Pelagic birding North Carolina?
Try Oregon instead!
No doubt about it, a Gulf Stream pelagic birding trip from North Carolina can be exciting. When choosing a pelagic trip in the United States, however, you may not have considered Oregon as your tour destination. There are reasons, though, why you might choose Oregon for your pelagic birds adventure over other destinations.
Oregon ranks 5th in number of bird species recorded, following California, Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico. The varied habitats in close proximity include ocean, coastal, rain forests, agricultural grasslands, dry forests, sage deserts, and Great Basin wetlands. Fantastic seabirds and a wonderful variety of other birds in scenic locations make Oregon a top contender for your next birding vacation.
Expected every trip. Common; builds in numbers from March to October. Absent in winter. Most abundant 5-20 miles offshore. Trip numbers usually from 50-200, occasionally up to 3500 in later fall.
Expected Oregon Pelagic Birds
Laysan Albatross (late fall-spring)
Black-footed Albatross (year-round)
Northern Fulmar (early fall-spring)
Pink-footed Shearwater (spring-fall)
Flesh-footed Shearwater (fall)
Buller's Shearwater (fall)
Sooty Shearwater (spring-fall)
Short-tailed Shearwater (fall-winter)
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel (spring-fall)
Red Phalarope (spring, fall)
Red-necked Phalarope (spring, fall)
South Polar Skua (fall)
Pomarine Jaeger (spring, fall)
Parasitic Jaeger (spring, fall)
Long-tailed Jaeger (spring, fall)
Black-legged Kittiwake (fall-spring)
Sabine's Gull (spring, fall)
Common Tern (spring)
Arctic Tern (spring, fall)
Common Murre (year-round)
Pigeon Guillemot (year-round)
Cassin's Auklet (year-round)
Marbled Murrelet (year-round)
Ancient Murrelet (late fall, winter)
Rhinoceros Auklet (year-round)
Tufted Puffin (spring-fall)