I first saw Razorbills in 2007 on a visit to Bembridge on the East coast of Yorkshire. Although there were occasional reports of them being seen flying through the Solent, I didn't expect to get to see one locally.

However, my eye was caught by a black and white bird diving just offshore at Barton. A little further on there were two more. At first I recorded these as Guillemots but later learned that they are in fact Razorbills.

My confusion was caused by the fact that these are first winter birds and the strong deep bill so characteristic of the adult bird hasn't yet developed - which is why I have broken my 'local photos only' rule and included a picture of a pair of Bembridge adults so you know what you should be looking for!

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Photographs - September 2010