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Washed-up Razorbill – Florida

Alex Lamoreaux|

This afternoon, the Marine Science Center at Ponce Inlet, Florida received an immature Razorbill into their bird hospital. The bird was found washed-up on the beach in New Smyrna Beach, Volusia County. There have been probably fewer than 10 state record for the Razorbill in Florida, with the only other eBird record from Pinellas County, on the Gulf Coast of Florida back in 2005 (eBird checklist). However, the first state record was in 1967, and several more sightings in the 70’s and 80’s. Michael Brothers took the following three photos of the Razorbill today.

Immature Razorbill in rehab – Photo by Michael Brothers

Immature Razorbill in rehab – Photo by Michael Brothers

Immature Razorbill in rehab – Photo by Michael Brothers

 

UPDATE!

Since I posted this originally on December 7th, there have been a surge of Razorbill sightings in Florida. Prior to this year, there had been less than 10 Razorbills ever recorded in the state of Florida. There have been at least 7 new Razorbill sightings reported since December 7th! One bird was found on Devember 9th at Boynton Beach and has been very cooperative for birders and photographers (link to photos by the original finder). Another 4 birds were seen in flight together off of Fort Pierce! Yet another two birds were found foraging around a fishing boat 30 minutes south of Boynton Beach, off Fort Lauderdale. The fisherman were able to get a decent video of the Razorbills which can be seen at this link. And finally, another Razorbill washed up near Ponce Inlet and was brought to the Marine Science Center (photo by Michael Brothers below). Sadly, the first bird that was brought in (photos above) died.

A 2nd Razorbill brought in to Marine Science Center wildlife rehab on December 10th. (Photo by Michael Brothers)

The Boynton Beach Razorbill flying past a bunch of birders! (Photo by Roberto Torres)

A pelagic trip out of Jekyll Island, Georgia found 30 to 40 Razorbills. There is no doubt that this year is turning into quite the Razorbill invasion! Keep tabs on the most recent sightings on eBird and I can also try to continue updating this post with sightings that I come across.



  

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Alex Lamoreaux

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Alex Lamoreaux has been an avid birder and naturalist since he was a youngster, growing up exploring the farmland and Appalachian ridges near Hershey, Pennsylvania. He attended Penn State University, studying wildlife biology. Alex has traveled extensively throughout North America, Central America, and South Africa and is a freelance nature tour guide, field biologist, and wildlife photographer. Alex has worked on wildlife research projects ranging from Whimbrel migration along the coast of Virginia to Yellow-billed Cuckoo nesting in the desert southwest. He has been the migration counter at the Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory for the past two fall seasons, documenting the massive visible migration of raptors and songbirds along Lake Superior. Alex loves to share his knowledge of nature, and strives to bring the birding community together to share in the fun that studying birds and wildlife has to offer. He has helped to organize and coordinate birding events in his home state of Pennsylvania and beyond. Contact Info Alex Lamoreaux aslamoreaux@gmail.com (717) 943-7086