- Associated Press - Sunday, June 14, 2015

ISLES OF SHOALS, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire Audubon Society is reporting the sighting of a pair of Atlantic puffins on the Isles of Shoals in this week’s rare birds alert.

WMUR reports (https://bit.ly/1KQaiuF ) that the birds with the brightly colored beaks return to land to form breeding colonies in the spring and summer, but more often breed north of New Hampshire.

When not breeding, the birds live most of their lives at sea, resting on the waves when not swimming.

The Isles of Shoals are made up of nine, mostly rocky, islands off the coastline of Maine and New Hampshire.

The New Hampshire Audubon Society’s rare bird alerts this past week also include the sightings of a Pacific loon, two oystercatchers and three black guillemots.

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