Saturday 1 June 2013

Mad Month!

Sea Swallow...our Arctic Terns are now pecking hard!

Guillemot eggs to hatch any day soon

Sandwich Terns on Inner Farne

Our Red-breasted Merganser are back...amongst Eiders

At least two pairs of Shelduck breeding
Saturday 1st June comments: The year progresses and we have now reached June (where has time gone!?). The breeding seabirds are about to enter their next stage of the breeding cycle as chicks galore will start hatching over the next few weeks. We suspect both Shag and Guillemots will have chicks this week coming whilst everything else will be hatching over the next fortnight.

For the team, it's also the busiest month in the calender as over the next three weeks, we'll be counting all the seabird populations across all the islands (some 81,000 pairs to count) on top of all our Puffins. We'll also be doing lots of scientific work from bird ringing to monitoring, so some long days ahead and I suspect some tired faces amongst the team. Welcome to June and if you've never visited before, then this is the month to visit. the'll not be disappointed.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Great stuff David, would I be able to talk to you about doing some work on the Farne's next year? I'm looking to study Animal Behaviour at University in September 2014 and would love to do some work with the bird life on the Farne's.