Surprise as cahows return early

  • Home builders: Jeremy Madeiros, the Bermuda Government Conservation Officer, left, and Charles Eldermire of Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology, examine an artificial burrow for cahows on Nonsuch Island, St George’s (Photograph supplied)

    Home builders: Jeremy Madeiros, the Bermuda Government Conservation Officer, left, and Charles Eldermire of Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology, examine an artificial burrow for cahows on Nonsuch Island, St George’s (Photograph supplied)


Bermuda’s cahow nesting season got off to an early start this year as breeding pairs returned to their burrows quicker than usual.

Jeremy Madeiros, the Government’s principal land conservation officer, said: “Many of the birds are returning a week ahead of normal, possibly because of favourable weather and good amounts of food in their traditional feeding grounds in the cold waters north of the Gulf Stream.

“The remaining breeding pairs should be returning by the first week in November and all the birds examined thus far are in good condition which bodes well for a good breeding season.”

Mr Madeiros said he hoped that last year’s record number of 124 breeding pairs will increase to at least 130 breeding pairs this season.

He added: “This would represent a significant recovery, thanks to an intensive management programme, from the original number of just 17 to 18 pairs in the 1960s.”

Bermuda’s national bird has undergone an intensive management system on the Nonsuch Island Nature Reserve and surrounding islets.

Cameras in their nests mean they are watched by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. The birds are filmed in their underground nests using live-stream, infrared cameras that cause little disruption to the birds.

Jean-Pierre Rouja, of LookBermuda, said: “Our star CahowCam pair were among the first to return with the female arriving on the night of the 25th and her mate on the 26th.

“The new upgraded HD camera system was already live streaming which allowed our followers from around the world to get a preview of the reunited pairs’ courtship activities after having spending several months apart.”

Charles Eldermire, Cornell Lab of Ornithology bird cams project leader added: “Viewers have been asking when the Cahow Cam would return, and we’re excited to share these intimate views of the cahow pair during their November courtship.”

The CahowCam pair returned on October 25 and 26.

The CahowCam network is run by LookBermuda with the Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology in New York.

You must be registered or signed-in to post comment or to vote.

Published Nov 1, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated Nov 1, 2018 at 7:03 am)

Surprise as cahows return early

What you
Need to
Know
1. For a smooth experience with our commenting system we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox or Chrome Browsers. Additionally please clear both your browser's cache and cookies - How do I clear my cache and cookies?
2. Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
3. Any poster that insults, threatens or verbally abuses another member, uses defamatory language, or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
4. Users who violate the Terms of Service or any commenting rules will be banned.
5. Please stay on topic. "Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted.
6. To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of Service
7. To report breaches of the Terms of Service use the flag icon

  • Take Our Poll

    • "What is the most significant reason for Bermuda residents choosing to leave the island?"
    • Too small
    • 3%
    • Different way of life
    • 4%
    • Cost of living
    • 77%
    • Gang activity and general crime
    • 3%
    • Jobs/professional advancement
    • 8%
    • Education
    • 2%
    • Attitudes towards gays
    • 3%
    • Total Votes: 5235
    • Poll Archive

    Today's Obituaries

    eMoo Posts