Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Atlantic Puffins

Atlantic Puffins spend most of their time at sea — coming to land each spring to breed in colonies on northern seacoasts and rocky islands, like Seal Island in Maine, home to the puffins visible on our live cam. These colorful pigeon-sized birds lay one egg in their burrow homes, with the male and female sharing incubation duties for approximately 39-43 days. After the chick hatches both parents feed it fish for approximately 45 days. After that the “puffling” is large enough to fledge (leave the nest.) ~ Audubon Society

If you have children around, you can excuse becoming hooked on the baby puffin live cam at Seal Island in Maine on them. If not, you're on your own. National Geographic's Kids has a good creature feature on Atlantic puffins. And here's a short learning unit (with a coloring page & a crossword) on puffins.

Giulia is far too interested in the live cam, so we're off for a nap.


(photograph by kenyai via Mother Nature Network)