It has been an interesting summer. There has been higher than normal mortality of seabirds. Here is a link to an article about the situation:
Kittiwakes and Murres didn’t nest this year on Gull Island although the deep water docks next to the harbor did produce some fledging Kittiwake chicks. Water temperatures in the gulf and Kachemak Bay are higher than normal and there have been large numbers of shearwaters in the bay. Also Humpback Whales.
Here is what was found on or near Gull Island this summer starting with a white Common Murre
Horned Puffin (they have been nesting in this rock crevice for at least 20 years)
Steller Sea Lion
Here are birds that were found in Kachemak Bay
Shearwaters and a Northern Fulmar
Last but not least. Well, actually they are the smallest. Red-necked Phalaropes
There are changes ahead. Let’s hope we can keep lots of fish in the sea.