A Tufted Puffin takes off from Machias Seal Island amidst a mixed flock of Common Murres, Razorbills and Atlantic Puffins. This is a special bird to see because Tufted Puffins are native to the Pacific Coast and are rarely seen in the Atlantic. So rarely, in fact, that the last time it was spotted on the Atlantic was in the 1830’s. This year, it was seen on Machias Seal Island in June and has been hanging around since. Nobody knows exactly how it got there, but one local, when asked how it came to land on Machias Seal, dryly quipped, “Well, it has wings.” 

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