[Tweeters] FW: [CALBIRDS] cruise-ship Day 2 (OR and WA): 8 Mottled Petrels, 28 Buller's, 3 Laysans, 1 Flesh-foot, 1 Parakeet

Josh Adams xjoshx at gmail.com
Wed Dec 2 22:31:56 PST 2015


Hello all,
I saw Shawneen Finnegan forwarded this to the Oregon listserv and it seemed
like something worth posting here as well since there is both info on some
good WA birds and info on an upcoming cruise leaving from Vancouver. I just
checked prices and they're pretty dirt cheap, although you obviously have
to figure pay for a flight home and a ride to Vancouver.

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Date: 12/2/15 4:56 pm
From: Paul Lehman <lehman.paul1...> [CALBIRDS] <CALBIRDS-noreply...>
Subject: [CALBIRDS] cruise-ship Day 2 (OR and WA): 8 Mottled Petrels, 28
Buller's, 3 Laysans, 1 Flesh-foot, 1 Parakeet


Dec 2nd was the second full day offshore on the northbound Princess
cruise from Los Angeles to Vancouver. (See yesterday's post for CA
highlights.) The 30 birders aboard were treated to fine views (and many
photos) of a total of 8 MOTTLED PETRELS (1 in OR, 7 in WA), plus a
very-surprising-for-December total of 28 BULLER'S SHEARWATERS (21 in OR,
7 in WA), plus 3 LAYSAN ALBATROSSES ( 2 in OR, 1 in WA), 1 FLESH-FOOTED
SHEARWATER (OR), and 1 PARAKEET AUKLET (WA).

I mention these birds outside California because this same cruise-ship
(Ruby Princess) is returning from Vancouver to L.A. from Dec 15-18, with
space. And it is very cheap. So if anyone would like to try for Mottled
Petrel in California waters, this would be about your best chance
available--though still hardly "likely," but it is as good as one can
do. We will be off WA/OR on Dec 16, off CA on Dec 17, and arrive L.A.
early on Dec 18. Princess is NOT planning on running these Nov/Dec
cruises in 2016 and probably not in 2017--so it is "now or never."

--Paul Lehman, San Diego

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Josh Adams
Lynnwood, WA
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