5 October 2002

Newport, Oregon, to Perpetua and Heceta Banks and deep water, Lincoln and Lane Counties. 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Trip leaders: Tim Shelmerdine, Jamie Simmons, and Greg Gillson

Highlights of Saturday's 12-hour pelagic trip, in weather that got nicer and nicer all day (the fog and drizzle at dawn, and wind and waves at noon, turned into sun and calm seas in the afternoon), included 5 XANTUS'S MURRELETS about 35-45 miles off Yachats/Waldport, 5 SOUTH POLARS SKUAS seen during the day (one may have been a repeat), and a FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER in Lane Co. about 40 miles offshore. We also had good numbers on of NORTHERN FULMARS, BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES, and CASSIN'S AUKLETS. BULLER'S SHEARWATERS remain in low numbers, with <40 seen. And we had brief views of a single NORTHERN FUR SEAL.


Trip list and numbers:
A = Yaquina Bay
B = Ocean 0-35 miles offshore (Lincoln(*) or Lane(**) Cos.)
C = 35-50 miles offshore and return (all Lincoln Co.)

                            A   B      C   
Common Loon                 X   -      -
Black-footed Albatross      -   100    25   
Northern Fulmar             -   100    80   
FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER     -   1**    -
Pink-footed Shearwater      -   70     110   
Sooty Shearwater            -   42     70   
Buller's Shearwater         -   3*     30   
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel    -   2*     3   
Pelagic Cormorant           X   -      -   
Double-crested Cormorant    X   -      - 
Northern Pintail            -   3*     -
Greater Scaup               -   -      3
White-winged Scoter         -   5*     -
Surf Scoter                 X   -      -  
Red-necked Phalarope        -   2*     -
Red Phalarope               -   5*     15
SOUTH POLAR SKUA            -   3*     2
Pomarine Jaeger             -   3*     -
Parasitic Jaeger            -   2*     -
jaeger (sp.)                -   3      1
Bonaparte's Gull            -   -      3
Mew Gull                    X   -      -
California Gull             -   52     -   
Herring Gull                X   -      3
Western Gull                X   20*    - 
Sabine's Gull               -   4      27
tern (sp.)  (Arctic?)       -   -      1
Common Murre                -   51     -  
XANTUS'S MURRELET           -   4*     1
Cassin's Auklet             -   280*   75  
Rhinoceros Auklet           -   70*    8  
Rock Dove                   X   -      - 
Belted Kingfisher           X   -      -

Dall's Porpoise             -   6*     -
California Sea Lion         X   -      -  
Northern Fur Seal           -   -      1
Humpback Whale (spout only) -   -      1

Ocean Sunfish               -   50     -
Blue Shark                  -   7      -


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