Subject: Results of Sep 4 Westport Pelagic trip
Date: Sep 6 09:29:13 1999
From: Christine Vadai - christinevadai at sprynet.com



For those who are interested, some of the humpback whale shots from Saturday are on the web, at http://christinevadai.home.sprynet.com.

Regards,
Christine Vadai
christinevadai at sprynet.com
Mill Creek, WA

-----Original Message-----
From: Gene Revelas [SMTP:grevelas at striplin.com]
Sent: Sunday, September 05, 1999 9:53 AM
To: tweeters
Subject: Fw: Results of Sep 4 Westport Pelagic trip

Bill Tweit's account of the Sept. 4th Westport, WA pelagic trip follows:

> Subject: Results of Sep 4 trip
> Date: Sunday, September 05, 1999 9:10 AM
>
> September 4 pelagic trip off Westport on the Monte Carlo. Skipper Phil
> Anderson, observers Bill Tweit, Bruce Labar, Barry Troutmann. A
beautiful
> day on the water, conditions were Beaufort 1-2 with a gentle swell from
the
> west. Mixed cloud and sun, very good visibility. Most of the birds were

> behind three trawlers, relatively small numbers over Grays Canyon and
inshore.
>
> Species list:
>
> Black-footed Albatross - 122
> N. Fulmar - 1345
> Pink-footed Shearwater - 152
> Flesh-footed Shearwater - 4 (high)
> Buller's Shearwater - 7
> Sooty Shearwater - 142 (very low)
> Short-tailed Shearwater - 11 (high)
> Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel - 227 (in several rafts over the canyon edge)
> Red-necked Phalarope - 1 (very low)
> phalarope (sp) - 8
> Pomarine Jaeger - 8
> Parasitic Jaeger - 1
> Long-tailed Jaeger - 2
> So. Polar Skua - 6
> California Gull - 299
> Glaucous-winged/Western Gull - 582
> Sabine's Gull - 35
> small tern (sp) - 1
> Common Tern - 2
> Common Murre - 103 ads., 28 chicks
> Pigeon Guillemot - 4
> Cassin's Auklet - 8
> Rhinocerous Auklet - 23
>
> Humpback Whale - 2
> Dall's Porpoise - 19
> Harbor Porpoise - 8
> N. Fur Seal - 1
>
> The Humpback Whales were certainly the highlight of the day, with numbers
of
> FFSH, STSH and SPSK close seconds. The whales surfaced repeatedly near
the
> boat, and had at least 6 Dall's feeding in close conjunction. At least
one
> photographer on board obtained good shots of the fluke undersides, we
hope