Simeon Etty brought me two eggs of a Razor-bill from the cliffs of the Isle of Wight: they are large, & long, & very blunt at the big end, & very sharp & peaked at the small. The eggs of these birds are, as Ray justly remarks, “in omnibus hujus beneris majora quam pro corporis mole.” One of these eggs is of a pale green, the other more white; both are marked & dotted irregularly with chcolate-coloured spots. Razor-bills lay but one egg, except the first is taken away, & then a second, & on to a third. By their weight these eggs seem to have been sat on, & to contain young ones.
Posted by sydney on Jul 20th, 1792