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10788Re: [CALBIRDS] Holland America cruise May 7-10

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  • Barbara Carlson
    May 10, 2013
      Make that 12,000 Leach's Storm-Petrels in WA....

      From: Barbara Carlson <barbarac2003@...>
      To: CALBIRDS <CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com>; county birders <countybirders@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Friday, May 10, 2013 12:19 PM
      Subject: [CALBIRDS] Holland America cruise May 7-10

      This Holland America cruise left San Diego on Tuesday, May 7th, and will be arriving in Vancouver, Canada today.
      I am reporting the highlights as per Paul Lehman:
      In California waters, they saw 5 Laysan Albatross (4 in SLO and 1 in MTY) and 35 Parakeet Auklets (all in Humboldt).  The waters off California were calm, probably too  calm for pteradromas.
      In Oregon waters, there were 1-2 Murphy's Petrels, an early South Polar Skua, and more Parakeet Auklets.
      In a 20 mile stretch of Washington waters, there were 1200 Leach's Storm-Petrels.
      In two-and-a-half days (Wednesday, Thursday, and partial Friday), large numbers of pelagic birds were seen!  Estimates include 800 Black-footed Albatross, 2000 Pink-footed Shearwater, 30,000 Sooty Shearwater, adnd 800 Sabine's Gull.
      Rumor has it that a group of Oregon birders trailinging this cruise a day later got a "slug of Murphy's (50), Hawaiian (10) and several Cook's Petrels" !  They also had more wind and higher seas.  Photos obtained.
      Land bound in San Diego,
      Barbara Carlson

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