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Monday, August 19, 2019
BREEDING COMMON MURRE AMONG ATLANTIC PUFFINS, MACHIAS SEAL ISLAND,GULF OF MAINE,US/CANADA, 8/12/2019
We can ID the other Alcid (the bird with the dark, straight, pointed bill) among the Atlantic Puffins as a breeding Common Murre as follows:
Dark brownish-black head, neck and upperparts
Long, straight, dark, pointed bill
The wing pattern (see fourth photo) is that of a Common Murre
Similarly to the Razorbill, we were able to photograph only one Common Murre among the hundreds Atlantic Puffins. Almost all of the Common Murres have migrated from their breeding grounds on Machias Seal Island. The Common Murre dives for it's food, often to depths of 100 ft. It has been recorded reaching a depth of 550 ft.
The Common Murre is a new species to our Photographic Life List, which now stands at 911.