Feb 17 2013

Rare Pattern

Published by at 7:00 am under Beyond Bounds,Water and Shore

Black-legged Kittiwake at Tampa Bay (photo by Dan Irizarry)

Something strange happened in the North Atlantic this fall that prompted thousands of seabirds to migrate much further south than normal.

This juvenile black-legged kittiwake is one of them, photographed by Dan Irizarry on February 6 in Manatee County, Florida.

Hatched somewhere in Canada or Greenland, this bird normally would have spent the winter offshore between Newfoundland and North Carolina.  Instead he’s foraging at Tampa Bay.

His bold black M pattern shouts out that he’s a kittiwake.

Not only is he rare, but he really stands out.

(photo by Dan Irizarry)

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  1. Kat Walterson 17 Feb 2013 at 11:24 am

    Kate, Thanks so much for all you do. I just love my morning lesson with you. It is always informative and teaches me things I might not have known I even wanted to know. And all with a sense of humor!!!! Kat

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