Pelagic trip report:
Saturday, October 8, 2011
10 hour Perpetua Bank pelagic trip, 0700-1700
From Newport, Oregon, offshore WSW 40 miles to 32 miles off Yachats, then NNE 10 miles to 24 miles west of Newport
Seas: low swell; mild winds 5-12 knots. Skies partially cloudy.
Several Pomarine Jaegers were harrassing the other seabirds. Photo By Greg Gillson.
Captain Rob Wadell
The Bird Guide, Inc.
Guides: Tim Shelmerdine, Greg Gillson, Russ Namitz
For the first time this year we finally had nice weather! This resulted in good birds for the 28 participants on The Bird Guideís 10-hour pelagic trip on October 8, 2011 from Newport, Oregon.
About 25 miles west of Newport we encountered 2 smaller fishing vessels engaged in long lining. The boats accounted for the greater number of albatrosses and fulmars.
Early in the trip observers on the bow were able to watch a distant BLUE WHALE dive. Those of us in the stern missed it, unfortunately....
Some photos from the trip are here: http://www.pbase.com/gregbirder/gallery/20111008_pelagic
The rarest bird appears in the photo following the trip list totals, below.
Total trip list: Northern Pintail 80 Green-winged Teal 3 Surf Scoter 100 White-winged Scoter 3 Red-breasted Merganser 2 Red-throated Loon 3 Pacific Loon 3 Common Loon 7 Horned Grebe 1 Red-necked Grebe 9 Black-footed Albatross 92 Northern Fulmar 318 Pink-footed Shearwater 31 Bullerís Shearwater 21 Sooty Shearwater 396 Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel 32 Brandtís Cormorant 50 Double-crested Cormorant 10 Pelagic Cormorant 25 Brown Pelican 240 Whimbrel 2 Sanderling 2 Red Phalarope 22 Red-necked Phalarope 92 Bonaparteís Gull 2 Heermannís Gull 32 Mew Gull 5 Western Gull 170 Western x Glaucous-winged Gull 15 California Gull 268 Herring Gull 13 Thayerís Gull 1 Glaucous-winged Gull 3 South Polar Skua 2 Pomarine Jaeger 14 Parasitic Jaeger 3 Common Murre 169 Pigeon Guillemot 14 Marbled Murrelet 10 Ancient Murrelet 5 Cassinís Auklet 383 Rhinoceros Auklet 18 Tufted Puffin 2 Belted Kingfisher 1 BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER 1 adult male 20 miles offshore Harbor Porpoise 6 Gray Whale 1 BLUE WHALE 1 Humpback Whale 1 Northern Fur Seal 2 Stellerís Sea Lion 8 Blue Shark 1 Ocean Sunfish 11