Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Last NW Pelagic in 2017!

Oregon Pelagic Tours is happy to take a chance on the weather, and offer a 7 hour winter pelagic out of Newport on Saturday, December. 9  We can't guarantee the weather and ocean will cooperate , in which all passengers will receive a full refund, but winter pelagics in the Pacific Northwest are infrequent enough that any intrepid birder who is a fan of seabirds should consider signing up. A similar trip in the 2012 provided views of Mottled Petrel, and although this bird is very rare, this is your best chance in 2017.  Our target birds will be Laysan Albatross, Short-tailed Shearwater (which should be seen in numbers), Ancient Murrelet and maybe Parakeet Auklet.  Hope to have you join us! 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

September 17 Pelagic Highlights

Despite high winds, some rain, moderate swells and waves, our 8 hour pelagic made it 27 miles offshore, and saw low numbers of most expected species.  Highlights were Black-footed Albatross, Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel, Parasitic Jaeger, South Polar Skua, and the always charismatic Sabine's Gull. Ocean conditions made spotting alcids difficult, but we did have small numbers of Cassin's Auklet, Rhinoceros Auklet, and Marbled Murrelet. Animal highlights include great views of humpback whales and amazing views of the blue shark feeding in our chum slick.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

September 17, 2017 Pelagic -- Go or No Go?

For those passengers on the September 17 pelagic, we will be monitoring the weather forecasts closely between now and the pelagic.  There will be high winds, but at this point on Thursday, we don't know if they will keep us from going out.  I will speaking with the charter office, checking the weather reports every day, and sending  updates Friday, and if necessary Saturday night.  We have a number of people who would go out in any conditions to have the experience of seeing seabirds, but rest assured that we will not be leaving the dock if there are any concerns about safety!