Our summer has come to a close here on Eastern Brothers, and we’re finding it hard to say goodbye. This season has been very successful on many fronts, especially with black guillemot chick survival and fledging rate. From just last year, hatch success has increased 20%, nests with surviving chicks has increased 22.5%, and abandon nests has decreased by 20.8%! These number are very encouraging, also due to the fact that small mammal trapping has been a huge success this year compared to those previous.
The majority of our black guillemot chicks are fledging and are being seen floating around the intertidal with their parents, although we sort of feel like their parents after spending so much time with them.
The terns have officially left the island with their fledglings, a sign that their southern migration has begun. They’ll fly all the way to South America to fatten up during the winter months, making their way back up north to start all over again. We’ve had a high of three nesting pairs with 8 successful fledglings this season, and hope to see the same return with some more friends to get this island full of terns like Petit Manan!
We hope you all have enjoyed keeping up with us this summer! We can’t wait to see what the future holds for The Brothers and our other island neighbors.
~Nate & Dawson, EBI 2016