First week on the Island and already so much has happened! There are just two of us here on this small 17 acre island off the coast of Jonesport, ME, but it feels a whole lot bigger. We arrived Thursday by boat, where we hauled all our gear into our small 12 x 10 cabin, our home for the next 12 weeks. With limited solar power and no running water, there’s definitely an adjustment period. Every morning we set our alarms for around 6:30. At 7:00, we record the weather, including wind, temperature, visibility and sea conditions. We then make a walk around Eastern Brothers (walking across the bay or rowing our boat, depending on the tide) and conduct a morning bird survey. We’ve already had a high of 184 Black Guillimots and 7 common terns, which is promising for this season. After we’ve finished, we have breakfast which is cooked on a small two burner propane stove (oatmeal and cranberries has been our go-to). Next, we go out to our observation blinds on both Eastern and Western Brothers to watch for tern and alcid activity (alcids are a family of birds which include Atlantic puffins and razorbills). The terns are here daily, letting their presence be known if you get too close to their nests (we’ve already found a nest with 3 eggs and another with 2, hoping the other pair will nest soon!). It’s not unusual to watch as the male brings back fish for the females who are sitting on nests. We have yet to see any alcids, but we’re not discouraged because it’s still early in the season. The weather here has been warm mostly sunny, giving us excellent views of all this island has to offer. Keep up with us and tune in next week and for the next 12 weeks, this is looking to be a great field season off the coast of Maine!
~Nate and Dawson