Re: Pelagic trip report, Newport, Lincoln Co., Oregon, 9 April 1995. From: Greg Gillson <guide at teleport.com>
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Next trip: Sunday, May 14, 1995 8 hours out to 30 miles >From Newport, OR $37.50 Expected species: Black-footed Albatross, Northern Fulmar, Pink-footed and Sooty Shearwater, possibly Flesh-footed Shearwater, Fork-tailed Shearwater, Red and Red-necked Phalarope, Pomarine and Parasitic Jaeger, possibly South Polar Skua, Black-legged Kittiwake, Sabine's Gull, Arctic Tern, Common Murre, Pigeon Guillemot, Cassin's Auklet, possibly Marbled Murrelet, Rhinoceros Auklet, Tufted Puffin. Leader: Greg Gillson; co-leader: Matt Hunter
Pelagic trip report from Matt Hunter (co-leader): (Edited by Greg Gillson)
Following is brief account of the Bird Guide pelagic trip out of Yaquina Bay on 9 April 1995:
Water temperature in Yaquina Bay docks about 54 F, and very consistently 50.9 in all depths of ocean 5-29 miles out. Seas were rough near jetties and more calm the farther out we went. We had an easier ride on the way back in because the sea was a bit more calm and we were going with the waves rather than against them. The smaller birds such as CASSIN'S AUKLET and FORK-TAILED STORM-PETREL were more easily seen on our way in. Following is my list of species observed from the boat, including beginning and ending periods in the bay, the first five miles from the jetties, and 5-29 miles out. Most of albatross, shearwaters, and oceanic gulls were seen 20-29 miles out. I've put Greg's estimates for pelagic species in parentheses. As Greg mentioned, the FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER was well seen both circling the boat several times and sitting on the water as close as 50ft. This shearwater, 75+ albatross, 200 western gulls, 4 fulmar, most kittiwake, and a good portion of the sooty and pink-footed shearwaters were located in the vicinity of one large feeding flock at about 29 miles [100 fathoms -gg].
Two mammal sightings: both brief looks at what appeared to be harbor porpoise; one in the bay and one about 2 miles out.
Matt Hunter hunterm at fsl.orst.edu
[Greg Gillson adds that there were several adult kittiwakes as well, in the flock at 29 miles. About a dozen Rhino Auklets were seen early on in the trip, which Matt missed, but in general Matt's count should be more accurate than my estimates. Remember that the main flock was swirling around the boat for an hour.]