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 then. I actually saw AH54 along the boulder berm close to burrow 59 last year. Not sure on the sex of the individual though.”
The Puffin Burrow Cam is live again, and there are two puffins coupled in the cozy home. But they aren’t the same couple as last year, as both of those adults were banded and only one is banded this year. Is it an entirely new couple? One returning and one new to the burrow? We need your help to find out!
For the banded puffin, each leg has one band. One band is called the ‘Bird Banding Lab’ which is a long series of numbers. For ease of identification, we suggest you try to locate the ‘Field Readable’ band which is a unique combination of four letters numbers. We’ll match these with the numbers we have on file.
Post what you see on the bands in the comments section here or on the Puffin Burrow Board and help us identify these puffins!