The rock islands off the end of Yaquina Head just north of Newport are home to crowded colonies of Common Murres that are packed in so tightly it’s difficult to distinguish individual birds. However, yesterday I took more time than usual to concentrate with binoculars and search out individual nesting birds. I didn’t manage to pick out any Murres with nests, but I did find mixed in with the Murres, Brandt’s Cormorants with nests and even young ones. How these chicks manage to survive in this crowded and precarious location is a marvel of nature.
We are spending some more days on the Oregon Coast, escaping the heat in the valleys, and I am looking forward to learning more about the sea birds at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area.