Razorbill sightings thrill Florida bird watchers

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Posted at 12:51 PM, Dec 26, 2012

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Bird watchers are flocking to catch a glimpse of cold-weather birds making a rare South Florida appearance.

Razorbills are black-and-white birds with penguin-like features. They're normally spotted in the North Atlantic, but hundreds have flown into Palm Beach County since early December.

Marshall Iliff of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology tells The Palm Beach Post  that razorbills have been spotted in Florida about a dozen times in the past, but usually only one at a time and never in the large flocks seen recently.

It's not clear why the birds have flown so far south. Razorbills also have been spotted in Miami Beach, the Florida Keys and Florida's Panhandle.

State wildlife officials are planning necropsies on dead razorbills that have washed ashore.