Friday, July 21, 2017

Looking forward to our fall season!

We are very excited to start our fall pelagic season.  All our trips still have places available, and each trip has something different to offer.
We have two 8 hour trips in August and September, generally considered the months of greatest diversity.  These trips are offered on August 26 and September 17.  We are at the peak of jaeger migration, and it is not unusual to see all four expected species of the family:  Parasitic, Long-tailed, Pomarine and South Polar Skua. We look for three species of shearwater, including the elegant Buller's.  It is a good time to see both our auklets and other alcids.  And while definitely uncommon, Laysan Albatross may be seen on any trip. 
Our 12 hour deepwater trip will look for the above species, but also offers us a chance a Scripps's Murrelet and Leach's Storm-Petrel. Our two deepwater trips in 2016 had one Hawaiian Petrel each, so we will hope to be that lucky again. This trip will take place on August 27. 
Finally, we are happy to provide a shorter 5 hour trip, especially offered for those wishing to see albatross and other ocean birds, but are not sure that they will enjoy a longer pelagic. This trip is offered as part of the Shorebird Festival in Coos Bay and Charleston. This festival is an enjoyable weekend of field trips, good speakers, and good birding.  If you have not yet been, you may wish to consider attending.  The pelagic will take place on September 2. 
Last, we will offer trips in October.  More on those later.  For prices, more information, and to register, please visit the Schedule & Prices page on this website.

Friday, June 16, 2017

September 16 8 hour trip changed to Sunday, September 17!

Our mid-September trip is when we can expect to see the greatest  diversity of seabirds.  Long-tailed Jaegers, earlier migrants than the other jaegers, are still passing through, Buller's Shearwaters are showing up in better numbers, and in general, we are enjoying good numbers of auklets, phalarope, terns, and more.  We even  have a chance to see a rare species, such as Flesh-footed Shearwater (never guaranteed, however!).  
This trip will now go out on September 17, as a nephew decided not to plan his wedding date around Oregon Pelagic Tours's schedule.  Imagine that!  All registered participants and the charter agreed to make the change, so I am able to attend the wedding on Saturday, then run a pelagic the following day.  Please note that this date has been changed on the schedule page, and is now correct.

Friday, May 26, 2017

May 20 Trip -- Albatross to Storm Petrels

Oregon Pelagic Tours successfully ran our first trip of the 2017 season, our six hour Spring Seabirds trip.  Not having run a late spring trip for several years, we had a full boat, with nearly 40 passengers and guides.  We braved a bumpy ride and spray on the way out, but saw most of the expected species during the trip, especially enjoying breeding plumage Red and Red-necked Phalaropes, a real highlight for those of us who usually see these birds in their basic plumages in the fall or winter.  We motored out to Nelson's Island, about 24 miles west of Newport, where Black-footed Albatross and Fork-tailed Storm-Petrels put on a nice show at the slick, and a single Sabine's Gull paid us a short visit.  Oddly absent were any jaegers and Cassin's Auklets, and mammals were distant and in low numbers.  Still, we ended the day with happy passengers and crew, and will offer another short spring pelagic next year.