Sunday, April 4, 2010
Success! Our annual February/March "winter" Perpetua Bank trip was again successful at finding Laysan Albatrosses. This trip we had two different birds approach the boat, including at our chum stop, allowing for great views and photos.
This trip in February or March is likely the most reliable in the continental US for finding Laysan Albatrosses on a single-day pelagic trip. In the past 11 winters we have had 9 of these Laysan Albatross search trips make it out. Of these, all but one trip located Laysan Albatrosses.
These are also great trips for seeing Black-legged Kittiwakes, Thayer's Gulls, and Rhinoceros Auklets. Short-tailed Shearwaters and Ancient Murrelets are usually spotted, but don't always give good views.
The trip report is here.
Other photos from this trip are here.