This Just In: Puffling Pal Parades Off
The Seal Island Puffin Burrow puffling affectionately known as Pal has successfully fledged! On August 8th 2014, after six weeks of TLC from puffin parents Phoebe and Finn, Pal left the burrow for possibly the first and last time. In typical puffin fashion, he set out in the middle of the night when the risk of predation is lower. Newly independent, he will spend the next 2-3 years at sea flying, fishing, sleeping and swimming out on the open North Atlantic before returning to land, perhaps with a mate of his own.
Fortunately, his banding will aid in identifying him upon future sightings.
Though it won’t be quite the same without Pal, you can continue to check in onthe burrow as empty-nesters Phoebe and Finn stay behind a while to guard their home from intruders.Thank you for watching, interacting, and sharing throughout this puffin season.