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Location
Newport pelagic (general), Lincoln County, Oregon, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sat Sep 13, 2008 7:00 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
30
Duration:
11 hour(s)
Distance:
35.0 mile(s)
Observers:
Greg Gillson
Comments:
Trip photos

Saturday, September 13, 2008
11 hours
From Newport, Oregon, 35 miles W.
Seas rough, winds 18-20 knots.

Boat: Misty
Captain Rob Waddell
Newport Tradewinds Charter
The Bird Guide, Inc.
http://thebirdguide.com/
Guides: Greg Gillson, Tim Shelmerdine, David Mandell

Trip Report by Tim Shelmerdine:
Windy conditions from the previous several days created ocean conditions that were difficult for some of the passengers, but the passengers and crew who did go out on this trip were richly rewarded for any discomfort.
The Misty, with Skipper Rob Waddell at the helm left the dock at our usual departure time of 7:00. The bay produced the expected three species of cormorants, BROWN PELICANS, our first COMMON MURRES and PIGEON GUILLEMOT, numerous gulls, SURF SCOTERS and also sightings of two PEREGRINE FALCONS.
Outside the bay, we cruised for our MARBLED MURRELETS, also sighting PACIFIC and COMMON LOONS, WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS. GRAY WHALES and HARBOR PORPOISES. Swells and wind chop gave us a bit of a rough ride as we headed offshore, and we entered a thin fog bank, but we quickly began tallying other expected species, such as NORTHERN FULMARS, SOOTY SHEARWATERS and both auklets. A lucky few saw a 'Sterna' tern likely a FORSTER'S (rare in coastal Oregon), and some saw BULLER'S SHEARWATER. Another elusive bird was the single FLESH-FOOTED SHEARWATER seen by a handful of passengers on the bow. PARASITIC and POMARINE JAEGERS checked out the boat, but for the most part, kept on flying by. Likewise, about 5 single FORK-TAILED STORM-PETRELS were spotted during the day, flitting briefly between the waves, but views were disappointing.
After a while we entered warmer water and the fog disappeared for the day. Seeing a number of birds in the area, and deciding we needed to take a break from the rough ride, we stopped and put out chum about 22 miles out. The slick attracted numerous PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS, NORTHERN FULMARS, and BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES. As we were leaving, a LAYSAN ALBATROSS flew by the side of the boat toward our chum. We stopped the boat and tried to relocate this bird, but it had continued flying off directly into the glare of the sun, with the result that this bird was missed by most.
Birds were nearly absent when we reached 30 miles offshore, so we turned south to where satellite data showed a cold water current lay. This had the added benefit of traveling with the wind and waves, making for a much smoother ride. We traveled less than 5 miles and began seeing many birds again, so decided to chum at this new location. and hit the jackpot at noon.
Again, BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSSES found us right away, and we were admiring an obliging SOUTH POLAR SKUA when a large, pale-headed albatross flew in and sat right down in the water among the albatrosses. This bird was obviously larger than the Black-footeds, and Tim Shelmerdine yelled out "Short-tailed Albatross", but Greg Gillson quickly shouted out this was not that species, noting field marks that eliminated that species. … Discussion during and after of the field marks concentrated on the uniform color of the upperparts, the pattern of white face and brown crown and nape, the wide breast band, the large pinkish bill and the underwing pattern. These discussions brought us to the conclusion that we had had the great fortune of documenting the second North American record of WANDERING ALBATROSS! A truly amazing and unexpected bird for The Bird Guide's crew and passengers.

Gray Whale 2 (seen by few)
Humpback Whale 2
Dall's Porpoise 4
Harbor Porpoise 2 (seen by few)
Northern Fur Seal 1 (seen by few)
Steller's Sea Lion 1 (seen by few)
Harbor Seal 8
Ocean Sunfish 8
Salmon Shark 1 (seen by few)
Species
41 species (+1 other taxa) total
30
20
15
1
5
3
35

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Red-necked Phalarope

1
2

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South Polar Skua

2
4
1
2
Parasitic/Long-tailed Jaeger
150

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Common Murre

5
6
16
7
2
1
35
1
90
1
6
1

Rare offshore of Oregon

12
2
1

First Oregon record. Accepted by Oregon Bird Records Committee: 081.3-08-01
30 miles west of Waldport, Oregon

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Wandering Albatross

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Wandering Albatross

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Wandering Albatross

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Wandering Albatross

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Wandering Albatross

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Wandering Albatross

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Wandering Albatross

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Wandering Albatross

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Wandering Albatross

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Wandering Albatross

1
40

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Black-footed Albatross

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Black-footed Albatross

5
45
100

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Pink-footed Shearwater

1
3
150
70
15
10
30
2
 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes