The Long Goodbye…

You looking at me? Puffin fledger

You looking at me? Puffin fledger

Nothing like an adult; it takes three years to mature into an adult Puffin

Nothing like an adult; it takes three years to mature into an adult Puffin

Time for a health check!

Time for a health check!

Tuesday 7th July comments: It’s Puffin time. After forty days down a dark damp burrow, Puffin chicks have started to emerge as the first fledgling departed the island on 1st July. Without parents’ consent the chicks leave the burrows under the cover of darkness and make their way to the open sea where they will learn to fish and become independent.

However it’s not all straight forward as each night small numbers become lost and end up in the buildings on the islands and that is where we play a part. Over the next 5-6 weeks we’ll be collecting our new arrivals up every morning, putting them in boxes before releasing that evening, so we have a small percentage of Puffins on the island who think that was the ‘normal’ way to start life as a fledged Puffin.

So for all you Puffins fans out there, I would book a visit to the May soon as slowly and surely these commercial little seabirds will be leaving and it’ll be next April before they return. You have been warned…

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