I’ve featured this bird before on the blog. This Guillemot has a very distinctive orange bill and feet. This bird has returned to the same cliff for at least the last 5 years and is a Fluke Street resident favourite. This lack of pigment is uncommon in auks.
I’ve taken a few pictures of birds with an abnormal appearance. This can be caused by birds having a genetic mutation, a hormone imbalance or simply bought on by old age. We get up to quater of a millions birds on our small island so we spot a few interesting ones annually.
This puffin is still in winter plumage. We’ll see a few of these birds during the season. Some birds retain just a little black feathering around the face.
Even female Eiders can be quite variable with differing degrees of darkness but this bird stood out with its very pale speckled head.
This is not a great quality picture but this shows an drake Eider that I saw this spring. It looks more like a
juvenile with an adult bill. It behaved like an adult drake chasing females and calling! I’m not sure he will have tempted any females with that dowdy appearance!