A see to the island has lots of unexpected wealth and range of bird life. Even before showing up on Alcatraz, a visitor will notice the large numbers of gulls and cormorants active in the waters surrounding the island. The familiar call of the leading Western Gull will be spoken with birds jumping into the Bay waters foraging for fish. In the tall cypress trees, Common Ravens are grasping branches, checking the circumstance and probably waiting for negligent gull parents to be distracted enough time that they can successfully kidnap a young chick or steal an egg. If you peer over the barrier over Barker Beach and look meticulously at rock holes in the cliff below, you might see a Pigeon Guillemot calling from its nest burrow. One of the most common bird on Alcatraz is the Western Gull. An opportunistic bird, the Gull eats a variety of food, yet is healthiest with its healthy food, fish and invertebrates from the bay. When it comes to locating a mate, the female methods the man in a bowed position, so the male does not think she's most likely to complete for his region. Cormorants Three types of cormorants use Alcatraz: the Double-crested Cormorant, the Brandt's Cormorant, and the Pelagic Cormorant. The Double-crested Cormorant has to do with the same dimension as the Brandt's Cormorant, however it has an orange-colored throat pouch compared to the Brandt's blue one. Alcatraz is the only breeding colony site for these 2 species in the San Francisco Bay.
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