Date: 6/26/17 8:49 am
From: Jim Danzenbaker <jdanzenbaker...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Short-tailed Albatross 2 NM off Yaquina Bay on June 18

Here's information on Short-tailed Albatross:

Jim Danzenbaker
Battle Ground, WA

On Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 8:43 AM, Lars Per Norgren <larspernorgren...>

> *
> Gabrielson and Jewett included this species in Birds of Oregon based
> solely on the arch├Žological record. The current world population
> is perhaps under 400, but growing steadily. At least one pair has recently
> nested in the Leeward Islands of Hawaii. When a species takes
> ten years to mature, lays one egg every other year, it isn't going to
> mushroom in numbers as we have seen with Western Canada Geese
> in western Oregon and Washington. But this photo gives me hope that my
> grandchildren might be able to expect a look at Short-tailed
> Albatross during a casual trip to the coast. Lars
> On Jun 25, 2017, at 10:08 PM, Jeff Gilligan wrote:
> Great photo. In regard to the comment about it being found so close to
> shore, it is likely that the species is the least pelagic of the three
> albatross species that include the Oregon coast as part of their regular
> range. While by no means restricted to close-in range, there is evidence
> from when the species was common, that they came near shore with some
> frequency. This is demonstrated by the bones and bone fragments of the
> species being found in kitchen middens left by first peoples along the
> Oregon coast and elsewhere along the Pacific coast of North America.
> Before the species was almost made extinct by feather hunters at their
> nesting islands near Japan, there were also occurrences near the docks of
> cannery row at Monterey, CA.
> That their numbers have dramatically increased, though slowly, is one of
> the great bird conservation victories.
> On Jun 25, 2017, at 9:46 PM, Range Bayer <range.bayer...> wrote:
> Hi,
> While fishing with family on June 18, Scott Heppell's son Dylan
> spotted and photographed a Short-tailed Albatross about a mile south
> of the mouth of Yaquina Bay, 2.03 nautical miles from the beach. A
> cropped and reduced photo of the original is attached.
> Rob Suryan (who has extensively studied Short-tailed
> Albatrosses--search for Suryan at
> stal_recovery_plan.pdf)
> saw the original photo and confirmed that it was a Short-tailed and
> writes "A pretty amazing sighting so close to Newport. Wonder if came
> in looking for food or followed a fishing boat in. . . . Head looks
> like HY, but body seems a little light. Also the HY birds generally
> do not get to the N. Am west coast so quickly."
> Range Bayer, Newport, Oregon.
> <STAL-Reduced.jpg>

Jim Danzenbaker
Battle Ground, WA

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