The Eastern Brothers Island crew checking in here with one last update before our departure. Our days are coming to an end for the 2013 season, which brings about bitter-sweet emotions. I find it hard to believe how quickly the summer has gone by and yet the other part of me thinks “My, won’t it be nice to take a real shower and eat ice cream!” It has been a wonderful experience living out on this beautiful island and we have definitely come to feel as though the little cabin feels close to home.
Due to quite a few early storms, as well as the presence of a mink on the island early season, the black guillemots had a wide-range of laying dates. There are several chicks that have already fledged or will in the next few days, yet there are also a few that hatched just days ago. Black Guillemot chicks will fledge on average after 33 days in the burrow and do not migrate south and so there is not a huge rush to get them out the door, per se. Here are pictures of the two stages:
As a parting thought, some people believe that a pot of gold lies at the end of a rainbow, but we have reason to believe otherwise (see last photo). We hope you have enjoyed reading our posts and that you continue to have an interest in seabird colonies and the work we do on the Maine coast! Cheers! ~Mary and Jake