It's no secret that I want to see puffins in "real" life. Until that's possible, I am enjoying them the best ways possible.
If you don't know anything about them, give 'em a Google and enjoy. The children of Iceland have a Puffin Rescue:
About the time pufflings are 6 weeks old, their parents stop feeding them and return to the sea. The pufflings get hungry and want to go fishing. They use moonlight to find their way to the sea, but some little pufflings are confused by nearby city lights and end up heading away from the ocean and towards the city! This is quite dangerous because they can get run over by cars or be eaten by foxes and hawks.
Every year the children in Iceland rescue the puffin chicks. They carefully collect the pufflings, put them in boxes and take them home for the night. In the morning the children return the babies to the beach and release them to the safety of the sea and the promise of their first catch.
Now, isn't that sweet? And "pufflings" is just a darn cute name.
Due to their colorful beaks, puffins are also known as "sea parrots" or "clowns of the sea," however these sea birds spend the majority of their time at sea diving for food and come to shore for breeding and raising their single yearly puffling.
And now, guess what? Gary, from The Potter's Blog, has created me a beautiful puffin mug - check it out! Thank you, Gary - you are an amazing artist!