A treeless island lying east of the southeastern tip of the Isle au Haut, and west of Great Spoon Island. Smaller than Great Spoon, this island also has a long history of human uses including egg gathering, feather and down collecting, and sheep grazing.

Ornithological Summary

The complex rocky shoreline provides a diversity of habitats for nesting Common Eiders, Double-crested Cormorants, Great Cormorants, and gulls. The island supports one of the larger Black Guillemot breeding colonies in coastal Maine. It is unknown whether petrels use the island for nesting. The shoreline area is probably used by Purple Sandpipers, and is known to be used by Harlequin Ducks throughout the winter. The rich seabird population provides a stable food base for local Bald Eagles.

Conservation Issues

This island?s conservation status is enhanced by its proximity to state-owned Great Spoon. The rough shoreline, difficult access, and exposed location may lessen the potential list of threats and their severity for this island. The site falls under a ?forever wild? conservation easement. However, a hazardous spill or the on-going ballast discharge from the large number of cruise ships and Canadian-bound tankers that pass by the island potentially pose a more damaging threat with long-lasting effects.

Ownership

The island was recently acquired by U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge and is closed to public access during the seabird nesting season (April 1 ? August 31).

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