[Tweeters] Marbled Murrelets: 800 outbound

Steve Hampton stevechampton at gmail.com
Tue Feb 1 17:29:10 PST 2022

Just to put a coda on this, this afternoon I estimated 800 MARBLED
MURRELETS northbound in Admiralty Inlet from Pt Wilson, the opposite of my
observations in previous days. Such are the vagaries of seabird densities
at sea. It's all about the food. While about 50 birds were visible on the
water, most were northbound at a rate of 5 to 20 per minute during the 80
minutes I was watching.

All alcids were northbound today as well. I did pick up 8 ANCIENT MURRELETS
among the mix. In flight, they are easily distinguished from MAMU even at
long range because the MAMU fly much faster than them (or any other species
out there).

Full list and a few pics at https://ebird.org/checklist/S101871741

good birding,

Steve Hampton
Port Townsend, WA (qatáy)
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