Update: The banded puffin has been ID’d as AH54. A note from Seal Island Supervisor Keenan Yakola, “We just found AH54 in our database. AH54 was banded as an adult on Matinicus Rock in 2002. It first came to Seal Island NWR in 2005 and has been seen on Seal Island NWR every summer since
Little puffling Joy spread abundant happiness this summer, and viewers were immediately smitten with her fluffy feathers and playful personality around the Puffin Burrow. One fan in particular, AnneMa, took notice of a piece of cardboard brought into the burrow and which Joy become fond of, using it as a toy of sorts.
After an amazing (and adorable) season in the Audubon Puffin Burrow, the little chick Joy has fledged, leaving her home Tuesday evening on a big journey out to sea. Catch the video highlight of her preening her feathers before she steps out into the night.
Little puffling Joy hatched on July 1st and has entered the fledging period of her life, getting her juvenile feathers and showing signs that she may exit her burrow for a years-long journey at sea. Just when that farewell will be is anyone’s guess. And if YOU guess correctly, you could win a prize! Make