Hawaiian & Cook's Petrels, Parakeet Auklets
- The Holland America cruise, 8-11 May 2012, from San Diego to Vancouver, faced gale force winds for 30 hours, but saw some good birds. They had 38-45 knot headwinds with 15-24 ft seas! No seasickness reported; those stabilizers on the large ships really help.
On 9 May, a very close Hawaiian Petrel was spotted off Santa Cruz County in 9480 feet of water. Coordinates were 36' 48.52 N
122' 55.04 W.
Later the same day, another Dark-rumped Petrel was spotted in northern San Mateo County in 8390 feet of water. (37' 25.14 N
123' 26.14 W)
On 10 May, a Cook's Petrel was seen approximately 40 nautical miles west of Arcada, Humbolt County, in 9610 feet.
(40' 53.60 N 125' 00.58 W) Also in northern California were two Parakeet Auklets approximately 40 nautical miles off Big Lagoon, Humbolt County. (41' 11.64 N 125' 00,65 W)
Oregon was slow: one Parakeet Auklet recorded there. Washington had one Murphy's Petrel, two Parakeet Auklets, and one (getting-late) Short-tailed Shearwater.
posting for Paul Lehman but stuck in San Diego,
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