Pelagic trip report:
Saturday, October 25, 2008
From Newport, Oregon, 35 miles W, then south 10 miles to Perpetua Bank.
Seas rough, winds to 25 knots.
Captain Rob Waddell
Newport Tradewinds Charter
The Bird Guide, Inc.
Guides: Greg Gillson, Tom Snetsinger, David Mandell, Russ Namitz, Shawneen Finnegan
Trip report by Tom Snetsinger:
This was our final trip of 2008. Predicted sea conditions were for large swells and increasing wind throughout the day, and they got it right. This made getting good looks at the birds a bit of a challenge, and the ride home one of our wettest. However, most did manage to get excellent views of Cassin's Auklets, a stunning Sabine's Gull, Pomarine Jaeger, Buller's Shearwaters, and a host of other species. The experience of seeing albatross and their kin soaring in their element with the winds a-blowing, is an amazing spectacle to behold! And having the Dall's porpoises riding the bow wave is always a magical moment. A list of species observed follows. No one person (including the guides) saw all of the species listed here, but we hope you got to enjoy most of them and that you will join us for a future trip to see some of those that you missed.
Species list Cackling Goose 30 Surf Scoter 200 White-winged Scoter 40 Northern Pintail 30 teal sp. 8 scaup sp. 2 Common Loon 20 Pacific Loon 40 Red-throated Loon 2 P. Loon/R-t. Loon 20 Western Grebe 1 Black-footed Albatross 40 Northern Fulmar 50 Pink-footed Shearwater 30 Flesh-footed Shearwater 1 (seen by few) Sooty Shearwater 100 Short-tailed Shearwater 1-2 Buller's Shearwater 60 Double-crested Cormorant 30 Brandt's Cormorant 40 Pelagic Cormorant 50 Brown Pelican 300 Great Blue Heron 1 Black Turnstone 1 Whimbrel 1 Dunlin 2 Red Phalarope 2 Phalarope sp. 6 Bonaparte's Gull 1 Heermann's Gull 10 Mew Gull 65 California Gull 350 Herring Gull 4 Western Gull 65 Glaucous-winged Gull 8 Sabine's Gull 1 Black-legged Kittiwake 5 Common/Arctic Tern 1 Pomarine Jaeger 6 Parasitic Jaeger 1 (seen by few) Common Murre 200 Cassin's Auklet 150 Ancient Murrelet 15 C. Auklet/A. Murrelet 50 Rhinoceros Auklet 50 great whale sp. 2 (spouts only, contenders Fin, Sei, Humpback) Dall's Porpoise 10 Harbor Seal 10 California Sea Lion 10 Steller's Sealion 3 Northern Fur Seal 1 Elephant Seal 1 Ocean Sunfish 2