[Tweeters] Westport Pelagic trip Saturday 10/6/2018
markgirling at yahoo.com
Sun Oct 7 09:02:32 PDT 2018
Weather turned out to be beautiful. Seas were for me a stomach turner. A nice mix of birds. Started off with a speeding Peregrin Falcon. The Sooties were the first to show and Bullers became more and more frequent. Northern Fulmars were seen but not in numbers. 2 South Polar Skuas gave great looks. Pink-footed and flesh footed Shearwaters added to the list. Rhinoceros Auklets were seen but not in numbers. Cassins were a steady bird for the day. Common Murres were in large abundance. For me I had 10 lifers for the day. Stars if the show was the Orca display of hunting and feeding around the boat. We were about 35 miles out and in 1600ft of water. Not sure which group we were seeing. A delighted bunch of birders capitalized on the oily sheen created which brought in nice numbers of shearwaters and Black-footed Albatrosses. This was the latest in season trip by Westport Seabirds due to the past 2 years were canceled due to weather. Capt Phil and wife were great hosts and credit to the clean and well appointed Monte Carlo. We saw some small Mola Mola and California and Stella's Sealions as well as Harbor and Northern fur seals. The bar was producing waves that only the Coastguard cutters could enjoy as they practiced the skills we depend on to keep us safe. Finally back to port and the usual birds on display inside the Westport harbor. The final tallies will be posted on Ebird and tweeters. Mark Girling markgirling at yahoo.com Woodridge, Bellevue.
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