Mary Myers on Cape Cod found a Razorbill on her beach this month. These are not particularly common on SEANET beaches, and your blogger contacted our expert bird man about the find. Dick Veit, a Professor in New York and ultra-birder extraordinaire, informed us that Razorbills have recently been sighted off the coast of Massachusetts in epic numbers. 12,000 individual birds were spotted off Provincetown, and we also received word from Peg Hart on Long Island that 3,000 birds were seen off Montauk recently as well.
Peg also tells us that Dovekies have been raining down in backyards and on inland streets in New York. This is not unprecedented, as the diminutive seabirds are often pushed inland by winter storms and deposited in strange locations.
Maggie Komosinski in Rhode Island had a hugely productive beach walk this month, finding a slew of dead gannets along with two mangled alcids, species to be determined.
Certainly winter is the season for alcids to turn up on the beaches, but the Razorbills in particular are an unusual and very cool event. So, Seanetters, we encourage you to look up from the sand or rocks once in a while and keep an eye out for live birds as well. Remember, we encourage live bird reporting through ebird.org, and we’re looking forward to hearing what you see out there!