Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Common Murre Lifer

I am linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes

While hubby and I were vacationing on the Oregon coastline we stopped at the Cape Meares Scenic viewpoint. Cape Meares provide a view of the largest colony of nesting Common Murres. Another lifer for me the Common Murre is also known as the Common Guillemot. The Common Murre is in the family commonly called Alcids. The Thick Billed Murre is also in the Alcidae "Alcids"  family.


The Common Murre is an Alcid that dives for their prey. They use their wings and their feet for propulsion and steering. The Common Murre has a thin bill. It has a black head, back and wings and white underparts.The face is white with a dark spur behind the eye.


The Pyramid and Pillar rocks are part of the Oregon Island National Wildlife Refuge. I was able to zoom in few a few closeups. But the photos of the Common Murre are fuzzy.


The Common Murre breed in colonies in high densities, nesting pairs maybe in bodily contact with their neighbors. They do not make a nest, their egg is incubated on a bare rock ledge.







The Three Arch Rocks provide habitat for more than 200,000 nesting seabirds, primarily the Common Murre.


The vertical seacliffs support nesting seabirds such as the Tufted Puffin, Common Murres, Pigeon Guillemots, Pelagic Cormorants, Peregrine Falcons and the Bald Eagle.



A fuzzy shot of a few of the Common Murre in the ocean.
It was an amazing sight to see so many of these Common Murres in one spot. Zooming in on any one spot on the rock I could see how close the birds were to each. The Murres and other birds were sitting on just about on every spot of the rock. It was an amazing sight to see, if you are in the area I highly recommend visiting Cape Meares.

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52 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

a thick colony! wow!

DIMI said...

Lovely pictures!So much birds Eileen!Thanks for sharing them with us!Wish you a nice day!
Dimi..

i stora drag said...

Hi Eileen!
It's amazing to see so many of this bird! Great photos too!

Thanks for answering me about your webreader and my blog!
Greetings Pia

Emilie's daughter said...

Incredible! I am so glad that there are still spots on this earth which are taken over by animals and that people care about it! Christa

John said...

Cracking birds Eileen! Well done on the lifer!
J
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Findlay Wilde said...

It's amazing how they all fit on there. From Findlay

Gary said...

Great series, Eileen. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

HansHB said...

A great WBW post. So much to see!

Anni said...

Oh my gosh, if I saw that in real time, I think I'd pee my pants with excitement...seriously!!! Wow Eileen.

Bob Bushell said...

Well done with a lifer, beautiful and a hard thing to photograph.

Carletta said...

Fascinating post Eileen!
Their numbers here are mindboggling. I can only imagine what it was to see this in person.
I can't help but wonder how the eggs don't roll off the rocks. It's evident with this manner birds in one spot though that their way of nesting is working. :)

Anne said...

Beautiful, Eileen! I've just discovered your lovely blog, and am now following!
Best,
Anne

Marcela Gmd said...

Beautiful pictures!!! would you like to follow each other?
Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

mick said...

Great photos. An amazing site to see that many birds all together.

Adam Jones said...

Great shots. I like the Guillemot.

DeniseinVA said...

Wonderful to learn about this Common Murre. Great shots Eileen.

EG CameraGirl said...

Looks like they enjoy each others' company. A LOT! ;)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

They really don't seem to need a whole of space do they? It's always amazing to see so many at once.

NatureFootstep said...

cool, this is one of the birds I saw in Scotland. They look like little penguins. :) Isn´t it fun to watch them all like that? I already miss taht part of Scotland. Nice shots Eileen.

Debbie said...

i think your images are gorgeous!! i must go!!!

Marcela Gmd said...

Thank you so much for your visit!!! I follow you now!
Have a good week!
Besos, Marcela♥

Elizabeth Edwards said...

can not imagine all the birds there. so little space. i bet loud too. ha. ha!! (:

Linda said...

What a great group of those birds! I love seeing huge numbers of birds in one place...even though I often have no idea what I am seeing!

caite said...

wow, that is a lot of birds!

Carver said...

Wonderful shots and so interesting. They almost look like they are part of the rocks.

Elaine said...

Amazing!

Rohrerbot said...

I don't even care that they're fuzzy. It is truly exciting to see things like this and I can only imagine what you both were feeling watching all these birds together. I have fall break coming up and may take a road trip for a bit. This looks incredible.

Montanagirl said...

Now that's a lot of birds! Really enjoyed your photos.

Cloudy said...

Piguine sind so nette Vögel, mag ich zu gerne anschauen...

Lieben Gruß
CL

Stewart M said...

These are great birds - I love watching breedings sea birds like this! I used to know this species as the Guillemot in the UK.

Thanks for linking to WBW

Stewart M - Australia

Nature Rambles said...

What an amazing post! Loved going through your photos! And your header shot is a stunner!!

Dan Huber said...

Great shots Eileen, neat to see so many together.

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Indeed quite a sight to behold! I like your latest header.

Mary Pellerito said...

Thank you for sharing the photos and information about these birds. - http://mary-goingnative.blogspot.com/

Marie said...

I was so surprised this was Oregon...it reminded me of Alaska or even Newfoundland or Greenland/Iceland! Just amazing to get to see these wonderful birds!

bailey-road.com said...

What a fantastic sight! Great captures.

Gillian Olson said...

Great pictures, neat to see these colonies, but hard to photograph and you did very well.

Les fous du cap said...

Hi,
Very nice series ;-)
Céline & Philippe

Phil said...

Congrats on another lifer Eileen and it looks a fine place to go birding. You got some great shots considering the birds were way out on those stacks.

Andrew said...

Wonderful to see...

Kathie Brown said...

Eileen, what a wonderful experience!

Rambling Woods said...

I had not even heard of this bird before...it looks like it was a great place to see them. Thank you for linking up and for your thoughts regarding my Mother's illness..thank you..Michelle

MyMaracas said...

Amazing. I wonder how they tell their own eggs from the others?

orchid said...

Dearest Eileen,
Wow!!! Common Murres in Cape Meares; I just cannot imagine how wonderful being able to see these birds with my own eyes♡♡♡ Haha, they seem so crowded.
Thank you very much for sharing these gorgeous pictures, my friend.
Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako* 

Martha Z said...

I guess I should make an effort to do some birding on the Oregon coast.
Great series, Eileen.

diane b said...

Gosh that is a lot of birds. It must be bedlam to hatch out of an egg on the rock with all those adults there.

Hanne Bente said...

Great pictures / collages showing.
Do not think I've seen / heard of Common Murre.
Thank you for telling / showing them.
Hanne Bente

Hilke Breder said...

Looks like you had a marvelous visit and brought back some cool photos to prove it, Eileen. Stunning sunflower header!

jewaicious said...

What beautiful shots, so filled with nature's wonders.

Loredana Donovan said...

I love your new header shot. That single sunflower really stands out in the crowd and makes a statement! Love the cliffs, too. At first I thought the murres were penguins! :)

Jean said...

Outstandingly educational post Eileen!

NewMexiKen said...

Splendid images and narrative, Eileen!