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Washed-up Razorbill – Florida

Alex Lamoreaux|

Immature Razorbill in rehab - Photo by Michael Brothers

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 forested ridges near Hershey, Pennsylvania. He attended Hershey High School and Penn State University. Alex has worked on wildlife research projects, ranging from Whimbrel along the coast of Virginia to Yellow-billed Cuckoos in the desert southwest. Alex loves to share his knowledge of nature, as well as help to bring the birding community together to share the enjoyment that spending time in nature has to offer. Alex has helped to organize and coordinate birding events in his home state of Pennsylvania and beyond. He has traveled extensively throughout North America, Central America, and South Africa and is currently pursuing nature tour guiding, as well as continuing to refine his passion for wildlife photography. Contact Info for Alex Lamoreaux: aslamoreaux@gmail.com (717) 943-7086