Down East 2013 ©
Funny how something so tiny can be so striking. A tiny Manx shearwater chick was discovered last week in a nesting burrow on Matinicus Rock, a tiny outcropping twenty-five miles from Rockland, signifying the first time such a bird has been born on the west side of the Atlantic Ocean (normally the birds are found in Great Britain and elsewhere on the right side of the pond). Manx shearwaters were first found on Matinicus Rock about a dozen years ago, but this is the first time one has been born there. The birds are a relative of the albatross. Interestingly, the discovery was not the first time Matinicus Rock made history this year; it was also the site of the first documented nesting of common murres in the eastern United States in more than a century. Talk about an island "for the birds"!
Read more at the Bangor Daily News.