For the last month a Tufted Puffin, a common west coast bird, but almost unheard of on the east coast has been popping up along the coast of Maine for the last month. On June 22 and 23 it was seen on Petit Manan Island, near Bar Harbor. Then on July 1, it appeared about 100 miles to the north on Machias Seal Island near the Canadian Border. Five days later it was 200 miles south on Seal Island and then yesterday evening on Eastern Egg Rock.
Eastern Egg Rock is an easy boat ride for us from Boothbay Harbor, so Ingrid and I jumped on the 10:00 am boat hoping the Tufted was still there.
But we saw lots of our east coast Atlantic Puffins . . . not a bad consolation prize.