Pelagic trip report:
Saturday, October 20, 2012
7-3/4 hour trip, 0800-1545
From Newport, Oregon, W 25 miles offshore.
Captain Rob Waddell
Newport Tradewinds Charter
The Bird Guide, Inc.
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