Update on the “shared housing” situation! The Xantus’s murrelet seems to have won out against the burrowing owl:
We’ve been doing murrelet monitoring lately, so I’ve got a few more pictures of the little dudes sitting on their eggs…and one on a chick! Can’t see the chick though, just the hatched egg. I probably won’t get a chick photo as the chicks follow mom and dad out to sea two days after hatching! How can such a tiny creature handle the open ocean that soon?! Even baby murrelets are bad-ass. (I’m sure one of my co-workers has a chick photo, so I’ll try to provide one later).
And more evidence of the murrelet’s hardcoreness:
If you’ve ever been stuck by cholla (which i like to call “the devil’s plant”), you can probably appreciate how much it sucks for that bird. Murrelets are clearly tough birds, evicting owls and withstanding cholla and such… but check out this Cassin’s Auklet!
I dunno… they both seem pretty gangsta to me.