Thursday, August 15, 2019

OPT Trips Filling Fast!

I am very pleased to announce that the first three OPT Newport trips are either full or nearly full. This refers to our pelagics on 8-hour on August 18, our 12-hour on August 24, and our 8-hour on September 14. 
Oregon Pelagic Tours is pleased to offer two pelagics going out of other ports than Newport.  
We are hoping for more birders on our Shorebird Festival Pelagic (September 22, out of Charleston). This 5-hour trip is excellent not only for birders with little or no pelagic experience, but still delivers most of the species we see on our longer trips. 
We are also looking for birders wanting to add to their Tillamook County list, or just wanting to go out of a different location. The Garibaldi 8-hour trip was initiated last year as part of the Oregon Birding Association annual meeting. We had some great birds, and are happy to offer this trip again. However, we definitely need more sign-ups to make this trip a go. 
There is still lots of space (including early registration price slots) available on our October 6 10-hour, our October 26 8-hour, and our December 12 7-hour pelagics. The latter trip has had three albatross species two years in a row, can we make it a three-peat? 

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Always Learning...

If you do pelagics, or even are checking out this website, you probably are a fan of seabirds. As I have been ever since I did a fishing trip to the Farallones back in high school. Shearwaters and puffins made an impression even before I knew I was a birder. In addition to providing pelagics for Oregon Pelagic Tours (and The Bird Guide before that), I seek every opportunity to seek out seabirds in other states and parts of the world. 
Which brings me to my current trip. As I write this, I am on a cruise ship off of Kamchatka, Russia, with a final destination of Japan. We passed through our best location for Whiskered Auklet near Dutch Harbor in the pre-dawn hours, so one life bird went a-beggin', but hopefully more await as we near Japan. And having a Mottled Petrel as the first bird of the day is a thrill, no matter how you slice it, and seeing two Red-legged Kittiwakes (the first I have seen in 21 years!) on a floating piece of wood goes a long way as well.  I saw no new birds this trip in the ABA area, but seabirds are awesome wherever you find them, and I have no complaints.
Speaking of finding seabirds, we are still working out details for our Hawaii to Vancouver trip next spring. This trip is beginning to generate interest, and more details will be forthcoming, both on this website, and in other communications. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Shorebird Festival Pelagic -- yes!

The Shorebird Festival is going to take place after all, and Oregon Pelagic Tours is pleased to provide a 5-hour pelagic trip. This trip will be from 7am-12pm on Sunday, September 22, and run out of Betty Kay Charters in Charleston. We have a smaller boat, and have to deal with a price increase,so the 2019 price will be $100. This is always a very popular trip, and we see many of the species seen on our longer Newport trips. There are only have 18 spaces available to us, so birders wishing to take this short but great pelagic will want to register soon.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Hawaii to Vancouver, Spring 2020

Calling all Pelagic Enthusiasts!  

Travel with Oregon Pelagic Tours as we cross from the Hawaiian Islands to Vancouver, British Columbia in May, 2020. We are finalizing details, but we plan to offer landbirding on at least one of the islands we will be visiting, then share our knowledge of seabirds as we spend 5 days crossing the Pacific Ocean between the Hawaiian Islands and Vancouver. We have personal experience with the seabirds of this cruise, two of us have made a round-trip to Hawaii and back in the fall. This is a unique opportunity that other companies/organizations are not offering! 

Tentative Schedule: 
May 1 --  We meet at the cruise ship dock and board the ship. The cruise ship departs Honolulu at 11:00 pm.  
May 2 -- Lahaina, Maui. Birding Haleakala and time for shopping/sightseeing. 
May 3 -- Nawiliwili, Kauai. We are only here about 6 hours total, so will see if we can arrange any birding opportunities. 
May 4-8 -- Days at sea. Exciting. We will be on deck in hopes of seeing many exciting birds: Bulwer's, Cook's, Bonin, and Hawaiian Petrels, among others; Brown and Red-Footed Boobies; Black-footed and Laysan Albatross; Red-tailed and White-tailed Tropicbirds, Christmas, Newall's, and other Shearwaters; various marine mammals. 
May 9 -- Victoria, BC. Details TBA.
May 10 -- Land in Vancouver and disembark. Tour ends. 

Other details: 
Participants will make their own stateroom arrangements with the cruise line. (PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS YET! 
Participants are responsible for their own travel to Honolulu and from Vancouver. 
Participants will pay a separate fee to Oregon Pelagic Tours for their ondeck wildlife observing experience, summaries of the day's sightings each evening, and land excursion(s).  For those who are interested, we will be having a group dinner each evening. 
Please do not make any travel arrangements until we are sure the trip will go. 

Questions or interest? 
Please email Tim at

Monday, May 6, 2019

May 18 Trip Full

Once again our spring pelagic trip has reached maximum capacity.  This popular trip has sold out for the third year in a row. Please consider joining us for our fall season. We offer 8 hour trips out of Newport on August 18, September 14, and October 26, and one 8 hour trip out of Garibaldi on September 29. Longer trips (all out of Newport) include our 12 hour trip on August 24, and our 10 hour trip on October 6. Finally, we close our season with a 7 hour winter pelagic on December 7. 

Friday, March 22, 2019

Spots open on May 18 trip (trip confirmed with charter)

I am happy to announce that we have enough sign-up for our May 18 Newport 6 hour pelagic to confirm with the charter office.  If we have good weather and ocean conditions this trip will go! Having said that, we do have spots available.  If you are interested, you may wish to sign up sooner rather than later -- the past two years, this trip has sold out.  Why go out in the spring?  We should see Red and Red-necked Phalarope in their most colorful plumages, catch the northward passage of jaegers and Sabine's Gulls, and still see albatross, shearwaters, auklets, murrelets and other seabirds. Come join the fun! 

Sunday, February 17, 2019


I am sorry to say that the March 2nd pelagic from Newport did not reach the sign-up required to go. This trip has been cancelled. The next Oregon Pelagic Tours trip is the 6 hour trip from Newport on May 18, 2019.