Saturday, 11 August 2018

Goodbye Puffins

Saying goodbye is always hard, but it’s even harder saying goodbye to our beloved puffins that we have enjoyed watching so much this season.

However, this bittersweet feeling comes with a big smile as we have seen this amazing seabird mastering the daily challenges present in their colony life and meeting their achievement of raising their puffling (a puffin chick) successfully. It sure has been a good year for them.

A handful of our tommy noddies (how puffins are known locally) are still around the islands bringing food to the last of the chicks to rear, while bigger numbers have been spotted in small rafts of 5 to 20 puffins on the water. A sign that their winter migration to the north Atlantic has started. 

Therefore, the open ocean becomes the puffins’ home for the following 7 months of the year, where they live a solitary life and lose some of the bright colours on their beak, except for the distinctive orange colour in their beak and feet.

 In regard to the pufflings, it is goodbye for a longer time, as these strong chicks will spend around 2 to 3 years on the sea learning essential skills to survive. Hopefully they will return to the Farne islands, so we can welcome them home, while enjoying and sharing a close experience with the ‘clown’ of our seas.





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Sunday, 5 August 2018

Its nearly over

Its that time of the year again when all the seabirds start to leave and we only have a handful of Guillemots left now and it very noticeable when you can only see bird poo on the rocks. It looks like the white cliffs of Dover but with the smell and this year it has been really bad at times. I keep on telling people its good for them, while I'm nearly gagging in the wheelhouse.

Judging by other years its been a very successful season and all the seabirds have done really well. Even the shags have bounced back a little bit which is really pleasing as they seemed to be hammered at the beginning of the season due to the beast from the east.

One good thing at the moment is that the Puffins, Kittiwakes, and Shags of course are still here which is great for everyone but I don't think they will be here for long as they are starting to raft on the water, which is a sign they are getting ready to leave.

So if you are thinking of seeing a Puffin before they leave then do it sooner rather than later.

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Sunday, 22 July 2018

Two more days added to our popular Sunset Cruises

We have been doing the Sunset Cruises for a few years now and they have become more and more popular so we have decided to add a few more dates to our schedule. We don't want to over do it but we have added to extra days so I hope this fits in with your plans.

We will be sailing on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday's from now until mid September. We sail from 7pm to 9pm but as the nights draw in we will be going a little quicker every week so if you decide this is something you fancy doing then please give us a call or book online to reserve your place on the boat.

If you are not sure what entails......

We sail around all of the islands telling you about the history, the seabirds (when in season) the seals and the lighthouses. We will slowly cruise around the islands giving you the perfect opportunity to take a good picture of just to take everything in. After the trip we will head towards the beach and try to get the sunset going down behind Bamburgh Castle as we head home.

This trip might just be perfect for your needs. If you are not in the area for very long and want to see as much as possible while your here then this trip might just fit in with your plans.

We are only a phone call away or you might just want to book online either way we look forward to seeing you.

Tel: 01665 721667 during the day or 01665 720760 at evenings or you can mail us info@farneislandstours.co.uk




Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Kittiwakes

When you are here everyday you tend to watch every little thing that goes on and looking at all the seabirds around the islands its been a good season so far and the Kittiwakes are no different. I have noticed that some of the Kittiwakes built their nests but never laid one egg. I'm not sure if this is the first year they have paired together or they were just not successful but these little things stand out for me. Overall I think they are doing really well and the weather so far this year has helped loads. Its not very often our garden grass gets brown up here but it has this year.

I do like the Kittiwakes and it will not be long before they start to learn how to fly and then after that its all over for another year. Where has this breeding season go too. It feels like 2 minutes since we first set sail and watched all the seabirds arriving back at the islands and now its nearly over. It must be an age thing or is it just me. Never mind either way its been a good one for all the seabirds and I even thing the Shags has sort of recovered too.

I did see a few nests the other day which the Kittiwakes were building and I was thinking to myself, "Its over mate why are you building a nest" but they seemed to be happy getting covered in mud building this nest for no reason at all. Anyway who am I to question what they do as they will know better than me.

I will post an update on how they have done when I get the final figures in but until then here is a few pictures for you.








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Saturday, 7 July 2018

New Serenity Catamaran on the it way

We are very proud to announce our the arrival of our new catamaran "SERENITY"

She was built in Canvey Island by Blyth Catamarans and she was transported by road to Amble Boatyard where she will stay for her final fix. We are hoping for about 8 weeks before she arrives at Seahouses, then after that she will be gracing the shores off the Farne Islands.

She is the same as Serenity II just a little bit bigger and of course some of the MCA laws have changed since Serenity II was built so she has a few different things but nothing major. At the moment she is in Amble which is grand as we can just pop down the road to check on her. The engines are being delivered very soon and they are the same as Serenity II which are IVECO'S 400hp each side or hull. Lots of little stuff after that so I will keep you up date on her progress but in the meantime here is a few pictures of her going into Amble.









Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Golden Hour

We do Sunset Cruises every Tuesday and Thursday from 7pm until 9pm(ish) and as the evenings close in a bit quicker every week, but this does not happen until the end of August into September.

If you ever think that work gets in the way of a trip out to the islands then this trip might be the one for you.
I love this trip and its great to see the seabirds in a different light too. The noise level seems to increase to another level during the evening as well and the place seems to be buzzing too.
We start our Sunset Cruises In May and they finish at mid September. We sail every Tuesday and Thursday from 7pm until 9pm(ish) and as the evenings draw in we start bit quicker every week, but this does not happen until the end of August into September.

Even when the seabirds leave its still a great trip and we try to end the trip by heading to the beach and watch the sunset go down behind Bamburgh Castle. 

I could go on and on about this trip but I will let me pictures do the talking and if you ever fancy doing this trip then we are only a phone call away.















Saturday, 30 June 2018

Jumpling Time



Its that time again when the Guillemot chicks start taking that leap of faith of the edge of the cliff faces around the Farne Islands. They are known as “Jumping’s”, as they jump of the cliffs and its one the most amusing things to witness. While I think it’s funny and great to see, I bet it’s so scary for the little tiny seabirds to do. No wonder the mother tries to encourage the chick to jump off. Well that’s what we are leading to believe but I bet the mother gets sick of waiting and give the little one a slight nudge over the edge.

I can picture it now…. The father is waiting in the water patiently (as fathers do) giving the call to the little jumpling as if to say, don’t worry son/daughter I’m waiting for you it will be okay. While mother tries her best to persuade the chick to jump off. After an hour or so both parent’s patience is starting to ware thin and you can imagine them giving each other a wee wink and then suddenly, the mother thinks “stuff it” and her wing comes out and accidently touches the chick and it falls off the cliff face while the father sings to himself that famous song by R. Kelly “I believe I can fly”. Suddenly, the chick hits the water and thinks, boy that was lucky. While the father looks up to the mother, gives her a little wink and says, see you next year babes, same time, same place and off the father and jumpling go into the north sea.

If that was true it would be great….

Here is a few pictures of the little chicks and it will not ne long now until they leave in their thousands and it will be another year before we see it all over again. Don’t worry it will be a while yet.









Monday, 25 June 2018

Perfect Whiskers

Since it seems to be the in thing at the moment with all the men having beards I thought it would be prefect timing to show you a young bull seal with his perfect whiskers. Okay it is not a bearded seal but he is proud of his young whiskers and with him being so dark in colour they stand out like a sore thumb.

Yes its not like the Bearded Seal we saw in 2011 at Low Newton, which was really rare but for a normal Atlantic Grey Seal I was very impressed with the whiskers and he looked proud of them too.

Below is a real Bearded Seal we saw back in 2011 and today Grey Seal




Yes, I know they both look a bit funny but there is no need to laugh about it. 


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