When to come Puffins spend May through September in rookeries along the coast, nesting in dirt burrows or in notches in the rocky coast.
Top 10 Destinations to See Puffins Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska. Nuuk, Greenland. Hermaness National Nature Reserve, Scotland. Mykines, Faroe Islands. Farne Islands, England. Coastal Maine, United States. Credit: Billtacular via Flickr. Les Sept-Îles, France. Credit: Commons.wikimedia.org. Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland. Credit: Commons.wikimedia.org.
Alcids spend most of their lives on the open sea and only visit land to breed in the summer. In Alaska , puffins breed on coastal islands and headlands from Forrester Island in southeastern Alaska to Cape Lisburne on the Chukchi Sea Coast. Horned puffins are more prevalent farther north than tufted puffins .
A great spot on the Kenai Peninsula to see a large group of seabirds nesting is Gull Island out of Homer . This short three-mile boat ride across Kachemak Bay is great for families. You’ll also find red-faced cormorants, common murres, puffins , eagles, murrelets, sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions and even whales.
Puffins are not actually penguins ! They are birds that look similar, but are not the same species. Puffins belong to a family of birds called Alcidae, while penguins belong to the family Spheniscidae; their wings evolved to support different functions.
Horned puffins live in breeding colonies as far south as Queen Charlotte Island in British Columbia, and their range extends eastward to eastern Siberia and the Sea of Okhotsk and north to coasts in the Chukchi Sea, including Point Barrow.
Puffin Island is privately owned and you are not allowed on the island without special permission. All our standard boat rides are a round trip, you get on and off at the same place. How many people can the boat take? We recommend up to 50 passengers for our cruises, although we are licensed to carry more.
You can see puffins at their colonies from late April to August, but June and July are the best months to see them as at this time they are busy feeding their single chick.
Best time to spot puffins is in end of April until early September. Best time of the day to spot them is in the morning (07:00-10:00) and in the evening (18:00-22:00).
Puffins in Captivity Alaska SeaLife Centre (Seward, Alaska) Aquarium of the Pacific (Long Beach, California) Central Park Zoo (New York, New York) Monterey Bay Aquarium (Monterey, California) National Aquarium (Baltimore, Maryland) North Carolina Zoo ( Asheboro, North Carolina ) Oregon Coast Aquarium (Newport, Oregon)