[Tweeters] Rhino with beakful & Marbled Murrelets in Birch Bay, Wa

Eric Ellingson abriteway at hotmail.com
Tue Jul 18 09:35:31 PDT 2017

Does anyone know of nesting grounds other than maybe Smith Island (where the Tufted Puffins nest) where these have their burrowing nesting colonies? I'm aware of Protection Island but that's a bit far away.

It's 40 miles from where this shot was taken to Smith Island. Seems a long way with a beakful of food.

Very fun to watch. The gulls sure have a good eye spotting where the Rhinos will surface and do manage to get a fish or two now and then from them.


[X]Rhinoceros Auklet<https://flic.kr/p/VC4zxD>
A single egg is incubated by both parents for 45 days. The chick is then fed each night with a bill full of fish for 50 days. With a bill full of Pacific sand lance? I'm thinking they nest not too far away. Point Whitehorn, Birch Bay WA

[https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4295/35195000743_e107297b7b_b.jpg] <https://www.flickr.com/photos/ericellingson/35195000743/>

Interesting info & video from BirdNote: http://birdnote.org/blog/2014/06/inside-burrow-rhinoceros-auklet
Inside the burrow of a Rhinoceros Auklet | BirdNote<http://birdnote.org/blog/2014/06/inside-burrow-rhinoceros-auklet>
Everyone knows puffins. Who could forget their comical behavior — with an appearance to match? But you may not know about the Rhinoceros Auklet, a close relative to ...


Eric Ellingson
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