[CT Birds] Thick-billed Murre FLEW EAST out of sight

kmueller at ntplx.net kmueller at ntplx.net
Thu Feb 12 17:54:58 EST 2015

It also might be worth mentioning that a single Thick-billed Murre was  
well seen and photographed close to shore in Newport, RI last week at  
Cliff Walk. There are several THick-billed Murres at MacMIllans Wharf  
in Provincetown, and great numbers of Alcids including many  
Thick-billed Murres and Puffins were spotted flying by Race Point in  
Provincetown the other day. I personally saw more Thick-billed Murres  
this year off the cod boat at Coxes Ledge in Rhode Island...more than  
I have ever seen there. It's obvious Alcids are late this year and  
maybe an eruptive year for Thick-billed Murres as well....seems to be  
many sighting lately, (more than most years). The CT shoreline might  
be in for a few Alcid surprises soon!

Keith Mueller

Quoting Nick Bonomo via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>:

> As Frank was calling to tell me about the murre, he said that the bird
> picked up and flew hard down the coast to the EAST, out of sight.
> For what it's worth, this may not be a one-off. There have been a rash of
> inshore Thick-billed Murre sightings from nearby states in recent days. In
> fact, today's regional listserv reports include two together in New Jersey
> and one at Brooklyn, NY. There have been inshore sightings as far south as
> North Carolina, I believe. The next few days might be worth scouring the
> coast for the same bird or others.
> Great find Frank!
> Nick Bonomo
> Wallingford, CT
> www.shorebiirder.com
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