Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Job done

Young Grey Seal pup

A snowy scene across to Inner Farne today

Snow filled clouds across Staple Island

The boys working hard at the weekend

Base of the boardwalk on Staple Island complete

Fulmars present in good numbers

Empty Kittiwake nests
Tuesday 15th January comments: Job complete. We've had a good spell on the islands and although short, it's been productive. We've achieved a lot since stepping back on to the islands with stone walls built, boardwalks complete and of course, Grey Seal pups counted.

Birding has produced a few noticeable highlights including a Long-eared Owl on Staple and Brownsman on Saturday whilst Black Guillemot, Long-tailed Ducks and Common Scoter have made it feel like mid-winter. Although the weather has been kind during our visit, today we've had a dusting of snow and the temperatures have dropped. With the onset of gales later in the week, its time to leave before we become stranded out here. 

Its time to leave but we'll be back and in greater numbers. Time to say goodbye to the Farnes, for the time being. 

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