[Tweeters] Re: Marbled or Long-billed Murrelet?

Dennis Paulson dennispaulson at comcast.net
Sun Sep 2 16:33:55 PDT 2007

Hi, guys.

Actually, that alcid is a juvenile Pigeon Gullemot. No adult molting  
into or out of breeding plumage would have that dark-capped murre  
look (juveniles are at times mistaken for murres), the barring on the  
sides, or the very small amount of white on the wing coverts. Some  
juveniles lack white on the coverts entirely and are all dark, others  
look even more like a murre than Bob's photo. Juvenile alcids are  
rarely illustrated adequately in field guides.

Dennis Paulson
1724 NE 98 St.
Seattle, WA 98115
dennispaulson at comcast.net

Date: Sat, 1 Sep 2007 15:51:24 -0700
From: "B & P Bell" <bellasoc at isomedia.com>
Subject: Re: [Tweeters] Marbled or Long-billed Murrelet?

Hi Bob

This is a Pigeon Guillemot that is on the way out of "breeding"  
plumage and into "winter". It's head is too large, it's neck is too  
large, the bill is too heavy and too long, and if it was a murrelet  
the remains of breeding plumage would be mottled (or marbled) brown.  
The general appearance of Marbeled Murrelet is of a smaller, lighter  
bird and it is somewhat unusual for it to hold the neck up and extended.

Nice picture tho -

Brian H. Bell

   This bird was seen at Point Wilson a few days past. I know that  
the Long-billed is rare here and the plumage looks a little different  
than the Marbled. Doing a comparison with other images I have the  
bill looks a little longer than the Marbled's bill.

   Take a look at my flickr site, what do you think this bird is?

   Bob Whitney
   Port Townsend, WA
   mailto:rlw at cablespeed.com

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