Friday, September 9, 2011

Lifting Fog With Cormorant Barf

The fog lifted yesterday morning and we got a few new birds.  There were a few Blackpolls, a Chestnut-sided, Townsend's, Yellow, and Wilson's Warblers.  Also seen on the Island yesterday was a Willow Flycatcher, Western Tanager, and the rarest bird of the day: Green Heron.  There are less than 30 records for Green Heron out here, so this was a pretty good find.  In between all the birds, Jim, Adam, and I went out to look for Brant's Cormorant regurgitation pellets.  They are little rubbery nuggets that contain the otoliths (ear bones) of fish, and scientists use them to study the diets of fish-eating birds.  I also went hunting for full frame Puffin photos yesterday and got one or two.  Here y'all go.

Tufted Puffin coming in for a landing at Shubrick Point.
Bird of the Day, Green Heron.

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