Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Searching for Razorbill

Howdee all,

Before searching for Razorbill ..

make sure you wash the graffiti off your windows.

Its also a great way to make it rain.


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Before searching for Razorbill..

Walk 2 miles stopping whenever you see a bird…


North Beach_004Stop and take a photo

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of the cute little Sanderlings romping around at the edge of the ocean..

North Beach_012Before searching for Razorbill…

Make sure you stop and say hello to the Ring-billed Gull

and take its photo as well..

North Beach_023Before searching for Razorbill…

Stop and watch the Ruddy Turnstone search for breakfast..

North Beach_025Before searching for Razorbill..

Walk down the jetty to the end..…

huntington State Park walk to inlet_064Stop to look at the thousands of shorebirds on the opposite jetty

and sigh because you can not get any closer..

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Check out the sides of the jetty for Bonaparte Gulls feasting..

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take another photo of a Bonaparte's Gull

North Beach_097When you are almost at the end of the jetty..

Begin searching for Razorbill.

Scan the area between both jettys..

huntington State Park walk to inlet_074You might find a few Razorbill..

We found 13

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When we first spotted them they were straight out from the opposite jetty..

'just floating and resting..

North Beach_080We watched them for a good half hour ..

North Beach_086Then they started to move toward the jetty we were on.

North beach Jetty, Huntington Beach State Park, SC

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They began feeding along the end of the jetty..

They sure could stay under water a long time..

With my little point and shoot..I was lucky to grab a photo before they would go under water again..

North Beach_093Razorbill


North Beach_092After searching and finding the Razorbill..

Do the Razorbill life bird shuffle..

(No photos included)

Then head back to the campground….

North Beach_111With Razorbill elation!

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There have been many Razorbill sightings this winter..well south of what has been normal for them.

Read more by clicking on the links below..

A large auk of the northern Atlantic Ocean, the Razorbill can be found offshore in winter as far south as New Jersey, and occasionally Virginia.

Razorbills Invade Florida

Razorbill is an alcid of cold North Atlantic waters and rarely strays south of Cape Hatteras, NC, in the United States. The state of Florida previously had 14 records of this species, so last week when multiple Razorbills started appearing in Florida—including flocks of more than 20 birds—it was clear that something very odd was going on. This invasion has continued to strengthen, with some Razorbills turning up as far south as Miami and the Florida Keys, via ebird


10000 Birds~ The Razorbill Invasion of Florida

Great photos here~~Stokes Birding Blog~ Razorbills, Gulf Coast of FL on Sanibel & Captiva

Birding is Fun ~Flying Penguins, Dead Razorbills and the Big Birding Drama Unfolding in FL

 Nemesis Bird~ Washed-up Razorbill-Florida


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Birds of the day

Feb 18, 2013
Huntington Beach SP--North Beach
3 miles
180 Minutes
Observers: 2
All birds reported? Yes
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.5.2
2 White-winged Scoter
7 Bufflehead
2 Red-breasted Merganser
6 Red-throated Loon
12 Common Loon
50 Horned Grebe
4 Northern Gannet
32 Double-crested Cormorant
10 Brown Pelican
1 Great Blue Heron
1 Great Egret
6 Semipalmated Plover
2 Willet
12 Ruddy Turnstone
24 Sanderling
1 Purple Sandpiper
32 Dunlin
45 Bonaparte's Gull
5 Ring-billed Gull
4 Herring Gull
1 Forster's Tern
13 Razorbill
35 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
3 Northern Cardinal

1 comment:

  1. Awesomness that's what we think! Congrats on the super, über, awesome birds!

    Nature is Awesome
    Angel & Mariel


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