Gossip, gossip, gossip. “Puffins make loud growling calls usually from underground which sounds like a muffled chainsaw.” It really does! listen here.
“During winter, the bills and feet of puffins fade to dull shades of their summer colors. Every spring their beaks and feet turn a colorful orange in preparation for the breeding season.” The brighter and bigger the beak… well you know what they say!
Read more about the Puffin Project and the effort to bring this beautiful bird’s population back!
Puffins find their soul-mates at sea, and mate for life.
Once on land, the pairs of puffins reunite within the colony. Some pairs exhibit a special behavior known as “billing” where the two birds rub their beaks together. This often draws an excited crowd of other puffins to watch.
I’ve also taken lots and lots of notes on tufted puffins for my term project? was assigned watercolor pencils, which, after a long and thoughtful process, made me realize my gut instinct was right and they’re impossible. oh well.
All in all, Maine’s seabirds are important animals to monitor as indicators of global climate change, and as sensitive species who were driven away from Maine by human activities in the 1800’s and early 1900’s, and recently restored and monitored by the Audubon Society and Project Puffin. Their success depends upon a complex web of ecological cause and effect, and on people caring… people like you.