Puffin - The Wick - Skomer Island
A small Auk / Breeding Summer Visitor / An unmistakable bird with its
black back and white underparts, and distinctive black head with large pale
cheeks and a tall, flattened , brightly-coloured bill / Digs or occupies ready - made burrows ,
often made by Rabbits or Manx Shearwaters .
Resident on Skomer and Skokholm Islands from late March to early August
Spending the other time at sea / Each spring the birds return and quickly
commence the task of preparing the nesting burrow for the new season .
During late April a single egg is laid which takes about 42 days to hatch / 1 Brood
, Incubation 40 days / fledge in 34-44 days.
Young Puffins are fed from early June to early August , by adults with beaks full of fish /
Young Puffins spend there first few years at sea ( Bay of Biscay ) .
Typical Lifespan 18years.
Location: SM 725-087