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  •  Late for the party, as usual. (7+ / 0-)

    Mrs. RA and I took our boat out to St. Lazaria NWR last weekend for some pelagic birdwatching. Among many other species, including auks, puffins, and petrels, thousands of common murres nest on the island. I've lived here twenty five years and have never seen a thick billed murre and was convinced that they don't spend summers this far south. As we motored past a small flock of murres one of them stood out and, in spite of the rough seas, I managed to get a sight with my bins and then some photos. Sure enough, it was a thick billed murre! It has been years since I added a new pelagic from here in south east Alaska. Note the obviously thicker bill and more angular forehead than the common murre in the foreground, not to mention the white stripe on the bill which first caught my attention.
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    And then there are the black oystercatchers that nest on the island. I love these birds!
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