Monday, 12 July 2010

More Farne Island Birds

It wasn't until we arrived on Inner Farne that we saw the Arctic Terns.  There are over 2,000 pairs nesting on the island and when we arrived it felt as if most of them were coming to greet us.

As you walk along the path Arctic Terns, with their chicks, are right beside you and the adults soon let you know, with a fierce peck on the top of your head, that they don't want you to touch their brood.

Don't go without a hat!

Once we had run the gauntlet there were other birds to see.  More puffins, other gulls (I need an ornithologist with me), guillemots, razor bills, shags and a ringed plover.

The gulls seem to find the most precarious nesting places!

1 comment:

  1. Great to have you back, Paula, and many thanks for rekindling my love of the Farne Islands. We last went there before the kids were born, at exactly the same time of year as you, and were also subjected to the "tern" treatment. One of these days we must go back...


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