On Wednesday we took campers on the third Puffin Watch of the summer, another fantastic time with great weather and wonderful bird sightings! We have been leaving from New Harbor Maine on the Hardy Boat Cruises; 12-18 campers with binoculars and books in hand. We travel out to Eastern Egg Rock, circle the island and check out the diversity of bird life out there before heading back to the harbor. The boat has a naturalist on board who shares plenty of information and experiences with everyone and is always willing to answer camper questions. Over 100 Puffins nest on this island, along with various species of Gulls, Terns and Guillimots; we see Cormorants, Eiders, and Gannets as well. As one would imagine, the Puffins are the hit among the campers with their small round bodies and clown like faces. We have been lucky to see some good rafts floating on the water and flying with food as well. The chicks have hatched and the adults are bringing food to their burrows so there is plenty of activity. The trip offers a wonderful opportunity for campers to get out on the water, experience a huge nesting colony of various loud and active birds, and see some of the Maine Coast beyond the tent day beach trips. For birding it can’t be beat because the campers have the chance to look at shapes, sizes, behavior and silhouettes’ to aid in identification. Sometimes the light isn’t quite right to see feather patterns so watching behavior and flight patterns are the next best tool for campers learning species. Campers on these trips can add as many as 12 new birds to their lists, and for many this is their first sighting of a Puffin “in real life”!