Manx Shearwater fledgling found in Maine

22 09 2009

 

Confirmed: a Manx Shearwater fledgling found in Maine (photo by USFWS)

Confirmed: a Manx Shearwater fledgling found in Maine (photo by USFWS)

For the first time in the United States, biologists have documented the successful breeding of Manx Shearwaters. The birds usually breed in Great Britain and other regions of the eastern Atlantic. Already known as a breeding island for Atlantic Puffins, the now celebrated Matinicus Rock was also the first documented breeding site for Common Murres in the eastern U.S. in over a century.

Matinicus Rock--now home to Manx Shearwaters!

Matinicus Rock--now home to Manx Shearwaters!

Biologists found a shearwater egg on the small island back in 2005, but it failed to hatch. Two adult Manx were seen prowling around a nesting burrow last year, but breeding was never confirmed. Now it’s certain. The fledgling was reported to be very healthy upon examination, and scientists and wildlife managers alike are optimistic that this is the start of something great.

Kudos to both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Audubon (who cooperatively manage the island) for their hard work and dedication, and congrats on your new arrival!

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