Saturday, November 1, 2014

Pigeon Guillemot

On 22 July 2014, Erika and I arrived at the Bremerton—Seattle Ferry dock with about an hour to spare. We walked down the waterfront until Erika decided to return to the car. I continued on and almost missed the ferry for taking photos of Pigeon Guillemots.

Guillemots are small auks that breed on rock coasts in western Siberia and from Alaska to California. They generally feed inshore, diving to the sea floor for fish and invertebrates. Oil pollution, gill-nettering and mammals all threaten guillemots, but the population, on the whole, seems be thriving (Ewins 1993). I have seen Pigeon Guillemots almost every time I have taken the Bremerton Ferry.

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