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Farne Island Guillemots

 

If you want to see the birds, one of the boat trips is essential - you'll see lots of Guillemots, since there are about 50,000 of them on the islands.  An unusual name: according to Chambers's 20th Century Dictionary it is from the Breton - gwelan, a gull, and old French moette, a sea-mew, from the Teutonic.  In the north of Scotland it is called "aak" - probably a corruption of "auk", the family to which it belongs.

 

Farne Island Guillemots

 

If you want to see the birds, one of the boat trips is essential - you'll see lots of Guillemots, since there are about 50,000 of them on the islands.  An unusual name: according to Chambers's 20th Century Dictionary it is from the Breton - gwelan, a gull, and old French moette, a sea-mew, from the Teutonic.  In the north of Scotland it is called "aak" - probably a corruption of "auk", the family to which it belongs.

 

comments (13)

  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 28 Jul 2017, 00:19
There have what look like very useful beaks, Tom...rapier-like!
Tom Wilson: They are indeed, Ray - useful for spearing the fish, I imagine!
it is heartening to see that they have high numbers on the island. a pleasing shot too, Tom.
Tom Wilson: They are in decline, however, as global warming is driving the fish they feed on further nortrh.
I've never seen this kind of bird. Nicely taken.
Tom Wilson: Not a North American bird - although the Black Guillemot is found in northern Canada, and another member of the family, the Pigeon Guillemot on the west coast.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 28 Jul 2017, 05:38
It is very crowded Tom, but presumably that is ok with the birds.
Tom Wilson: I guess so, Chad, they do seem to be happy crowded together, either on the cliff tops or on the sea.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 28 Jul 2017, 06:12
I looked up the collectiove noun for these- a new one for me - a bazaar of guillemots
Tom Wilson: Where did you find that, Lisl? My dictionary of collective nouns doesn't have it - given all the bustling activity, it does seem appropriate!
Now that's a gaggle, Tom, even if they aren't geese!
Tom Wilson: Or, as Lisl found - "a bazaar" smile
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 28 Jul 2017, 06:46
I love watching the frantic communal activities of sea birds Tom
Tom Wilson: You'd certainly enjoy this trip, then, Chris.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 28 Jul 2017, 07:24
Très jolis tous ces guillemots.
Tom Wilson: Merci, Martine.
Always amazes me how these birds find their own nests
Tom Wilson: Astonishing, isn't it? And yet they seem to go to them unerringly!
It has the look of a loon as well.
Tom Wilson: Yes, somewhat similar, but a different family.
You obviously couldn't get all 50,000 in the frame at once Tom smile
Tom Wilson: No matter how hard I treid, Brian smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 28 Jul 2017, 14:53
A busy lot of birds, these gull-gulls.
Tom Wilson: They certainly are.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 28 Jul 2017, 15:08
I can imagine the chattering - what for an interesting name! Thank you for the etymological explanation!
Tom Wilson: They can make quite a noise.

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