Topic: Mid-Atlantic Alcid Invasion

For those of you who don't get a chance to follow the local hotlines and list-servers, there has been a wonderful invasion of alcids this year.  Pelagic trips in December had Puffins, Dovekies, and loads of Razorbills ("Oh, my!").  The pelagic CBC out of Belmar, NJ had 86 Razorbills, and on the same day one party reported another 50 from shore in the same area!  Here are some of the more recent highlights from the past 2 weeks:


- A Black Guillemot is still apparently present at the marina at Indian River Inlet, DE.

- The January 29 inshore pelagic out of Belmar, NJ found 4 Thick-billed Murres and 7 Razorbills.

- In New Jersey, Thick-billed Murres have been reported since from Sandy Hook, Manasquan, Shark River, and Barnegat Light.  In Delaware, one was found at Cape Henlopen.

- Several Thick-billed Murres and a Razorbill were seen from the Cape May Ferry on February 3.

- Razorbill reports have come in from northern New Jersey to Ocean City, MD for at least 2 months.


If you are birding the coast, keep an extra lookout around inlets and jetties.  If you can hop on a boat such as the Cape May Ferry, you may increase your chances.  Good luck, and be sure to report any sightings to the local hotline.

Re: Mid-Atlantic Alcid Invasion

Are there any certain times or weather conditions that would increase the chances of seeing an alcid? Are they usually spotted on warmer or colder days?