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2008-06-25 09:02:49

By Gary Bogue, Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek, Calif. Jun. 25--a late bloomer in the heat of summer one purple iris -- haiku by Nona Mock Wyman, Walnut Creek Dear Gary: My husband and I were walking on a beach up by Stinson/Bolinas and we saw what truly looked like a small penguin! It had black webbed feet. The usual black face and back with "wings." But its chest down to his feet was snow white. Its bill was black and more pointy than the so-called African penguin. It...

2006-09-05 17:42:15

By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters) - The Arctic Monkeys, who shot to fame on the Internet and broke all records with their debut, won the coveted Mercury Prize on Tuesday for the Best British album of the year. "It's good tunes -- that's what we try to do," said frontman Alex Turner after the group accepted the 20,000 pound ($35,000) award. The Mercury Prize judges tend to court controversy every year by picking quirky and offbeat winners rather than chart-topping blockbusters....

2006-07-18 18:06:35

By Ray Bennett LONDON (Hollywood Reporter) - Indie rock band Arctic Monkeys, whose recent debut album was the fastest selling in U.K. chart history, made the shortlist for the Mercury Award, one of Britain's top music honors, organizers said Tuesday. The prize, which has been awarded since 1992 by a committee of industry representatives, honors 12 record albums produced by British and Irish artists. This year's winner will be announced during a ceremony September 5. Other albums on...

2006-03-21 07:52:02

BANDON, Ore. (AP) - Hundreds of the seabirds known as rhinoceros auklets have washed up on the southern Oregon coast, and scientists haven't settled on an explanation for the die-off. The birds seem to be in good shape off California and Washington, a researcher said. "The questions in my mind are: Is this something that's widespread in Oregon? Is it a freak event like a storm, or something that's going to last longer?" said seabird researcher Dr. Julia Parrish, an associate professor of...

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2006-02-01 06:33:57

NEAH BAY, Wash. -- The mass starvation deaths of murres on Tatoosh Island off the Olympic Peninsula may be due in part to unusual weather patterns along the West Coast, scientists say. Last year didn't have the winds and currents necessary to maintain the network of marine food crucial to the seabirds' diet. Breeding failures during the summer were preceded by tens of thousands of birds washing up dead on beaches in Washington, Oregon and California. In Washington, the state's largest...


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2006-02-23 12:32:40

The Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) is a medium-sized auk common to the Pacific. They closely resemble the other members of the genus Cepphus, particularly the Black Guillemot, which it is slightly larger than. Adult birds have black bodies with a white wing patch broken by a black wedge, a thin dark bill and red legs and feet. They are similar in appearance to the Black Guillemot but show dark wing linings in flight. In winter, the upperparts are mottled grey and black and the...

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2006-02-23 12:20:33

The Black Guillemot or Tystie (Cepphus grille) is a medium-sized auk measuring 32-38 cm in length, and with a 49-58 cm wingspan. Adult birds have black bodies with a white wing patch, a thin dark bill and red legs and feet. They show white wing linings in flight. In winter, the upperparts are pale grey and the underparts are white. The wings remain black with the large white patch on the inner wing. Their preferred breeding habitat is rocky shores, cliffs and islands on northern...

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2006-02-23 11:58:32

The Brünnich's Guillemot, or Thick-billed Murre (Uria lomvia) is a bird in the auk family that breeds on coasts and islands in the high Arctic of Europe, Asia and North America. It is one of the most numerous birds in the high arctic. These birds breed in large colonies located high atop coastal cliffs. They lay a single egg directly on a cliff ledge. They migrate south in winter into the northernmost areas of the north Atlantic and Pacific, but only to stay in ice-free waters. The...

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2006-02-23 11:35:14

The Common Guillemot, also known as the Common Murre in North America (Uria aalge) is a large auk measuring 38-46 cm in length and with a wingspan of 61-73 cm. They are black on the head, back and wings, and have white underparts. They have a thin dark pointed bill and a small rounded dark tail. The face becomes white in winter. Western European birds of the race U. a. albionis are dark brown rather than black, most obviously so in colonies in southern Britain. Their breeding habitat is...

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2006-02-23 10:59:10

PHOTO CAPTION:Common and Thick-billed Murres Auks are birds of the family Alcidae in the order Charadriiformes. They are similar to penguins because of their black-and-white colors, upright posture and certain habits. Even so, they are not related to the penguins at all, but considered by some to be a product of moderate convergent evolution. In contrast to penguins, auks have the ability to fly (with the exception of the extinct Great Auk). They are considered good swimmers and divers,...

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