Saturday 16 July 2011

End game

First Fulmar chicks have started hatching (Ed Houlcroft)

Young Kittiwake on the wing (Ed Houlcroft)

Arctic Tern chick and fledger (Ed Houlcroft)

Saturday 16th July comments: Where now heading for the 'end game' as the breeding seabirds start preparing for life away from the islands. Hopefully results will support the opinion that the season has been a huge success and it won’t be long before the islands change and the wardens can start various management work in preparation for next year

Recent days has seen a real increase in cetacean sightings, as following the two Risso’s Dolphins, we had six White-beaked Dolphins (through Inner Sound) which performed well just a few days ago. This was backed by a feeding Minke Whale off Brownsman – never a dull moment on the Farnes.

For the avid ‘seawatchers’ amongst the team, the first Sooty Shearwater has been logged whilst Arctic Skuas are now daily. It won’t be long before we welcome back our first migrant passerines and then the excitement will really begin. Role on the autumn.

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