Date: 7/31/19 8:44 pm From: Roy Lowe <roy.loweiii...> Subject: [obol] Common Murre Jumplings
Common Murres chicks, called jumplings, were leaping off of Colony Rock at Yaquina Head today in numbers. It's really cool to see these three-week old balls of fluff leaping from high on the rock and flutter down to the water. That's if everything goes according to plan which isn't always the case. One was swallowed whole by a western gull, and another was killed by a gull then stolen by a bald eagle. An HY peregrine falcon was perched on the rocks trying to figure out how it could grab a jumpling and several apparently crashed and burned on the rocks. If you want to check it out I would recommend doing it in the next few days while there are still substantial numbers of murres on the rock. A few pics of one leaping event are attached.