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!!!