Common Murre rescue
- Common Murre Story
Last Weekend I was on a birding adventure along the coast from Santa
Cruz to Monterey. I was excited to see many new species for my life
list, as I am a fairly new birder (1 year on earth day!). I just
wanted to share the story from this last weekend about my experiences
with the Common Murre.
I am very big on savings animals' lives whenever the opportunity
falls my way. I have rescued several wildlife species including CA
Quail (adult just a few weeks ago and young (not flying yet) last
summer), squirrels, rabbits, opossums, kittens, ect.. It seems that
wherever I go I always find that one animal that needs help. I go out
of my way in any means necessary to save the life of an animal.
Ok, last SUNDAY I was down on the beach at moss Landing and noticed a
bird sitting on the beach about 50 feet from the water's edge. I am a
HUGE wildlife photographer so I took the opportunity to snap some
shots of this bird I had not yet identified. A few minutes later a
group of young men cam walking by and walked right up towards the
bird on the sand. I told them not to scare it I wanted a few more
photos and they said it had been there all morning and had not moved.
They walked right up to it and touched it! I was horrified.
I immediately went into life saving mode and emptied my camera bag.
They were very nice guys and helped me to quickly and quietly
relocate the un-moving bird into my camera bag. The bird was pretty
alert and thrashed around a bit but we could not get it to fly or
even walk away. I had not yet discovered the complex life of this
species. I drove everywhere in moss landing trying to get some kind
of guidance as to where I could take this beautiful bird for some
help. I finally located the SPCA in Monterey and the lady agreed to
meet me and take the Murre off my hands.
She told me this: This Murre was the 5th one she had rescued (from
Monterey County alone) this weekend so far and that food was in very
high demand and a lot of these common sea birds were starving. They
loose energy and get beached (much like a sick whale does) and since
they do not have the ability/energy to walk on land this guy could
no longer get back to the sea where he belonged. This Murre was one
of the lucky guy's that weekend and will be taken to a rehabilitation
center and eventually set free. He looked very good and has an
excellent chance and re-release in the near future.
I just wanted to share will all the birders along the coast
especially the shore bound birders for this summer. She said food
will be very scarce and that there will be numerous species without
food. IF you see such birds as this please call the local SPCA or
wild-life agency so that these species that will be in short food
supply this summer have a fighting chance.
Ps. A photo of the Murre can be viewed on my groups (backyard