[Tweeters] Dead Cassin's Auklets

Hal Michael ucd880 at comcast.net
Sat Dec 27 15:15:59 PST 2014

No conflict in the answers. There was enough food to support the eggs and in-nest chicks. Then, they left the nest, moved to different areas, and found no food. The population is being re-calibrated to the food available on the wintering grounds. Happens with deer all the time.

Hal Michael
Olympia WA
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After reading Rachel Lawson's post about dead Cassin's Auklets around Kalaloch area beaches, I Googled it and found that MANY of these birds have washed up dead this fall from Washington to Mexico.  Emaciated due to possibly a combination of warmer ocean temps and lack of food says one article and then another claims deaths are due to an unusually high nesting success on Triangle Island off Vancouver Island.  How can there be two answers so completely different?  Or are they both correct?  Anyone care to weigh in?

Dayna Yalowicki
Bothell, Wa
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