Date: 7/6/20 9:37 am
From: Nelson, Kim <kim.nelson...>
Subject: [obol] Re: 100+ murrelets

Thanks for this report. Fun sighting! In the 1980s and 1990s one used to be able to see this many murrelets from locations along the central coast between Florence and Lincoln City. With fewer murrelets today it is much harder to find large groups, although it is still possible depending on ocean conditions. There must have been good upwelling and large number of forage fish off Bray Point on Friday.

Happy birding, Kim

S. Kim Nelson
Oregon State University
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
104 Nash Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331

From: <obol-bounce...> <obol-bounce...> On Behalf Of Alan Contreras
Sent: Friday, July 3, 2020 8:20 PM
To: OBOL <obol...>
Subject: [obol] 100+ murrelets

I think this only went to the Lanebirds list earlier. Today Vjera Thompson and I saw well over 100 Marbled Murrelets on the water in a two and a half mile stretch of coast in northern Lane County (Klootchman to Bob Creek). There were over 80 visible at once from Bray Point. I have never seen this many from one point of land before.

Also in coastal Lane today were a Marbled Godwit, a few peeps, two SB Dows and three Greater Yellowlegs. Several Pacific Loons and a few rhinos were mixed into large flocks of both Surf and WW Scoters. One Clark’s Grebe was in with the summering Westerns.

The first surge of beat-up looking adult California Gulls has arrived, with over 300 at the Florence jetties.

Alan Contreras
Eugene, Oregon<>

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