19 October 2002

Newport, Oregon, to Perpetua Bank (32 miles off Yachats). 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Highlights: 10,000 Cassin's Auklets, close views of Humpback Whales, calm seas

Trip leaders: Tim Shelmerdine, Tom Snetsinger, and Phil Pickering

The Bird Guide's October 19 Perpetua Bank trip went out successfully last weekend. I, personally, was unable to attend, but Tim Shelmerdine, Tom Snetsinger, and Phil Pickering guided skillfully, from the feedback I received. Other guides also attended, including David Mandell and Troy Guy, and several pelagic veterans were among the participants, so there were lots of eyes looking and voices calling out birds.

I spoke with Tim about the trip afterward and he said the weather was "too nice." I know what that means. It means there was no wind. This causes many of the soaring seabirds just to sit in the water and means that few albatrosses are found at the chum stops. This is evident in the low numbers of albatrosses found. It also means the chance for rare albatrosses and shearwaters are lower. But it also means that no one got seasick, that several SHARKS and OCEAN SUNFISH were observed in the water, and the participants could spot alcids on the water ahead. In fact, over 4000 CASSIN'S AUKLETS were spotted, and perhaps as many as 10,000, according to Pickering's estimate. They must have been like gnats out there! Over 300 RHINOCEROS AUKLETS aren't too shabby, either. Some time was also spent near 3 HUMPBACK WHALES, always a delight.

The PEREGRINE FALCON has been seen on the waterfront for just about every trip this fall.

Here are the numbers provided by Tom Snetsinger and Tim Shelmerdine with some additional feedback from Phil Pickering and David Mandell.

Bay/Nearshore (within 3 miles)/Offshore/Chum1 (27 miles W of Newport)/
Chum2 (Perpetua Bank, 32 miles W of Yachats)

Western Grebe 3/0/0/0/0
Brown Pelican 1/0/0/0/0
Brandt's Cormorant 25/5/0/0/0
Pelagic Cormorant 9/8/0/0/0
Double-crested Cormorant 35/3/0/0/0
Great Blue Heron 1/0/0/0/0
Black-footed Albatross 0/0/9/2/11/
Northern Fulmar 0/13/147/10/88/
Pink-footed Shearwater 0/1/7/0/1/
Buller's Shearwater 0/0/21/0/0/
Sooty Shearwater 0/2/14/0/0/
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel 0/0/15/0/6/
Goose sp. 0/0/12/0/0
Surf Scoter 15/10/0/0/0
White-winged Scoter 0/2/0/0/0
Peregrine Falcon 1 **/0/0/0/0
Red Phalarope 0/0/13/0/0
Red-necked Phalarope 0/0/1*/0/0 (return trip, Mandell)
Pomarine Jaeger 0/0/2/0 (5 on return, Mandell)/3
Jaeger sp. 0/0/1/0/0
Heermann's Gull 5/2/0/0/0
Mew Gull 5/0/0/0/0
California Gull 4/12/6/1/4 (many (20?), at second chum stop, Mandell)
Herring Gull 0/0/0/0/1 (4, Mandell)
Thayer's Gull 0/0/1*/0/0
Western Gull 20/30/19/1/4
Glaucous-winged Gull 4/2/2/0/0
Bonaparte's Gull 1/0/0/0/0
Sabine's Gull 0/0/0/0/1
Common Murre 9/30/32/0/0
Ancient Murrelet 1*/0/0/0/0 (juvenile)
Cassin's Auklet 0/4/4000/4/11 (10,000 est. Pickering)
Rhinoceros Auklet 0/6/310/2
Rock Dove 25/
Belted Kingfisher 1/0/0/0/0

Ocean Sunfish 0/0/6/1/4
Blue Shark 0/0/2/1/2
Steller's Sea Lion 0/0/1/0/0
California Sea Lion 14/0/0/0/0
Harbor Seal 0/1*/0/0/0
Harbor Porpoise 0/2/0/0/0
Pacific White-sided Dolphin 0/0/3/0/0
Humpback Whale 0/0/3/0/0
Whale sp. 0/0/1*/0/0 (thin very tall blow)

* seen by few
**from dock, before trip