As you glance at a calendar organizing your plans for the rest of a glorious Maine Summer, it might escape your attention that today is a very special day. Today is International Guillemot Appreciation Day!! The predominant object of our daily attention here on Petit Manan is the tern colony and with just under 2,000 nest sites this year they do keep us busy.
In honor of the many other avian residents that call PMI their breeding home, we are very happy to honor this internationally recognized day specifically for this alcid. Maine is the tip of their southern range, so we are the only state in the lower 48 to host them.
We have noted over 50 Black Guillemot nests here on the island and some chicks have begun to hatch.
Many mornings, during our twice daily lighthouse survey, we count more than 200 of them in the waters surrounding the island, paddling around with their bright red feet.
Happy Guillemot Appreciation day to our feathered friends here in the Gulf of Maine!