An altercation in the Farne Islands

Go away! Go away!

‘I don’t take kindly to your tramping so near to my nest and my fledglings.  Kindly desist’

‘We’re only here to take photos.  We’re birdwatchers – kind of – and we’re only here for a couple of hours’.

‘We’ve met your kind before.  Go away or I’ll peck a hole in your hat!’

‘That’s unkind.  We’re kindred spirits here.  We love the Farne Islands too.  All you Arctic terns, thousands and thousands of you. And so many other kinds of bird too’

‘Frankly, you kindle nothing but feelings of irritation and annoyance.  Just … go away.’

Kindly leave! Now!

#Kinda Square

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Author: margaret21

I'm retired and living in North Yorkshire, where I walk as often as I can, write, volunteer, and travel as often as I can.

54 thoughts on “An altercation in the Farne Islands”

  1. Brilliant photos. I guess if I had just flown over 9,000 miles to mate and thought these folks were endangering my eggs or chicks, I’d feel pretty aggressive too.

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  2. Wow! Spectacular. I remember that first one from earlier but it’s been joined by others in the same topnotch category. Love the fast scattering birdwatchers! I’d have thought tin helmets rather than hats might be the things to wear. Last week I asked if the birds on the nest were terns; they weren’t, so I’ll ask again. If so, were they all the same variety of tern? Do different kinds of the same species have strict segregation rules? I doubt encouraging species to mix more would work…

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    1. Oh, Ros, I replied, honest! I’ve just checked to make sure I really did. It’s so crowded on that island that true segregation isn’t possible. But yes, there are ghettoes.


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