Farne Island Puffin
A puffin recently landed at the Farne Islands, Northumberland. Though often known as a sea parrot, locally in Northumberland the bird is known as a 'Tommy noddy'. Each year, puffins return to the Farnes to breed; this is generally between April and late July with the peak breeding season being in May and June. For the remainder of the year, the birds fly out to sea, overwintering on the water, only returning to land each year for a short window to breed and raise their young. It is while out on the water, that they shed their brightly coloured bills, in favour of a dull grey winter bill colouring. But, as spring approaches, the vibrant colours return and, by the time they settle on land again, the bill is clear again for all to see.
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