2023—Building That Nest

With more than ten thousand pairs of Northern Gannets nesting on Bird Rock and the surrounding cliffs at Cape St. Mary’s in Newfoundland, nest building activity at the colony was intense. Gannets carried wads of seaweed and grasses, sometimes even feathers, in their beaks as they flew to the nest site. Even though bird activity was down from previous years due to Avian Flu, there were still thousands of Gannets, as well as Black-footed Kittiwakes, Common Murres, and a few Razorbills building nests. Rangers from the Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve kept a close eye on bird activity and always asked if we had seen any hatchlings. The week we were there, no chicks had hatched and I didn’t see eggs in any nests.

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