Gray Jay, Rinoceros Auklet, & Tufted Puffin
- This is a repost as my original post was hung up in the new
poster queue. Sorry about the lateness but I think it is still
I made a one day dash to the Mendocino coast, Tuesday
07/11/06, based in part on Matt Brady's post. I saw at least 2
GRAY JAYS in the upper campground of Van Damme SP.
I then headed for the Mendocino Headlands Common Murre
colony. Walking part way out to the point from the parking area I
scanned the ocean to the north and found something different.
The bill shape/size looked good for a Rhinoceros Auklet but the
image was distant and poor and my experience zero on this bird
so I went on out to the point. Kerry Ross arrived shortly and said
he had seen 8 Rhinoceros Auklets earlier in the morning. He
quickly found a small group, while viewing well out past the
south end of the murre colony. I had better looks of at least 3 of
these RHINOCEROS AUKLETS and was confident of the id. We
moved back around the trail to another small point north of the
parking area. I was able to see at least 3 more rhinos,
including the horn feature.
Kerry spotted a breeding plumage TUFTED PUFFIN in much
closer. Excellent scope views were enjoyed. The puffin was
carrying what appeared to be a feather in it 's bill. A breeding
indicator? Regrettably the Tufted Puffin flew while we were
distracted for a few seconds and we didn't see where it went.
The Horned Puffin was not seen.