Date: 5/9/19 4:55 pm From: Russ Namitz <namitzr...> Subject: [obol] OBA Princess Cruise field trip report 5/4-5/6
The Oregon Birding Association field trip for the month of May was aboard the Golden Princess, embarking in Los Angeles, CA on 5/4, sailing north and disembarking in Vancouver, BC on 5/7.
We started birding at 6am on 5/6, just barely in Coos County. We had unfortunately sailed entirely through Curry County during the dark. We ended birding in Oregon around lunchtime at the mouth of the Columbia River.
We encountered ZERO Pterodroma petrels in CA, OR or WA waters. This was quite a shock, especially after the spectacular success of a 3 Pterodroma trip just days prior on a Holland America cruise.
Highlights for Oregon waters included the usual suite of pelagic birds. Large flocks of SOOTY SHEARWATERS occurred in Lincoln County with a few SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATERS mixed in. Lincoln also hosted our only TUFTED PUFFIN. A male BLACK SCOTER was found way out to sea in Tillamook County and 2 RUDDY TURNSTONES flew by in Clatsop.