With only about a week left on The Brothers, Nate and I are taking advantage of our dwindling time here to finish up our work and enjoy this incredible experience. Although the weather recently has not allowed us to do our morning counts of the birds on the island, we have been very busy monitoring the black guillemots chicks. Some of the chicks are well over 300 grams now and many are developing flight feathers. While there are burrows with chicks growing flight feathers, we also still have eggs that have not hatched yet. In the past couple of weeks we have been monitoring about 70 different burrows, with the majority of them on Eastern Brothers Island.
Out of our 2 pairs of Terns that both had 3 chicks hatch, all 3 Terns from the first nest have successfully fledged. The second nest chicks hatched later, however, we believe that the majority of the chicks from the second nest will fledge soon as well. Although we only had to pairs of common terns nest on Eastern Brothers this year, their average clutch size was larger than any other year and the island. Also The Brothers has been mainly predator free this year for the first time. We are confident that this island will someday become a large tern colony as long as it stays predator free. This is has been an awesome experience for the both of us and its gonna be a sad day leaving the island for the summer, but until then we still have a lot of work to do!