The numbers I posted yesterday (01 Dec) for the "Star Princess"
cruise-ship transect off OR (and earlier CA) were low, for the entire
group; and careful, constantly-scoping birders added a lot more
individuals for some species. So the "final" totals for the day for the
more interesting species were:
Short-tailed Albatross: 5 (all first-year and one probable
second-year), including 3 together
Laysan Albatross: 44 (all-time high from any birding boat Perhaps
higher in past on one or two NOAA cruises)
Mottled Petrel: 187 (crazy numbers once the first bird was seen off
Cook's Petrel: 8 (as far north as off Tillamook)
Buller's Shearwater: 3
Views of a bunch of the albatrosses and many Mottleds were spectacular,
and undoubtedly many full-frame photos will be posted with the
appropriate eBird reports in a couple days or so.
Alas, I am told that the return sailing southbound on the STAR PRINCESS
two weeks from now from Vancouver to Los Angeles is FULL.
--Paul Lehman, San Diego