The May Princess landed in on Sunday and out jumped Kevin keen to tell me that he was certain he’d seen a Black Guillemot near the Lowlight. He went on to describe the bird perfectly.
This was good news. I am a real fan of these birds. They look fantastic and it was a new bird for my island list. I had a quick look while the boat was on but drew a blank.
I saw the boat off and went for lunch. I decided to have a look just after lunch. There were thousands of Puffins in big rafts on the water. It was going to be a needle in a haystack trying to find it.
I started at Kirkhaven and went all the way round to the Lowlight and literally the last bird I looked at was a Black Guillemot!
This bird differs from Common Guillemots by being black all over with white ovals on the wings. This bird had black markings on the white. This suggests it is a bird that was hatched last year.