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12 Weeks Of Island Life

On the first week of island life my field job gave to me:

                A puffin standing on the blind

On the second week of island life my field job gave to me:

                Too many gulls

                And a puffin standing on a blind

On the third week of island life my field job gave to me:

                Three common murres

                Too many gulls

                And a puffin standing on the blind

On the fourth week of island life my field job gave to me:

                Four field techs

                Three common murres

                Too many gulls

                And a puffin standing on the blind

On the fifth week of island life my field job gave to me:

                FIIIVE RAZOR BILLS

                Four field techs

                Three common murres

                Too many gulls

                And a puffin standing on the blind

On the sixth week of island life my field job gave to me:

                Six gillies laying

                FIIIVE RAZOR BILLS

                Four field techs

                Three common murres

                Too many gulls

                And a puffin standing on the blind

On the seventh week of island life my field job gave to me:

                Seven eiders swimming

                Six gillies laying

                FIIIVE RAZOR BILLS

                Four field techs

                Three common murres

                Too many gulls

                And a puffin standing on the blind

On the eighth week of island life my field job gave to me:

                Eight eggs a hatching

                Seven eiders swimming

                Six gillies laying

                FIIIVE RAZOR BILLS

                Four field techs

                Three common murres

                Too many gulls

                And a puffin standing on the blind

On the ninth week of island life my field job gave to me:

                Nine petrels digging

                Eight eggs a hatching

                Seven eiders swimming

                Six gillies laying

                FIIIVE RAZOR BILLS

                Four field techs

                Three common murres

                Too many gulls

                And a puffin standing on the blind

On the tenth week of island life my field job gave to me:

                Ten terns attacking

                Nine petrels digging

                Eight eggs a hatching

                Seven eiders swimming

                Six gillies laying

                FIIIVE RAZOR BILLS

                Four field techs

                Three common murres

                Too many gulls

                And a puffin standing on the blind

On the eleventh week of island life my field job gave to me:

                Eleven birding tours

                Ten terns attacking

                Nine petrels digging

                Eight eggs a hatching

                Seven eiders swimming

                Six gillies laying

                FIIIVE RAZOR BILLS

                Four field techs

                Three common murres

                Too many gulls

                And a puffin standing on the blind

On the twelfth week of island life my field job gave to MEEEEEEE:

                Twelve holes for grubbing

                Eleven birding tours

                Ten terns attacking

                Nine petrels digging

                Eight eggs a hatching

                Seven eiders swimming

                Six gillies laying

                FIIIVE RAZOR BILLS

                Four field techs

                Three common murres

                Too many gulls

                And a puffin standing on the blind

 

Till next week,

Kelby on PMI

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Greetings from Petit Manan Island!

Bradford and I have been on PMI for two weeks now, and yesterday we were joined by Kelby and Jenna so now our island crew is complete!

A lot of the work so far has depended on whether or not the birds are around and if the weather is nice, but one constant effort has been the daily tower counts. We have been climbing up the 134 steps of the lighthouse once in the morning at 7:00AM and once in the evening at 5:00PM to count the number of Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, Black Guillemots, Common Murres, and Common Eiders in the water and around the island. In the morning, we usually see around 70 puffins, 50 razorbill, 150 guillemots, 90 eiders and there is a pair of murres that are seen from time to time. This morning, we had our highest counts of the season for puffins, at 121, and for razorbills, at 63. In the evenings, we have been counting fewer birds overall as many have ventured further out to sea to forage for food.

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PMI Lighthouse

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Steps leading up to the top of the tower

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The view of the grounds from the top of the tower

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View of Green Island and the boat house from the top of the tower

I have really enjoyed doing these tower counts daily. The view from the top of the lighthouse of the grounds and surrounding islands is beautiful. It is also amazing to be able to observe all of the birds that are hanging out on and around the island. Plus climbing up and down all those steps is great exercise:)

That’s all for now!

~Micaela

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It’s been a little over a week since I first came to Petit Manan Island, and I’m already in love with it. Before coming, I was a little skeptical about climbing the second tallest lighthouse in Maine twice a day to do tower counts, as well as the 3-mile foghorn that goes off roughly every 30 seconds, 24/7. I have definitely gotten used to the heights and the foghorn, the latter becoming more like a calming constant throughout the day, much like the constant ticking of a wall clock, only bigger, and much louder. Other than getting used to the ins-and-outs of island life, bird activity has been slow. Generally, the terns and alcids are here during the morning but leave to forage for most of the day, only coming back to roost just as the last rays of light are disappearing over the horizon. When the birds are here though, we are seeing more and more nesting behavior, including courtship displays, copulation, and scraping. We have already found our first eggs of the season, eider, tern, and puffin! I’m excited for the season to really ramp up and to find a lot more nests in the coming week.

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First tern nest found of the season, 5/23/2017.

— Bradford

 

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