Atlantic Puffin, Photo/Wild Care Cape Cod

The high winds and heavy snow during this weekend’s massive snowstorm injured a large number of seabirds around Cape Cod.

According to an article in the Cape Cod Times, the wildlife rehabilitation center Wild Care Cape Cod in Eastham was swamped with reports of injured seabirds. Among the birds brought into the center were three razorbills, two Atlantic puffins and a northern gannet.

Storm-downed seabirds are generally dehydrated, underweight and fatigued. Some suffer road rash from landing on a street that looked like a body of water from above.

“They aren’t really designed to fly in 70-knot winds with blinding snow,” said Cape and Islands birding expert E. Vernon Laux, resident naturalist at the Linda Loring Nature Foundation on Nantucket. “It’s sort of like flying in a washing machine.”

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