Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Stunning visit

The approach to the Farnes...Inner Farne lighthouse



View from Inner Farne looking towards outer group

Bare cliffs with a few Shags scattered across them


Quiet - Inner Farne mid-winter


Tuesday 7th February comments: What a day. I decided to take full advantage of the glorious (and unseasonable weather) as I made another out-of-season visit to the Farne Islands. It was almost disbelieving, as the North Sea was flat, the sun was shining and everything was perfect. I just had to remind myself that it is still only 7th February and not the 7th June. I couldn't have asked for anything better.


All appeared in good shape and Fulmars were scattered across the islands on their favoured ledges. Small numbers of Shags were on the cliff tops whilst the nearby sea held small numbers of Guillemots. It's still some time before we'll have huge numbers of seabirds, but it's a start. Even the Eider ducks were busy displaying - I was almost expecting a peck from an Arctic Tern.


The islands at this time of year remain quiet although a few Blackbirds, Robins and the odd Song Thrush and Woodcock indicated that spring passage has started. It won't be long before we are back for the summer and then the real work will begin. Bring it on.

3 comments:

Midmarsh John said...

Fascinating to see the contrast in weather conditions compared with the frozen snow here in Lincolnshire.

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kristiya seyfried said...

What a day. I decided to take full advantage of the glorious (and unseasonable weather) as I made another out-of-season visit to the Fare Islands. It was almost disbelieving, as the North Sea was flat, the sun was shining and everything was perfect. I just had to remind myself that it is still only 7th February and not the 7th June. I couldn't have asked for anything better.
All appeared in good shape and Fulmars were scattered across the islands on their favored ledges. Small numbers of Shags were on the cliff tops whilst the nearby sea held small numbers of Guillemots. It's still some time before we'll have huge numbers of seabirds, but it's a start. Even the Eider ducks were busy displaying - I was almost expecting a peck from an Arctic Tern.
The islands at this time of year remain quiet although a few Blackbirds, Robins and the odd Song Thrush and Woodcock indicated that spring passage has started. It won't be long before we are back for the summer and then the real work will begin. Bring it on.