Black Guillemot 11/27/17


You don’t see these little seabirds very often but they do breed as far south as midcoast Maine, and being short distance migrants you’ll occasionally find them coming a little farther south in winter. They are one of the Alcids (Auks) and are closely related to puffins, murres, razorbills and dovekies. In summer breeding plumage they are velvety black all over except for large white wing patches and brilliant red legs and feet. This one is molting into the gray-above and white-below winter colors. In the UK they are called Tysties. Every year I seem to find one at some point at Rye Harbor, where I came across this one over the weekend.

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