Re: [CALBIRDS] Long-billed Murrelet update & Pacific Loons (Humboldt Co.)
- Hi ken,
The darker bird is closer in looks to the bird that we saw. The paler
bird is a here-to-fore unseen bird.
Good job refinding it.
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Ken Burton wrote:
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> The molting adult LONG-BILLED MURRELET (LBMU) that has been seen
> repeatedly off Humboldt Bay over the past three weeks was about 1/4 mile
> off the north side of the Eel River mouth this morning. I did not see
> the alternate-plumaged LBMU found with this bird yesterday.
> The bird was essentially brown and showed distinctly white throat and
> scapulars. The white foreneck was not obvious due to the bird's posture
> and the distance was too great to assess bill length or see eye-arcs.
> All other murrelets in the vicinity had brown throat and scapulars.
> I saw it from the beach after kayaking across the estuary from Crab
> Park, at the end of Cannibal Island Road in Loleta. The site is also
> accessible on foot or by 4WD from Table Bluff Beach or on foot from
> Ocean Ranch, both much farther away.
> Also present were three PACIFIC LOONS.
> Ken Burton
- That's what I thought, too, after comparing Kerry's and Jeff's photos,
but when I asked Kerry about it he said that the bird Jeff photographed
had more white on the foreparts so must have been the paler bird at an
earlier stage of molt.
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From: "Elias Elias" <fabflockfinder@...>
To: "Ken Burton" <brdnrd@...>; "Calbirds"
Sent: Friday, August 08, 2008 2:17 PM
Subject: Re: [CALBIRDS] Long-billed Murrelet update & Pacific Loons
> Hi ken,
> The darker bird is closer in looks to the bird that we saw. The paler
> bird is a here-to-fore unseen bird.
> Good job refinding it.
> Elias Elias
> HOME: 141 G Street Arcata, CA 95521
> WORK: USDA Forest Service, Redwood Sciences Lab., Bird Monitoring
> 1700 Bayview Drive Arcata CA 95521
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