Thursday, July 7, 2011

Pigeon Guillemot

From Alaska to California, Pigeon Guillemots are found along rocky coasts, where they dig nesting tunnels. They are a year-round resident in Puget Sound.  I have previously seen them at the Bremerton Ferry; only before it was Christmas and the birds were in their gray and white winter plumage.  Like the Pelagic Cormorant, Pigeon Guillemots feed inshore. They dive to the seabed where they consume bottom-dwelling invertebrates and fish (Ewins 1993). The black line through their white wing patch is a key to identification.  Occasionally their bright red feet can also be seen.

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