Tuesday 4th May comments:
Today brought brighter, calmer conditions as the wind eased and the sun came out. It wasn’t just the sun which came out, as the Arctic Terns landed on the islands for the first time – displaying and calling loudly as they checked out traditional breeding grounds. So they’re back and preparing for the breeding season – so the wardens will have to be prepared and armed with hats because they’ll know about it if they don’t wear them!
As the Arctic’s were landing, yet more eggs were discovered elsewhere on the islands as the seabird breeding season continues to march on, as Sandwich Terns were discovered on eggs in the main colony on Inner Farne this morning. Following the trend of the season so far, these were our earliest Sandwich Terns eggs since 1990.
The build up to the first of the crunch football games against the boatmen continues but the kick-off has been brought forward – to tomorrow evening! The team tactics and positions have been discussed and hopefully we’ll have some success this season – but you’ll have to wait for the match report on Thursday morning before all is revealed. Wish us luck – we’ve had plenty of messages of support and let’s hope the wardens can do it this time.
Shag 28th March (earliest since 1997)
Ringed Plover 15th April
Guillemot 11th April (earliest ever!)
Eider 17th April
Puffin 18th April (earliest since 1993)
Razorbill 20th April (earliest ever!)
Black-headed Gull 25th April (earliest since 2004)
Kittiwake 26th April (earliest since 1989)
Sandwich Tern 4th May (earliest since 1990)