Just wanted to announce that the Redwood Sciences Lab's Marbled Murrelet
survey crew refound what is probably the same Long-billed Murelet we
discovered last Tuesday a week ago. We found it in the same general
vicinity. It had moved about 4 kilometers to the north and was about
1700 meters from the tip of the North Jetty. Either hire or bring your
own sea-worthy vessel to chase this one. Contact me for logistical help.
I sent a copy of an image to Joe but he will not have time to post it
for a while. So if you would like to see an image, write back.
here is a link to the updated map:
Here is my report to the CBRC:
California Rare Bird Report
Species: Long-billed Murrelet Brachyramphus perdix
Number, sex, age, general plumage: 1 unknown sex AHY, mosty alternate
County: HUM - Humboldt
Locality: N 40.77767 W 124.24927
Date(s) seen: 7/22/2008
Time seen: 11:20-11:25
Reporting observer: Elias Elias
Address: 141 G Street
Other observers: Moe Morrissette, Jared Wolf and Linda Long
Original finder(s): Moe was surveying his side and stopped the boat for a
murrelet. Immediately upon my looking at it I IDed it as a Long-billed
Light conditions: overcast good light
Optical equipment: 10x25 zeiss compact victory
Duration of observation: couple-five minutes
Habitat: near-shore marine waters
Behavior: swimming at surface then took flight was fairly approachable
Description: brachyramphus murrelet by size and shape and presence of white
in the scaps. white throat sharp contrast on side of head and neck with no
collar. some difuse white marks on back of head
I would say that there is a high likelyhood that this is the same individual
that we saw last tuesday.
Voice: we heard a call that sounded like a SEPL. It called three times.
once just before it took flight and twice as it flew away. It was a high
pitched, clear, soft whistled "chu-wheet." It was defineately two noted.
While I cann't be absolutely certain that the LBMU made the call. It was
less than ideal weather and there was a lot of ambiant noise. A SEPL could
have flown over at that moment but it is highly unlikely. To my knowledge.
There is no documentation of the noises that this species makes at least in
the English language literature. Apperantly another team of murrelet
surveyors saw and heard two off southern Oregon last year. The crew was
comprised of Craig Strong and Ryan Terrill. Ryan mentioned to me in an
email that he was going to write it up as a note for publication.
Similar species: Xantus's and Craveri's were elimated by the black flecking
on the throat and brest and by the white in the scaps.
MAMU was separated by the dark/light patterning on the head and neck.
Photographs: yes by Elias. copies will be made available
Previous experience: seen 10-20 times during my career as a professional
Marbled Murrelet surveyor in Oregon and northern California.
References consulted during observation: none
References consulted after observation: none
Notes during observation:
Notes immediately after observation:
Notes from memory: on
Are you positive?: Yes
Why not positive: