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Gull Island, Katchemak Bay, Alaska | by Anita363
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Gull Island, Katchemak Bay, Alaska

Seabird nesting colony. The gulls are black-legged kittiwakes (maybe some Glaucous-winged Gulls too? Add a note if you can call any.) There are also some common murres.

 

This was on a cross-bay boat trip & tidepool walk run by the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, www.akcoastalstudies.org/ToursSummer.htm -- highly recommended! To get the most out of the tidepools, plan your visit for an extra-low tide if at all possible.

 

ID Please: I was scanning around to see if there were any pigeon guillemots or pelagic cormorants in the shot (didn't see any I could call -- add a note if you do), & spotted a couple of mysteries instead (see notes). Here's another shot. I think they may just be immature & adult Glaucous-winged Gulls.

 

Area checklist here: www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/othrdata/chekbird/r7/kachem.htm.

 

Info from www.hhmi.org/alaska/one/more1.html :

 

Eight different species, totaling more than 20,000 seabirds, live on Gull Island during the summer months. A typical season might see the following populations:

 

10,000 Black-legged Kittiwakes

8,500 common murres

1,200 Glaucous-winged Gulls

140 pelagic cormorants

16 red-faced cormorants

100 tufted puffins

20 horned puffins

2 pigeon guillemots

 

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Taken on August 11, 2002