Guillemots having a reasonable season on the May despite the weather

Guillemots having a reasonable season on the May despite the weather

Don't look down...that's a long way for a twenty day old Guillemot chick to jump!

Don’t look down…that’s a long way for a twenty day old Guillemot chick to jump!

Success! father and chick safely on the sea together ready for the next adventure

Success! father and chick safely on the sea together ready for the next adventure

Kittiwake chicks growing up fast!

Kittiwake chicks growing up fast!

Wednesday 23rd June comments: The jumplings keep on jumping! Over the last week or so during calm conditions (not that often then) young Guillemot and Razorbill chicks have been jumping a leap of faith down the cliffs of the May.

Now for chicks less than twenty days old, that’s a big jump (200ft in places) but they all do it and the majority survive to head out to the open sea with their fathers were they will learn to become independent. Over the next 3-4 weeks more and more will jump and slowly and surely the cliffs of the island will become quiet as they depart.

However it’s not all over just yet. We still have thousands of seabirds and with good numbers of Shags and Kittiwakes still raising young, the cliffs will be full of activity well into August. And then we haven’t even mentioned  our Puffins and terns…it’s all go!

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