Razorbill: I've only ever been to Farne and landed on Inner Farne once before, back in June 2013 when I successfully twitched the Bridled tern so decided this is where i would like to spend my birthday mini-break.
Guillemot: Billy Shiel's Boat Trips take you on a tour of the islands before landing whcih gave us some amble views of the sea birds laofing in large rafts on the water and nesting on massive colonies on the short cliffs. This lasts approximately 2½ hours including one hour spent on Inner Farne.
Arctic Tern: I was initially disappointed as I would have like at least an extra hour on Inner Farne, and in all honesty I remained disappointed when I can off as one hour is not long enough. I felt like I was a cash cow as hoards of people are ferried two and from with minimal amount of time. I hear they reduce the time spent on the island to reduce disturbance.
Shag Eggs: The boat moored at Farne Island and as soon as we left the boat, hundreds of terns flew above us. Straight away I spotted nesting birds on the ground, eggs and chicks of all ages. I couldn’t believe the number of birds and the close proximity we were to them.
Shag: I was blown away by the number of birds and their reaction to our presence on the island.
The island is famous for getting divebombed by Arctic terns, but Dawn and I arrived on the day the first tern egg was laid so the whole colony were not in aggressive mode and were not divebombed any of the visitors.
Razorbill: It was incredible just how close you can get, as the birds roosted between the roped off areas naer the footpath.
Guillemot: The footpath leads to the cliff edge where only a fence separates the people for more nesting birds and the edge itself.
Puffin: Not as many puffins as I was hoping for, perhaps I will go go Skomer to togg them.
Eider Duck: Besides the walkways and paths tucked away were dozens of female eiders incubating their eggs.
Puffin: There were two main areas were you can get close-ish to puffin, and If I had more time I would have sat here for longer.
Kittiwake: I can’t recommend visiting the Farne Islands enough. It was an amazing experience and I would encourage anyone who loves nature or wants to get closer to nature to visit the Farne Islands during the breeding season.
Arctic Tern: If you hate flappy birds and feathers, I would give it a miss, around the end of May through to the end of the breeding season at least.