (distant spouts only) 2 (seen by few) Harbor Porpoise 3 Steller's Sea Lion 8 California Sea Lion 3 Harbor Seal 30 Ocean Sunfish 5