Rhinoceros puffin
April 7th, 2013

Rhinoceros puffin

Yeah, that’s what I said. What a weird name! At any rate, this is a photo I took last weekend offshore at Orcas Island. When I looked up the bird for ID, I discovered it is called a Rhinoceros Auklet … more accurately, Puffin. Its name is derived from a horn-like extension of the beak, present in breeding adults. Like the elaborate sheath on the bill of puffins, it is shed every year.Truth stranger than fiction.

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A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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