Date: 7/5/18 5:21 pm From: Lonnie Somer <mombiwheeler...> Subject: [Tweeters] Marbled Murrelets at Discovery Park
There were three pairs of Marbled Murrelets spread out not too far offshore off of the North Beach Trail this afternoon. They repeatedly dove for food mostly, ignoring the boaters, paddle boarders, and kayakers enjoying the nice weather all around them. I haven't often seen them in their breeding plumage (although one appeared to be starting to molt already), being more of a winter species for me. Typically, when one dove its partner would dive almost simultaneously, but once one of them must have been distracted; its partner dove without its noticing and when it realized it was alone, it repeatedly gave off a piercing cry until the other popped back up. I realized that I had never heard this species vocalize before. Pretty cool.