[Tweeters] Coast of Washington pelagic

Ken Lane ken.lane63 at gmail.com
Mon Apr 21 23:52:05 PDT 2014


Hey tweeters,
Last friday I returned from my annual Blackcod fishing venture off the
coast. We fished from April 12 thru the 16 and this year we were fortunate
to have a scientist observing our fishing interactions with seabirds. She
mostly watched us setting out our gear to see how the streamered tory lines
we use deter the birds from feeding on the baited hooks as they are set off
the boat. We have been using the tory lines for many years and they work
really well, next year this becomes a law off the west coast as it is in
Alaska. We didn't catch any birds but we did see some interesting ones.
Day 1 fishing off Cape Elizabeth birds:
Black-footed Albatross-200+
Northern Fulmar-3
Black-legged Kittiwake-1
Sooty Shearwater -3
Western Gulls
Glaucous-winged Gulls
Thayer's Gulls
Herring Gulls
California Gulls
Day 2-5 moved to Willapa Canyon off Willapa Bay birds:
Short-tailed Albatross -1 juvenile. We have seen Short-taileds 4 or 5
years now in this area in
the spring. Last year fishing in the area in Sept none seen.
Black-footed Albatross -100+
Parasitic Jaeger-1
Leach's Storm-Petrel -1 at night
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrels
Northern Fulmar -6
Black-legged Kittiwake -3
Sooty Shearwaters
Pink-footed Shearwaters
Tufted puffin -3 at night
Glaucous Gull -2
Ring-billed Gull -1
Sabine's Gulls -one flock of 30
Western Gulls
Thayer's Gulls
Herring Gulls
California Gulls
Glaucous-winged Gulls
Common Murre
Also Ancient and Marbled Murrelets, Cassin's and Rhino Auklets, a fly by
Orange-crowned
Warbler, a flock of Phalaropes, 2 loons, and 2 Brant.
I have a few photos of the Short-tailed Albatross at
https://www.flickr.com/photos/swamproad/
Also I've got an interesting video of Black-footed Albatross doing some
of their courtship at sea
taken last fall.
Good Birding,
Ken Lane
Acme, Wa
ken.lane63 at gmail.com
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