[Tweeters] Westport Pelagic Trip, Aug. 10, 2014
blabar at harbornet.com
Mon Aug 11 14:56:56 PDT 2014
With a huge full moon, clear skies, little wind and views of Mt. Rainier in the distance our trip started out in ideal conditions. However, once pass the jetty, we encountered a thick fog for roughly 7 miles. The rest of the day was clear, sunny with some choppy waves. We had several birders on board who had never been on a pelagic and saw many new species. There were people from Germany, England and various states which made for a very fun trip.
The great number of mammals seen several weeks ago were few on this trip. Bird highlights included over 20 Black-footed Albatross, 6,000 Sooty and Pink-footed Shearwaters, 3 South Polar Skua sightings, 1 Short-tailed Shearwater that Bill Shelmerdine picked out of hundreds of shearwaters behind a shrimp boat and 2 (first of the year) Buller’s Shearwater. For complete species numbers and sightings for this past trip check our Facebook page and our website in a few days.
This is our busy time of the year for pelagics. There are trips scheduled almost every weekend from now to October. If interested in a great experience at sea, please visit our website for all information and reservations at www.westportseabirds.com.
Great Blue Heron
South Polar Skua
Blue Shark, Sun Fish and thousands of Vella, “by the wind sailors”, jelly fish.
Leaders for this trip were, Bill Tweit, Bill Shelmerdine, Phil and Chris Anderson and myself.
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