With the season’s end coming up rapidly, the daily duties of monitoring seabirds also become less time consuming as the tern chicks start to take flight and go out on their own. While it might be sad to think about not being able to work with these feisty little birds in the near future, it also brings about a feeling of elation and accomplishment, knowing that we put a huge effort into helping them survive the trials of hatching, growing, and finally fledging.
But less time in the tern colony means more time for birding! And with Metinic Island having quite a few acres of forested area to go along with the vast amount of grassland and coastal habitats, there are plenty of birds to see. We’ve had a rare Rusty Blackbird show up, an out-of-season Long-tailed Duck, and plenty of other migrants and local birds. We’ve been able to identify over 80 species of bird out here so far, and there are quite a few others that we haven’t quite been able to put our finger on.
Metinic Island has been a great place to live and work over the past couple months, and I’m sure we’ll be sad to leave it once the field season ends, but we’ve also been able to see a lot of what the Maine coastal islands has to offer and have learned a lot along the way.