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Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle) discovered by Tclenche (#7404)

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Observed: September 12, 2015 @ 5:30 PM
Posted on: September 21, 2015 @ 3:18 PM (diff: 9 days)
2 of these small seabirds, just out from the loons. They were diving frequently. one seemd to be in mostly winter plumage while the other was still mostly in summer plumage.

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By sam on 9/21/2015 10:55:01 PM

Good sighting, Tom.. the black one is an adult in summer plumage, as you said. and the other one is a this years immature, slightly darker than an adult in winter plumage. they young hang around the adults for some time the first year. that's my take. I

By Tclenche on 9/22/2015 9:02:31 PM

most likely you are correct on that one Sam. While they were not close together, they were never far apart. it is also pretty far inland to see that species in my mind!

By sam on 9/22/2015 10:38:14 PM

Thanks Tom!!! those Guillemots frequent rougher ocean and cliffs, as I see it. As for your area, it is the same on this side of Random Island . seldom see them further inland than Hickman's Harbour in the Northwest Arm. They don't nest further than that either. Also they are seldom seen further up the Southwest Arm past Little Heart's Ease, or nest there. I have very seldom seen them further inland than their nesting area. But I have seen them further out to sea .

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