location: Seal Island, Maine
best viewing hours: 24/7
time zone: Eastern Time
Welcome to the Guillemot Burrow cam at Seal Island NWR – the only one like in the world. Black Guillemots, like their puffin cousins, spend their life at sea, coming to land each year to nest in rock crevices and shallow burrows. But unlike puffins, Maine guillemots usually lay two eggs to the puffins’ one. It takes about 32 days for the little black guillemot chick to hatch, and within a day can scramble about in the burrow. The parents feed their chicks ribbon-like rock eels and other bottom dwelling fish, captured by the auks in dives of nearly 70 feet deep. The proximity and reliability of fish near Seal Island allow the guillemots to increase their egg viability; in contrast, puffins may carry their food from favored fishing areas 20 miles or more from the nesting island.
This live cam comes to you via explore.org, the philanthropic media organization and division of the Annenberg Foundation. It is part of a collection of more than a hundred HD cams around the world established by Charles Annenberg to help people connect with nature and fall in love with the world again. To see more live cams visit, explore.org.