Kittiwakes nests are scattered all along the west cliffs
Razorbills love to hide in the crags
A peregrine sits on the cliffs. I spotted them a few times during the counts. One even landed next to me.
Cliff safety is very important
I counted 15691 individual guillemots. using scientific data collected from the last 40 years and extrapolating out, this gives us a total of 14995 pairs. This figure is just a fraction down on last year.
Razorbill numbers were slightly up with 3012 individuals which equals about 2705 pairs.
I also counted 306 Fulmar, 505 shag and 2685 Kittiwakes.
This year the island was hit by a massive storm in May so a number of birds were relaying when I was counting. The scientists at CEH are currently looking at productivity for the season.
This picture drawn by one of the previous wardens shows perfectly what the Guillemots do when the counter is coming!