While my local beach overflowed with visitors today – it is an extremely warm and sunny day – I thought I’d try to find that elusive little auk that makes me smile every time I see one.
There are two well-known puffin spots in the area – one half an hour north and one half an hour south. Well, there are more puffins all along, but those two are observation spots where you can easily get to and that offer secure paths along the cliffs to see them.
This picture best explains what I mean:
While there are several nesting places along the coast, not all of them are accessible.
Anyway, back to the puffins.
They were way down in the water and there was no way to see them out of the water because they had chosen to nest in the cliff right below the path, but still: I give you PUFFINS!!!
I have adored puffins since I was 6? 7? and a friend of my Dad’s brought us a book that included these adorable fowl. I’m utterly green with envy right now that you can see them in their own natural setting. Thank you for sharing!
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I love puffins. I get really excited when there is a chance of seeing them. I tried to see them around here last year, but they are very elusive.
So, this year I asked a friend who is a bit of a birder for advice on where to see them, and by coincidence I actually bumped into the friend when I rocked up at the cliffs. Turns out he was having a look on the same day.
It was really lucky that we got to see them, because there is no great viewing spot and I am not great with heights as it is so wasn’t going any nearer to the cliffs edge than I needed to.
I found out today (from the same friend who heard from another birder) that the puffins apparently sometimes hop on top of the grass at the top. So I may return to the same spot in a few weeks to see if I can spot more.
I’ll also try a few other spots along the coast here.
Puffins are just instant mood-lifters. It is virtually impossible to be in a bad mood when watching them waddle or paddle.