Date: 3/2/18 1:08 pm From: <cathie.murray...> Subject: [Maine-birds] Re: Expect a lot more alcids in the coming days!
We did see some dovekies and murres Friday at Cliff House and from Marginal
Way in Ogunquit.
Dovekies were feeding occasionally; murres were mostly in sleeping/resting
poses. Only saw one dive under water.
My understanding is they are here in part because there's little food in
their usual haunts.
Any idea if they can survive here to return to Greenland, Norway, etc? Or
is mortality likely to be very high?
Re: the nor'easter, I read about the massive "wreck" of alcids in 1932
after a nor'easter, when dovekies "rained" down on the streets of New York.
Could someone post here what one ought to do if one finds a dovekie
"wrecked" inland? Is there a rehab entity we should get it to?
On Friday, March 2, 2018 at 2:58:23 PM UTC-5, D Lovitch wrote:
> Hello all,
> As a follow up to Derek’s post from last week about the ongoing
> significant Dovekie and Thick-bulled Murre event along the coast, the
> increased reports over this past week suggest that today’s storm could
> produce an incredible number of sightings of all pelagic alcids. Any salt
> water is worth checking but occasionally these birds get blown well inland.
> The lucky might find an open river, but unfortunately these events
> sometimes result in birds grounded when they mistake wet roads and puddles
> for deeper waters. In other words, keep an eye out anywhere and everywhere
> all weekend long. And likely into next week.
> After numerous flight delays and cancellations trying to get home from a
> week’s vacation, we are currently driving home from Charlotte, NC (we were
> supposed to be in Portland last night). We are just hoping to get home in
> time to see some of these birds ourselves!
> Sent from my iPhone