Birds & Blooms

4. Atlantic Puffin


HOT SPOT: Machias Seal Island, Maine

Atlantic puffins are pelagic, spending most of the year out at sea. In summer, they nest in undergroun­d burrows along rocky northern coasts from Maine to Scandinavi­a. Because they are colonial nesters, finding one may mean finding hundreds. Researcher­s take advantage of this trait and use decoys to lure puffins to new nesting islands. Numerous boat tours and birding festivals offer puffin-viewing opportunit­ies, making this bird a little easier to check off your bucket list.

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