Washed-up Razorbill – Florida

Alex LamoreauxGeneral News and Info, Photography, Rarities10 Comments

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.



  

  • aslamoreaux

    Many more reports continue to come in from the east coast of Florida. The birders down there are beginning to keep track of the sightings on a Google Map, which can be seen at this link: https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=211277562585266676317.0004d0982ec7d41371938&msa=0&ll=27.80021,-80.804443&spn=5.275443,10.821533

    • aslamoreaux

      UPDATE – This Razorbill invasion is out of control. ‘Hundreds’ seen today off the Atlantic coast of FL! Check the map at the link in the previous comment for more info!

  • AppleCore Andy

    Spotted one 50 yards offshore in Islamorada in the Florida Keys yesterday afternoon (12/17/12). Got a decent shot with my 24x optical zoom consumer-grade camera.

    • AppleCore Andy

      Here’s the picture!

      • aslamoreaux

        Very cool, Andy – thanks for sharing!

    • aslamoreaux

      If you don’t already use eBird, it would be great to have this sighting and any other sightings you make of Razorbills to be enter into eBird to track this unprecedented movement.

  • jobasile

    I saw a razorbill foraging along the north side of the jetty rocks at Ponce Inlet on 02/21/2013 at 1:30 PM. I conferred with Audubon’s David Hartgrove and viewed pictures and video online for identification. It was definitely a razorbill. How exciting to see a new bird on my beach walks!!!

  • SL B

    I would like to reprint Alex Lamoreaux’s information about The Razorbill Invasion on my WordPress blog which is devoted to birding in Florida.

    • aslamoreaux

      Hi, This is Alex – You may reprint just give NemesisBird.com credit in your post. This post is quite out-dated, the last time I updated this was mid December, 2012.

  • Gregg L. Friedman MD

    Excellent article. Thanks for posting it. 5 Stars. By Gregg L. Friedman MD