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Welcome to the Guillemot Burrow cam at Seal Island NWR – the only one like in the world. Black Guillemots, like their puffin cousins, spend their life at sea, coming to land each year to nest in rock crevices and shallow burrows. But unlike puffins, Maine guillemots usually lay two eggs to the puffins’ one. It takes about 32 days for the little black guillemot chick to hatch, and within a day can scramble about in the burrow. The parents feed their chicks ribbon-like rock eels and other bottom dwelling fish, captured by the auks in dives of nearly 70 feet deep. The proximity and reliability of fish near Seal Island allow the guillemots to increase their egg viability; in contrast, puffins may carry their food from favored fishing areas 20 miles or more from the nesting island.

  • grant: $500,000 - National Audubon Society, Inc.

    To support Seabird Restoration Program activities in Maine

  • topic: guillemot

  • location: seal island

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Welcome to the Guillemot Burrow cam at Seal Island NWR – the only one like in the world. Black Guillemots, like their puffin cousins, spend their life at sea, coming to land each year to nest in rock crevices and shallow burrows. But unlike puffins, Maine guillemots usually lay two eggs to the puffins’ one. It takes about 32 days for the little black guillemot chick to hatch, and within a day can scramble about in the burrow. The parents feed their chicks ribbon-like rock eels and other bottom dwelling fish, captured by the auks in dives of nearly 70 feet deep. The proximity and reliability of fish near Seal Island allow the guillemots to increase their egg viability; in contrast, puffins may carry their food from favored fishing areas 20 miles or more from the nesting island.

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location: Seal Island, Maine

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time zone: Eastern Time

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Best Viewing Hours
24/7

Learn More & Get Involved · Join Audubon
· Subscribe to Audubon Wingspan
· Learn about our Audubon Camp
· Adopt-A-Puffin
· Project Puffin Visitor Center
· Puffin Watching Tour
Welcome to the Guillemot Burrow cam at Seal Island NWR – the only one like in the world. Black Guillemots, like their puffin cousins, spend their life at sea, coming to land each year to nest in rock crevices and shallow burrows. But unlike puffins, Maine guillemots usually lay two eggs to the puffins’ one. It takes about 32 days for the little black guillemot chick to hatch, and within a day can scramble about in the burrow. The parents feed their chicks ribbon-like rock eels and other bottom dwelling fish, captured by the auks in dives of nearly 70 feet deep. The proximity and reliability of fish near Seal Island allow the guillemots to increase their egg viability; in contrast, puffins may carry their food from favored fishing areas 20 miles or more from the nesting island.

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