A puffin’s temporary home
By mid-July and into August, an Atlantic puffin chick will have matured enough to leave the cliffside burrow where it was born, clumsily making its perilous way to the sea, where it will spend the next two or three years before ever returning to land. The chick’s parents will follow, leaving separately and then flying over the surf to migrate and search for fishing spots, or diving into the water to gobble up fish. In spring or early summer they’ll return to shore to nest, reunite with their mate, and with any luck, raise another chick or two. Puffins can dig their own burrows, as they prefer to build nests underground atop seaside cliffs. But if there are empty rabbit warrens available, the puffins have no problem moving in. They’re not even above kicking a rabbit out to take over.