June 21st

June 21st, 2018

The island’s seabird colony was very active today, with multiple bird species occupying its sides and Seals popping up out of the water and hauled out on the surrounding rocks.  There was a constant influx of Guillemots and Razorbills flying into their nesting ledges or crevices with Sand Eels in their beaks to feed their chicks, some of which could be seen hiding at the back behind the adult birds, and which could be heard calling. A couple of the much rarer Bridled Guillemots were also hidden among their Guillemot cousins, distinct with their white “glasses”. Herring Gull chicks are growing fast and wandering around, their parents marauding the Guillemots and Razorbills as they fly into the island, in an attempt to steal their food. Cormorants and Shags have also been nesting above the auks, perched with their chicks high up on the island. If we get the opportunity, it would be interesting and exciting to do a count survey of all the breeding seabirds on the island which would allow us to monitor their numbers.

1 Oceanic Sunfish,  5 Atlantic Grey Seals, 1 hauled out, 2 Puffins, 2 Shelducks, 1 Peregrine Falcon, male flying, 2 Kestrels, Fulmars, nesting and offshore, Guillemots, at nest site and offshore, 2 Bridled Guillemots, Razorbills, at nest site, Gannets, Manx Shearwaters, small numbers offshore, Jackdaws, flying over the cliffs and vocalising, 5 Ravens, 2 Swallows, Rock Pipits, Shags, Cormorants

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