Tufted puffin in England

This video says about itself:

These Tufted Puffins at the Seattle Aquarium rub their beaks together to show affection (a lot like Kissing)!

From British daily The Independent:

Birdwatchers flock for for the punk puffin

Cahal Milmo, Chief Reporter

Friday, 18 September 2009

One man ran straight off a football pitch. Two more drove 300 miles through the night while dozens of others simply dashed out of their offices with binoculars in hand. All had the same thing in mind – catching the first ever glimpse in Britain of a seabird with an eccentric hairstyle, an outsized beak and a very, very poor sense of direction.

The Oare Marshes were today alive with telescope-wielding birdlovers who had travelled to an isolated corner of the north Kent coast in the hope of sighting an extremely rare and lost Tufted Puffin.

Although closely related to the familiar European puffin, its elaborately-coiffed cousin had never before been seen in Britain, chiefly because it normally resides some 4,500 miles away in the north Pacific, sandwiched between the frozen plains of Siberia and the ice floes of Alaska.

But British birdwatching history changed at 10.50am on Wednesday this week when Murray Wright, a regular visitor to the Oare Marshes, a nature reserve on the edge of Faversham, stared down his binoculars and saw a single Fratercula cirrhata floating in the choppy waters of the Swale Estuary. Measuring about 35cm in length, the seabird with the trademark multi-coloured bill of its species is instantly recognisable because of the two yellow feather tufts that protrude from the side of its head in the summer months. Its Latin name means “tufted little brother”.

See also here. And here. And here.

Atlantic puffins: here. And here. And here.

Puffins from the North Sea’s largest breeding colony venture much further afield during the winter than previously thought, a study has shown: here.

Atlantic puffins had nearly vanished from the Maine coast until a young biologist defied conventional wisdom to lure them home: here.

6 thoughts on “Tufted puffin in England

  1. Bird looks so beautiful in picture here. I have never seen this kind of birds before. I really like it’s eye color. I am glad to know that tufted little brother have seen in England.


  2. Rare Spanish birds found in Norfolk

    Glossy Ibis.


    22 September 2009 10:42

    Birdwatchers in Norfolk have been urged to keep vigilant after a rare bird from southern Spain was seen in the county on the weekend.

    Three Glossy Ibis were spotted in the grounds of the Roman fort at Caistor St Edmund, south of Norwich, and later in Stoke Holy Cross on Saturday.

    Reader Rob Wilson, 46, from Surlingham, took a photograph of the birds at Stoke Holy Cross.

    He said: “I run a photographic wildlife business based in Norwich and was fortunate to see and photograph three Glossy Ibis which had been found at Caistor St Edmund on Saturday with one remaining at the site until Sunday morning.

    “I have been birdwatching since 1985 and this was one of the birds I had on my list to tick off when they visited Norfolk. I had seen one before in Kent but never in Norfolk.”

    An RSPB spokeswoman said more than 20 of the birds had been seen in various locations across the UK in the last few days.

    She said: “As far as we know, these are the first to make an appearance in Norfolk and will, most certainly have come from southern Spain.

    “Climate change will play a huge factor in these birds’ movements and although they will only be visiting the UK, their sightings here are becoming more and more frequent.”

    Paul Stancliffe, a spokesman for the British Trust for Ornithology, based at Thetford, which investigates the populations, movements and ecology of wild birds, said the birds would have come from the Mediterranean region.

    He said: “We have been getting an influx of them at this time of year for several years.

    “This year a large influx originally came into western Britain – Wales and Ireland. Then on Saturday they were seen at Caistor St Edmund.

    “However, it’s still very unusual and these birds remain very rare, however in future years they could become more frequent visitors to the UK. I would urge people to keep their eyes open in case they come again.”



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