Hog Island 6/17/14
On the second full day of the camp, the teens spent the day on Eastern Egg Rock Island. This is a magical place with thousands of Laughing Gulls; Common, Arctic and Roseate Terns; Black Guillemots; Razorbills; and last but certainly not least, Atlantic Puffins. As we walked across the island, just inches from a tern nest full of eggs, we were dive-bombed by screeching, pooping and pecking Common Terns. While this may not sound like fun, it is quite an experience to literally come in contact with these amazing creatures – even if it did hurt a little bit. When we made it to “The Hilton,” a small shack where the 5 Project Puffin interns enter data and hang out, half of the group (of which I was a part) stayed there, rebuilt a deteriorating bench and climbed to the top of the shack to get a better view of the birds. Meanwhile, the second half went to the blinds to take photos and record data on which burrows were entered by Atlantic Puffins. After lunch, the groups switched. Being so close to such beautiful birds made this one of my favorite experiences I have ever had! I will always remember this special privilege and hope the puffins stick around for all to enjoy.
Birds (17 species, 0 lifers):
Canada Goose 8
Common Eider (Atlantic) 15
Common Loon 1
Leach’s Storm-Petrel 0 Nest was reported on island.
Double-crested Cormorant 12
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Black Guillemot 40
Atlantic Puffin 100 At least 100. Possible 200. 100 nests at least.
Laughing Gull 500 Seabird Breeding Colony. Also seen copulating.
Herring Gull (American) 20
Great Black-backed Gull 5
Roseate Tern 30 At least 30. Seabird Breeding Colony.
Common Tern 300 Many More. Seen carrying food as well.
Arctic Tern 7
American Crow 1
Savannah Sparrow (Eastern) 2 Heard and seen.
Song Sparrow 5 Heard and seen.