© Andrew Dobson
The rare razorbill on the Great Sound
The Island's first sighting of a razorbill was reported yesterday.
Audubon Society member Paul Watson spotted the bird on the Great Sound in the morning.
He was soon joined by the group's president, Andrew Dobson, to get photographic evidence of the sighting. He said: "It is the first time this species of bird has been seen in Bermuda.
"It was sitting on the surface of the water and making regular dives in search of fish."
Mr Dobson added: "Razorbills belong to the family of birds known as Alcids, which also includes puffins.This crow-sized seabird is widely distributed through boreal and low-arctic Atlantic waters; the bulk of the world population breeds in Iceland.
"With only about 300 pairs nesting in Maine, the razorbill is among the least numerous of all breeding seabirds in US waters.
"Most razorbills from North American colonies winter south of their breeding range in ice-free, coastal waters, with largest numbers frequenting shoal areas in the outer Bay of Fundy and Gulf of Maine."