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Re: Seabirds of Seal Island, Maine 2021 -- with Project Puffin
« Reply #75 on: July 25, 2021, 07:33:28 PM »

There were some Puffin parties on the Loafing Ledge!  ;D






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Re: Seabirds of Seal Island, Maine 2021 -- with Project Puffin
« Reply #76 on: July 25, 2021, 07:38:30 PM »

Loafing is a favorite thing to do!  ;D






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Re: Seabirds of Seal Island, Maine 2021 -- with Project Puffin
« Reply #77 on: July 25, 2021, 07:48:40 PM »

A friendly group of Razorbills enjoyed the Ledge also this early Summer!  :D






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Re: Seabirds of Seal Island, Maine 2021 -- with Project Puffin
« Reply #78 on: July 29, 2021, 06:21:46 PM »

Yay! Keenan holding JoJo!  ;D  He is a big Puffling losing his baby fluff.  :-*

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"Here's what we've all been waiting for - some photos of JoJo!
Keenan & the rest of the Seal Island team grubbed JoJo from his burrow on Monday, July 26th to collect body measurement data & band him.

- JoJo weighed 206 grams & has a wing chord length of 89 millimeters.
- He now has a metal band on his right leg reading 1135-24364 (his individual number) & a brown/white plastic band on his left leg reading 121 (to signify the year). These bands will help us identify him in the future upon his return to the island.
- We can see that JoJo is currently molting into his juvenile adult plumage. It is likely that he will fledge in the coming week & begin life outside of the burrow!"


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Re: Seabirds of Seal Island, Maine 2021 -- with Project Puffin
« Reply #79 on: July 31, 2021, 10:31:24 AM »

Chatters on the Explore Puffin Project cams are finding ways to stay connected and have some fun while we wait for Island researchers to post more pics. There are folks from the UK, Norway, Maine and all over that post in chat! ;D 8)

From JennieWren (UK)


From Saphir (Norway)


From MainGirl51


JennieWren had a JoJo mug made from a scap  :D
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Re: Seabirds of Seal Island, Maine 2021 -- with Project Puffin
« Reply #80 on: July 31, 2021, 10:39:21 AM »

Seal Island Researchers found a surprise burrow with 2 Guillemot chicks!  :)

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Re: Seabirds of Seal Island, Maine 2021 -- with Project Puffin
« Reply #81 on: August 09, 2021, 12:45:26 PM »

New JoJo pics from the research Team!  :-*

Emmylou_AudubonOutreach Mod • 2 hours ago • edited
On Friday, August 6th, the Seal Island team grubbed JoJo from his burrow during their regular puffin productivity check to see how he has been doing lately!

JoJo now weighs 232 grams with a wing chord of 106 millimeters - gaining just 26 grams & 17 millimeters in the past 11 days. While these are not fantastic gains, many of the pufflings on the island have actually been losing weight recently due to changes in diet & low feeding rates. Haddock has been replaced with less-nutritious food sources such as rough scad, tiny hake & butterfish.

JoJo should still be island-bound for a little while at this rate, but if all goes well he could fledge in the next 1-2 weeks. It all depends on the fish!

JoJo, like many pufflings on Seal Island, is now almost fully feathered but still rather small. This pattern of development exhibits how they're responding to the pressures of low food availability.

Coco is happy to report that "Despite his diminutive aspect, JoJo is spunky and quite the looker!"



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Re: Seabirds of Seal Island, Maine 2021 -- with Project Puffin
« Reply #82 on: September 04, 2021, 06:31:33 PM »

If you have been following this topic, you know that technical problems interfered with the live feed this year. This year's puffling, JoJo, has fledged a bit underweight due to food shortages. The following is the latest update we received.

"Emmylou_AudubonOutreach Mod • 5 days ago • edited
Hello all, more news from Seal Island! Get ready for some updates on JoJo & pufflings of seasons past.

The team believes that JoJo has officially fledged from the island! They last found him in the burrow on August 16th & he appeared to be gone by the next check that took place on the 21st. On August 26th, CoCo was able to confirm that he was indeed not in the burrow. Willie & Millie's burrow is particularly tricky to access, so they wanted to be certain that JoJo wasn't hiding inside before we made the announcement.

Based on his measurements collected on August 6th (& taking into consideration how the other pufflings on the island have been doing) CoCo presumes that JoJo fledged a bit underweight and with a slightly short wing measurement. It is likely that he was compelled to fledge early due to hunger. It has certainly been a tough season for the seabirds, but we think that Willie and Millie's dutiful parenting efforts paid off, though we can't say for sure. Hopefully, JoJo will be able to find some fish of his own out on the open seas!

In other news, the Seal Island team spotted a few other familiar faces this season! During a resighting stint on July 8th, CoCo saw both Phoebe (the 2014 cam burrow parent) & Pal (her chick). They were both on the boulder berm together, so we can confirm that they are alive & well this season. She was also excited to spot Conrad (the 2017 cam chick) there too! This is the first time he has been sighted since he fledged from his burrow, so they were thrilled to see him for the first time in four years!"
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Re: Seabirds of Seal Island, Maine 2021 -- with Project Puffin
« Reply #83 on: September 15, 2021, 10:54:44 AM »

Recap of the 2021 season from Emmylou

"Emmylou_AudubonOutreach Mod

Hi all! Here's a quick recap of August's fledging news & some end-of-season updates.

JoJo has fledged from the island! He was last found in the burrow on August 16th & appeared to be gone by the next check that took place on the 21st. JoJo likely fledged a bit underweight and with a slightly short wing measurement. It is likely that he was compelled to fledge early due to hunger. Hopefully, JoJo will be able to find some fish of his own out on the open seas! Earlier this season, the Seal Island team spotted Phoebe (the 2014 cam burrow parent) & Pal (her chick). They also spotted Conrad (the 2017 cam chick) there too!

Since views of JoJo were scarce due to the poor connection of the livestream, we would appreciate it if you would respond to this post with any good photos (non-edited) that you captured. We will add them to the archives!

As we make our way further into September, the activities on Seal Island are coming to an end. The last few researcher are closing up the field camp & preparing to depart the island until next year. It has been a challenging season & we are so grateful for these dedicated individuals who make this conservation work possible!

There will be one final post coming out in the next few days to report the latest scientific findings!"
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