PORT O’CONNOR PELAGIC TRIP REPORT III – September 30, 1995

Aboard   the Chip XI
Report Transcribed from   1996 Texas Deepwater Pelagic Trips NewsletterCopyrighted   By: Dwight Peake and Mark Elwonger1996 Pelagic Season   Finishes with a Splash

The   third and final trip of the pelagic season was staged from Port O’Connor on   September 30. Many birders were turned away from this trip because they   waited too late to sign up. We shattered the record for the most Audubon’s   Shearwaters seen in Texas waters in one day (200), and saw six other pelagic   species, including Cory’s Shearwaters, Leach’s Storm-Petrels, Masked Boobies,   Pomarine Jaegers, and Bridled and Sooty Terns. We also saw three species of   marine mammals and four whale sharks! Pelagic trips have become established   in Texas, and Port O’Connor is the birding frontier.

Species Seen:

Cory’s   Shearwater – 1

Audubon’s   Shearwater – 200+

Leach’s   Storm-Petrel – 1

Bridled   Tern – 25

Sooty   Tern – 36

Barn   Swallow – 1

Whale   Sharks – 4

OCEANOGRAPHIC CONDITIONS: Sept. 30, 1995

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