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A Rare Bird Indeed For Bird Watchers (Atlantic Puffin)

A Rare Bird Indeed For Bird Watchers "Atlantic Puffin" - For most bird watching enthusiasts, keeping an eye on rare sightings is very important. Seeing an Atlantic Puffin is just a rare sighting

A Rare Bird Indeed For Bird Watchers - Atlantic Puffin

Atlantic Puffin Watching is a birdwatcher's golden egg because it is uncommon in the world. As the name suggests, they can only be found on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and only during certain times of the year. If you are building a life list, this is the bird that will set you apart from others.

The Atlantic puffin is a beautiful bird, a member of the Auk bird family. Seabirds, these little birds are fishermen in the ocean, often diving 50 feet or more to catch their dinner. It is characterized by its white lower body, which contrasts with the midnight black back and wings. The head is black with a white top around the eyes and extends to the beak. The beak is a multicolored spill with yellow, black and red as the dominant pigments.

This little beauty is the only member of the Puffin family to be found in the Atlantic. It is usually found in the north, from Maine to the Arctic and down through northern Europe. Occasionally, Puffins will spread as far south as North Carolina on the North American coast, but not often. For bird watchers in the continental United States and elsewhere, this makes birds a valuable sight.

The Atlantic Puffin is a bird that seems to go back and forth between population issues. In the 1800's, the bird was under serious stress because its eggs were harvested by humans. When it comes to the beach to mate on the outcrop, the female lays only one egg. The losses were enormous and the bird was close to extinction. Recently, the population has started to grow again, but now there are new threats. Gull and rat populations once again threaten the breeding grounds for these beautiful birds. Conservation efforts fight back and the population has at least remained stable with some studies showing that they are actually growing at a rate of five to ten percent.

If the opportunity arises, the bird expedition to see Atlantic Puffins is definitely worth a visit. These birds have a relatively small land area, which makes them quite rare for birder lovers to find.

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