The Guillemots Are Back
It’s always a sure sign of spring when the migratory seabirds return to their breeding sites around the coast of Sark and in the last few days good numbers of guillemots have arrived on Les Autelets, a rock stack near the west coast. Guillemots, along with razorbills and puffins, spend the winter out at sea and only return to land for a few months to raise a single chick. Sadly the gales this winter have taken their toll and hundreds of these and other seabirds have been washed up dead around the Channel Islands. Estimates put the numbers on Les Autelets at the moment at over 150, which is at least as many as in previous years. At this time of year they often arrive, stay for a few days then leave again several times before they finally settle down to breeding in April.
Pictures by Sue Daly from left to right
Guillemots on & around Les Autelets
A pair of guillemots on the water