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PUFFIN chick named Hope 2013

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PUFFIN chick named Hope  
August,  2013

NOT very much is really known about pufflins, so everyone's observations are valued.
The few of us observers who post on the blog saw parent bring Hope fish August 9 - not since.
She has been eating (YUK!) the abundant bugs, caterpillars, grasshoppers.
Dr K said pufflings are not visited by parents their last week.
They go to sea at night alone and stay out there for 2 years.

Atlantic Puffins are scarce, but not endangered.
This chick - puffling - is due to fledge any moment.
She will go to sea for 2 years.
Here is the LIVE puffin cam.

This cam is of the sea at Seal Island Maine.
Its supposed to be LIVE but  Mad!/live-cams/player/puffin-loafing-ledge-cam

Audubon Project Puffin: News from Seal Island

Pufflings usually fledge at low tide

Hope hatched July 2, 2013 so she is LATE to fledge!

Dr. Steve Kress of Audobon!/videos/player/fledge-time-with-dr-steve-kress


Pufflings trek to the sea

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The FIGHT August 17, 2013
Hope and the other
Our puffling I thot was calling, then realized she was fighting, but what?  a snake?
Suddenly another bird appeared inside her burrow!
At one point Hope fell backward
Frankly I was shocked.  Our girl put up an aggressive fight.  GOOD GIRL!

Visitor was a big bird that came in the back - behind cam - and left via front door.
Hope suddenly became agitated and defensive. Soon another surprised fledgeling, appearing to be as lit sleeker than Hope, probably stumbling its way on his Night to the sea

Puffin Hope FALSE Fledge August 21, 2013
Our little Puffin Hope left her burrow by the FULL MOON around low tide.
She was gone at 4 am today. She was there at 7 pm August 20.
She went to sea to eat FISHIES FISHIES FISHIES!!

Hope left her burrow between 2 and 3 am Seal Island time August 21 as the tide was going out.
Low tide was 4.50 am today, so she left with the tide.

Our puffling has gone to sea.
She seems to have matured overnight.
Her beek is larger so she can eat larger fish.
She still has her boa - the fluff around her neck - which sea waves will wash off quickly.

Go with God little puffchick, be strong, be blessed, eat well and in your Maker rest. <3

VIDEO Puffin Hope Fledge August 21, 2013
She was asleep at the entrance, got up and walked inside a bit,
laid down for 5 minutes of prayer and meditation,
then got up and walked toward the cam - out the back way behind us - and gone.

Joanne Joe posted
Some time between 2 and 3 am Seal Island time, Hope left the burrow to begin her odyssey.
Let her return to us safely in a few years. Good bye and fare well, sweet Hope. We all wish you the best.

Audubon Project Puffin posted on August 18 Sunday
Here's Hope looking all snuggly in her burrow this afternoon.
She is losing a lot of her fluffy down and now just looks like she is wearing a feather boa.  
She will be leaving soon, to begin her adventure at sea!

Here is earlier video of Hope Aug. 20th

HEY!    Question  Exclamation
6 am OK whats going on. Now she is back lying in the entrance and sun is rising.
People were reporting Hope fledged overnite.
Maybe a moonlight stroll on the beach?  I dunno, I wuz fooled
The burrow was empty for hours, I checked videos.

Joanne Joe posted Aug. 21 at 6.15 am
I feel like a fool. She came back.

Puffin Hope August 21, 2013  -  Part 2

I sure would like to know if Hope got to the beach, changed her mind, and returned.
7.20 am something outside just scared Hope. Dunno what - another bird, FIGHT
at least 2 birds outside trying to enter 2 different entries. Poor Hope - you shuda gone last nite.
One visitor is a puffling, I saw white belly and black feet
7.30 am  intruder in front, out back
intruder is still lurking outside 8 am,  Intruder laying in the crevice, Hope looks tired
assue she is defending but they may be playing
8.20am Intruder is still out there, Hope fighting it off
8.30 am  Intruder marched right thru burrow again - in the front, out the back
Intruder came in the BACK way - they wrestled, then it went out the front.
9.00 am  The intruder is still there and constantly trying to enter burrow.
9.10 am  Hope exited out front
Hope exited, intruder entered
Dr K said puffins are active at night. Maybe Hope was going in and out of other burrows all night.  This is good exercise for the pufflings.
9.45 am  Hope opened her beek wide, a threatening gesture, then the racing puffling whizzed thru, back to front.  LOL!  A STREAKER!
10.30 am  I no longer see the intruder and Hope is resting.  Cam went black for awhile.

Project Puffin Hope is very feisty. Other birds/pufflings have wandered in and she has been throwing them out.

Hope and the Pufflings!
Audubon Project Puffin post Aug. 21 noon

LOW TIDE -  5.11 pm
Puffling Hope is expected to fledge this week!
You may notice a lot of visitors in and out of Hope's burrow,
but don't worry, she is a feisty little puffling, and has been holding her own.
Watch the action live while you can, as she will be leaving soon

The chick will leave the burrow for the first time in the middle of the night
and head out to sea for a three year solo trip. Stay up and watch with us!


Aug 21 pm
5.20 am Hope was back inside burrow again after being out for hours.
4 on - From blog posts it appears Hope exited burrow - again - between noon and 4 pm today.

Aug 21  She left this afternoon
At the very end of this video she gets up and walks past cam out the back way


Puffins Are Making a Comeback
In 2012 young puffins died at an alarming rate from starvation because of a shortage of herring.
When ornithologist Stephen Kress first visited 40 years ago, the 7-acre island was nearly barren, with only grass and gulls left. Not a puffin in sight.
But it had great habitat because there were great boulders on the island, and Kress could imagine the puffins standing on top of them.

Thanks to a relocation experiment pioneered by Kress and his co-workers in the Audubon Society Project Puffin, puffins again inhabit this treeless little island.
200 puffins nest here, with an assist from handmade burrows.

Puffin parents bring herring and hake fish to chicks nesting deep inside the rocks.
In 2012 puffin chicks were surrounded by big butterfish that they couldn't swallow, and about half of the chicks starved.
The waters were much too warm. The small herring like cold water and were too far from the island.

Aug 22, 2013
5 am  burrow looks empty, but cam was moved left so cant see right side
I havent seen Hope since yesterday morning

Audubon added their note and a video - cute!  Very Happy

Hope Fledged Aug 21, 2013
Posted by Project Puffin on Aug. 22
This morning as viewers tuned in to a quiet burrow, a wave of relief and great thanks washed over us all.
Hope, the beautiful puffin chick we have all come to adore, has left the burrow.
Hope has a busy week entertaining visitors as you can see in the link.
Perhaps inspiration struck and a day after the Blue Moon (aka Harvest Moon) of August.
Hope started the new and exciting chapter for a puffling’s life.

Video of Hope and several of her visitors
Project Puffin link!/videos/player/juvenile-puffin-visitor


Aug 26, 2013
Save the Puffins!

Dr Kress was on TV briefly, cute video

September-October 2013 Audubon

Every visit to Eastern Egg Rock Island, six miles off the coast of Maine, is like coming home for Steve Kress, a soft-spoken man of 67. Forty years ago, as a young Audubon bird life instructor, he hatched the idea of reviving the Atlantic puffin colonies that flourished on this seven-acre island before hunters wiped them out in the 1880s. Years of trial and error ultimately led to the reestablishment of puffins, now 2,000 strong on three protected islands, including Egg Rock and to the creation of Project Puffin, an Audubon program that today manages North Atlantic breeding colonies of American oystercatchers, Arctic terns, and 14 other seabird species, on seven Maine islands.

Maine gave birth to Kress’s ideas, but during the past 30 years the discoveries and techniques pioneered by Project Puffin have driven a new science of seabird restoration and conservation. In that time nearly 60 projects worldwide have used Kress’s “social attraction” techniques to move dozens of seabird populations to safer nesting grounds. Decoys simulating specific species and amplified birdcalls signal that the new location is desirable and secure. Moving very young chicks from an old colony to a new one can help the birds imprint, encouraging their return to the safer island when it’s time to come in from sea and establish their own broods.

Letter to Hope Watchers from Dr. Steve Kress
September 2, 2013
 Dear Puffin Friends:
Many have asked if we have seen puffin Hope since fledging on August 20. Our season on Seal Island is now complete, so this note is my summary of highlights and reflections on the 2013 puffin nesting season.  Seal Island Supervisor Jenny Howard has looked frequently and found no evidence of Hope outside of the burrow.  This tells us that Hope has successfully made it to the sea and begun the ocean-going phase of life.  It is therefore likely that Hope has paddled and perhaps flown far from Seal Island by this time. Little is known about the lives of fledgling-age puffins.  What is known is that puffin fledglings typically head off to sea alone, guided by strong instincts that tell them where to go and how to find food.  By 2015 or 2016, Hope will be old enough to return to the Maine coast as an adult. If so, she will likely visit Seal Island and other nearby puffin nesting colonies.  Hope’s first nesting attempt will not occur until at least 2018 when she is five years old.  Nesting may continue for the next 20 years—and beyond.  Project Puffin has documented that even 35-year-old puffins can raise a chick.

Hope was among the lucky puffins to fledge this year.  While normally, about 87% of puffin eggs hatch and 77% of these eggs produce fledglings, this year only 55% hatched and only about 10% reached fledging age.  The low fledging success is probably related to the stressful winter of 2012-2013 when northeastern coastal waters were unusually warm -- the warmest in the past 150 years. Because fish move in response to water temperature, the warm water may have caused the fish best suited for puffins to move to locations where puffins could not find them.   Also, several strong storms (especially Hurricane Sandy and winter storm Nemo) disrupted marine habitats and added further stress to wintering puffins.  As a result, many puffins were found dead along New England beaches this past winter. Most of these were starving and it’s therefore likely that the survivors were in compromised condition for the nesting season which starts in April...  
Much more on link

A man, a plan and an island of puffins
After three years of trying to persuade U.S. and Canadian fish and wildlife officials to back a plan to reintroduce a sea bird to an island off the Maine coast, Stephen Kress finally got his chance in 1973.
Kress packed six puffin chicks from Newfoundland in coffee cans and took them to Eastern Egg Rock Island, where he fed them by hand and raised them as if he were their mother.
At the time, the technique was untested and highly unorthodox.
Today, Kress, known as the puffin man, is regarded as a pioneer of a conservation strategy used around the world to save sea birds from extinction.
More on link


June 2014
The live cams are back and the puffin burrow has an egg June 8th.




June 28, 2014  evening
PUFFIN Chick hatched about 6:54 pm
Island off Maine

Videos of chick hatching

Shell left after hatch


June 28 - 29, 2014 overnight

June 29 pre-dawn


June 29 dawn


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