Its that time again when the Guillemot chicks start taking
that leap of faith of the edge of the cliff faces around the Farne Islands.
They are known as “Jumping’s”, as they jump of the cliffs and its one the most
amusing things to witness. While I think it’s funny and great to see, I bet
it’s so scary for the little tiny seabirds to do. No wonder the mother tries to
encourage the chick to jump off. Well that’s what we are leading to believe but
I bet the mother gets sick of waiting and give the little one a slight nudge
over the edge.

I can picture it now…. The father is waiting in the water
patiently (as fathers do) giving the call to the little jumpling as if to say,
don’t worry son/daughter I’m waiting for you it will be okay. While mother
tries her best to persuade the chick to jump off. After an hour or so both parent’s
patience is starting to ware thin and you can imagine them giving each other a
wee wink and then suddenly, the mother thinks “stuff it” and her wing comes out
and accidently touches the chick and it falls off the cliff face while the
father sings to himself that famous song by R. Kelly “I believe I can fly”. Suddenly,
the chick hits the water and thinks, boy that was lucky. While the father looks
up to the mother, gives her a little wink and says, see you next year babes,
same time, same place and off the father and jumpling go into the north sea.

If that was true it would be great….

Here is a few pictures of the little chicks and it will not
ne long now until they leave in their thousands and it will be another year
before we see it all over again. Don’t worry it will be a while yet.