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Northern Gannet     Morus bassanus

In North America, they breed in only six well-established colonies, three in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Quebec and three in the North Atlantic off the coast of Newfoundland.  In the eastern North Atlantic, they are distributed in 32 colonies from the coast of Brittany in France northward to Norway.  They are migratory and most spend their winters at sea, heading further south in the Atlantic.

In Florida, this bird is an uncommon to common winter resident on the upper east coast, and generally rare to uncommon in south Florida and on the Gulf coast.  They usually arrive in August-September and depart in April-May.