On 13 June 1993, a new Kittlitz's murrelet (Brachyramphus brevirostris) nest was discovered near Red Mountain on the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska. The nest was on a 22° slope at about 900 m elevation with a northeast aspect, and contained a 60.2 × 40.6 mm egg that weighed 49.0 g. Downy feathers and weathered fecal material found at the nest indicated re-use from a previous year, suggesting possible nest site fidelity. The nest was located in an area scoured by winds and free of snow during early spring, suggesting that this may be an important mesoscale factor influencing selection of nesting habitat. Proximity to suitable foraging habitat, particularly sheltered bays and glacial river outflows, may affect breeding habitat choice over larger spatial scales.
Additional publication details
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Title||Discovery of a new Kittlitz's murrelet nest: Clues to habitat selection and nest-site fidelity|
|Series title||Northwestern Naturalist|
|Publisher||Society for Northwestern Vertebrate Biology|
|Contributing office(s)||Alaska Science Center|
|Other Geospatial||Kenai Peninsula, Red Mountain|