First day of the season

P1100468A quiet but rewarding start to the season yesterday.  A few hardy travellers made it across in the May Princess,  first visitor boat of the year, to see reasonable numbers of puffins and quite a few migrant birds.  The seabirds are still settling down but after a quiet few days the puffin numbers are starting to build again and with plenty on the water as well there were enough to keep the visitors happy.  The bonus was seeing the 50 blackbirds, 40 robins,  40 fieldfares and a smattering of redwings, song thrushes, chaffinches, chiffchaffs, starlings, wrens and a rather nice black redstart (1 of 2 on the island) that were resting on the island as they headed north. These gave us a chance to chat with the visitors about some of the wonders of bird migration, such as how does a goldcrest weighing only 5g make it across the North Sea?

One of the black redstarts on the island, this is a young male.

One of the black redstarts on the island, this is a young male.

Twa craws

Twa craws

You can tell it is windy by the puffins posture, as streamline as possible, head into the wind at the top of the cliffs.

You can tell it is windy by the puffins posture, as streamline as possible, head into the wind at the top of the cliffs.

There is a fine display of celedines on the island

There is a fine display of celedines on the island

More visitors made it across today and got even better views of puffins as they go through another phase of sorting out domestic arrangements. In fact the first thing I saw when I went out of my backdoor this morning at 7am was a pair of puffins fighting. They had rolled down the braes locked together and had ended up under the old foghorn air line. When I went to separate them they saw me and legged it in opposite directions but both were well and truly splattered with blood, this had obviously been a serious dispute but hopefully it was sorted now.

Tomorrow looks to be a spectacular puffin day so why not come down and jump on the May Princess and enjoy it with us.

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