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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Early morning flight


Just a quick shot of some Pacific Loons (Gavia pacifica), and one Common Murre (Uria aalge), heading north today.  There was an impressive movement of birds this morning, with a steady stream of loons visible off Bodega Head.  Can you spot the murre?

(The murre is the second bird from the leftsmaller than the loons, with an all dark head.)

Last April I wrote a little bit above loon movements along the coast, so if you'd like to read that post, click here.

Can you tell it was windy when I took today's picture?  It was blowing about 14 mph out of the northwest, and the wind just kept picking up all day.  By 5:30 p.m., the ocean looked like this:

Spring in Blow-dega Bay!

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