Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Uclulet Pelagic Trip Sept 13-15 2013 Sponsored by Wild Research (

We arrived  at Uclulet a few days early to get the lay of the land and perhaps discover some birds we wouldn't find on the boat.  The following photos are a compilation of the trip.  The day on the boat was cloudy and most of the birds were at a distance so the shots are only a record of some of the species we encountered.  For a list of birds seen go to Wildresearch;

Fox Sparrow Ampritite Lighthouse

Black Bear Cubs Port Albion

Black Bear sow and mother of the cubs

Cutting up an Orca carcass Grice Bay

Early morning sea watch at the lighthouse.
Checking out every crevice.

Is that a Murre or a Murrelet???
Pink-footed Shearwater.  We saw a lot of these.
Sooty Shearwater

Black-footed Albatross

Distant shot of a Buller's Shearwater
Pomarine Jaeger
Pomarine Jaeger

This was quick shot of one of the many small birds that wanted to land on the ship.  A brief discussion tentatively id'ed it as a Lapland Longspur because of the white sides to the tail??  A hint of yellow on the lores may suggest White-throated Sparrow.  Any other opinions would be appreciated.
Chestnut-sided Warbler?
Chestnut-sided Warbler?
Chestnut-sided Warbler? (all these shots are of the same bird)

Red-necked Phalaropes were always a bit far off for a good shot.
Northern Fulmar with mottled back.
A Yellow warbler landed beside me.  I saw one land on a man's shoulder.   The picture below is a closeup revealing a red "thread" in the nostril.  Any ideas??

Here is a Northern Fulmar.
Pink-footed Shearwater
This Townsends Warbler landed on the deck and was too close for the camera to focus properly.
South Polar Skua
South Polar Skua showing the distinctive wing pattern.
Black Tailed Deer back in town.

Thanks to Paul and everyone else from Wildlife research for a great trip.  I wish I could have documented all the birds we saw because we saw a lot-maybe next time.  Please feel free to correct any birds I may have mislabelled.

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  1. Hi Len,

    Subsequent photos revealed the mystery sparrow (initially called a longspur) as a juvenile White-throated Sparrow.

    Cheers, Russ C

  2. Thanks Russel. That tail was confusing but the light shining through it probably lightened it up.