nonbreeding adult; black line on white face (California, USA; 2011-11-02)

Common Murre
Uria aalge

Native Range: North America and Eurasia

Notes: a large alcid that nests in dense colonies on islands, rocky shores and narrow ledges of rocky cliffs; forages alone or in small groups at sea, often diving to depths of over 100 feet in search of small schooling fish such as herring; some birds are permanent residents while northern birds migrate south to open water near New England, Southern California, Japan, Korea and the western Mediterranean.

long straight bill, mostly black upperparts (California, USA; 2011-11-02)

checking out the sun (California, USA; 2011-11-02)