THE BIRDS COLLECTED AND OBSERVED DURING THE CRUISE OF THE UNITED STATES FISHERIES STEAMER "ALBATROSS" IN THE NORTH PACIFIC OCEAN, AND IN THE BERING, OKHOTSK, JAPAN, AND EASTERN SEAS, FROM APRIL TO DECEMBER, 1906. By Austin Hobart Clark, Assistant Curator, Division of Marine Invertebrates, U.S. National Museum. The 1906 cruise of the United States Fisheries steamer Albatross had for its especial object the investigation of the tish and iisheries of the Japanese seas, where the ship spent most of the time. The journey out was made by way of the Aleutian Islands, at several of which we stopped, Petropaulski, Kamchatka, and the Kuril islands. We returned by way of Honolulu. As the purpose of the expedition was the investigation of fish and marine invertebrates, and the ship was usually occupied in work offshore, my opportunities for collect-ing birds were rather limited, especially as my time was largely taken up by my duties in connection with the marine work, as the repre-sent at ive of the Bureau of Fisheries. I brought back about 180 skins, chiefly from the Aleutian and Kuril islands and from Kam-chatka. In addition to these many dead birds were examined and identified, but not preserved, mainly on account of their bulk, which would have necessitated devoting more time to them than I could space. I kept very full notes at all times during the trip, and these, together with the specimens, form the basis of the present paper. During the trip of the Albatross I was afforded every possible facility for ornithological work by the commanding officer, the late Commander Leroy M. Garrett, V. S. Navy, and after his untimely loss, in a prolonged spell of exceptionally heavy weather between Yokohama and Honolulu, by his successor, Lieut. Arthur J. Hep-burn, U. S. Navy. We left Sausalito, near San Francisco, on May :;. 1906, :it 4.40 p. m., and sailed up the coast of California and Oregon to Pugel Sound, arriving at Tacoma at 8 p. m. on the evening of the 9th. We left early the next morning for Dockton, Washington, where we went into dry dock. T spent that afternoon, the next day, and 1 he follow-ing morning ashore hunting birds. We left at 1 p. in. on the 11th, going through theColvos Passage to the Pugel Sound Navy Yard at Proceedings U. S. National Museum, Vol. 38— No. 1727.
The birds collected and observed during the cruise of the United States Fisheries steamer Albatross in the North Pacific Ocean, and in the Bering, Okhotsk, Japan, and eastern seas, from April to December, 1906