Photographer David Gilchrist found birders hoping to spot a razorbill duck (Alca torda), a stranger to the area which has been spotted by several birders. He found birders at Queen’s Royal Park looking for the elusive bird, it is only found in the North Atlantic.
“One might wonder what all the fuss is about, spotting a razorbill,” he says.
“This particular species, like the king eider spotted in December, is well out of its range and very rarely seen in the Great Lakes Region. The black and white seabird lives in colonies on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. It belongs to the auk family and is the closest living relation of the extinct great auk. They catch fish with their sharp, hatchet-like bill and are known to dive as deep as 100 metres in search of food. So, a very interesting ‘catch’ to be added on a Birder’s Life List.”
Gilchrist says he has not seen it after several days of looking. It may have moved on, although he was keeping a lookout for it this season along our waterfront. “It continues to be sighted closer to the American side, making it necessary for a scope to be used to sight it,” he says.