Pelagic birding West Coast?
Come to Oregon!
Birders looking for pelagic birding trips on the US West Coast have a lot of choices. That's a good thing!
If you are looking for a reason to consider Oregon as your pelagic birding tour destination, look no further than the list of expected Oregon pelagic species in the right hand column.
There are other reasons, too, for choosing Oregon for your west coast pelagic birding 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 Oregon 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 10 to 20 miles offshore in fall. Uncommon from near shore to offshore 30 miles, fall through spring. Rare in summer. Typical fall pelagic trip numbers about 50 birds per trip. If seas calm, hundreds or more may be found occasionally in late fall. A very few probably nest along the central Oregon coast in burrows on headlands.
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)