Murre Chicks!

Hello all. Hope the summer is treating you with some sun and outdoor adventures. Maybe even some birding time thrown in there as well. The month of June was an exhilarating time for the common murres as they toughed through holding their ground against eagles and pesky gulls attacks. Aside Read more…

Little Bird

A while back, I was in the field counting murre eggs and nests in windy conditions. The wind wasn’t a problem or anything new; we avoid issues by ducking low to the ground to reduce the impact of the wind and stabilize the scope we use. In those conditions, I Read more…

Monitoring seabird chicks

The cormorants and the Common Murres at Yaquina Head Natural Area have chicks! Most of them are about three –four weeks old which means they are almost ready to fledge! The Brandt’s and Pelagic Cormorants have had a great success this year. Although these birds were the hardest to monitor when Read more…

Sum-murre Update

Here is a sample of the updates I have been writing on the Common Murre field season at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area: It has been an exciting two weeks for murre surveys with unexpected trends and behaviors. Number of mapped eggs within our 12 study plots increased in both Read more…