In the summer of 2010 I was lucky enough to make a trip to Machias Seal Island, a small rocky island off the coast of Maine. The island is a breeding ground for Atlantic puffins, razorbills and terns.
It’s funny, the razorbills were kind of a bonus bird as everyone on the trip was there to see the puffins. I, course, found all the birds equally thrilling.
Now, in the winter of 2011/2012, razorbills are showing up on Long Island Sound up and down the Connecticut coast. They were a welcome addition to the coastal Christmas Bird Counts in Connecticut. I was lucky enough to see two of them yesterday off the coast of Stamford.
Why are they here this winter? Good question. Birdwatchers far smarter than I am are formulating theories. One theory, according to a blog posting on the Connecticut Audubon Society website, is an increase in fish species upon which the large, black-and-white birds prey.
At any rate, it’s very cool that they are here. Above and below are some photos from the trip I took in the summer of 2010. (These are not “live” winter of 2011 photos).