juv Kittiwake (Tarrock)
My call to the cliffs today promised to be a fine morning but rain, possibly heavy, during the afternoon. Luckily the rain failed to arrive, but mid afternoon, a sea fret rolled in from the sea, obliterating the views, a bit like the scenes from the horror movie "The Fog". Luckily, it did not contain any pirates with a desire to hack us all to death!
The sea fret arrives!
The morning was bright and sunny but an increasingly chilly blow challenged. Bird wise, all of the breeding birds were present and giving good views but numbers had obviously reduced since last week. There are never guarantees in nature but the Auks (Puffins, Guillemots and Razorbills) will probably be gone within the next week or two.
The Puffins showed well
That difficult itch!
The shy Puffin!
The shy Puffin
Gannets with their Gugas are showing particularly well, with some already as large as their parents! It is nice to see the differences in their developing plumage.
Gathering a "gift"!
Delivering a "gift" to the family!
Some of the Herring Gull chicks are getting quite large - here we have "lunch" being delivered!
Kittiwakes are pretty birds but the young (Tarrocks) are "dressed" to impress!
Hidden in a small hole was this Fulmar chick
Guillemots bringing in fish
And finally, Todays Sightings: