Farnes coming alive for spring

The number of Shags on eggs has increased

The number of Shags on eggs has increased

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Migrant birds continue to pour into the Farne Islands, despite this week’s easterly winds and cool temperatures.

The seabirds are unsettled; the auks have moved back out to sea, although the number of Shags on eggs has increased.

Head Farnes ranger David Steel said: “Hopefully the weather will settle soon and we’ll be boasting plenty more nesting species as we expect Guillemot and Puffin by mid-month.

“On the migration front, plenty more birds have been on the move including good numbers of Thrushes including Redwings and Fieldfare.”

Three Black Redstarts remain ‘resident’ whilst Robins are numerous alongside several Chiffchaffs, Wheatears and Dunnocks.

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