Sunday, 6 May 2012

Bog Trotter

Toilet issues.... (Bex Outram)

Pair of Eiders  (Ciaran Hatsell)

Sort it out lads - Puffin fighting (Ciaran Hatsell) 

 Common Terns return (David Steel)

Little Terns at roost on Inner Farne (David Steel)

Sunday 6th May comments: It’s been a great day on the islands with plenty of sunshine, calm seas, plenty of people and just a great day for all concerned on the Farnes (including our seabirds - and about time!).

The calm conditions helped bring good numbers of Arctic Terns to the islands – with lots displaying and finding their feet on the ground in all the usual places (my hat is ready). The Sandwich Terns appear content on central meadow with more birds arriving during the day whilst a handful of Common Terns are also present. The number of Eiders continues to increase and the season has come alive at long last. On the cliff ledges, all is well, with Kittiwakes, Guillemots and Razorbills all incubating whilst several Shags now have young. As expected today, migrants were few and far between although the Wryneck is still present on Brownsman - STILL here. Will it ever leave?

However the big talking point of the day was our toilets (thankfully not because they were broken) but because an adult Shag had decided to roost in one of the female cubicles. An issue with the toilets - you want to believe it. I'm glad to report the bird was caught and released soon after...just another day on planet Farnes.

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