Eggs, eggs everywhere: Common Murre
By Point Blue at Los Farallones | May 22, 2017
The MURREacle of life!
The Common Murre (Uria aalge):
Since the beginning of the season we have been studying common murres every day. At first we looked for and recorded banded birds in two different plots:
and Shubrick Point:
As it is very difficult to read the metal bands from the hides we are in, we record the band color pattern, which is unique to each individual. In the case were the color bands are no longer there, the reading of the metal numbers is essential.
Since April 16th we started looking for laid eggs and on May 4th the force was with us and we saw our first common murre egg.
Every day after that has been a challenge to look under each bird in search for their eggs. We are now half way there and are expecting to see some chicks at the beginning of June.