The UK’s coasts have many stretches of sheer cliffs where seabirds breed and the guillemot is one of the most numerous birds in the great ‘seabird cities’. It comes to land only to nest, spending the rest of its life at sea, where it is vulnerable to oil spills. Dark brown and white, not as black as the similar razorbill, it has a ‘bridled’ form with a white ring round the eye and stripe behind it.-RSPB -Guillemot Facts
When I spotted this little fellow on a cliff edge on the Isle of May, I thought I’d found a new bird species! Or a bird wearing white-framed sunglasses:
He was sharing his ledge with (from left to right) a Kittiwake, two Razorbills and a (“normal”) Guillemot:
I’ve only ever seen one Bridled Guillemot. I’m so glad that I managed to get a photograph of it. His little face still makes me smile.
This post was prompted by Lisa’s Weekly Bird Challenge: Birds Beginning with “B”. Why not fly over to her site to see lots more from birdwatchers around the world.