Herring Gull Family
My call to the cliffs was short lived today as I could only stay until lunch time - boo! Sunshine, blue skies and light wind ensured warm temperatures but cloud was due to increase during the afternoon. The auk breeding season is drawing to a close, with many of the auks already heading out to sea. However, there are many visible young birds at close quarters still wowing visitors. New lives on the cliffs forms the basis of this blog post. Todays wildlife sightings can be found at the end of this blog post.
A Puffin was observed gathering vegetation above Bartlett Nab viewpoint. I'm sure this was not to make a nest but more likely to replace soiled nesting material in its tunnel. Tunnel work is never ending!
To see a young Puffin (Puffling) is not a common occurrence! This morning, the Puffling in the nest near Grandstand viewpoint made a brief appearance in the entrance but obviously did not like what it saw as it soon went back in!
Guillemot young are known as Jumplings due to the fact that when they attain the age of 3weeks they leap into the sea and are joined by the male bird who will stay with the Jumpling until it fledges from the water.
Look at me, I'm a big brave Guillemot Jumpling!
Oh no! You don't mean I've got to jump down there? It must be c400ft!
No, it's too high, I can't do it!
Dad! Dad! Please tell me I don't have to jump
Now son, be brave, it's what us Guillemots do. You'll be alright, and I'll be coming with you and we can do it after dusk so no one will see!
Razorbill with Jumpling
Gannets with "Gugas"
Panting in the heat
A "coven" of Herring Gull Chicks!
Along the way................
Eyes in the back of my head!
Spectacular Sea Bird City!
Unidentified! You never know what might fly in at Bempton!
And finally, today's sightings!