We can easily ID this Alcid as an Atlantic Puffin as follows:
- Broad, triangular red and black bill
- Black crown and upperparts
- White underparts
- Orange legs
- Pale grey cheek patch
- The Atlantic Puffin is the only Puffin native to the Atlantic Ocean
Only recently has it been determined where the Atlantic Puffins from Machias Seal Island and other nearby breeding grounds spend their time at sea. They at first go to the fish-rich waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, spending about a month in Canada, before going south to overwinter in waters about 200 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. This final destination is home to New England's famed " coral canyons", which go deeper than the Grand Canyon and huge submerged mountain ranges that stretch for hundreds of miles along the ocean floor. It is a biodiverse zone and food rich area.