Monday, December 10, 2012

Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle)

Black Guillemot
Late fall into winter is a great time to observe birds that are not commonly in the local area.  Many of the Alcids will travel down into the Massachusetts area for the winter in my birding so far this fall, have observed, Razorbills, Dovekie's and the Black Guillemot.  I am sorry to say of those three the only species that I have been able to photograph so far is the Black Guillemot.

Black Guillemots in breeding plumage are a medium-size alcid, who are completely black, except for a snowy white oval upper wing patch.  When they fly the under surface of their wings is white.  In the winter.  Their appearance completely changes and are predominantly white with black markings.  They have red legs and feet.  They breed on rocky shores, cliffs and islands on the north Atlantic Coast as far south as Maine and in Europe as far south as Ireland.

One has been present near the boat launching ramp at Salisbury Beach State Reservation, Salisbury, Massachusetts.  This is the one that I have photographed.

Black Guillemot

Black Guillemot

Black Guillemot