Monday, August 13, 2018

August 12 Pelagic -- 2 albatross and 5 shearwater species!

What a way to begin our fall season!  Our 8 hour pelagic out of Newport encountered good weather and ocean conditions and 1000's of birds. As we typically do, we slowly birded the bay after leaving the dock, then turned south looking for Marbled Murrelets.  The murrelets were present, but a bit difficult to see, although good numbers of harbor porpoise and two gray whales, as well as our first Pink-footed and Buller's Shearwaters, did a lot to make up for this.  We headed offshore, finding flocks of phalarope (mostly Red) and other species on the way.  Our skipper, Dave DeBelloy of the Enterprise (Newport Tradewinds) find us draggers and shrimpers offshore, and we had an incredible day with over 700 Black-footed Albatross, at least 2 Laysans, Northern Fulmar (many, unusual for August),  Fork-tailed Storm-Petrels (100's), 1South Polar Skua, Pomarine and Long-tailed Jaegers, Sabine's Gulls, Rhinoceros and Cassin's (few) Auklets and the following shearwaters made our day: Sooty, Pink-footed, Buller's, Flesh-footed (1, not seen by all) and Short-tailed (4).  This was an outstanding day, and we had a boat full of happy passengers. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Both Garibaldi pelagics full!

I am pleased to announce that both the Garibaldi pelagics to be run during the Oregon Birding Association meeting over the weekend of September 29 and 30 are full.  Please email Tim if you wish to join a waiting list for wither Saturday or Sunday. 

Friday, July 27, 2018

September 15 Departure Now 7:00

Please be aware that Newport Tradewinds has asked us to change our departure time for our September 15 8-hour Fall Seabirds trip from 6:30 to 7:00 am.  I will be sending out this information to all passengers and guides before the the trip. 

Friday, July 13, 2018

Garibaldi Trip Added!

The OBA pelagic on September 29 proved to be so popular that we are happy to announce a second trip the following day, Sunday the 30th.  Take advantage of a rare opportunity to do a pelagic out of Garibaldi and sign up!  This trip will only run if we can get enough people to go.  If interested,  please sign-up on the Reservations page. Note: The charter office requires a firm commitment a month before the trip, so we will know by the end of August if this trip is a go. 

Friday, June 8, 2018

DATE CHANGE -- Birding Festival Pelagic

The South Coast Birding Festival (a.k.a. the Shorebird Festival) pelagic trip will take place on Sunday, September 23rd.  This change is due to boat availability.  Oregon Pelagic Tours apologizes for any inconvenience, and hopes to see you in Charleston! 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

May 19 6 Hour Pelagic Trip Successful

29 passengers and three guides enjoyed very decent ocean conditions on our short pelagic last Saturday. Leaving Newport on board the Sea Venture, a new boat for us, we had low swells and light winds most of the day.  The flat ocean allowed us to quickly find one of our targets, MARBLED MURRELET, with good sightings had by the entire boat. Harbor porpoises occasionally allowed a view of their back and dorsal fin if you were looking in the right direction at the right moment. A lucky few saw a spout and the flukes of a distant gray whale. We traveled to the lighthouse, and scanned the huge flocks of COMMON MURRES, containing some PIGEON GUILLEMOTS and cormorants, then headed out toward Nelson Island, an undersea island.  A male WILSON'S WARBLER followed the boat for a while, and even landed on a passenger for a moment. Highlights were good views of RED-NECKED and some RED PHALAROPES, BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS, SOOTY and PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS, FORK-TAILED STORM-PETRELS, SABINE'S GULLS, RHINOCEROS AUKLET, and one each POMARINE and PARASITIC JAEGER.  David Mandell was able to pick out a GLAUCOUS GULL in the bay as we returned home.  An enjoyable day on the ocean, to be sure. 

Sunday, April 1, 2018

OPT Updates

Sign up has been steady for our May 19 pelagic , and there are only three spaces left on that trip. 

The OBA pelagic on September 29 is garnering a good amount of interest, and I am sure we will end up filling the boat.  If interested, you may wish to sign up and send payment sooner, rather than later. 

All other trips have plenty of spaces available. 

I am still waiting to hear about when and if the Shorebird Festival will take place in Charleston this fall, and OREGON PELAGIC TOURS hopes to continue providing a pelagic trip for this very enjoyable event. 

Friday, January 26, 2018

February Winter Pelagic

I am sorry to announce that the February Winter Pelagic scheduled for February 3/10 has not generated enough interest to go out.  Folks wishing to go out in winter should consider our Winter Pelagic scheduled for next December. 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

OPT 2018: Adding Garibaldi to our list of ports

Oregon Pelagic Tours is proud to announce the addition of Tillamook County to the list of ocean waters we plan to visit in 2018.  We are happy to provide a pelagic trip for the Oregon Birding Association's annual meeting the weekend of September 29-30, 3018.  This trip, which will take place on Saturday the 29th, will depart from Garibaldi.  OBA members will receive a discounted registration fee, and will be given priority on this trip. The boat available to us is a little smaller than our Newport boats, so I encourage everyone interested to sign up soon.  And if you are not already already a member of the Oregon Birding Association, please consider joining and supporting this worthy organization.