Pelagic trip report:
Saturday, October 22, 2011

8 hour Perpetua Bank pelagic trip, 0730-1515
From Newport, Oregon, offshore W 30 miles

Seas: low swell; mild winds 5-12 knots. Skies partially cloudy with drizzle morning, mostly sunny afternoon.

Two LAYSAN ALBATROSSES highlighted this trip. Photo By Greg Gillson.

Boat: Misty
Captain Rob Wadell
Newport Tradewinds

The Bird Guide, Inc.

Guides: Tom Snetsinger, David Mandell, Greg Gillson, Russ Namitz

A little windier than forecasted, but small swell (4 feet) and 1 foot wind waves made for easy travel and fairly good viewing--especially by noon when the intermittent light drizzle stopped.

About 15 miles west of Newport we encountered a small (50 feet?) BLUE WHALE travelling fast. Some are still trying to say this was a humpback whale, but the mottled blue coloring and long, long, long flat back between blow holes and dorsal leave little doubt in most of the observer's minds. [See Blue Whale photos from a previous trip.

Photo by Wayne Hoffman.

We headed west until we encountered the first of several draggers, the Miss Bertie out of Newport, it was another 8 or more miles to the fishing fleet on the horizon, overseen by Arctic Storm. This accounted for the large numbers of albatrosses and fulmars, though I can only dream about how many were just outside our reach!

Trip photos are here.

Total trip list:

goose sp. 220 Some possibly Aleutian Cackling Geese
Surf Scoter 80
White-winged Scoter 1
Pacific Loon 4
Common Loon 29
Horned Grebe 6
Red-necked Grebe 1
Western Grebe 7
Laysan Albatross 2
Black-footed Albatross 134
Northern Fulmar 623
Pink-footed Shearwater 37
Buller's Shearwater 36
Sooty Shearwater 134
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel 1
Brandt's Cormorant 65
Double-crested Cormorant 30
Pelagic Cormorant 50
Brown Pelican 15
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 Soaring high over bayfront
Red Phalarope 3
Mew Gull 44
Western Gull 120
Western x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid) 25
California Gull 230
Herring Gull 4
Glaucous-winged Gull 7
Pomarine Jaeger 2
jaeger sp. 1
Common Murre 36
Pigeon Guillemot 16
Marbled Murrelet 5
Cassin's Auklet 10
Rhinoceros Auklet 13

Ocean Sunfish 1
Harbor Seal 16
Northern Fur Seal 3
Steller's Sea Lions 5
Harbor Porpoise 4
Gray Whale 1
Blue Whale 1