20 August 2017

An Ancient Murrelet


I was surprised to find an Ancient Murrelet in one of the ports to the north of town today...............


It looked pretty scruffy..................


And tired................



Not a bird I see often and usually in late winter when I do................


Is it a young bird perhaps?




It didn't look in tip-top condition but it was faring a lot better than some others...............


One of three Laysan Albatross corpses on the beach near Yakumo. I guess they died at sea during last week's typhoon and washed ashore. Still, 3 in the same place?

8 comments:

  1. Amazingly, the only Ancient Murrelet I have ever seen was on the Lake Ontario around thirty years ago. How it found its way there is anyone's guess.

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    1. That sounds like it was extremely lost..............

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  2. That murrelet looks like I feel on this Monday morning. No typhoons here thank goodness.

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  3. Hello Stuart!:) I have tried to post a comment here before, but it was not accepted. It's a unique looking bird. Could the Ancient Murrelet have also been caught in the typhoon and survived, perhaps the reason for it's disheveled appearance and tiredness. I know it doesn't seem likely, but I would like to think it did.:)

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    1. I think it looks scruffy because it's moulting maybe?

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  4. Must have been rough typhoons if even the Albatrosses didn't make it.

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    1. Or they have eaten too much plastic floating in the ocean........

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