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Puffin Chick with Parent

Nesting Season 2015
Get ready for the return of puffins to Seal Island. Revisit the highlights from last season while you wait:

Nesting Season 2014

August 25: Numbers Increasing
The colony at Eastern Egg Rock increased by a third from 111 pairs in 2013 to a record high of 148 nesting pairs in 2014! Visit the Loafing Ledge Cam to see the Puffins in action.

August 11: Puffling Pal has Fledged!

After six weeks of care from Phoebe and Finn, Pal fledged at about 4:00 a.m. on Friday, August 9th.

July 29: Eating and Growing

Pal is one month old!

July 6: Protecting Baby

Watch this video clip to see how the resident puffin deals with an intruder poking around the burrow to protect the baby chick.

June 28: Baby's Here
Finn and Phoebe's egg hatched after 43 days of incubation.

June 5: Incubation Underway
Incubation time is 39-43 days.

May 16: Single Egg Laid
Finn and Phoebe returned to Seal Island for nesting season. A single egg was laid on May 16th.

Background
Atlantic Puffins spend most of their time at sea. They only come to land during the breeding season, from April to August. They nest inside burrows in colonies on northern seacoasts and rocky islands. The rest of the year, puffins are on the open ocean.

The Atlantic Puffin is the only species of puffin found on the Atlantic coast. Maine's Seal Island is home to about 500 of these colorful, pigeon-sized sea birds.

Viewing Season
April - August


Video Clips Include:
A Puffin Comes Out of Its Shell
Puffin Burrow Scuffle

Discover the Puffins of Seal Island
Ocean Voyagers
Sociability
Loafing Around

Curious Ways
Keeping Busy


For the Classroom
Viewing Guide

 


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