Monday, August 23, 2021

Pigeon Guillemot

Pigeon Guillemots are common in Puget Sound. I suspect they breed under the piers in the Olympia harbor—you can usually see a few there. I was surprised on 3 August 2021 when two guillemots popped out of the water onto a log. The birds reminded me of penguins jumping onto icebergs. Guillemots, however, are closely related to gulls or skuas. I noticed that initially these guillemots stood on their “ankles,” like people. Later one of the birds adopted a more typical pose, standing on his toes, like most birds.

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