In April 2011, I once again arrived on the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge to start another season of seabird research working with PRBO Conservation Science. In my seventh and perhaps last season, I decided to start a photo a day challenge for myself. The challenge is to share a new and interesting photo for each day I am on the island this year.
Cassin's auklet check today. This involves checking some of the 400+ nest boxes like this one (there is a box in there under all that Farallon weed). Cassin's started breeding extremely early this year, one of the earliest starts on record, but they seem to be struggling lately. Occupancy is good but many of the boxes that should be hatching chicks at this time appear to be abandoned. It's early yet so there is still lots of time for birds to relay but it is a bit worrying.