Coos/Douglas County Pelagic Trip

Posted by OCVA / September 14, 2013

One unique aspect of this trip is that you will be traveling about 20 MILES NEAR SHORE in the “lane” of migrating Sooty Shearwaters, shorebirds, alcids, waterfowl, Parasitic Jaegers, etc., and this is the zone where MANX SHEARWATERS are most often found. Twenty miles of travel in this “lane” will increase your odds of encountering that rare species. Visitors welcome!


Board Betty Kay Charteers in Charleston at 06:30am (leave 0700). Expected are Black-footed Albatross, Sooty and Pink-footed Shearwaters, Northern Fulmar, Parasitic and Pomarine Jaegers, Sabine’s Gull, Red-necked Phalarope, Cassin’s and Rhinoceros Auklets, and Marbled Murrelet.  Possible include Long-tailed Jaeger, Arctic Tern, Buller’s Shearwater, Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel, Red Phalarope, and a few others. Brief sightings of whales, sharks, and mola mola (ocean sunfish) are expected as well.

Cost is $100 per person. Sign-up is on a first-paid first-reserved basis. Reservations will be confirmed by email. Payment is accepted by either of these methods: (1) by check to Matt Hunter, 1330 Cleveland Hill Rd, Roseburg, OR 97471. Please include the name, address, phone and email of each person you are paying for. Or (2) via PayPal, to If you use PayPal, please either pay the fee yourself, or add $3.20 to the total you send. And, email Matthew the name, address, phone, and email of each person you are paying for. 
Cancellations by August 29th are refundable. Cancellations on or after August 30th are not refundable. If the trip does not go because of ocean conditions or inadequate sign-up, all funds will be refunded (but paypal payments will require another fee of $3.20 which will be passed on to you). 

Trip preparation: Conditions on the ocean can range from really cold to fairly warm. Be prepared with rain gear and layers for cool conditions to warm. Even when it is completely sunny, wind can lift up ocean spray so be prepared with rain gear tops and bottoms and boots. If you are concerned about possible motion sickness, consult your physician. For a thorough description of preparing for a Charleston pelagic trip, Greg Gillson of The Bird Guide ( has given  permission to point to his Charleston pelagic preparation webpage: (note this webpage has Greg’s contact info; but this is not a Bird Guide trip).

Meeting Place/Time: Betty Kay Charters: 7788 Albacore, Charleston, OR 97420. 1-800-752-6303. From Hwy 101 take the Cape Arago Highway to Charleston. Take the first right turn after crossing over the small arm of the bay. Please be there by 06:30am

For questions, contact Matt Hunter, matthewghunter@gmail.com541-670-1984.

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