Pelagic trip report:
Saturday, October 25, 2008

11 hours
From Newport, Oregon, 35 miles W, then south 10 miles to Perpetua Bank.

Seas rough, winds to 25 knots.

Boat: Misty
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