I’ve previously posted photos of the three commonest auks in our waters – puffins, razorbills and guillemots. There is another – the black guillemot. This one was spotted sitting on a rock in Orkney. Or should that be Auk-ney?
According to the RSPB, the numbers of breeding pairs of auks in UK waters are:
- 950,000 guillemots
- 580,799 puffins
- 130,000 razorbills
- 19,000 black guillemots
And no, I don’t know how they worked out the figure for puffins.