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. 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

May 20 trip full!

We had gotten away from offering pelagic trips in the spring, as the past few had been difficult to fill. Apparently it was time to change that, or perhaps people were interested in another short trip (our typical trips are 8 to 12 hours), but in any case, I am very happy to announce that our 6 hour trip scheduled for May 6 is full.  If you are interested in a shorter pelagic, please register for the Cape Arago Shorebird Festival, and sign up for our 5 hour pelagic on Saturday, September 2nd. Other trips can be found on the Schedules page. Hope to see you on the water!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Intro to Pelagic Birding -- Coming in May!

Oregon Pelagic Tours is very happy to present a new tour in 2017.  The goal is to spot seabirds as they nest along our shores, migrate through our waters as they head north to their breeding grounds, or visit our offshore waters to feed.  This 6 hour spring tour is perfect for beginners and experienced pelagic birders alike. We will cruise to Yaquina Head to observe the seabirds breeding there, then head out to sea deep enough to observe the impressive albatross.  Come join us!

Friday, January 20, 2017

2017 Winter Pelagic cancellation

The January 28 winter pelagic did not generate sufficient registration or sign-up to go.  A number of people were apparently considering going, however within two weeks before the departure date (our normal time frame for making decisions on whether or not to go out), only one person had made their payment.  Some late interest gave us hope that the trip would go, but it was a case of too little, too late. So please, if you think you might like to go out with us, please email me with your contact information, and mail in your payment in a timely manner.  Oregon Pelagic Tours is proud to provide trips off the Oregon Coast, and hopes to be able to do so for some time to come.