Hello from the 2013 Metinic Crew!
There will two of us on this amazing island this year.
I’m Amy, and I’m returning for my second summer with Maine Coastal Island National Wildlife Refuge. If you’re a long-term reader of this blog, you might remember my entries from Ship Island last year. I’m a graduate of Colby College, and this is my third summer on seabird islands (2nd with the MCINWR).
Joining me on Metinic Island is Zak, a student at Michigan State University. This is Zak’s first time on a seabird island, but he’s had tons of other bird-y experiences, including work in China and Costa Rica. His most recent accomplishment is almost single-handedly meeting the all-time high species count for Metinic Island in under 3 weeks (more on that in future entries).
Also settling in for the summer are our reasons for being here: terns, guillemots, eider, and gulls. It was a rough summer for the terns last year – bad weather and high levels of predation caused the colony to abandon the island before their eggs had hatched. Luckily, they’ve come back this year to give it another try! We’ve seen over 150 Common and Arctic Terns hanging out on the north point of Metinic. We hope to see eggs sometime in the next two weeks – keep your fingers crossed for us and the birds!
In the meantime, gulls, Spotted Sandpipers, and Common Eiders are already sitting on eggs, while Black Guillemots and Leach’s Storm Petrels have been examining and excavating burrows.
We’ve just recovered from a stretch of rainy and windy weather, so expect more soon!