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.

Boat: Misty
Captain Rob Wadell
Newport Tradewinds

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:

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
Humpback Whale 1
Northern Fur Seal 2
Stellerís Sea Lion 8
Blue Shark 1
Ocean Sunfish 11

A rare adult male BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER followed the boat for a couple of minutes. Photo by Jesse Hampton.