Sunday 21 April 2013

Puffins Galore!

Look who's back...

Puffins on a cage

...and back in good numbers!

Guillemots return to the clifftops

Oystercatchers displaying

The Churn blow hole on Inner Farne

Sunday 21st April comments: The Farne Islands are back in action. The cold start to spring has resulted in a delayed start to the breeding season but the first fine weather spell this weekend has brought a deluge of seabirds. Puffins galore!

Thousands of Puffins have returned from the open sea and are now looking settled with spring cleaning of burrows expected in the next day or two. Guillemots and Razorbills are present whilst Shags are starting to nest build. Our Terns are still winging their way north from southern oceans although the first Arctic and Common Terns have already arrived whilst the evening roost of Sandwich Terns has peaked at 300.

So at long last, the islands are starting to awaken from their winter slumber and hopefully we’ll be shouting about our first eggs soon. The islands are alive and it feels good.

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