December 27, 1999

Winter Seabird Transect*. 4-1/2 hours out 18 miles from Yaquina Bay. 8:30 Am to 12:45 PM. Air temp 45-50F. wind east at 15 knots. Swells 4-6 feet; wind waves 1-3 feet from EAST!

Common Loon 3
Red-throated Loon 2
Western Grebe 2
Northern Fulmar 2
Brandt's Cormorant 1
Pelagic Cormorant 1
Surf Scoter 26
White-winged Scoter 15
Mew Gull 14
California Gull 2
Herring Gull 158
Thayer's Gull 3
Western Gull 81
Glaucous-winged Gull 80
Glaucous-winged/Western Gull hybrid 10
gull (sp.) 6
Common Murre 74
Other marine species  
Gray Whale 1
Pacific White-sided Dolphin 3
California Sea Lion 7

* = From end of jetties to Daisy Bank, counting birds each individual miles. No attempt to attract birds until end of transect. Chum point on Daisy Bank at 44_43.70N 124_31.55W.

More Gray Whales and Pacific White-sided Dolphins observed on return trip.

Birds and marine mammals near Yaquina Head and in bay which were not recorded on the transect were: Harbor Seal, Pacific Loon, Double-crested Cormorant, Surfbird, Black Trunstone, 4 Marbled Murrelet, American Crow, Peregrine Falcon, Rock Dove, Black Scoter, Common Merganser, Red-necked Grebe, and Harlequin Duck.