Razorbills out of range

Florida birders have been treated to a rare sight this winter. Hundreds of Razorbills have been seen off both coasts of the state; the birds have been seen as far west as Pensacola along the Gulf of Mexico! The normal winter range for the Razorbill, which is a type of auk, extends down to the coast of North Carolina.

Razorbills breed along rocky habitat on coastal northeastern North America.

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The big question is: why have the Razorbills moved so far out of their normal range? Several reasons have been speculated. Superstorm Sandy may have affected the usual food supply of Razorbills. Access to food, abundance of certain types of fish, and even water visibility may all play a factor. Razorbills may have had a banner breeding year, which means there are more young Razorbills competing for food and space. These factors and others may all have driven Razorbills further south than they normally venture, or other things not yet considered may play a part in this season's unprecedented Razorbill invasion. If you love Razorbills, you'll love our updated Birdorable Razorbill cartoon. Find swimming or flying Razorbill merchandise here: customizable Razorbill gifts.

Comments

Laurakeet on January 2, 2013 at 3:02 PM wrote:
January 5th is national bird day!
Louise Warner on February 25, 2017 at 9:42 AM wrote:
sounds like he has a sharp bill!
Mike on June 12, 2017 at 10:08 PM wrote:
Must have been the polar vortex that caused it...
Andrew on November 23, 2018 at 3:27 AM wrote:
razorbills on the beach
Reed on May 5, 2020 at 6:33 PM wrote:
Auk!

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