Nature nuggets: Haystack Rock is home to marine invertebrates all year long and nesting seabirds, such as the tufted puffin
, in the summer; the tufted puffin
arrives in late March or early April and stays through August.
There are three different species: the tufted puffin
and horned puffin are found in the North Pacific, while the Atlantic puffin frequents the islands and coasts of Iceland, Greenland, Norway, the Faroe Islands, Atlantic Canada, northern France and the British Isles.
Earliest records for each species were: Ancient Murrelet (Synthliboramphus antiquus) at St Lazaria Island, SEAK, in 1866; Cassin's Auklet (Ptychoramphus aleuticus) at Forrester Island, SEAK, in 1897; Rhinoceros Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata) at Pine Island, BC, in 1860; and Tufted Puffin
(Fratercula cirrhata) at Mandarte Island, BC, in 1858.
An amazing array of birds: pigeon guillemot, pelogic cormorant, tufted puffin
, horned puffin, common murre, Kittlitz's murrelet, eagles, seagulls and more.
Key words: Caryospora undata; Lunda cirrhata; coccidia; tufted puffin
Fueled by a massive seasonal outbreak of marine phytoplankton, more than a million seabirds, such as the colorful tufted puffin
, jostle and fight for nest sites no larger than their bellies on hundreds of wave-battered rocks and islands from Washington to Southern California.
Confusion about one of the most important events in the puffin year illustrates how well the Atlantic puffin and its three peers in the North Pacific-the horned puffin, tufted puffin
and misnamed rhinoceros auklet-keep their secrets.
Harris Beach State Park (Brookings) - The park boasts Bird Island (also called Goat Island), the largest island off the Oregon Coast and a National Wildlife Sanctuary for such rare birds as the tufted puffin
into the bay; you might see albatross, red phalarope, tufted puffin
, or thousands of storm petrels; plus blue or humpback whales, fur seals, Dall's porpoise.
The 22-ounce bottles feature a label portraying a tufted puffin
at the refuge, with text giving a thumbnail version of the refuge story.
water, tufted puffin
, Bonaparte's gull, harlequin duck .
You'll find lots--everything from a 10-foot-long (without tail) Siberian tiger (right) to tiny tufted puffins