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Razorbill

Alca torda

Description:

Auk or guillomot type black and white water bird. Swims above water in a duck like fashion. Under water appears to "fly" with quick strokes, almost raptor like. Very quick. Never observed to fly in the air. Reminiscent of a penguin, auk like.

Habitat:

Atlantic Ocean on around a "jetty" or pier. Corralling small fish and stealing fish from fishing lines of fisherman when possible.

Notes:

Never observed in this area before by me or the regular fishermen at the inlet. Additional witness is a man named Dave, whom is in attendance at the jetty every Sunday.

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Liam
Liam 8 years ago
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14 Comments

ceherzog
ceherzog 8 years ago

yes I will...pretty soon...it's an invasion & a pleasant one at that!

sgmfla
sgmfla 8 years ago

I was at Boynton Inlet on Friday and about two hundred in flight in flocks of 20+. None were floating close by the Jetty as the one in the photo above during the afternoon. One birder there indicated he had seen one actually fishing in the inlet earlier in the day, but only briefly.

MichaelEdward
MichaelEdward 8 years ago

Will you be putting the pics on Noah? I'd like to see them. Friday there were apparently over a thousand razorbills on the intercoastal at Boynton Beach. I still have only seen one. :-(

ceherzog
ceherzog 8 years ago

I just got one yesterday on the West Coast at Anna Maria Island in Manatee Co...also sighted at Venice jetties & Stump Pass Englewood! Very cool...thanks for your alert!!!

MichaelEdward
MichaelEdward 8 years ago

Just an FYI, this apparently was the first spotting in decades for Razorbills in Florida but weird. There have been hundreds now seen throughout the area. Apparently, the Razorbills have decided to go way south of their normal feeding areas and head south for this winter. They are calling it the Razorbill invasion.

sgmfla
sgmfla 8 years ago

Great!!!

MichaelEdward
MichaelEdward 8 years ago

observed by many others today

MichaelEdward
MichaelEdward 8 years ago

I am going by this AM to see if still there. Would links to get more pics. I knew it was unusual but not how unusual.

ceherzog
ceherzog 8 years ago

wow...incredible spotting...just got the link from a birding list serve in FL!

MichaelEdward
MichaelEdward 8 years ago

@Liam - thanks for the ID. @Maria dB thanks for the compliment.

MichaelEdward
MichaelEdward 8 years ago

@conscious.success the bird was photgraphed at the "jetty"/pier on the north side (Manalapan Side) of the Boynton Inlet in Ocean Ridge, Florida at about 10:30AM on 12/09/2012. The bird was swimming along the east of the pump station to the east end of the fishing area at the point of the jetty.

sgmfla
sgmfla 8 years ago

Where was this spotted?
Time of day?

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

Very nice spotting!

Liam
Liam 8 years ago

This is a very nice find for Florida! Please report to eBird ASAP: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/

You can include photos in your checklists: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/embe...

Mick G
Spotted by
Mick G

Ocean Ridge, Florida, USA

Spotted on Dec 9, 2012
Submitted on Dec 9, 2012

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