A bit about the Farnes. They lie off the Northumberland coast, just north of the small town/big village of Seahouses, from where the boat trips leave. The National Trust looks after the islands, and boats can land at just three of them (Inner Farne, Staple and Longstone, the latter a backup option for when the tricky landing at Staple isn't possible). Inner Farne is part of the inner group, Staple part of the outer group. The most numerous breeding species on the islands (by a large margin) are Guillemots and Puffins, but other typical cliff-nesters are present too, also Arctic Terns and Eiders.
Most people who visit the Farnes go to see the Puffins, and they don't leave disappointed. There are more than 30,000 pairs here, and both Inner Farne and Staple have lots of them. They are feeding chicks now and many of the birds whizzing about were laden with sandeels.
Guillemots of the 'bridled' form were few and far between.
Part 2 will cover the other Farnes birds, and part 3 will be stuff I saw on the mainland around Seahouses.