It’s that bittersweet time of year when all of the adorable little chicks we’ve been watching since they were eggs are all grown up and about to leave us. We’re thrilled to see so many well fed, happy, fully feathered chicks about to fledge! The little pufflings will soon leave their nests in the middle of the night, hop down the rocks and venture out to sea for the next 2 to 3 years before they hopefully return back to Seal to rear chicks of their own.
The arctic tern chicks are preparing to follow their parents on a great migration to Antarctica where the next two years will be spent growing up and preparing for the long solo flight back to their birthplace with the goal of beginning a new family.
Once the guillemot chicks fledge they will move out onto the water but do not have to migrate long distances. This means we can continue to observe some of our fledgers floating around all winter long!
-Nicole Passeri, Seal Island research assistant
Image 1: Puffin fledger
Image 2: Common tern fledger
Image 3: Black guillemot fledger