With summer in full swing, the birds are keeping pace. Eggs are hatching and chicks are being fed, as their busy parents bring in lots of fresh fish to aid them through their growing pains. Guillemot chicks can be seen in the intertidal rock crevices, and eider ducklings are losing their down as they start to look more and more like their mothers that so intently protect them from harm.
The tern chicks are running amok throughout the colony, and some are learning quicker than others what it means to be a seabird. The larger chicks can be seen preening, jumping, and stretching their wings as they begin to imitate their parents’ behaviors.
It’s only a matter of time until they start taking their first short flights that will inevitably end in botched landings amongst the tall grass they’ve hidden in since figuring out how to walk.
With only a few weeks left in the field season, and much left to do, there will surely be many more highlights packed into the short amount of time remaining. If all continues to go as smoothly as it has thus far, then it looks to be a very successful breeding season out here on Metinic Island.