Monday, January 25, 2021

Pigeon Guillemot

23 January 2021 found me searching for a Long-tailed Duck in West Bay in the Olympia harbor. You may recall, I saw that duck a few weeks ago, but I needed it for this year’s list. Erika claims this obsession is pathological. I searched for a relatively white duck among the many dark scoters in the bay. Success? No, this is a winter-plumaged Pigeon Guillemot, quite a bit different looking than the black and white breeding summer birds. (The second image is of an adult from 4 May 2020 taken at the same location.)  Guillemots are not closely related to ducks, but, rather, are auks, a family descended from gulls or shorebirds.

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