Amourobius ferox

Amourobius ferox
By Peter Byles

Friday, 8 July 2011

Skomer puffins - an update





The puffin season on Skomer is reaching its climax with pufflings emerging from their burrows in nearly complete plumage with just a remnant of their first fluffy coat. Numerous adults were returning with beaks full of sandeels. One puffin had clogged it's bill with sticky mud and was a comical sight as it tried to preen itself.

The weather was a challenge on Wednesday with a heavy shower around lunchtime and a monsoon hour when everyone was soaked waiting to get the boat back. The razorbills and guillemots are just about absent on the ledges up from the landing. All the auks will be gone in around 2-3 weeks.

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