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Puffin Trip in Maine

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When Daisy started talking about a family trip to Maine for the long Memorial Day Weekend I had one thing on my mind: puffins! Atlantic Puffins are easier to see, and see well, in Maine than anywhere else in the United States. I spotted two puffins on the way out though they were distant and took off before we got close.

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Are Atlantic Puffins in Trouble?

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” Alan Tilmouth reported in these pages a few months ago that due to extreme weather conditions, Atlantic Puffins and other seabirds were washing up on the shores of Great Britain. That is, warmer oceans are changing fish populations, with butterfish beginning to supplant the herring that Puffins usually feed their young.

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Review: The Puffin by Mike P Harris and Sarah Wanless

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The Atlantic Puffin is one of the most charismatic of auks. I’m pretty sure that the only way that anyone could dislike Atlantic Puffins is in some kind of ironic way… but no, with its bright beak and earnestness, the puffin is also well-placed for hipster love, so they have that covered. Of course you do.

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Collaborative list – January 2022

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688: Horned Puffin. Here are the most recent ten, and they are as elusive as you might expect: 692: Steller’s Sea-Eagle. 691: Northern Pygmy-Owl. 690: Emperor Goose. 689: Willow Ptarmigan. 687: Yellow-green Vireo. 686: Black-whiskered Vireo. 685: Antillean Nighthawk. 684: Northern Jacana. 683: Gray-breasted Martin.

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Peterson Reference Guide to Bird Behavior, by John Kricher — a review

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As he says, this requires a “muscular cloaca,” such as the one the Puffin, below, is showing off; perhaps that photograph is an appropriate way to end this review: __. Photographers: John Kricher (Baltimore Oriole; Great Blue Herons); John Grant (Bald Eagles); Van Remsen (Northern Cardinal); Bruce Hallett (Atlantic Puffin). __.

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Calling All Birders: Come To Hog Island!

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The first time I saw a puffin, it was a revelation. Soon after our late afternoon arrival we met up with my friend Pete Salmonsohn, Education Coordinator for Audubon’s Project Puffin , who hustled us into a van for a 20-minute drive to New Harbor. We want all birds to be bursting with health, and we revel in our rare idle moments.

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Taking Time to #SketchWithSibley

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David Sibley’s sketch of an Atlantic Puffin. As soon as the video ended, I started another, this time for Atlantic Puffins. I sat down at my dining room table, its wooden surface covered by a wrinkled white tablecloth scattered with work-from-home items; my laptops, notebooks, a speaker, various dishes and coffee mugs.

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