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Tuesday, 24 May 2022

Pout’s Puffin Patrol

 Hello my lovelies. 

I enjoyed an amazing trip recently on a friend’s boat and it really is best described in pictures.  So my plan for today’s post is to let the pictures mostly do the talking. 

Let’s see how I do. 

We went out on a Puffin Patrol. 

At this time of year cute puffins fly from near the arctic to nest.  They find their way instinctively to a specific section of rock around the back of neighboring island Herm.  This happens every year without fail.  Clever eh. 

So last Saturday we left St Peter Port for the short trip across to Herm, which took about 8 minutes at a top speed of 30 knots (about 35 mph).

And then we cruised around to the eastern side of the island, where the puffins nest. 

Just before Puffins’ Place is a blow hole, hewn out of the rock by the sea over time. 

Fortunately we’d chosen a lovely day and the sea was calm. 

We found quite a few puffins.  Unfortunately my blow ups don’t do these little cuties justice.  

This one has a fish in its mouth. 

But as my pics aren’t that clear

here’s some someone made earlier!

The little cuties have short wings relative to their chunky bodies; they still fly well obvs, heavens they get here from Iceland!  But they’re not the most elegant of landers and tend to crash land on the rocks when taking the fish back to their babies. 

Then we went on a seal search. 

Around this rocky area. 

A cormorant. 

Neighboring Jethou on the left. 

And finally we found a pair of seals!

This one popped up his head out to check us out. 

A better pic of a seal. 

Anyway I think I can tell the story better on film, so here’s a little snippet I put togetherness amateurishly for you. 

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I hope you enjoyed this little trip to our neighbouring island of Herm. 

A la perchoine,
Mary xxx. 


  1. I enjoyed your video so much, Mary. Thank you! How exciting to see puffins in the wild; they're such comical little creatures and you all sounded so excited....the seals were fab, too. What a smashing boat.

    1. So glad you enjoyed it Vronni, as these videos take bloomin ages to put together!
      It was amazing to get up so close to those cute puffins, and the seals have a cheeky charm too.
      Have a lovely week, Mary xxx

  2. It's so lovely you got to go out on the boat! I've never seen a puffin in real life before, they are such cute birds! So it's so special you were able to see them and the seals too! :)

    Hope you are having a good week!

    Away From The Blue

    1. Oh yes Mica, getting so close to these creatures is a wonderful grounding experience.
      Wishing you a wonderful week, Mary xxx.

  3. Puffins are such amazing little birds. When I lived in Devon I always hoped to visit Lundy Island to see them, but it never happened. Thanks for sharing your puffin pics x

    1. Well a trip to Lundy Island can still be on the cards Gail, hope you get there one day.
      Wishing you a lovely week, Mary xxx.