Sunrise over Brownsman...when our day began!
The team in counting mode across the island
No escape - Arctic Terns attacking all morning
1, 2, 3...counting nests
Sandwich Terns nesting in colony
Super birds - Sandwich Tern
Count themselves counted!
In the Black-headed Gull with Bamburgh Castle in background
Puffins looking on with amusement
Sunday 3rd June comments: It's been a long, long day and I can not believe I'm still awake to type this. However the nest count day is over on Inner Farne as the ranger team have counted and logged all ground nesting species on the island today.
The mammoth task started just after 4am and continued until early evening, with all species counted. Although to early (and I'm too tired) results suggest some good news for Sandwich and Arctic Terns (both populations up) although Eiders are down in a big way - they've had a bad season as the early spring weather has really had a detrimental effect on them.
I'll bring you a full detailed report of the day very soon, but we're counting Brownsman tomorrow and until then, enjoy the photos. The team are shattered, but we've got it all to do again tomorrow. Bring it on!