[CT Birds] Alert! Ancient Murrelet at Seal Island NWR off Vinalhaven, Maine

Keith Mueller kmueller at ntplx.net
Fri May 13 19:46:34 EDT 2016



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> Date: May 13, 2016 at 3:30:59 PM EDT
> To: ABA Rare Bird Alert <ABArare at groups.facebook.com>
> Subject: [ABA Rare Bird Alert] Maine First State Record Ancient Murrelet!
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> Keenan Yakola
> May 13 at 3:30pm
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> Maine First State Record Ancient Murrelet! 
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> Seal Island NWR, Knox County, ME 
> ~ 20 miles offshore from Rockland 
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> Today while John Drury was visiting the Seal Island NWR he stumbled across an alcid he was not familiar with after almost spending his whole life on the waters of the Gulf of Maine. When he came back to the cabin he said he'd seen a small west coast alcid and picked up Sibley and immediately realized it was an Ancient Murrelet. I ran down and got many photos in the exact spot that he mentioned and it was hanging out with a small raft of Razorbills that frequently hang out in the same spot all day every day. 
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> https://www.flickr.com/photos/scolopax/26960261186/in/dateposted-public/ & more to come... 
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> This bird was not seen again but, if it returns it would in theory be chasable if you can plan a trip with John Drury. Talking to John at this point it doesn't seem like there will be a trip until next week (the seas are too high over the weekend). I will send updates if it is seen again. It really was remarkable to see this bird amongst Razorbills, Atlantic Puffins, Common Eider, Black Guillemot etc. 
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> Keenan Yakola
> 	Ancient Murrelet
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> Seal Island NWR, Penobscot Bay, ME
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