[Tweeters] Common Murre chick questions & Sabine's Gull photo/sighting - Birch Bay

HAL MICHAEL ucd880 at comcast.net
Sun Sep 8 12:26:57 PDT 2019


Up and down the coast there have been breeding failures (no nesting) to large wrecks of dead fledglings. Varies with the area, but this has been occurring with what seems to be increasing frequency.

Hal Michael
Science Outreach Director, Sustainable Fisheries Foundation
Olympia WA
360-459-4005
360-791-7702 (C)
ucd880 at comcast.net


> On September 8, 2019 at 11:38 AM Eric Ellingson <abriteway at hotmail.com> wrote:

>

> A few questions I'd be very interested in getting answers to.

>

> 1) Confirm this is indeed a juvenile Common Murre.

> 2) Ideas on why I've only seen one immature among the many hundreds of Common Murre sighted over the past two months.

> 3) Where are the local breeding colonies?

>

> Please pass this on to anyone you know who might have some answers.

>

> The 'chick' was found among a large mixed flock of Common Murre (75+), gulls (75+), Rhinocerous Auklet (2 - immature?). The area was in-between Birch Bay and Point Roberts about 4 miles out from land. I was first drawn to the chick as it was making 'begging' sounds then seemed to follow around an adult murre.

>

> chick and adult Common Murre https://flic.kr/p/2hbHfb8

> just the chick https://flic.kr/p/2hbEDoC

>

> Also seen en route, 4 hours, 30 miles wandering between Birch Bay and Point Roberts were:

>

> Sabine's Gull (1) https://flic.kr/p/2hbEDoC

> Common Terns (3) one juvenile, two adults https://flic.kr/p/2hbEDih

> Rhinocerous Auklet (3) - all juvenile or at least did not have the breeding 'horn'.

>

> Eric Ellingson

>

>






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