March 2012

 

Northern Fulmar

16.03.2012 in Uncategorized

The Northern Fulmar (Fulmaris glacialis) is an abundant seabird found in the subarctic regions of the North Atlantic and North Pacific Oceans.  Although they look similar to gulls, they belong to the Procellariidae family (often called the tubenoses because of the location of their nostrils on the top of their…

Horned Puffin

16.03.2012 in Uncategorized

The Horned Puffin (Fratercula corniculata) is one of four puffin species.  Their name refers to the black fleshy “horn” above each eye. They nest in rock crevices or burrows, and lay one egg.  Their colorful yellow and red bill plates grows before the breeding season and are shed afterwards.

Least Auklet

16.03.2012 in Uncategorized

The Least Auklet (Aethia pusilla) is a small seabird belonging to the alcid family.  A family that includes the puffins, murres, and murrelets.  Least Auklets usually live in huge colonies (often up to a million birds!).  They are highly social and very noisy. Listen to the sound of a Least…

Thick-billed Murre

16.03.2012 in Uncategorized

The Thick-billed Murre (Uria lomvia) is closely related to the Common Murre, and easily recognized by their white bill stripe.  They live in the often vast colonies on rocky cliffs, laying their single egg on a narrow, crowded ledges.  Chicks leave the colony after only a few weeks. These small…