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Archive for June 2nd, 2014

Hello again from The Brothers Islands!
The weather has been drastically changing over the course of the week. Most of our mornings have been wet and foggy which creates a very cool eerie feeling as we conduct our morning count of the Islands.

Foggy day on Eastern Brothers Island

Foggy day on Eastern Brothers Island

The afternoons however have been beautiful, with clear skies and amazing sunsets.

Sunset from Western Brothers

Sunset from Western Brothers

Despite the extremely foggy mornings, quite a bit has happened this week on Eastern Brothers Island. The new common tern pair that has been visiting our island on a regular basis has started copulating. They have also been showing behavior attributed to nest selection and creation. We will be monitoring their progress over the next few days and keeping our fingers crossed for eggs.

The new common tern pair

The new common tern pair

Jason and I also began our first series of black guillemot burrow checks of the season and found 11 eggs. It is truly amazing how small some of the crevices containing eggs are. Hopefully their spelunking efforts will result in healthy protected chicks.

Black guillemot burrow

Black guillemot burrow

Stay tuned for more updates about our flourishing little island.

-Baxter

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