Westport Seabirds trip report, Sunday, September 24, 2017
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Mon Sep 25 20:29:08 PDT 2017
One of the last trips of the pelagic season featured the usual suspects:
Black-footed Albatross, Pink-footed Shearwater, Buller’s Shearwater,
Sabine’s Gull, Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel, Pomarine and Parasitic Jaegers,
South Polar Skua, and Cassin’s Auklet. Most of the auklets were flying by
in groups of 4-6, most likely migrants from farther north.
Species counts will be posted at www.westportseabirds.com soon.
The marine mammal show was excellent, as it has been for much of the
season, with Risso’s Dolphin, Pacific White-sided Dolphin, and Northern
Right Whale Dolphin. The latter is a species we don’t see every year, and
this was the fifth trip this year that we’ve recorded them. Of the 10
Humpback Whales, several were very close to the boat. I’ve posted some
photos of the whales on the Westport Seabirds Facebook page.
Probably the highlight of the trip wasn’t a pelagic bird at all, but a
Bar-tailed Godwit roosting with a flock of Marbleds in the marina.
The crew for the day was Scott Mills, Bill Shelmerdine, and Phil and Chris
Anderson, and myself. There are still spaces available on the October 7
trip, the last trip of the season.
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