Puffins, photo/Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge.

Puffins, photo/Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge.

PressHerald.com: The cute and comical seabirds called puffins have returned to several Maine islands and are finding plenty of food for their young chicks unlike last summer [2012], when many starved.

Young puffins died at an alarming rate last season because of a shortage of herring, leaving adults to try to feed them another type of fish that was too big to swallow. Some chicks died surrounded by piles of uneaten fish.

This summer, the chicks are getting plenty of hake and herring, said Steve Kress, director of the National Audubon Society’s seabird restoration program and a professor at Cornell University.

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Portland Press Herald

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