Pelagic birding Washington?
Try Oregon instead!
If you are planning a pelagic birding trip to the Pacific Northwest, you should give serious consideration to Oregon as your tour destination.
Frankly, the pelagic birds and the trip conditions are very similar whether you choose Washington or Oregon. The difference is really the customer focus of your entire trip experience in Oregon, from pre-trip preparation and communication to the post-trip report.
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.
Uncommon winter and spring visitor, generally >25 miles offshore. Found primarily from mid October to mid May, peak from January to April when seen on about 75% of trips and up to 8 individuals. Very rare in summer and early fall. Less attracted to chum and boats than Black-footed Albatross.
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)