Table

 

Long-billed Murrelet – Accepted

1. 09 Aug 1981

AHY male

Mono Lake MNO

2000-041

25

ph., SDNHM 41544, AB 35:912

2. 29 Jul 1983

AHY

Mono Lake MNO

2000-066

28

ph., UMMZ 224651

3. 02 Aug 1983

ASY male

Mono Lake MNO

2000-009

25

ph., MVZ 169134, Sealey et al. (1991)

4. 06 Aug 1983

AHY

Mono Lake MNO

2000-067

25

ph., UMMZ 224652

5. 26 Aug 1994

SY

off Damnation Creek DN

1999-060

23

ph.

6. 07–10 Dec 1995

 

n jetty Humboldt Bay HUM

2003-031

28

ph., FN 50:220, Mlodinow (1997)

7. 27 Dec 1997

 

Muir Beach MRN

1998-011

23

Fig. 175, ph., FN 52:253

8. 21 Jul–23 Aug 1998

SY

Pt. Saint George DN

1998-118

24

 

9. 10 Sep 2000

SY

off Bodega Head SON

2000-132

26

ph.

10. 13 Aug 2001

 

Patricks Pt. HUM

2001-155

28

 

11. 23 Aug 2001

 

Monterey Bay SCZ

2001-179

27

ph., NAB 56:103

12. 11 Sep 2001

 

off Eel R. mouth HUM

2001-194

27

video

13. 21 Sep 2001

 

off Little R. mouth HUM

2001-195

27

video

14. 18 Oct 2001

 

Año Nuevo State Reserve SM

2001-175

27

ph.

15. 20–27 Oct 2003

 

MacKerricher State Park MEN

2004-004

30

 

 

Long-billed Murrelet – Not accepted, identification not established

14 Jul 2000

 

Pt. Saint George DN

2000-100

26

 

05 Aug 2000

 

~1 nmi off Lake Earl DN

2000-112

26

 

23 Jul 2001

 

off Garcia R. mouth MEN

2001-188

28

 

28 Aug 2001

 

off Little R. mouth HUM

2001-147

29

 

19–25 Aug 2003

 

vic. Waddell Creek mouth SCZ

2003-151

31

 

 

Long-billed Murrelet – In circulation

30 Aug–02 Sep 2003

 

Trinidad Harbor HUM

2003-117

 

ph.

 

Long-billed Murrelet – Not submitted

25 Jun 1995

 

Pt. Arena MEN

 

 

Mlodinow (1997)

22 Jul 1995

 

vic. Dry Lagoon HUM

 

 

Harris (1996)

22 Jul 1995

 

vic. Big Lagoon HUM

 

 

Harris (1996)

09 Jul 2002

 

HUM

 

 

NAB 56:482

 

 

 

 

 

 

Figures

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Figure 175. This Long-billed Murrelet, the latest ever found in California, was photographed on 27 December 1997 at Muir Beach in Marin County (1998-011; Alan S. Hopkins).

 

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Figure 176. Long-billed Murrelets have reached California between late July and late December (see also Appendix H). The evident spike represents four late July and early August specimens recovered in 1981 and 1983 at Mono Lake, Mono County—the state’s only inland records.

 

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Figure 177. Distribution of 15 Long-billed Murrelets accepted through 2003. The first four refer to specimens recovered from Mono Lake in Mono County during the period 1981–1983, but later records (1994–2003) are of birds found alive along the central and northern coast; see also Appendix H.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long-billed Murrelet

LONG-BILLED MURRELET Brachyramphus perdix (Pallas, 1811)

Accepted: 15 (75%)

Treated in Appendix H: yes

Not accepted: 5

CBRC review: all records

Not submitted/reviewed: 4

Color image: none

The Long-billed Murrelet was classified by the AOU as a subspecies of the Marbled Murrelet (B. marmoratus) from the 19th (AOU 1944) to the 41st (AOU 1997) supplements to its checklist. In the latter year, following the genetic studies of Friesen et al. (1996), the AOU again accorded the Long-billed Murrelet the status of a species. The species breeds along Asia’s eastern coast, from Kamchatka south to northern Japan, and winters from the southern Sea of Okhotsk south along the coasts of Japan, regularly to northern Honshu and more rarely to southern Korea and the Ryukyu Islands (e.g., Okinawa). Numerous late-summer, fall, and winter vagrants have been recorded across much of North America, most appearing on inland bodies of water (e.g., Sealy et al. 1982, 1991; Mlodinow 1997). In the Old World, vagrants have been recorded in Switzerland, the British Isles, and Romania (BW 19:495).

California’s first Long-billed Murrelet, a recently dead adult male, was recovered on 9 August 1981 at Mono Lake, Mono County (Jehl and Jehl 1981). From 29 July to 6 August 1983, three more carcasses of adults were found at Mono Lake. The state’s remaining 11 records, all involving live birds, are from 21 July to 27 December along the coast as far south as Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz County (Figures 176, 177). See also Appendix H.

Detailed information on field identification of the Long-billed Murrelet has been provided by many authors, including Sibley (1993), Erickson et al. (1995), Mlodinow (1997), Lethaby (2000), Maumary and Knaus (2000), and Thompson et al. (2003).