The Second Ladybird Book of British Birds #15 – The Puffin

The Second Ladybird Book of British Birds - The Puffin

The Second Ladybird Book of British Birds and their nests says:

The Puffin is a little bird with a funny face, and a big beak striped like pyjamas.

Puffin - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

It only comes ashore to nest in March and leaves again in September, spending the rest of the year at sea, sometimes hundreds of miles from land.

Puffins on Parade

They live mainly on fish and during the nesting season you can see them flying out to sea and returning to their nests with fish carried crossways in their beaks, sometimes as many as eight at once.

Flying Puffins

Flying Puffin - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

There are Puffins in their hundreds at the Castle o’ Burrian on Westray.

Huffing and Puffin

They are critically endangered and ‘Red-listed’.

Puffins on the rocks

They are at risk of global extinction because of man-made marine pollution and man-made climate change.

Twinkly golden Puffins

The Ladybird book says:

The Puffin lays only one egg each year and spends much time standing outside it nesting hole looking solemn.

Here, then, is a solemn Puffin:

Puffin - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Humans have given them much to be solemn about.

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