Click and Play 29april2013

Read by Yvonne

During the afternoon of Sunday the 28th April the AWT team went back to Burhou to continue the monitoring. Here you can see how carefully they have to walk across the rocks to get onto Burhou!

Getting on Burhou

There were 3 main tasks to complete: 1. Count the Puffins, 2. Monitor the Shag nests, 3. Clean the Storm Petrel artificial nest location. The Storm Petrel task will be explained in tomorrows Daily Digest whilst the Shags will be talked about in Thursdays Daily Digest.

So that leaves the Puffins!

Puffin Raft

Puffin Raft

In the above picture a full Puffin raft count can be done. Can you see all 77 Puffins that were present at the time?

Sleeping Puffin

Sleeping Puffin

When you get a closer look at the Puffins rafting you can sometimes see them doing more than just floating. The Puffin in the top of the above picture is taking a quick nap! It can do this as Puffins will float, it tucks its beak underneath its wing and just drifts into sleep.

Puffin Raft

Whilst watching the Puffins rafting we sometimes get a close up view of the Puffins as they fly past us!

Puffin Fly-By

During the trip to Burhou we also saw a number of other species. There were Rock Pipits and Wheatear as usual...

Rock Pipit

Rock Pipit

Wheatear

Wheatear

...but there were also about 30 Linnets on the land and 2 Shelducks rafting with the Puffins that we haven't seen on Burhou before!

Linnet

Linnet

Shelduck to the right of the Puffins

Shelduck to the right of the Puffins

There was also a very special sighting of a Bird of Prey. But you will have to wait until Thursdays Daily Digest to hear about that one.

Weather Forecast:

weather-symbolTuesday 30th April

Max 9 degrees / Min 8 degrees

Wind direction: North Easterly 18mph

Description: Sunny

Today's Puffin Fact

Pufflings go to the toilet in a turn in the burrow so that its droppings do not get tangled in its feathers in the burrow.