Get­ting busy at the Cape

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Wel­come

Vis­i­tor Ori­gin

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.

Bird Watch

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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.

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