Mottled in milk-chocolate brown during the summer, adults change into stark black and white for winter. Nesting Chronology Of The Marbled Murrelet Thomas E. Hamer1 S. Kim Nelson2 Abstract: We compiled 86 breeding records of eggs, downy young, and fledgling Marbled Murrelets (Brachyramphus marmoratus) for which the fledging date could be estimated. A seabird that’s also a forest bird, the Marbled Murrelet fishes along the foggy Pacific Coast, then flies inland to nest in mossy old-growth trees. The Elliott State Forest. Coastal old growth, like that found in the Elliott State Forest, is prime nesting habitat of the threatened marbled murrelet. DNR has operated under an interim murrelet conservation strategy since the approval of its HCP by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in 1997. Coastal old growth, like that found in the Elliott State Forest, is prime nesting habitat of the threatened marbled murrelet. These stocky little birds dive for zooplankton and fish using their wings to “fly” underwater. ... old-growth tree-nesting marbled murrelet. The marbled murrelet, a small seabird that nests in large conifer trees, is a federally 'threatened' species covered by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources' (DNR's) Trust Lands Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP). Records were collected from California (n = 25), Oregon (n = 13), Washington