This week on Metinic we have spent a few of our afternoons scouring the coastlines for Black Guillemot burrows. Black Guillemots are the only bird of the Alcid family (the Puffin family!) nesting on Metinic since other Alcids prefer to stay farther offshore. Black Guillemots nest in rock crevices along the shorelines and in order to monitor their nesting success we have to find their burrows! A burrow with an egg in it is pictured in our previous post “Eggcellent”.
As we were hunting for burrows, Charlie happened to stick his head in a crevice that was occupied, not by a Black Guillemot, but by a Great Black-backed Gull Chick! The chick was probably only a couple days old and screamed defiantly at us as we ogled at its cuteness. We have also seen our first few Common Eider ducklings of the season swimming on the water with their mothers. These groups of Eider ducklings and mothers are called “Creches”. We have certainly been excited to have our first tastes of what is to come; chicks galore!
~The Metinic Crew, Jennie and Charlie