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7th June 2022 – Farne Islands

Our trip to the Farne Islands started from Seahouses harbour on the Northumberland coast. We were a little apprehensive as it was a gloomy morning and the sea swell was quite significant. However, the trip was quite amazing. We had fabulous views of seabirds and seals around the islands and, despite the boat’s skipper warning us that a landing might not be possible, we did manage to land on Staple Island for an hour long stay. The experience of seeing the birds, who did not seem at all perturbed by our presence, so close up was stunning.

A gloomy start to our day

Gannets on our trip out to the islands

Grey seals basking (unfortunately not in the sun)

Razorbill

Huge colony of guillemots on Staple Island

The main attraction – puffins

Puffin up close

Puffins on their burrows

Puffin posing

Puffin in flight

Shag

Puffin with sand eels

Fulmars

Kittiwakes

Guillemots with chick

Guillemot with sand eel

Guillemot on egg

Shag with chicks

The lighthouse on Inner Farne

Sandwich tern on the journey back to Seahouses

The experience, as fabulous as it was, was very different from our previous views of puffins which were on Skomer Island off the Pembrokeshire Coast of Wales. Here on the Farne Islands we were closer up to many more seabirds, but on Skomer we were able to explore the island more and enjoy the spectacular views. (See – A taste of Skomer)

In the afternoon the sun came out and we had a very pleasant early evening stroll along the coast at Boulmer where we saw stonechats, meadow pipits, oystercatchers and sanderling.

Stonechat

Stonechat

Oystercatchers

The coast at Boulmer

Meadow pipit

Sanderling

Sanderling in flight

Pied wagtail

Spring flowers along the coastal path


Farne Islands breeding bird report for 2021

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