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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Murre food, please!

There have been a lot of Common Murres (Uria aalge) around recently.  Thanks to some friends, I photographed this one from a boat outside of Bodega Rock (on 21 August 2015).

This murre has prey in its bill.  Can you tell what it is?  

It's a small fish, but I'm not sure of the species.  If you can identify the fish, please let me know!

Common Murres are known to eat fish (e.g., anchovies, sardines, smelt, rockfish), as well as krill and squid.  To catch their prey, they regularly dive 20-50 meters (65-164 feet), and they've been recorded as deep as 180 meters (590 feet)!

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