Date: 8/1/19 7:17 am
From: Robert O'Brien <baro...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Common Murre Jumplings
After recently moving to Oregon, I was birding at the south jetty of the
columbia river in the early 1970's at this time of year and spotted an
Ancient Murrelet far offshore. Later i ran into Jeff Gilligan and proudly
told him of the my sighting. It was with a Common Murre I said. I'll
leave the reader to guess the rest of the story.
Bob obrien carver or



On Wednesday, July 31, 2019, Roy Lowe <roy.loweiii...> wrote:
> 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.
> Roy
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