[Tweeters] Westport Pelagic Trip, Aug. 21, 2016
blabar at harbornet.com
Mon Aug 22 13:39:39 PDT 2016
Yesterday’s pelagic trip, started out with overcast skies, a light drizzle and some bumpy ocean conditions. However, as we got further out to sea, conditions improved and the stronger winds that were predicted never materialized. We headed a little ways north to encounter 7 shrimp boats, that proved to be a good move, with lots of seabirds waiting for by-catch. Phil Anderson noticed, on the radar, that there were 2 whiting ships further out that often attract albatross and other seabirds. This was the highlight of the trip with around 400 Black-footed Albatross, over 600 Sabine’s Gulls and many shearwaters seen. I don’t believe I have ever seen that many Sabine’s in one area before! Other highlights of the day were 2 Buller’s Shearwaters, 1 Short-tailed Shearwater(seen by Scott Mills), 5 Leach’s Storm-Petrels, 20 Red Phalaropes( a few with red breeding feathers left on there sides), 4 South Polar Skua’s( two that stayed on the water together for great photo opts), 2 Arctic Terns and the 1 Bar-tailed Godwit with the Marbled Godwit flock in the harbor. Our mammal list was not as productive as in the past weeks but we did have 1 Humpback Whale, 1 Gray Whale and 7 Pacific white-sided Dolphins sighted.
Our next trips are August 27 and 28. The 27th looks pretty full but there are available spaces for the 28th. For further information on up-coming trips and reservations, please check our website at www.westportseabirds.com
Spotters for yesterday’s trip were: Bill Tweit, Michael Donahue, Scott Mills and myself. Boat personal and spotters were Phil and Chris Anderson.
Fork-tailed Storm Petrel-116
Leach’s Storm Petrel-5
Wandering Tattler-2 (jetty)
BAR-TAILED GODWIT-1 (harbor)
Marbled Godwit-500 (harbor)
Black Turnstone-19 (2 seen 30 miles offshore!)
Short-billed Dowitcher-3 (harbor)
South Polar Skua-4
Pacific White-sided Dolphin-7
California Sea Lion-4
Steller’s Sea Lion-1
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