July 19th   Leave a comment

Young puffin – a bit older than a newly fledged puffling but you get the idea

There are a lot of puffins out in the Forth tonight. They are fledging and I could count hundreds sitting on the water from Crail this evening. It’s hard to see the young ones – they are small and dark, but the accompanying adults are in big groups with their still white faces making them much more conspicuous. The sea was a bit choppy and the visibility not brilliant to really see how many were out there. On the May the island is full of pufflings making their way down to the sea right now. Some have a real job negotiating the nettles that grow on some of the slopes. The young puffins can’t fly initially and will swim away from the island to finish their growing up on the sea like the guillemots have done already, and earlier the razorbills.

Posted July 19, 2012 by wildcrail in Sightings

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