Saturday, 27 August 2016
Remember mini me? Well, s/he is definitley not mini any more and, s/he's adult size now but still has a few downy feathers left. It won't be long before s/he fledges and disappears out to sea where s/he will travel long distances and not return to land to breed until s/he is at least 6 years old, maybe as old as 12. Fulmars play the long game, they are the oldest living of British seabirds, most live to be about 30 years old, but the oldest bird recorded in Britain was 50! Mini me's parents are still around and feeding him/her. Once s/he has fledged they will head out to sea themselves for a month or so, before coming back onto the cliffs around November. Liza.