Sunday, September 11, 2016

Special Northern Lane County Pelagic

We are looking forward to exploring the northern part of Lane County on our upcoming pelagic trip this Saturday.  As Florence has no boats that meet our needs, our goal is to allow birders especially interested in Lane County birds a chance to add to their pelagic birds list.  This ten hour trip leaves Newport at 7:00 am on Saturday, September 17th.  Spots are still available.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

September 3rd Pelagic Trip Results

Oregon Pelagic Tours led its only 8 hour Fall Seabirds Trip of the season on Saturday, September 3rd, aboard FV Misty, one of our favorite boats.  We had excellent ocean conditions and light winds.  With most of the expected species being seen, including our season's first BULLER'S SHEARWATERS, perhaps the most interesting observation involved the high number of SABINE'S GULLS (159), clear evidence of migration. 
This list contains the total for all segments of the trip, from Yaquina Bay, offshore 34.5 miles, and back. 
Canada Goose 4
Northern Pintail 90
White-winged Scoter 6
Black-footed Albatross 13
Northern Fulmar 3
Pink-footed Shearwater 137
Buller's Shearwater 3
Sooty Shearwater 74
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel 7
Red-throated Loon 2
Common Loon 1
Brandt's Cormorant 123
Pelagic Cormorant 60
Double-crested Cormorant 18
Brown Pelican 5
Great Blue Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 2
Surfbird 3
Red-necked Phalarope 11
Red Phalarope 67
Pomarine Jaeger 3
Parasitic Jaeger 2
Long-tailed Jaeger 2
Common Murre 14
Pigeon Guillemot 8
Marbled Murrelet 2
Cassin's Auklet 17
Rhinoceros Auklet 57
Sabine's Gull 159
Heermann's Gull 1
Mew Gull 7
Western Gull 157
California Gull 47
Herring Gull 5
Glaucous-winged Gull 2
Arctic Tern 36
Caspian Tern 1
Rock Pigeon 20 
Other Fauna: 
Dall's porpoise 1
harbor porpoise 4
elephant seal 2
Steller's sea lion 1
California sea lion 9
northern fur seal 4
harbor seal 13
blue shark 2
albacore tuna 8
ocean sunfish 1