Thursday, 19 May 2011

Farnes action

Guillemot chicks start hatching (Ciaran Hatsell)

Gas cage (nesting) Eider (Ciaran Hatsell)

Chicks away (Ciaran Hatsell)

Wild or feral - today's Barnacle Goose (Ciaran Hatsell)

Thursday 19th May comments: The crazy period is just around the corner and Farnes action continues as chicks have started hatching and the Arctic Terns have intensified attacks against our visitors (and the wardens!). In recent days we've witnessed...

first Guillemot chicks hatch on Staple and Inner Farme

Puffin chicks found today on Inner Farne

Black-headed Gull chicks discovered in the main colony

On the migration front it was a stunning day yesterday (Wednesday) as the peace and quiet of the islands was shattered by an adult HONEY BUZZARD over (it flew over our heads!) before heading towards the mainland (only the 9th Farnes record although all have occurred since the first on 25 September 2000).

Recent highlights: HONEY BUZZARD, Little Gull first-summer, Roseate Tern 3 adults in summer plumage and Mediterranean Gull (second summer).


Michael Duckett said...

fresh from watching noctule and pipistrelle bats, i extend a welcome to the new farne hatchlings.

go go spring!

kezia said...

morning everyone- the one bird I would so love to see is a honey buzzard you are so lucky , thank you for the update and wonderful pics as usual , EJ has had her first hatching on friday at Loch Garten , everywhere else chicks are due !!!! take care and keep those heads covered !!!!