July and August

It has been an interesting summer. There has been higher than normal mortality of seabirds. Here is a link to an article about the situation: 

http://homernews.com/homer-news/local-news/2015-08-27/seabird-deaths-warm-oceans-algal-blooms-puzzle-scientists

Kittiwakes and Murres didn’t nest this year on Gull Island although the deep water docks next to the harbor did produce some fledging Kittiwake chicks. Water temperatures in the gulf and Kachemak Bay are higher than normal and there have been large numbers of shearwaters in the bay. Also Humpback Whales. 

   
 
Here is what was found on or near Gull Island this summer starting with a white Common Murre

  
Pigeon Guillemot

   
Black Oystercatcher

 
Horned Puffin (they have been nesting in this rock crevice for at least 20 years)

   
Tufted Puffin

 
Sea Otter

   
Steller Sea Lion

 
Here are birds that were found in Kachemak Bay

Shearwaters and a Northern Fulmar 

   
   
Kittlitz’s Murrelet

   
Last but not least. Well, actually they are the smallest. Red-necked Phalaropes

 
There are changes ahead. Let’s hope we can keep lots of fish in the sea.

  

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