Pelagic trip report:
Saturday, October 20, 2012

7-3/4 hour trip, 0800-1545
From Newport, Oregon, W 25 miles offshore.

Boat: Misty
Captain Rob Waddell
Newport Tradewinds Charter

The Bird Guide, Inc.
Pelagic Trips

Guides: Greg Gillson, Tim Shelmerdine, Shawneen Finnegan, Russ Namitz, Tom Snetsinger

Seas were a bit riled up, but winds were less than predicted, so not too bad. We had a couple of brief showers in the morning, and one pretty good rain shower later in the afternoon. I was impressed; the majority of the participants put their back to the rain and kept searching for birds! At least half the day, however, was mostly sunny.

It was a good trip with many birds present throughout, especially NORTHERN FULMARS and CASSIN’S AUKLETS (several hundred each). We had a few BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES nearshore, but that was it. Our first shearwater of the day was just off the jetties—a SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATER. We spotted more occasionally throughout the day. Two BULLER’S SHEARWATERS makes a seasonal total of 6—incredibly low.

Our rare bird got away not fully identified. A dark storm-petrel with a white rump that we believe was most-likely a WILSON’S STORM-PETREL with less than 10 Oregon records... Drat! The seas were bouncing pretty good right then and it was only briefly in view (naked eye only) between waves.

Species list:

Surf Scoter 915 
White-winged Scoter 3 
Green-winged Teal 1 
Common Loon 16 
Pacific Loon 18 
Red-throated Loon 11 
Red-necked Grebe 4 (bay) 
Horned Grebe 1 (bay) 
Eared Grebe 2 (bay) 
Western Grebe 20 
Black-footed Albatross 12 
Northern Fulmar 226 
Pink-footed Shearwater 75 
Buller’s Shearwater 2 
Sooty Shearwater 43 
Short-tailed Shearwater 9 
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel 1 
“white rumped” storm-petrel (possibly Wilson’s) 1 
Great Blue Heron 1 (bay) 
Brandt’s Cormorant 35 
Double-crested Cormorant 15 (bay) 
Pelagic Cormorant 
Brown Pelican 110 
Bald Eagle 1 (bay) 
Red Phalarope 4 
Red-necked Phalarope 4 
Heermann’s Gull 64 
Mew Gull 5 (bay) 
Western Gull 235 
California Gull 380 
Glaucous-winged Gull 2 (bay) 
Herring Gull 8 
Thayer’s Gull 7 
Black-legged Kittiwake 4 
Pomarine Jaeger 4 
Parasitic Jaeger 2 (1 dark phase) 
Common Murre 54 
Pigeon Guillemot 1 
Marbled Murrelet 8 
Cassin’s Auklet 395 
Rhinoceros Auklet 37 

Whale (probable Humpback) 1 
California Sea Lion 80 (bay) 
Steller’s Sea Lion 1 
Northern Fur Seal 2 
Harbor Seal 30 (bay) 
Ocean Sunfish 1

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