Getting busy at the Cape
The staff of Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve and Friends of Cape St. Mary’s would like to extend a warm welcome to Rebecca Coffey, Eddy Lundrigan, Tyler Linehan and Dana McGrath who will be working with us this summer. We look forward to working with these individuals in the coming months.
We have had visitors from all over the globe this season so far. Most of our visitors are from Canada, with the majority from Ontario. However, this year, we have had a lot of visitors from British Columbia. Other places that we have had visitors from are Australia, China, Jerusalem, Nigeria, Denmark, Romania and Germany and all over the United States. Cape St. Mary’s is recognized all over the world, and people are wowed by the diversity of nature and birds in the area. We look forward to seeing many people from different parts of the globe in the coming months.
Capelin and Whales
The capelin finally arrived to the Cape this month and with them so have the whales, with sightings of fin, minke and humpbacks. It is also becoming a common sight to see the gannets, murres and kittiwakes feeding on these small pelagic schooling fish.
Humpback whales are one of the most common whales spotted around the cape. water. They are Newfoundland Labrador’s smallest baleen whale.
This season is a good summer for kittiwakes, with most of the pairs laying two to three eggs. Since our last cape column, the kittiwake chicks have hatched. There are large numbers of chicks currently accessible for viewing at the main point, they are still downy, but are growing at a healthy rate. We are starting to see the parents coming and going from the nests with food for the chicks, especially now that the capelin is rolling. The kittiwake chicks will start flying around the first week of July and by mid-August will have left for a winter at sea.
We are currently watching the cliffs for our first murre chicks to hatch and are expecting to see a chick any day now.
Students at the Cape this year include Dana McGrath, Rebecca Coffey, Tyler Linehan and Eddy Lundrigan.
A kittiwake and its chick.