Eastern Egg Rock

Atlantic puffins had nearly vanished from the Maine coast until a young biologist defied conventional wisdom to lure them home.
I was invited to Eastern Egg rock island to record the atlantic puffin. Steve Kress who had introduced these birds back in 1973 has re-established this island to now include over 200 breading pairs of puffins.This recording you can hear one of the puffins in its burrow along with common tern, arctic tern, laughing gull and the endangered Roseate Tern

The re-introduced Atlantic Puffin


©martyn stewart

Geek Notes (from original recording)
Dawn recording egg rock

Location: Egg rock island
Date: 2010-06-21
Time: 05:34
State: Maine

Description: seabird colony

Habitat: island
VoxType: soundscape
Category: species recordings

Recorder: SD 722
Mics: sennheiser mkh 40/30
Sample rate: 44.1k 24 bit
Microphone pattern: MS stereo
Take# 7

Anthrophony: boats/ 8:09 fishing boat/30:00 constant drone of fishing boat/

Geophony: ocean waves hitting rocks/thunder

Biophony: laughing gull/Roseate Tern/arctic tern/3:22 Atlantic puffin/25:00 puffin/34:18 puffin lands on microphones/45:00 increase in DB for black guillemot/

Weather: partly cloudy
Temp: 61f
Humidity:80%
Wind: calm
Barometer: 1012mb
Elevation: 14ft
GPS: N.43.86173,W069.38254

Recordist: Martyn Stewart

Notes: inserted -30 db tone at beginning of the recording/ set rotary pots to 57.9 db/Mic suspension with Rycote windjammer and gitzo tripod/