Subject: occurrence of dead birds on the outer coast -Reply
Date: Dec 11 14:14:14 1998
From: Chris Thompson - thompcwt at

I have collected considerable data regarding beached birds on the outer
coast during the past few years, although I have been involved in this
latest incident that appears to be tied to the windstorms and such that
began around Thanksgiving. From what I've heard through the media
and other connections, the birds that havve been most affected this time
are Western Grebes, loons, Rhinoceros Auklets, and scoters, but very
few shearwaters or other alcids. I find this curious and mystifying as
winter storms in the past have seemed to affect procellarids most,
especially fulmars and shearwaters.

Chris Thompson
Research Scientist
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife