[Tweeters] Marbled Murrelets at Discovery Park
mombiwheeler at gmail.com
Thu Jul 5 17:18:05 PDT 2018
There were three pairs of Marbled Murrelets spread out not too far offshore
off of the North Beach Trail this afternoon. They repeatedly dove for food
mostly, ignoring the boaters, paddle boarders, and kayakers enjoying the
nice weather all around them. I haven't often seen them in their breeding
plumage (although one appeared to be starting to molt already), being more
of a winter species for me. Typically, when one dove its partner would
dive almost simultaneously, but once one of them must have been distracted;
its partner dove without its noticing and when it realized it was alone, it
repeatedly gave off a piercing cry until the other popped back up. I
realized that I had never heard this species vocalize before. Pretty cool.
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