Our first research post is about one of the more elusive species nesting on Metinic. Leach’s Storm Petrels belong to the tube nosed Order Procellariiformes, and are related to Shearwaters and Albatross.
Most of you have never seen one of this species before, it’s even difficult for us researchers to see one without night vision, though they are living underneath our cabin! That’s right, not only do Leach’s Storm Petrels nest in burrows underground, but they are nocturnal!
So how do find a bird that isn’t above ground while you’re awake? THEY SMELL!!! Imagine a mix between moth balls and old books… My reaction was precious the first time I was told we would be finding burrows by smelling holes, but to be honest, you will smell a burrow before you see it.
Metinic Crew (Charlie Walsh, Jennie Wiacek, and special guests Courtney Viall, and Adrienne Leppold)