[CT Birds] Puffin & Roseate Info
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Fri Jul 9 09:43:21 EDT 2010
Per July 7, 2010 update on Puffins Eastern Egg Rock, Maine - [On July 4th, 1981, twenty nine years ago, Steve Kress and Evie Weinstein saw a puffin flying over Eastern Egg Rock with fish in its bill – a wildly joyous sighting. That observation was the first of many during that summer which led to confirmation of five nesting pairs- the first since 1885.]
Puffins numbers at Egg Rock have continued to increase since that first sighting, with currently 99 active puffin burrows on Eastern Egg Rock - a record high number for this date. At this rate of discovering nests, last year’s record high count of 107 puffin pairs will be passed by the end of the field season.
Project Puffin staff helped to conduct a census of all terns in the Gulf of Maine from June 12-20. On Audubon-managed islands, a total of about 8,500 pairs of Common, Arctic, Roseate and Least Terns were tallied. This total for all species compares to a similar number in 2009, but populations of Roseate Terns have now declined by 25% over the past four years.
From: ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org [mailto:ctbirds-bounces at lists.ctbirding.org] On Behalf Of Greg Hanisek
Sent: Thursday, July 08, 2010 4:37 PM
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Puffin Eggs
Not only puffin eggs but puffins themselves are regularly eaten in Iceland.
>From Wikipedia: "Their meat is commonly featured on hotel menus. The fresh
heart of a Puffin is eaten raw as a traditional Icelandic delicacy..." As
Roy noted, even though Atantic Puffins barely have a toe-hold in the U.S.,
they're quite abundant in their overall range. Because of personal quirks,
one of my favorite TV shows is "Bizarre Foods With Andrew Smithern." He did
a show from Iceland once in which he went out with locals when they caught
puffins out of the air at a nest cliff using very long-handled nets. And of
course later cooked and ate them. Quite tame compared to the huge spiders,
palm grubs and poison puffer fish he's usually consuming. The Scotsman
Gordon Ramasy also caught and cooked puffins on one of his TV food shows
once, causing a stir until it was revealed it happened in Iceland, where it
is quite legal.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Roy Harvey" <rmharvey at snet.net>
To: <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Sent: Thursday, July 08, 2010 2:19 PM
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Puffin Eggs
>I don't think it is an issue.
> The chef lives in Denmark, and the article mentions puffin eggs coming
> from Iceland. As the article linked below says, "It is estimated that
> around 3 million pairs breed in Iceland each year – that´s 6 million
> puffins but only 70% of the total are breeding birds. So the total
> population of puffins in Iceland is between 8 and 10 million birds." The
> human population of Iceland is around 318,000 and I suspect puffin eggs
> have been on the menu there for as long as there have been people in
> Roy Harvey
> Beacon Falls, CT
> --- On Thu, 7/8/10, diana johnson <dianaajohnson at aol.com> wrote:
>> From: diana johnson <dianaajohnson at aol.com>
>> Subject: [CT Birds] Puffin Eggs
>> To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
>> Date: Thursday, July 8, 2010, 1:39 PM
>> I was rather shocked to see "Puffin
>> Eggs" on the front page of the Dining section of the New
>> York Times Wednesday, as part of an article entitled "A
>> Nordic Chef explores his backyard." I was shocked because it
>> was the New York Times, always so pc, but am I wrong to be
>> Diana Johnson
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