By telling vivid, sound-rich stories about birds and the challenges they face, BirdNote inspires listeners to care about the natural world – and take steps to protect it. Ambient track provided by Kessler Productions.Producer: John KesslerExecutive Producer: Chris Peterson© 2012 Tune In to Nature.org   September 2018   Narrator: Mary McCannID#090105COMUKPLU  COMU-02c. The tuxedo-clad Thick-billed Murre nests in vast colonies on sea cliffs in the Arctic. The Common Murre is among them. Get Instant ID help for 650+ North American birds. Feeds on fish and invertebrates. They don't fly well in the air, but under water? Incubation lasts 4-5 weeks, and both sexes incubate and feed the newly hatched chick. Common murre If you see a string of black and white birds flying swiftly across the surface of the water, chances are you’re seeing a “bazaar” or “fragrance” of common murres. The Common Murre is generally present in waters that are free of ice, whereas the Thick-billed Murre lives almost year-round in colder areas where there is at least some floating pack ice. Can dive to depths of more than 240 feet. But beneath the waves, using their flipper-like wings, they are streamlined, masterful swimmers, black-and-white torpedoes chasing fish even at depths of several hundred feet. That's another story! Tail is short. But beneath the waves, using their flipper-like wings, they are streamlined, masterful swimmers, black-and-white torpedoes chasing fish even at depths of several hundred feet. The high degree of variation in color and markings of Common Murre eggs may allow parent murres to recognize their own egg when they return to the colony from time at sea. The Cornell Lab will send you updates about birds, birding, and opportunities to help bird conservation. [Calls of adult Common Murre]We most often think of the penguins of southern latitudes as underwater fliers par excellence. Though it can be mistaken at first glance for a penguin, this seabird is a capable flier and doesn't occur anywhere near the Southern Hemisphere. Call of the Common Murre colony 137898 recorded by M. Fischer; Common Murre individual recorded by Thomas G. Sander; call of Tufted Puffin 3861 recorded by E.S. The egg of a Common Murre is so pointed at one end that when placed on a flat surface and pushed, it rolls around in a circle. But beneath the waves, with its flipper-like wings partly extended, it is a streamlined, masterful swimmer. The Common Murre is among them. AKA Common Guillemot. Murres actually prefer diving to flying and they have been recorded at depths of almost 600 feet. [Seawater sounds]Several hundred feet under the water – amazing, isn’t it. Keller. Some Atlantic birds have a narrow white eye-ring and stripe extending past the eye. When above the water, the 18"-long murre must flap frantically to stay aloft. Thick-billed Murres are long lived and often pair for life, commuting long distances to bring back one fish at a time for their single chick. Total length is around 41-44cm. Alice the common murre chick at 5 days old. Hear the call of the Common murre. Range map provided by Birds of the World Explore Maps. Their bill is slender and black. Murres are not very good fliers or walkers. Cornell's Macaulay Library offers audio and video of Common Murres. Pigeon guillemot Cepphus columba. Aquarium visitors should be able to spot Alice as early as August 11, depending on when its parents decide to coax it into the water. Slight disturbance can cause a "dread flight," triggering a chain reaction response: neighbor reacts to neighbor, on and on until thousands of murres pour pell-mell off the rocks.

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