Monday 30 December 2013

Brünnich's Guillemot. Portland Harbour. Dorset.

Twitched the Brünnich's with Steve Rogers and Dan Eva.

The Brünnich's Guillemot or Thick-billed Murre is distributed across the polar and sub-polar regions of the Northern Hemisphere where four subspecies exist; one lives on the Atlantic and Arctic oceans of North America (U. l. lomvia), another on the Pacific coast of North America (U. l. arra), and two others which inhabit the Russian arctic (U.l.eleorae and U.lhecleri) so this very obliging one at Portland Harbour in Dorset is somewhat off course, being over 1500 miles from it's normal wintering grounds.