Hope, the beautiful puffin chick we have all come to adore, has fledged. At seven weeks of age, the chick left the burrow for the first time in the middle of the night and headed out to sea for a three year solo trip.
By May 26: Single egg laid
Incubation: 39-43 days
July 2: Egg hatches
July 31: Eating and growing
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 far from land—fishing, flying, swimming or riding the ocean surface, regardless of weather.
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.
How do puffins respond to seasonal change? The images and video captured during the nesting season are your springboard to research and discovery.